YALSA names 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults

For Immediate Release
Tue, 02/04/2014


Jaclyn Finneke

Communications Manager

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)


PHILADELPHIA — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2014 list of Best Fiction for Young Adults (BFYA). This year’s list of 98 books was drawn from 175 official nominations.

The books, recommended for ages 12-18, meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens. The list comprises a wide range of genres and styles, including contemporary realistic fiction, fantasy, horror, science fiction and novels in verse. The full list can be found at http://www.ala.org/yalsa/best-fiction-young-adults.

The Best Fiction for Young Adults committee also created a Top Ten list of titles from the final list:

  • Berry, Julie. "All the Truth That’s in Me" Penguin/Viking Juvenile, 2013.
  • Clark, Kristin Elizabeth. "Freakboy" Macmillan/Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2013.
  • Federle, Tim. "Better Nate Than Ever" Simon & Schuster/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2013.
  • McNeal, Tom. "Far Far Away" Random House/Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2013.
  • Rowell, Rainbow. "Eleanor & Park" Macmillan/St. Martin’s Griffin, 2013.
  • Sedgwick, Marcus. "Midwinterblood" Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press, 2013.
  • Sepetys, Ruta. "Out of the Easy" Penguin/Philomel, 2013.
  • Smith, Andrew. "Winger" Illustrated by Sam Bosma. Simon & Schuster/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2013.
  • Sullivan, Tara. "Golden Boy" Penguin/Putnam Juvenile, 2013.
  • Wein, Elizabeth.  "Rose Under Fire"  Disney-Hyperion, 2013.

 “This year’s list has something for everyone. From a middle-grade book about a kid auditioning on Broadway to a young-adult novel about a town infected with murderous rage, the list reflects the wide interests of teen readers,” said BFYA Chair Sarah Townsend. “The committee’s dedication to reading broadly and discussing the merits of each of our 175 nominated titles has produced a list of which we are proud.”

The members of the Best Fiction for Young Adults Committee are: Sarah Townsend, chair, Suffolk Public Library, Suffolk, Virginia; Alicia Blowers, St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School, Alexandria, Virginia; Edith Campbell, Indiana State University Cunningham Memorial Library, Terre Haute, Indiana; Valerie Davis, Campbell County Public Library, Newport, Kentucky; Rebecca Denham, Harris County Public Library, Spring, Texas; Suzzanne Fuchs, Bismark, North Dakota; Beth Klein, Prospect Heights Public Library, Prospect Heights, Illinois; Carol Maples, Central Junior High, Pollok, Texas; Abby Moore, University of South Dakota University Libraries, Vermillion, South Dakota; Lisa Morris-Wilkey, Casa Grande Union High School, Casa Grande, Arizona; Laura Panter, Middle Country Public Library, Centereach, New York; Candace Reeder, Northport-East Northport Public Library, Northport, New York; Cathy Rettberg, Menlo School Library, Atherton, California; Jennifer Thompson, Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, New York; Julie Vaught, Florence County Public Library, Florence, South Carolina; Sandy Craft, administrative assistant, Morehead State University Camden-Carroll Library, Moorehead, Kentucky, Ann Kelly, Booklist Consultant.

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.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has worked to build the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve and empower teens.  For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources go to www.ala.org/yalsa, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail, yalsa@ala.org.