American Library Association - Best Books for Young Adults
The books, recommended for those 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 that reflects the diversity of the teen experience, nonfiction that brings to teens an awareness of the world they live in and its history, and fantastical stories told in both narrative and graphic formats. (Young Adults Library Services Association)
2010 Best Books for Young Adults
By Thomas Allen
2009, 144 pages, $19 list
Breaking new historical ground, this book explores how came to understand, value, and use “modern” technology to assist the North and help win the Civil War.
2009, 336 pages, $17 list
When Tyler’s father is unable to maintain the family farm, he hires undocumented workers, resulting in an interdependent relationship that mirrors current social and political conditions in the U.S.(The 2010 Belpré Author Award Book.)
By Nora Raleigh Baskin
2010, 208 pages, $7 list
Jason, a 12-year-old with autism spectrum disorder, finds life in a “neurotypical" world daunting but achieves success through his creative writing online.
By Clay Carmichael
2009, 241 pages, $19 list
Spunky eleven-year-old Zoe comes to live with Uncle Henry who is a metal sculptor and learns that a safe home and acceptance are possible, even for wild things like her.
By Ellen Datlow
2009, 200 pages, $17 list
Fifteen deeply twisted, fantastically funny, and hauntingly human fairy tales are told from the point of view of the villain in this excellent collection of very grim short stories.
By Candace Fleming
2009, 160 pages, $19 list
This sweeping biography of a famous, sometimes infamous, trickster and businessman who left no stone unturned to bring the famous Barnum Bailey Circus to an eager 19th century audience.
By Frances Hardinge
2009, 576 pages, $17 list
A complex political puzzle filled with subterfuge and intrigue is at the center of this enticing fantasy set on a remote tropical island about two sisters who must grapple with an unknown evil.
By Phillip Hoose
2009, 144 pages, $20 list
Nine months before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus, a 15-year-old girl was arrested for defying the same Montgomery Alabama bus laws. This is her long-neglected story.
By Iain Lawrence
2009, 304 pages, $17 list
An epic narrative spun for the residents of a polio ward in 1955 becomes personal for the young storyteller Laurie Valentine.
By Kekla Magoon
2009, 304 pages, $16 list
Seeing the injustice in his 1968 Chicago neighborhood after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is killed, Sam Childs knows he can’t be patient like his Civil Rights leader father nor join the Black Panthers like his brother: he must struggle to be his own man.
By Albert Marrin
2009, 128 pages, $23 list
This ecological disaster created by human misdeed forces a grim choice upon the people of the plains during the depths of the Great Depression.
By Jim Murphy
2009, 144 pages, $20 list
In the middle of World War I, British and German forces quit fighting to celebrate Christmas together peacefully. First person details present the human side of this bloody war.
By Marilyn Nelson
2009, 80 pages, $22 list
Unique poetry and creative illustrations bring to life the story of an integrated all-girl swing band that traveled the in the 1940s.
By Elizabeth Partridge
2009, 80 pages, $20 list
Haunting illustrations and moving text tell the story of children leading the way on freedom marches, through voter registration drives, and even to jail during the quest for civil rights.
By Ching Yeung Russell
2009, 136 pages, $17 list
In a patchwork ‘quilt’ of free verse poems the author
recounts her struggle to become a writer growing up in 1960s
By Hope Anita Smith
2009, 80 pages, $17 list
This touching collection of free verse poems explores a child’s view of her mother and their life together, then expresses raw emotions after her mother’s death.
By Tanya Lee Stone
2009, 144 pages, $25 list
In the early 1960s, 13 women endured rigorous testing and training for the space program, as well as prejudice. Numerous photographs and a revealing text chronicle their difficulties and achievements.
By Shaun Tan
2009, 96 pages, $20 list
Fifteen ‘radically’ and surrealistically illustrated tales guide readers in unexpected directions in this quirky, thoughtful, and sometimes even disturbing collection of stories and art.
By Nahoko Uehashi
2009, 245 pages, $11 list
Bodyguard-for-hire Balsa returns in this tale of redemption and political intrigue set in a fantasy world reminiscent of medieval Japan. (A 2010 Batchelder Honor Book.)
By Sally Walker
2009, 144 pages, $23 list
Crime Scene Investigation meets early American History exposing ancient crimes and describing patterns of everyday life as told and written on the bones of the early settlers.
By Scott Westerfeld
2009, 448 pages, $20 list
A hunted young Prince Aleksander Ferdinand and a girl disguised as a boy must form an unlikely alliance to survive in this steampunk version of WWI.
End of 2010 Best Books for Young Adults