YALSA’s 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults Nominations Announced

YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults Committe posted their nominees for the 2012 list.  According to their website:

YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults Committee presents fiction titles published for young adults in the past 16 months that are recommended reading for ages 12 to 18. The purpose of the annual list it to provide librarians and library workers with a resource to use for collection development and reader’s advisory purposes. (http://www.ala.org/yalsa/bfya)

Many of the titles have been reviewed on this blog, including…

Some reviews in the pipeline include Beauty Queens (Libba Bray), Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Laini Taylor), and How to Save a Life (Sara Zarr).

For the complete list of nominees, please visit YALSA’s site: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/booklistsawards/bestficya/titlesnominated.cfm


Indescribable Revolution

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly; published by Delacorte Press, New York, 2010; 472 pages.

It was all her fault and the guilt is eating her alive, starting with her sanity.  Andi Alpers watched her beloved little brother die unnecessarily one December morning, and in the two years since, the tragedy has taken its toll on her in so many ways.  Aside from the drugs (prescribed and self-medicating), her mother has sunken into a deeply profound depression, her father has left the family unofficially as he immerses himself in his science, and her senior year at Brooklyn Heights’ most prestigious private school is about to implode on her.  When her father returns home to find the dysfunction at home, he commits his wife to an asylum and takes Andi with him to Paris for winter break.  Can the combination of Paris, the French Revolution, a 200 year old girl, music, and an incredibly hot musician somehow bring Andi back from the edge of disaster?

I could not put this book down.  Okay, I only put it down to grab my iPod Touch and play the songs Andi mentions throughout the book.  Music plays a significant role in this book, literally becoming a character unto itself.  All obligations fell aside so I could finish this book in a single reading.  I love historical fiction, I love realistic fiction, and I love fantasy or supernatural/ghost stories.  Somehow, Jennifer Donnelly has captured what I love about all three genres and blended them into a highly readable book.  And as I proofread this paragraph, I realize just how badly I have failed to express the impact of this book.  Alas, I guess you’ll just have to read it for yourself.  Apparently, many young adults have done just that as it was selected in the Top Ten list of Best Fiction for Young Adults of 2010.

I did stop to play some of the music mentioned throughout the book.  If you’re interested in doing the same thing, and I think you’ll want to as the songs help describe the state of mind of the characters, you can check out the playlist on YALSA’s blog, The Hub, here.  If any of the history sparks your interest, or if you’re a librarian or teacher interested in a book discussion, you will want to read over the Reader’s Guide from the publisher (http://www.randomhouse.biz/booksellers/childrens/files/2010/08/Revolution_ReaderGuide_WEB.pdf).  The author has also included an extensive bibliography/webliography at the end of the novel.

5P     4Q     Grade Level: 8-12

Cover Art: the yin-yang of Andi and Alex, black-and-white and color, photo and painting, capture the story.  The juxtaposition should generate enough interest that this book will be picked up and the jacket flap read.

From Reading List: Best Fiction for Young Adults (Top Ten) 2010

YALSA announces first Best Fiction for Young Adults list

The 2011 Best Fiction for Young Adults list represents the first since YALSA (ALA’s Young Adult Library Services Association) restructured and renamed the Best Books for Young Adults list.  According to their website:

The books, recommended for ages 12-18, meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens. The list comprises a wide range of genres and styles, including contemporary realistic fiction, fantasy, horror, science fiction and novels in verse.

The complete list can be found at the YALSA website: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/booklistsawards/bestficya/bfya2011.cfm

And the Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2011, are:

  • Bacigalupi, Paolo. Ship Breaker
  • Donnelley, Jennifer. Revolution
  • Marchetta, Melina. Finnikin of the Rock
  • Matson, Morgan. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour
  • McBride, Lish. Hold Me Closer, Necromancer
  • Mulligan, Andy. Trash
  • Perkins, Mitali. Bamboo People
  • Reinhardt, Dana. The Things a Brother Knows
  • Saenz, Benjamin. Last Night I Sang to the Monster
  • Sedgwick, Marcus. Revolver

Congratulations to all winners!  Be sure to vote for your favorite book, reviewed in this blog, in the poll on the right!

In addition to the Best Fiction list, YALSA posted it’s other “best lists.”  Included in the “Great Graphic Novels for Teens” for 2011 was Jane Yolen and Mike Cavallaro’s Foiled (reviewed here).  In the “No Surprise” category, the “Popular Paperbacks” list included Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games (review here) and Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver (review here).  Two of the “Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers” were also reviewed in this blog: Kody Keplinger’s The D.U.F.F. and Darren Shan’s Birth of a Killer.

Interested in all of YALSA’s booklists? Find links to all the booklists, and awards, here: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/booklistsawards/booklistsbook.cfm

YALSA to announce first list of “Best Fiction for Young Adults” in 2011

YALSA (the American Library Association division for service to young adults) will publish a list of “Best Fiction for Young Adult” in 2011.  According to YALSA’s website:

YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults Committee presents fiction titles published for young adults in the past 16 months that are recommended reading for ages 12 to 18. The purpose of the annual list it to provide librarians and library workers with a resource to use for collection development and reader’s advisory purposes. (http://www.ala.org/yalsa/bfya)

I reviewed the list of nominations and was surprised by many titles, satisfied by most nominees, and proud that 11 of them have been reviewed on this blog (in fact, one I predicted would be a Printz Award finalist).  As soon as the list is published, I will post about it.

Until then, take the poll in the right margin to let us know which books reviewed here you’d like to see on the final list!

The poll is closed.  Do any of the results surprise you?

Results of the poll:
Which of these nominees, reviewed in this blog, has to be on the Best Fiction for Young Adults list?

  1. Mockingjay (Suzanne Collins) 51%
  2. I Am Number Four (Pittacus Lore) 26%
  3. Finnikin of the Rock (Melina Marchetta) 18%
  4. Ship Breaker (Paolo Bacigalupi) 16%
  5. Jane (April Lindner) 16%
  6. Half Brother (Kenneth Oppel) 12%
  7. The Prince of Mist (Carlos Ruiz Zafon) 12%
  8. Will Grayson, Will Grayson (John Green & David Levithan) 8%
  9. As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth (Lynn Rae Perkins) 4%
  10. The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin (Josh Berk) 3%
  11. Countdown: The Sixties Trilogy, Book One (Deborah Wiles) 1%

Meanwhile, stay tuned for information about all of the ALA Youth Media Awards to be announced at the Midwinter Convention in San Diego on January 10, 2011!

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