Adults are devouring kids’ books for a good reason.

BestofBest_blue_vert Each year, YALSA presents the Best Fiction for Young Adults. This year’s list of 102 books was drawn from 200 official nominations. The books, recommended for ages 12-18, meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens in a wide range of genres and styles, including contemporary realistic fiction, fantasy, horror, science fiction and novels in verse. images

In addition to the full list, the Best Fiction for Young Adults committee selected these Top Ten titles ~

  • Andrews, Jesse. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Abrams/Amulet Books, 2012.
  • Bray, Libba. The Diviners. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2012.
  • Hartman, Rachel. Seraphina. Random House/Random House Books for Young Readers, 2012.
  • Kontis, Alethea. Enchanted. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Harcourt Children’s Books, 2012.
  • Levithan, David. Every Day. Random House/Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2012.
  • McCormick, Patricia. Never Fall Down. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, 2012.
  • Quick, Matthew. Boy 21. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2012.
  • Saenz, Benjamin. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. Simon & Schuster/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2012.
  • Stiefvater, Maggie. The Raven Boys. Scholastic, 2012.
  • Wein, Elizabeth. Code Name Verity. Disney/Hyperion, 2012.

cropped-harry_potter_banner1 Young Adult isn’t really just for the 12-18 age group anymore ~ it’s the fastest growing publication category right now. In fact, 55 percent of readers who buy YA are actually over 18. If you still feel guilty picking up Harry Potter, don’t. images Suffering a major case of Harry potter withdrawal? Meet Quentin Coldwater.  In The Magicians by Lev Grossman, Quentin is admitted to an exclusive college of magic where he gets a very modern education in sorcery.  It’s witty, fast-paced, and entirely grown-up. 200px-Coraline Coraline is outrageous and inventive and definitely not just for children. It’s an award-winining novella by Neil Gaiman.  If you love it, pick up his Newberry Medal winner, The Graveyard Book. My book group read The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and agreed it was a privilege to any age.  Set in Germany during WWII, a child and her foster parents quietly, dangerously resist the Nazis while hiding a Jewish man in their basement.


Are you reading a YA novel?  “Cross-under” is the new word for adults reading young ~ the saying ‘age is just a number’ applies here. Tell us about one you stayed up all night to finish.


meet you here next sunday ~ nonfiction

Toni 6/30/13