YALSA names 2017 Best Fiction for Young Adults

For Immediate Release
Tue, 01/31/2017


Nichole O'Connor

Program Officer

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)


CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2017 Best Fiction for Young Adults list.

The list of 63 titles, drawn from 121 official nominations, is presented annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. The full list can be viewed at www.ala.org/yalsa/best-fiction-young-adults.

In addition to the full list, the committee has chosen the following titles as the top ten:

  • Berry, Julie. The Passion of Dolssa. Viking Books for Young Readers. 2016.
  • Chee, Traci. The Reader. G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers. 2016.
  • Hardinge, Frances. The Lie Tree. Harry N. Abrams. 2016.
  • McGinnis, Mindy. The Female of the Species. Katherine Tegen Books. 2016.
  • Medina, Meg. Burn Baby Burn. Candlewick. 2016.
  • Reynolds, Jason. Ghost. Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books. 2016.
  • Sepetys, Ruta. Salt to the Sea. Philomel Books. 2016
  • Shusterman, Neal. Scythe. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 2016.
  • Yoon, Nicola. The Sun is Also a Star. Delacorte Press. 2016.
  • Zentner, Jeff. The Serpent King. Crown Books for Young Readers. 2016.

“The 2017 list is the result of tremendous hard work and dedication on the part of our Committee” said Chair Elizabeth Bast. “We read and discussed hundreds of books to create a list that features high quality YA fiction with strong teen appeal. We were looking for engrossing and engaging books with a diversity of viewpoints and voices. Just within the titles of our top ten list, a reader can travel from medieval France where a girl is on the run from the Inquisition, to a future world where death no longer exists except at the hands of special agents, to a middle school track where a boy with amazing natural talent struggles to find his path.”

The members of the Best Fiction for Young Adults Committee are: Chair Elizabeth Bast, Starbuck Middle School, Racine, WI; Dawn Abron, Zion-Benton Public Library, Zion, IL; Catherine M. Andronik, Brien McMahon High School, Norwalk, CT; Kathleen Conger, Saint Paul Public Library, St. Paul, MN; Kim Dare, Herndon High School, Herndon, VA; Shelley M. Diaz, School Library Journal;  Rachel Fryd, Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA; Susan Hawk, Dunwoody High School, Dunwoody, GA; Matthew Layne, Emmet O’Neal Library, Mountain Brook, AL; Kali Newstrom Olson, The Blake School, Minneapolis, MN; Jessica Hilbun Schwartz, Louisville Public Library, Louisville, CO; Emily Townsend, Cooperative Children’s Book Center, Madison, WI; Marney Welmers, retired middle school librarian, Marana USD, AZ; C. Ellen Wickham, Raytown South High School, Raytown, MO; Meredith E. Wickham, Kemper-Newton Regional Library System, Union, MS; with the help of administrative assistant Molly Moore, Oconee County Library, Watkinsville, GA; and Daniel Kraus, Booklist Consultant, Chicago, IL.

YALSA’s portfolio of book and media awards helps strengthen library services for and with teens by identifying quality, age appropriate resources for librarians and library workers to share with the teens in their communities. Learn more about YALSA’s other book and media lists here.

The mission of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is to support library staff in alleviating the challenges teens face, and in putting all teens ‒ especially those with the greatest needs ‒ on the path to successful and fulfilling lives. For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources go to www.ala.org/yalsa, or contact the YALSA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390; or e-mail: yalsa@ala.org.