Best Books for Young Adults


The annual list of books compiled by a committee of the Young Adult Library Services Association consists of fiction and nonfiction appropriate for young adults ages 12 to 18. Selected on the basis of each book's proven or potential appeal and value to young adults, the titles, published from late 1998 through 1999, span a variety of subjects as well as a broad range of reading levels.


Alexander, Caroline. The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition. illus. Knopf, $29.95 (0-375-40403-1).

Allison, Anthony. Hear These Voices: Youth at the Edge of the Millennium. illus. Dutton, $22.99 (0-525-45353-9).

Armstrong, Jennifer. Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and the Endurance. illus. Crown, $18 (0-517-80013-6); lib. ed. $19.99 (0-517-80014-4).

Calabro, Marian. The Perilous Journey of the Donner Party. illus. Clarion, $20 (0-395-86610-3)

Dominick, Andie. Needles. Scribner, $22 (0-684-84232-7).

Freedman, Russell. Babe Didrikson Zaharias: The Making of a Champion. illus. Clarion, $18 (0-395-63367-2).

Garner, Eleanor Ramrath. Eleanor's Story: An American Girl in Hitler's Germany. Peachtree/Freestone, $14.95 (1-56145-193-2).

Gourley, Catherine. Good Girl Work: Factories, Sweatshops, and How Women Changed Their Role in the Workforce. illus. Millbrook. $23.40 (0-7613-0951-9).

Hickam, Homer H. Rocket Boys: A Memoir. Delacorte, $23.95 (0-385-33320-X); paper, $12.95 (0-385-33321-8).

Jennings, Peter and Brewster, Todd. The century for Young People. illus. Doubleday. $29.95 (0-385-32708-0).

Kalergis, Mary Motley. Seen and Heard: Teenagers Talk about Their Lives. illus. Stewart, Tabori & Chang, $24.95 (1-5567-0834-3).

Krizmanic, Judy. Teen's Vegetarian Cookbook. Viking, $15.99 (0-670-87426-4).

Kuhn, Betsy. Angels of Mercy: The Army Nurses of World War II. illus. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum, $18 (0-689-82044-5).

Mah, Adeline Yen. Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter. Delacorte, $16.95 (0-385-32707-2).

Marrin, Albert. Terror of the Spanish Main. illus. Dutton, $19.99 (0-525-45942-1).

Mattison, Chris. Snake. illus. DK, $29.95 (0-7894-4660-X).

Maurer, Richard. The Wild Colorado: The True Adventures of Fred Dellenbaugh, Age 17, on the Second Powell Expedition into the Grand Canyon. illus. Crown. $19.99 (0-517-70946-5).

Nye, Naomi Shihab. What Have You Lost. illus. Greenwillow, $19 (0-688-16184-7).

Okutoro, Lydia Omolola. Quiet Storm: Voices of Young Black Poets. Hyperion/ Jump at the Sun, $16.99(0-786-80461-0).

Opdyke, Irene Gut. In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer. Knopf, $18(0-679-89181-1).

Partridge, Elizabeth. Restless Spirit: The Life and Work of Dorothea Lange. illus. Viking, $21.99 (0-670-87888-X).

Reich, Susanna. Clara Schumann: Piano Virtuoso. illus. Clarion, $18 (0-395-89119-1).

Rubin, Susan Goldman. Margaret Bourke-White: Her Pictures Were Her Life. illus. Abrams, $19.95 (0-8109-4381-6).

Schmidt, Thomas and Schmidt, Jeremy. The Saga of Lewis & Clark: Into the Uncharted West. illus. DK, $35 (0-7894-4638-3).

Schwager, Tina and Schuerger, Michele. Gutsy Girls: Young Women Who Dare. illus. Free Spirit, $14.95 (1-575-42059-7).

What Are You- Voices of Mixed-Race Young People. Ed. by Pearl Fuyo Gaskins. illus. Holt, $18.95 (0-8050-5968-7).


Abelove, Joan. Saying It out Loud. DK Ink/Richard Jackson, $15.95 (0-7894-2609-9).

Anderson, Laurie Halse. Speak. Farrar, $16 (0-374-37152-0).

Atkins, Catherine. When Jeff Comes Home. Putnam, $17.99(0-399-23366-0).

Barrett, Tracy. Anna of Byzantium. Delacorte, $14.95 (0-385-32626-2).

Bat-Ami, Miriam. Two Suns in the Sky. Front Street/Cricket, $15.95 (0-8126-2900-0).

Calhoun, Dia. Firegold. Winslow, $15.95(1-890817-10-4).

Carbone, Elisa. Stealing Freedom. Knopf. $17 (0-679-89307-5); lib. ed. $18.99 (0-679-99307-X).

Card, Orson Scott. Ender's Shadow. Tor; dist. by St. Martin's, $24.95 (0-312-86860-X).

Cart, Michael. Tomorrowland: Ten Stories about the Future. Scholastic, $15.95(0-590-37678-0).

Chbosky, Stephen. The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Pocket/MTV, $12 (0-671-02734-4).

Cooper, Susan. King of Shadows. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry, $16(0-689-82817-9).

Curtis, Christopher Paul. Bud, Not Buddy. Delacorte, $15.95 (-385-32306-9).

Dessen, Sarah. Keeping the Moon. Viking, $15.99 (0-670-88549-5).

Ferris, Jean. Bad. Farrar, $16 (0-374-30479-3).

Fleischman, Paul. Mind's Eye. Holt, $15.95 (0-8050-06314-5).

Friesen, Gayle. Janey's Girl. Kids Can, $14.95 (1-55074-461-5).

Gaiman, Neil. Stardust. Avon, $22 (0-380-97728-1).

Gilmore, Kate. The Exchange Student. Houghton, $15 (0-395-57511-7).

Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Just Ella. Simon & Schuster.$17 (0-689-82186-7).

Hewett, Lorri. Dancer. Dutton, $15.99 (0-525-45968-5).

Hobbs, Will. Jason's Gold. Morrow, $16 (0-688-15093-4).

Hoffman, Alice. Local Girls. Putnam, $22.95 (0-399-14507-9).

Holt, Kimberly Willis. When Zachary Beaver Came to Town. Holt, $16.95 (0-8050-6116-9).

Holtwijk, Ineke. Asphalt Angels. Front Street, $15.95 (1-886910-24-3).

Holubitsky, Katherine. Alone at Ninety Foot. Orca, $14.95 (1-55143-129-7).

Hoobler, Dorothy and Hoobler, Thomas. The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn. Putnam/Philomel, $17.99 (0-399-23330-X).

Howe, Norma. The Adventures of Blue Avenger. Holt, $16.95 (0-8050-6062-6).

Johnson, Scott. Safe at Second. Putnam/Philomel, $17.99 (0-399-23365-2).

Jordan, Sherryl. The Raging Quiet. Simon & Schuster, $17 (0-689-82140-9).

King, Stephen. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. Scribner, $16.95 (0-684-86762-1).

Lawrence, Iain. The Smugglers. Delacorte, $15.95 (0-385-32663-7).

Levine, Gail Carson. Dave at Night. HarperCollins, $15.95 (0-60-028153-7); lib. ed., $15.89 (0-06-028154-5).

Lubar, David. Hidden Talents. Tor; dist. by St. Martin's, $16.95 (0-312-86646-1).

Marchetta, Melina. Looking for Alibrandi. Orchard, $17.99 (0-531-33142-3); lib. ed. $17.99 (0-531-33142-3).

McNamee, Graham. Hate You. Delacorte, $14.95 (0-385-32593-2).

McNeal, Laura and McNeal, Tom. Crooked. Knopf, $16.95 (0-679-89300-8); lib. ed., $18.99 (0-679-99300-2).

Meyer, Carolyn. Mary, Bloody Mary. Harcourt, $16 (0-15-201906-5).

Morris, Gerald. The Squire, His Knight, and His Lady. Houghton,$15 (0-395-91211-3).

Myers, Walter Dean. Monster. illus. HarperCollins, $15.95 (0-06-028077-8); lib. ed., $15.98 (0-06-028078-6).

Namioka, Lensey. Ties That Bind, Ties That Break. Delacorte, $15.95 (0-385-32666-1).

Porter, Connie. Imani All Mine. Houghton, $23 (0-395-83808-8).

Powell, Randy. Tribute to Another Dead Rock Star. Farrar, $17 (0-374-37748-0).

Qualey, Marsha. Close to a Killer. Delacorte, $15.95 (0-385-32597-5).

Randle, Kristen D. Breaking Rank. Morrow, $16 (0-688-16243-6).

Rottman, S. L. Head above Water. Peachtree/Freestone, $14.95 (1-56145-185-1).

Rowling, J. K. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. illus. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine, $17.95 (0-439-06486-4).

Rowling, J. K. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. illus. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine, $19.95 (0-439-13635-0).

Savage, Deborah. Summer Hawk. Houghton, $16 (0-395-91163-X).

Shusterman, Neal. Downsiders. Simon & Schuster,$16.95 (0-689-80375-3).

Skurzynski, Gloria. Spider's Voice. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum, $16.95 (0-689-82149-2).

Sones, Sonya. Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy. HarperCollins, $14.95 (0-06-028387-4); lib. ed., $14.89 (0-06-028386-6).

Stanley, Diane. A Time Apart. Morrow. $16 (0-688-16997-X).

Thesman, Jean. The Other Ones. Viking, $15.99 (0-670-88594-0).

Tomey, Ingrid. Nobody Else Has to Know. Delacorte, $15.95 (0-385-32624-6).

Vande Velde, Vivian. Never Trust a Dead Man. Harcourt, $17 (0-15-201899-9).

Voigt, Cynthia. Elske. Simon & Schuster/Anne Schwartz, $18 (0-689-82472-6).

Whitmore, Arvella. Trapped between the Lash and the Gun. Dial, $16.99 (0-803-72384-9).

Wittlinger, Ellen. Hard Love. Simon & Schuster, $16.95 (0-689-82134-4).

Young, Karen Romano. The Beetle and Me: A Love Story. Greenwillow, $15 (0-688-15922-2).

Best Books for Young Adult Committee 2000 committee members: Suzanne Manczuk, chair, Pennington, NJ; Valerie Diamond, Sandy Springs Friends School (MD); Katherine Fitch, Rachel Carson Middle School (VA); Susan Geye, Crowley (TX) Ninth Grade Campus; Donna Gilliland, South Dakota State Library; Nancy Maltby Henkel, Sammamish Library (WA); Jan Hoberecht, Newton (KS) High School Media Center; Susan Hunter, Riverside Middle School (VT); Kimberly Lafferty, Issaquah (WA) Library; Donna McMillen, Algona Pacific Library (WA); Diane Monnier, Bethesda (MD) Regional Library; Rosemary Moran, Tulsa (OK) City County Library; Andrew Parson, Packer Collegiate Institute (NY); Sandra Schultheis, Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library (IN); Alice Stern, Boston (MA) Public Library; Douglas Uhlmann, committee assistant, Wm. Penn Charter School (PA); and Stephanie Zvirin, Booklist consultant.