For immediate release | January 22, 2019

YALSA names 2019 Best Fiction for Young Adults

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2019 Best Fiction for Young Adults list.

The list consists of 69 titles selected from 108 official nominations, which were posted and discussed in blogposts on The Hub. View the full list at From the full list, a top ten list will be available after the Best Fiction for Young Adults Teen Feedback Session takes place at the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting.

“For the 2019 list, team bloggers read a wide variety of fiction titles to establish a diverse list that reflects student interest and literary merit,” said Coordinator Lorrie Roussin. “Our blogging team read hundreds of books and discussed all of the nominated titles in a virtual setting. A blog post was written for each nominated title and published to YALSA’s The Hub.”

The suggestion form for the 2020 Best Fiction for Young Adults list is open. If you’d like to suggest a title to the blogging team for consideration as a nominee, please fill out the form.

YALSA’s portfolio of book and media awards helps strengthen library services for and with teens by identifying quality, age appropriate resources for librarians and library workers to share with the teens in their communities. Learn more about YALSA’s other book and media lists here.

The members of the Best Fiction for Young Adults Bloggin Team are: Coordinator, Lorraine Roussin, San Antonio ISD, San Antonio, TX; Megan Baird, Yuma County Library District, San Luis, AZ; Cathy DeCampli, Haddonfield Public Library, Haddonfield, NJ; Kimmie DePinto, Thornton, CO; Molly Dettmann, Pioneer Library System, Moore, OK; Lindsay Fricke, Novi Public Library, Novi, MI; Mary Gensel, Lansing, IL; Dana Hutchins, Jackson Middle School, San Antonio, TX; Carol Maples, Central High School, Lufkin, TX; Shelbie Marks, Prescott Valley Public Library, Prescott Valley, AZ; Cate Merlin, Peabody Institute Library, Peabody, MA; Cathy Rettberg, Menlo School, Atherton, CA; Celeste Rhoads, The American Library in Paris, Paris France; Jenny Zbrizher, Morris County Library, Whippany, NJ; and with the help of administrative assistant Molly Moore, Bogart Library, Bogart, GA.

The mission of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is to support library staff in alleviating the challenges teens face, and in putting all teens ‒ especially those with the greatest needs ‒ on the path to successful and fulfilling lives. For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources go to, or contact the YALSA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390; or e-mail:


Anna Lam

Communications Specialist

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)