2017 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults Top Ten
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- Copeland, Misty. Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina. Simon and Schuster/Touchstone. 2014. 278pp. ISBN: 978-1476737997. Life in Motion is a memoir from the first African American principal ballerina at the American Ballet Theater.
- Grande, Reyna. The Distance Between Us: A Memoir. Simon and Schuster/Pocket Books/Washington Square Press. 2013. 325pp. ISBN: 978-1451661781. Reyna longs for her family to be reunited after her mother and father leave Mexico for the United States, but when she is finally able to join them, it is not the happy reunion she expects.
- Satrapi, Marjane. Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood. Random House/Pantheon Books. 2004. 153pp. ISBN: 978-0375714573. This is a beautiful, inspirational memoir of a young girl growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. She is lucky in that she has parents that support her independence and education; many others are not so lucky.
- Bray, Libba. The Diviners. Hachette/Little, Brown and Co. 2013. 578pp. ISBN: 978-0316126106. Evie O'Neill can tell your secrets simply by holding an object dear to you and concentrating on it. When the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol, Evie's Uncle Will, an occult specialist, is called to the scene. Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.
- Yancey, Rick. The Monstrumologist. Simon and Schuster/Saga Press. 2015. 434pp. ISBN: 978-1481425445. In 1888, twelve-year-old Will Henry, apprentice-assistant to the Monstrumologist, Dr. Warthrop, recounts his bizarre and horrific encounters with the mythic creatures known as, Anthropophagi, a brutal species that feed on human prey.
- Farish, Terry. The Good Braider. Amazon Children’s Publishing/Skyscape. 2014. 221pp. ISBN: 978-1477816288. When the trauma of civil war in South Sudan becomes unbearable for Viola and her family, they travel across Africa to become refugees and flee to America. Once in the United States, Viola struggles to reconcile her life in America to the life she left behind.
- Forman, Gayle. Just One Day. Penguin Group/Speak. 2013. 369pp. ISBN: 978-0142422953. Allyson Healey never acts on impulse. Yet, on the last day of her three-week European trip, she meets Willem, who inspires her to be spontaneous. When he asks her to go to Paris with him, this one daring decision transforms Allyson’s life.
- Niven, Jennifer. All the Bright Places. Random House/Ember. 2016. 416pp. ISBN: 978-0385755917. When Finch and Violet met, they were both on the edge. Of a bell tower, that is. Though neither jumps, Finch has to try harder and harder to fight his bipolar disorder, as Violet begins to learn how to live in the present moment.
- Oliver, Lauren. Vanishing Girls. HarperCollins/HarperCollins Childrens Books. 2016. 384pp. ISBN: 978-0062224118. After a tragic car accident, Nick longs to reconnect with her sister who was formerly her best friend.
- Patel, Sonia. Rani Patel in Full Effect. Cinco Puntos Press. 2016. 314pp. ISBN: 978-1941026502. Aspiring rapper Rani copes with her father's betrayal and history of abuse in this book full of beats, rhymes and the will to overcome every kind of external and internal threat.