Best Fiction for Young Adults

About the Best Fiction for Young Adults 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.

YALSA's Best Fiction for Young Adults (BFYA) Committee evolved from a committee established under the School Libraries Section of ALA, which was charged with producing a list of 1930s "Best Books for Young People."  The committee has undergone several changes of focus and names over the years, including the Book Selection Committee (1954), and later the Committee for the Selection of Significant Adult Books for Young People (1963). It became the Best Books for Young Adults Committee (BBYA) in 1966. As publishing for the young adult market grew exponentially (over 2,000 titles per year in 2008) and seven other YALSA selection and award lists for young adults were created since its inception, Best Books for Young Adults was restructured and named Best Fiction for Young Adults by the YALSA Board of Directors at the midwinter meeting in 2010.  

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2013 Selection(s)

Au Revoir Crazy European Chick

Author: Shreiber, Joe. Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011.

Perry's priorities shift when the geeky Lithuanian exchange student his parents make him take to the prom ends up being a vengeful assassin in need of transportation to her "hits."

Beneath a Meth Moon

Author: Woodson, Jacqueline. Publisher: Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Books, 2012.

When Laurel moved to a new town, she was introduced to the drug moon.  What happens when she can't get enough?

The Book of Blood and Shadow

Author: Wasserman, Robin. Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.

In one night, Nora's best friend is murdered and her boyfriend disappears.  When she starts looking for answers, she finds cryptic clues that lead to more danger and, perhaps, the answers to much more than she bargained for.

Code Name Verity

Author: Wein, Elizabeth. Publisher: Disney/Hyperion, 2012

Verity and Maddie are friends working in the war effort.  When the Gestapo captures Verity, she trades information for freedom.  Meanwhile, Maddie tries to free her.  This is their story.

Curveball: the Year I Lost My Grip

Author: Sonnenblick, Jordan. Publisher: Scholastic, 2012.

After Peter endures a sports ending injury, he discovers that life can curve in new directions, not always the way he anticipates; a new girl and Grandfather’s Alzheimer’s among them

The Final Four

Author: Volponi, Paul. Publisher: Penguin/Viking, 2012.

Experience March Madness from the point of view of those who know it the best: the players. Who will triumph and who will fall?

The List

Author: Vivian, Siobhan.Publisher: Scholastic/Push, 2012.

The list of the hottest and ugliest girls of Mount Washington High is finally out. Meet the eight teens whose lives will changed by one piece of paper.

Love & Leftovers

Author: Tregay, Sarah. Publisher: Harper Collins/Katherine Tegan Books, 2012.

When a summer vacation with her mother turns into a permanent move, Marcie realizes her life will never be the same.

The Raven Boys

Author: Stiefvater, Maggie. Publisher: Scholastic, 2012.

Blue Sargent has been told her entire life that she will kill her true love.  She stays away from boys, but when one boy's ghost shows up on the corpse road, which is a promise of death within a year, Blue understands that she can no longer avoid the Raven Boys.  When she teams up with them to search for ley lines and lost kings, she knows that something has started and that her life will never be the same.

This is Not a Test

Author: Summers, Courtney. Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffith, 2012.

Meet the girl who doesn't want to survive the zombie apocalypse.