For immediate release | February 3, 2015

YALSA names 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults

CHICAGO -- The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced its 2015 list of Best Fiction for Young Adults (BFYA). This year’s list of 58 books was selected from a group of 113 official nominations.

The books, recommended for ages 12-18, meet the criteria of both quality literature and appeal to teens, while comprising a wide range of genres, styles and subjects, including contemporary realistic fiction, fantasy, horror, science fiction and novels in verse. The full list can be found at

The BFYA Committee has also created a Top Ten list from its final selections:

  • Alexander, Kwame. "The Crossover." Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.
  • Foley, Jessie Ann. "The Carnival at Bray." Elephant Rock Books, 2014.
  • Fombelle, Timothee de. "Vango." Candlewick Press, 2014.
  • Johnston, E.K. "The Story of Owen Dragonslayer of Trondheim." Carolrhoda LAB, 2014.
  • Kiely, Brendan. "The Gospel of Winter." Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2014.
  • lockhart, e. "We Were Liars." Delacorte Press, 2014.
  • Lu, Marie. "The Young Elites." Penguin Group (USA)/G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2014.
  • Nelson, Jandy. "I'll Give You the Sun." Penguin Group (USA)/Dial Books, 2014.
  • Ritter, William. "Jackaby." Algonquin Books for Young Readers, 2014.
  • Whaley, John Corey. "Noggin." Simon & Schuster/Atheneum Books, 2014.

“The 2015 list reflects the results of Committee members’ dedicated reading of hundreds of YA novels to formulate its final list. It is also a reflection of both the splendid diversity of literature for young adults and the wide-ranging interests of teen readers,” said Michael Cart, Chair of the BFYA Committee. “The titles range from a novel in verse about identical twin brothers who are gifted basketball players to an imaginative novel about a boy who is revived five years after his head was cryogenically frozen.”

The members of the Best Fiction for Young Adults Committee are Michael Cart, Chair, Columbus, Indiana; Julia Casas, Santa Monica Public Library, Santa Monica, California; Rebecca Denham, Houston Public Library, Houston, Texas; Roxanne Hsu Feldman, The Dalton School, New York, New York; Suzzanne Fuchs, Bismarck, North Dakota; Thea Hashagen, San Francisco, California; Beth Anne Klein, Prospect Heights Public Library, Hoffman Estates, Illinois; Adele Lamphier, Toronto Public Library, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Adam Mendelsohn, Los Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles, California; Lisa Lynn Morris-Wilkey, Casa Grande Union High School, Casa Grande, Arizona; Kefira Philippe, Nichols Middle School, Evanston, Illinois; Edwin Rodarte, Los Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles, California; Lyndsey Runyan, Whatcom County Library System, Bellingham, Washington; Nicole D. Santiago, Berkeley Public Library, Berkeley, California; Kelly N. Trowbridge, Port Orange Regional Library, Port Orange, Florida; Laurie Bartz, Administrative Assistant, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville, Wisconsin and Daniel Kraus, Booklist Consultant, Chicago.

YALSA’s portfolio of book and media awards helps strengthen library services for teens by identifying quality and age appropriate resources for librarians and library workers to share with teens in their communities.

For more than 50 years YALSA has worked to build the capacity of libraries and library staff to engage, serve, and empower teens. For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources, go to or contact the YALSA Office by phone at 800-545-2433, ext. 4390 or by e-mail:


Anna Lam

Communications Specialist

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)