Booklist Editors' Choice: Adult Books for Young Adults

About the Booklist Editors' Choice: Adult Books for Young Adults
Selected by the Books for Youth editors, the following titles comprise the year’s best personal reading for teenagers among adult books published in 2006. More on each book’s content and suggested audience can be found in the full-length Booklist review.

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2012 Selection(s)

Little Star

By John Ajvide Lindqvist. Tr. by Marlaine Delargy. St. Martin’s/Thomas Dunne, $26.99 (9780312620516).

This title begins when an abusive former recording artist and his meek wife discover a musically-talented baby in the woods. As the novel progresses, the oddball protagonists offer up a chilling, disturbing portrait of adolescence.


By Julianna Baggott. Grand Central, $25.99 (9781455503063).

Thanks to something called the Detonations, civilization has been destroyed and survivors are horribly burned, scarred, and fused to whatever they happened to be near when the Detonations occurred. A postapocalyptic novel for Hunger Games fans.

So Far Away

By Meg Mitchell Moore. Little, Brown, $25.99 (9780316097697).

Miserable 13-year-old cyberbullied Natalie Gallagher and lonely archivist Kathleen Lynch make a life-changing connection at the Massachusetts State Archives when Natalie brings in an old journal for a school project in this compassionate novel of human connection.

Tell the Wolves I’m Home

By Carol Rifka Brunt. Dial, $26 (9780679644194).

This novel is a beautifully bittersweet mix of heartbreak and hope as 14-year-old June Elbus reels from the death of beloved Uncle Finn, a famous painter who has succumbed to AIDS, in 1987.

That’s Not a Feeling

By Dan Josefson. Soho, paper, $15.95 (9781616951887).

At the Roaring Orchards School for Troubled Teens in upstate New York, the cult leader–like headmaster insists on structure and limits, but interpreting his rules isn’t easy for students Benjamin and Tidbit, whose friendship, confusion, and longing anchor this noteworthy debut.

When Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man

By Nick Dybek. Riverhead, $26.95 (9781594488092).

This compelling variation on Treasure Island features a boy named Cal, a sensitive and courageous guide to the cruel mysteries of adult life, who finds himself enmeshed in a moral dilemma of epic complexity.