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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)


2011 ALA Best Books for Young Adults


Sedgwick: Revolver

By Marcus Sedgwick

2010, 224 pages, $17 list

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


Marchetta: Finnkin of the Rock

By Melina Marchetta

2010, 416 pages, $19 list

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.


Bacigalupi: Ship Breaker

By Paolo Bacigalupi

2010, 336 pages, $18 list

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.


Donnelly: Revolution

By Jennifer Donnelly

2010, 496 pages, $19 list

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.


McBride: Hold Me Close, Necromancer

By Lish McBride

2010, 352 pages, $17 list

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.


Matson: Amy and Roger's Epic Detour

By Morgan Matson

2010, 352 pages, $17 list

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


Mulligan: Trash

By Andy Mulligan

2010, 240 pages, $17 list

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.


Perkins: Bamboo People

By Mitali Perkins

2010, 272 pages, $17 list

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.


Reinhardt: The Things a Brother Knows

By Dana Reinhardt

2010, 256 pages, $17 list

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?


Saenz: Last Night I Sang to the Monster

By Benjamin Saenz

2009, 304 pages, $17 list

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.


End of 2011 ALA Best Books for Young Adults