In addition to announcing all of those wonderful teen book awards on Monday, the Young Adult Library Services Association also released its 2011 Best Fiction for Young Adults. There are 99 books on this list, so if you’re looking for some suggestions, this should keep you busy for awhile. In addition to the full list, the committee also identified the 2011 Top Ten Best Fiction for Teens. Here are the top ten (alphabetical by author) with links to the library catalog. I have read Revolution, Ship Breaker, Finnikin of the Rock, and The Things a Brother Knows. They were all great!!
Ship Breaker, Paolo Bacigalupi
In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl.
Revolution, Jennifer Donnelly
An angry, grieving seventeen-year-old musician facing expulsion from her prestigious Brooklyn private school travels to Paris to complete a school assignment and uncovers a diary written during the French revolution by a young actress attempting to help a tortured, imprisoned little boy–Louis Charles, the lost king of France.
Finnikin of the Rock, Melina Marchetta
Now on the cusp of manhood, Finnikin, who was a child when the royal family of Lumatere was brutally murdered and replaced by an imposter, reluctantly joins forces with an enigmatic young novice and fellow-exile, who claims that her dark dreams will lead them to a surviving royal child and a way to regain the throne of Lumatere.
Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, Morgan Matson
After the death of her father, Amy, a high school student, and Roger, a college freshman, set out on a carefully planned road trip from California to Connecticut, but wind up taking many detours, forcing Amy to face her worst fears and come to terms with her grief and guilt.
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, Lish McBride
Sam LaCroix, a Seattle fast-food worker and college dropout, discovers that he is a necromancer, part of a world of harbingers, werewolves, satyrs, and one particular necromancer who sees Sam as a threat to his lucrative business of raising the dead.
Trash, Andy Mulligan
Fourteen-year-olds Raphael and Gardo team up with a younger boy, Rat, to figure out the mysteries surrounding a bag Raphael finds during their daily life of sorting through trash in a third-world country’s dump.
Bamboo People, Mitali Perkins
Two Burmese boys, one a Karenni refugee and the other the son of an imprisoned Burmese doctor, meet in the jungle and in order to survive they must learn to trust each other.
The Things a Brother Knows, Dana Reinhardt
Although they have never gotten along well, seventeen-year-old Levi follows his older brother Boaz, an ex-Marine, on a walking trip from Boston to Washington, D.C. in hopes of learning why Boaz is completely withdrawn.
Last Night I Sang to the Monster, Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Eighteen-year-old Zach does not remember how he came to be in a treatment center for alcoholics, but through therapy and caring friends, his amnesia fades and he learns to face his past while working toward a better future.
Revolver, Marcus Sedgwick
In an isolated cabin in an Arctic wilderness, 14-year-old Sig is alone with his father’s frozen corpse. Then, out of the Arctic darkness comes a stranger: a rough giant of a man who claims Sig’s father owes him a share of a horde of stolen gold and is threatening terrible violence if Sig doesn’t reveal its whereabouts.