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#BestBooks2018!

It’s a holiday tradition! Magazines, newspapers, and Web sites like Amazon.com select the best books of the year just in time for holiday shopping and New Year’s Resolution reading lists. Every list is unique, but some of these young adult novels are turning up everywhere; they really are the best of the best! And there’s something for everyone here. Each of these books is available in the library, so check one out today! #BestBooks2018! #SoManyGreatBooks! #GetReading!

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  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
    When Xiomara Batista, who pours all her frustrations and passion into poetry, is invited to join the school slam poetry club, she struggles with her mother’s expectations and her need to be heard.
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
    Zâelie, her brother Tzain, and princess Amari fight to restore magic to the land and activate a new generation of magi, but they are pursued by the crown prince. Get ready for danger, magic, and star-crossed romance!
  • Love, Hate, and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
    American-born Maya Aziz, a Muslim teen, struggles with her parents’ expectations and her own dreams, a situation that is complicated by a terrorist attack by a suspect who happens to share her last name.
  • Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
    Leah Burke takes center stage in this companion novel to Albertalli’s award-winning debut, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
    A decade after her parents were murdered by the High Court of Faerie, Jude still harbors a seething hatred for a wicked faerie prince and becomes embroiled in court politics as part of her plan to exact revenge. 
  • Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
    Dread Nation is Justina Ireland’s stunning depiction of race in America, wrapped in an alternate-history adventure where Confederate and Union soldiers rise from the dead at the end of the Civil War.
  • Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
    During Darius Kellner’s sophomore year he travels to Iran to meet his grandparents, but it is their next-door neighbor who changes his life for the better. 
  • Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
    This powerful graphic memoir traces the author’s unconventional childhood with a drug-addicted mother, an absent father, and two lovingly opinionated grandparents.
  • The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan
    After her mother’s suicide, Leigh travels to Taiwan to meet her grandparents, explore her mother’s childhood community, and learn more about her Taiwanese heritage.
  • Sadie by Courtney Summers
    Told from the alternating perspectives of nineteen-year-old Sadie, who has run away from her isolated Colorado town to find her younger sister’s killer, and a true crime podcast exploring Sadie’s disappearance.
  • On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden
    An epic graphic novel about a girl who travels to the ends of the universe to find a long lost love.
  • Pride by Ibi Zoboi
    Pride and Prejudice gets remixed in this smart, funny, gorgeous retelling of the classic, starring all characters of color.

What was your favorite book of 2018? Leave a comment and let me know!

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#BestBooks2017!

It’s a holiday tradition! Magazines, newspapers, and Web sites like Amazon.com select the best books of the year just in time for holiday shopping and New Year’s Resolution reading lists. Every list is unique, but some of these young adult novels are turning up everywhere; they really are the best of the best! And there’s something for everyone here: a teenager’s quest to find her biological family, a once-a-year performance of a fantasy game show, the brotherly bond between Vincent and Theo Van Gogh, a hundred-year old skeleton that reveals painful secrets from the past, a teenage coder who glitches herself into a high-stakes online tournament, a ghostly sixty-second elevator ride, and a mythic lost city. Each of these books is available in the library, so check one out today! #BestBooks2017! #SoManyGreatBooks! #GetReading!

  • Far from the Tree by Robin Benway
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  • Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
  • Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman
  • We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
  • Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham
  • Warcross by Marie Lu
  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  • You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins
  • Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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#BestBooks2016!

It’s a holiday tradition! Magazines, newspapers, and Web sites like Amazon.com select the best books of the year just in time for holiday shopping and New Year’s Resolution reading lists. Every list is unique, but some of these young adult novels are turning up everywhere; they really are the best of the best! And there’s something for everyone here: a tree that feeds upon lies, a talented 16-year old artist who meets versions of herself at different ages, the Queen of Hearts when she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love, four teenagers vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a 17-year old named Cliff who’s living on the precipice, and the truth behind the sensational trial of Lizzie Borden. Each of these books is available in the library, so check one out today! #BestBooks2016! #SoManyGreatBooks! #GetReading!

  • The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry
  • The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle
  • The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
  • Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston
  • Still Life with Tornado by A.S. King
  • Character, Driven by David Lubar
  • Burn, Baby, Burn by Meg Medina
  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  • The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden & the Trial of the Century by Sarah Miller
  • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  • Scythe by Neal Shusterman
  • The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

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#BestBooks2015

Winter is a wonderful time of year for many reasons. Hot chocolate, the scent of pine trees, and holiday cookies, to name just a few. Another is that the “Best of 2015″ lists are published! Magazines, newspapers, and Web sites like Amazon.com select the best books of the year and publish their lists just in time for holiday shopping, snow day reading, and New Year’s Resolution reading lists! Every list is different, but some of these young adult novels are turning up everywhere. They really are the best of the best, and there’s something for everyone here: Leningrad under siege, an impossible heist, an ongoing game between Love and Death, the Miss Teen Bluebonnet Pageant, an undercover slave, and a girl who is allergic to the world itself. #BestBooks2015! #SoManyGreatBooks! #GetReading!

  • Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  • Symphony for the City of the Dead by M.T. Anderson
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  • Tommy: The Gun that Changed America by Karen Blumenthal
  • The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow
  • The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbaugh
  • The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  • Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
  • All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
  • Most Dangerous by Steve Sheinkin
  • Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
  • More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
  • An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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Lucky for you, each of these books is available in the library! If you check one of these books out today you’ll be ready for soon-to-be-holiday-season reading!

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#BestBooks2014

Winter is a wonderful time of year for many reasons. Hot chocolate, the scent of pine trees, and holiday cookies, to name just a few. Another is that the “Best of 2014″ lists are published! Magazines, newspapers, and Web sites like Amazon.com select the best books of the year and publish their lists just in time for holiday shopping (and better yet, snow day reading!). Every list is different, but some of these young adult novels are turning up everywhere. They really are the best of the best, and there’s something for everyone here: lost love letters, petrified bats, twist endings, experiments gone awry, head transplants, and magical journals. #BestBooks2014!

  • The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han*
  • Skink: No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen
  • Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King*
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  • The Young Elites by Marie Lu
  • I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson*
  • Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
  • Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld*
  • Noggin by John Corey Whaley
  • Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

* These books just happen to be Pickett’s Picks 2014! And The Young Elites absolutely should have been one!

Lucky for you, each of these books is available in the library! If you check one of these books out today you’ll be ready when the snow arrives. Happy soon-to-be-holiday-season reading!

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The Best of the Best are here! #SoManyGreatBooks!

Winter is a wonderful time of year for many reasons. Hot chocolate, the scent of pine trees, and holiday cookies, to name just a few. Another is that the “Best of 2013″ lists are published! Newspapers, magazines, and Web sites like Amazon.com select the best books of the year and publish their lists just in time for holiday shopping (and better yet, snow day reading!). Every list is different, but some of these young adult novels have turned up on list after list. They really are the best of the best, and there’s something for everyone here: vampires, reality TV, first love, secrets, a murder mystery, rugby, Ravensbrück, and aliens. #SoManyGreatBooks!

  • All the Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry
  • The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
  • Reality Boy by A.S. King
  • Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
  • Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
  • Winger by Andrew Smith
  • Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
  • The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

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Lucky for you, each of these books is available in the library! There’s no snow in the forecast yet, but if you check one of these books out today you’ll be ready when it arrives! Happy soon-to-be-holiday-season reading!

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

December is a wonderful time of year for many reasons. And one of them is that the “Best of 2012″ lists are published! Newspapers, magazines, and Web sites like Amazon.com select the best books of the year and publish their lists just in time for holiday shopping (and better yet, snow day reading!). Every list is different, but some of these young adult novels have turned up on list after list. They really are the best of the best!

  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  • The Diviners by Libba Bray*
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green*
  • Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
  • Every Day by David Levithan*
  • Never Fall Down by Patricipa McCormick
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen
  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater*
  • Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein*

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ALSO AVAILABLE IN AUDIOBOOK FORMAT IN THE LIBRARY!

Lucky for you, each of these books is available in the library! There’s no snow in the forecast yet, but if you check one of these books out today you’ll be ready when it arrives! Happy holiday reading!