Best Books for Young Adults

Atkin, S. Beth; Voices from the Streets: Young Former Gang Members Tell Their Stories; Little, Brown

Avi; Beyond the Western Sea, Book One. The Escape from Home; Orchard Books

Barron, T.A.; Lost Years of Merlin; Philomel

Berry, Liz; The China Garden; Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Blum, Joshua & Bob Holman & Mark Pellington; The United States of Poetry; Harry N. Abrams

Bode, Janet & Stan Mack; Hard Time: A Real Life Look at Juvenile Crime; Delacorte Press

Card, Orson Scott; Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus; Tor Books

Cart, Michael; My Father's Scar; Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Chambers, Veronica; Mama's Girl; Riverhead Books

Coles, Jr., William; Another Kind of Monday; Atheneum

Conly, Jane Leslie; Trout Summer; Henry Holt

Cooney, Caroline B.; The Voice on the Radio; Delacorte Press

Dash, Joan; We Shall Not Be Moved; Scholastic Press

Denenberg, Barry; An American Hero: The True Story of Charles A. Lindbergh; Scholastic Press

Dessen, Sarah; That Summer; Orchard Books

DeVries, Anke; Bruises; Front Street

Farmer, Nancy; A Girl Named Disaster; Orchard Books

Fleischman, Paul; Dateline: Troy; Candlewick Press

Fleischman, Sid; The Abracadabra Kid: A Writer's Life; Greenwillow Books

Freedman, Russell; The Life and Death of Crazy Horse; Holiday House

Freeman, Suzanne; Cuckoo's Child; Greenwillow Books

Gilstrap, John; Nathan's Run; HarperCollins

Glenn, Mel; Who Killed Mr. Chippendale? A Mystery in Poems; Lodestar Books

Gould, Steven; Wildside; Tor Books

Haddix, Margaret Peterson; Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey; Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Haddix, Margaret Peterson; Running Out of Time; Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Hanauer, Cathi; My Sister's Bones; Delacorte Press

Hautman, Pete; Mr. Was; Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Hesse, Karen; The Music of Dolphins; Scholastic Press

Hobbs, Will; Far North; Morrow Junior Books

Huth, Angela; Land Girls; St. Martin's

Ingold, Jeanette; The Window; Harcourt Brace

Keillor, Garrison and Jenny Lind Nilson; The Sandy Bottom Orchestra; Hyperion

Klass, David; Danger Zone; Scholastic Press

Kozol, Jonathan; Amazing Grace; Crown

Krakauer, Jon; Into the Wild; Villard

Lane, Dakota; Johnny Voodoo; Delacorte Press

Levy, Marilyn; Run for Your Life; Houghton Mifflin

Macy, Sue; Winning Ways: A Photohistory of American Women in Sports; Henry Holt

Matas, Carol; After the War; Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

McKissack, Patricia C. & Fredrick L. McKissack; Rebels Against Slavery: American Slave Revolts; Scholastic Press

Mead, Alice, Adem's Cross; Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Meyer, Carolyn; Gideon's People; Harcourt Brace

Myers, Walter Dean; One More River to Cross: An African American Photograph Album; Harcourt Brace

Myers, Walter Dean, Slam!; Scholastic Press

Napoli, Donna Jo; Song of the Magdalene; Scholastic Press

Nix, Garth; Sabriel; HarperCollins

Nye, Naomi Shihab & Paul Janeczko; I Feel a Little Jumpy Around You; Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Paschen, Elise & Molly Peacock & Neil Neches (editors); Poetry in Motion: One Hundred Poems from the Subways and Buses; W. W. Norton

Patterson, Katherine; Jip, His Story; Lodestar Books

Paulsen, Gary; Puppies, Dogs, and Blue Northers: Reflections on Being Raised by a Pack of Sled Dogs; Harcourt Brace

Pausewang, Gudrun; The Final Journey; Viking

Pennebaker, Ruth; Don't Think Twice; Henry Holt

Pullman, Philip; The Golden Compass; Alfred A. Knopf

Rinaldi, Ann; Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons: The Story of Phillis Wheatley; Harcourt Brace

Salzman, Mark; Lost in Place; Random House

Savage, Candace; Cowgirls; Ten Speed Press

Schmidt, Gary D.; The Sin Eater; Lodestar Books

Shevelev, Raphael & Karine Schomer; Liberating the Ghosts: Photographs and Text from the March of the Living; LensWork Publishing

Southgate, Martha; Another Way to Dance; Delacorte Press

Spinelli, Jerry; Crash; Alfred A. Knopf

Staples, Suzanne Fisher; Dangerous Skies; Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Frances Foster Books

Thesman, Jean; The Ornament Tree; Houghton, Mifflin

Thomas, Rob; Rats Saw God; Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Turner, Megan Whalen; The Thief; Greenwillow Books

Wallace, Rich; Wrestling Sturbridge; Alfred A. Knopf

Welter, John; I Want to Buy a Vowel; Algonquin

Westall, Robert; Gulf; Scholastic Press

White, Ruth; Belle Prater's Boy; Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Wilkomirski, Binjamin; Fragments; Schocken Books