2011 Top 10 Best Fiction for Young Adults

YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) has released its picks for the top 10 books for young adults this year, chosen by a committee of school and public librarians. Read on to see the top 10, and click here to see the full list of 99 (!) books.

 

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Amy and Roger must both learn to deal with loss while on a road trip across the country which doesn’t go as expected.

 

Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins

Chiko, a Burmese soldier and Tu Reh, a Kerenni refugee meet on opposite sides of war and each must learn what it means to be a man of his people.

 

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

Finnikin and his fellow exiles from Lumatere wish to return to their cursed homeland. Finnikin must go on an epic journey with a mute novice named Evanjalin to return home.

 

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride

When Sam discovers he is a necromancer he must learn to control his power in order to defeat a powerful and corrupt rival and save his friends.

 

Last Night I Sang to the Monster by Benjamin Saenz

Weeks in therapy go by and 18-year-old Zach is still unable to remember the monstrous events that left him alone and haunted by nightmares.

 

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly (one of my favorites this year!)

Haunted by the death of her brother, Andi is taken to Paris by her estranged father where an encounter with a mysterious diary may bring her back from the edge.

 

Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick

Sig is alone with his father’s body when the lawless man his father had managed to escape appears out of the icy wilderness.

 

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

Nailer is a light crew scavenger tearing up old hulks of ships, living day to day, until a rich girl and her gleaming ship run ashore in a storm on the beach and his life gets more dangerous.

 

The Things a Brother Knows by Dana Reinhardt

Boaz is back and hailed as the hometown hero, but he is not at all the same. Can his younger brother Levi help him truly make his way home?

 

Trash by Andy Mulligan

Three garbage-picker boys find an item of great value to a corrupt politician on their rounds, setting off a tense hunt to see who will triumph.

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