Best Books for Young Adults

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2008 Selection(s)

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian

by Sherman Alexie. Illus. by Ellen Forney. Little, Brown, 2007; $16.99

Junior leaves the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white high school, where the only other Native American is the school mascot. Is he choosing his own destiny or betraying his heritage?


by Melvin Burgess. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, 2007; $7.99

The heroic Sigurd slays a dragon, descends into the underworld, and rules over a tenuous peace in a post-Apocalyptic Britain peopled with genetic mutants.

Dragon's Keep

by Janet Lee Carey. Harcourt, 2007; $17.00

Princess Rosalind’s atrocity—a dragon’s claw where her finger should be—makes her beautiful to Lord Faul, the fierce dragon who enslaves her in exchange for her people’s safety.

Evolution, Me, and Other Freaks of Nature

by Robin Brande. Random House/Alfred A. Knopf, 2007; $15.99

Timely, explosive issues come to the fore when Mena Reece, shunned by her church’s fundamentalist Christians, finds a kindred spirit in her quirky, brilliant lab partner.


by Sherman Alexie. Grove/Atlantic Black Cat, 2007; $13.00

Just as a cop’s bullet stops his wild shooting spree, Zits, an orphan who is half Native American, finds himself transported through space and time and into another body.

Mistik Lake

by Martha Brooks. Farrar, Straus & Giroux/Melanie Kroupa, 2007; $16.00

Seventeen-year-old Odella, an Icelandic Canadian, struggles to unlock the secrets behind her mother’s abandonment in this lyrical coming-of-age novel.

The Re-Gifters

by Mike Carey. Illus. by Sonny Liew and Mark Hempel.DC Comics/Vertigo, 2007; $19.99

Panels that explode with martial arts power energize this graphic novel about Dixie, who almost lets her killer crush on a boy in her hapkido studio ruin her shot at tournament glory.

Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You

by Peter Cameron. Farrar, Straus & Giroux/Frances Foster, 2007; $16.00

Jaded, aloof James is tired of almost everything in his life. His perspective shifts when he attempts to connect with a co-worker and makes a grave error in judgment.

Thirteen Reasons Why

by Jay Asher. Penguin Group USA/Razorbill, 2007; $16.99

When Clay receives a package of cassette tapes that explain his classmate’s suicide, he is forced to consider how his own actions, and those of others, may have contributed to her decision.


by Laurie Halse Anderson. Penguin Group USA/Viking, 2007; $16.99

Tyler begins his senior year transformed on the outside, going from geeky video gamer to buff hottie, but he still struggles internally with problems at home.