ALA Best Books for Young Adults
2012
Where the Streets had a Name
Click to search this book in our catalog   Abel-Fattah, Randa
Book list Since her Palestinian family lost their home, times have been hard for Hayaat, 13, who lives in Bethlehem on the occupied West Bank. To try...More
2012
Enclave
Click to search this book in our catalog   Aguirre, Ann
Publishers Weekly In this skilled though violent postapocalyptic thriller, Deuce has newly earned the rank of Huntress, after years of training hav...More
 
2012
My Name is Mina
 Almond, David
Publishers Weekly This intimate prequel to Skellig is built around Mina McKee, the curious and brilliant home-schooled child who eventually befrien...More
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2012
Dreamland Social Club
 Altebrando, Tara
School Library Journal Gr 9 Up-When Jane and her brother inherit their late mother's childhood home in Coney Island, the siblings and their dad ...More
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2012
Close to Famous
Click to search this book in our catalog   Bauer, Joan
Publishers Weekly Bauer (Peeled) tweaks a familiar recipe in this heartwarming novel about a determined girl who faces adversity with humor, heart-...More
2012
I am J
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Book list *Starred Review* Who is J? Though born a girl, he has known since early childhood that he is really a boy. But how to explain that to his p...More
 
2012
Chime
 Billingsley, Franny
Publishers Weekly After too long of an absence, Billingsley (The Folk Keeper) returns with the quirky but rich tale of 17-year-old Briony, who is c...More
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2012
Red Glove
 Black, Holly
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2012
Anna Dressed in Blood
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Publishers Weekly Effectively blending horror and romance, Blake (Sleepwalk Society) delivers an exciting and witty gothic ghost story. Seventeen-y...More
2012
Strings Attached
Click to search this book in our catalog   Blundell, Judy
Book list Blundell, a National Book Award winner for What I Saw and How I Lied (2008), returns to themes of lies and secrets and this novel has plent...More
 
2012
A Time of Miracles
 Bondoux, Anne-Laure
School Library Journal Gr 8 Up-Blaise Fortune has gone by the name Koumail for most of his life with Gloria in the war-torn Republic of Georgia. Al...More
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2012
Bronxwood
 Booth, Coe
School Library Journal Gr 9 Up-In Tyrell (Scholastic, 2006), the teen dumped the girl who lied to him and left his mother to her own devices. He set...More
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2012
Beauty Queens
Click to search this book in our catalog   Bray, Libba
Publishers Weekly Bray follows her Printz Award-winner, Going Bovine, with an only slightly less absurd premise in this out-there satire about a pl...More
2012
Brooklyn, Burning
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School Library Journal Gr 10 Up-It's a summer of love for Kid and Scout, two runaway teenagers living in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn...More
 
2012
Queen of Hearts
 Brooks, Martha
School Library Journal Gr 7-10-It is 1940, and Canada, along with the rest of the world, is at war. Marie-Claire, 15, lives on a farm with Maman, P...More
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2012
Bitter End
 Brown, Jennifer
School Library Journal Gr 9 Up-Alex is looking for something real-more real than her distant father, who never speaks in complete sentences, more r...More
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2012
Liar's Moon
Click to search this book in our catalog   Bunce, Elizabeth C
School Library Journal Gr 9 Up-Durrel and Raffin from Starcrossed (Scholastic, 2010) are back. Pickpocket Digger is now in her home city of Gerse, ...More
2012
Stay
Click to search this book in our catalog   Caletti, Deb
School Library Journal Gr 9 Up-Interweaving a young woman's past and present experiences in alternating chapters, this novel reveals how Clara&...More
 
2012
The Girl of Fire and Thorns
 Carson, Rae
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2012
The Beginning of After
 Castle, Jennifer
School Library Journal Gr 7-10-Laurel is home doing her French homework while her parents and brother go out for dessert with the neighbors. A car ...More
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2012
Hush
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School Library Journal Gr 8 Up-After six long years, Gittel is still haunted by her friend's suicide. Now 17, she knows what happened to Devory ...More
2012
Bitter Melon
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School Library Journal Gr 8 Up-While this novel will tend to resonate most with Asian-Americans, many teens can find kinship with a high school sen...More
 
2012
Texas Gothic
 Clement-Moore, Rosemary
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2012
Leverage
 Cohen, Joshua C.
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2012
The FitzOsbornes in Exile
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Book list Cooper's follow-up to A Brief History of Montmaray (2009) has the surviving members (all five of them) of the fictional kingdom of Mont...More
2012
Where I Belong
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2012
I Will Save You
 de la Pena, Matt
Book list After running away from a group home, 17-year-old Kidd Ellison sets up camp at a beach, where he is put to work by Mr. Red, an aging surfer...More
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2012
What Happened to Goodbye
 Dessen, Sarah
Publishers Weekly Dessen's 10th novel is another smoothly written journey of self-discovery. Mclean Sweet, named for "the all-time winninge...More
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2012
Wither
Click to search this book in our catalog   DeStefano, Lauren
School Library Journal Gr 9 Up-In the near future, genetic engineering has given a single generation freedom from all physical ills and a long life...More
2012
Payback Time
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School Library Journal Gr 7 Up-Senior Daniel True is short, pale, and round, hence his nickname the Michelin Man, or Mitch, for short. His former e...More
 
2012
Entwined
 Dixon, Heather
Book list *Starred Review* In the half-magical world of Eathesbury, Azalea is the oldest of 12 daughters and heir to her father's throne. When th...More
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2012
Ten Miles Past Normal
 Dowell, Frances O'Roark
Book list Moving up to a big new high school can throw anyone off her game. For Janie it hardly helps her cool quotient that her family is into susta...More
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2012
You Against Me
Click to search this book in our catalog   Downham, Jenny
Book list *Starred Review* Mikey's 15-year-old sister, Karyn, is holed up in the family's apartment, unwilling to go out or see anyone since ...More
2012
My Name is Not Easy
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2012
The Dark City
 Fisher, Catherine
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2012
Where She Went
 Forman, Gayle
School Library Journal Gr 9 Up-Three years after the tragic accident that killed the family of his former girlfriend, Mia Hall, the now-famous rock ...More
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2012
The Survival Kit
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2012
Threads and Flames
Click to search this book in our catalog   Friesner, Esther
School Library Journal Gr 6-9-Raisa, a 13-year-old Jewish girl, leaves a Polish shtetl to journey to America to join her sister, Henda, who has mis...More
 
2012
Dead End in Norvelt
 Gantos, Jack
Book list Looks like a bummer of a summer for 11-year-old Jack (with a same-name protagonist, it's tempting to assume that at least some of this ...More
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2012
Ruby Red
 Gier, Kerstin
Book list *Starred Review* It is supposed to be Charlotte. Sixteen-year-old Gwen has always known that her cousin is the one who has the family's...More
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2012
I'll Be There
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Book list A naturally gifted musician, Sam and his younger, possibly autistic brother, Riddle, have been raised apart from society by their criminall...More
2012
Something Like Hope
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Book list *Starred Review* Smart, angry, and desperate, Shavonne, 17, is in juvenile detention again, and in her present-tense, first-person narrativ...More
 
2012
Why We Broke Up
 Handler, Daniel
School Library Journal Gr 9 Up-A romance gone wrong, a wannabe director drama queen, and a quirky assortment of relationship mementos are all part o...More
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2012
The Big Crunch
 Hautman, Pete
School Library Journal Gr 8 Up-June has attended six schools in the last four years and is once again the new kid, this time at a Minnesota high sch...More
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2012
Stupid Fast
Click to search this book in our catalog   Herback, Geoff
Publishers Weekly Adult author Herbach (The Miracle Letters of T. Rimberg) delivers an alternately fascinating and awkward novel that sometimes see...More
2012
The Last Little Blue Envelope
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School Library Journal Gr 6 Up-In 13 Little Blue Envelopes (HarperCollins, 2005), Ginny Blackstone followed the instructions contained in the little...More
 
2012
The Name of the Star
 Johnson, Maureen
Book list Flip-flop-wearing. Chee. Whiz-eating 18-year-old Rory has left her Louisiana home to spend her senior year at an esteemed London school, ...More
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2012
Everybody Sees the Ants
 King, A.S.
Book list *Starred Review* Fifteen-year-old Lucky Linderman doesn't feel lucky. After creating an ill-conceived school survey on suicide, he is b...More
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2012
Icefall
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Publishers Weekly Kirby follows The Clockwork Three with a tense mystery that blends history and Norse myth. Solveig-the plain and oft-ignored seco...More
2012
The Iron Thorn
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Book list Steampunk fans will delight in this first title in the sure-to-be-popular Iron Codex series, featuring an alternate, Victorian-flavored Ame...More
 
2012
Pearl
 Knowles, Jo
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2012
Sean Griswold's Head
 Leavitt, Lindsey
School Library Journal Gr 6-9-When 15-year-old Payton Gritas gives her family the silent treatment for withholding her father's MS diagnosis for...More
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2012
Huntress
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Publishers Weekly Two teenage girls-Taisin, a sage who has visions, and Kaede, a brave fighter from a powerful family-must travel to see the Fairy ...More
2012
Legend
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Book list *Starred Review* All right, it has a plague. And, yes, it's set in some semblance of America in the not-so-distant future. Yet even wit...More
 
2012
The Piper's Son
 Marchetta, Melina
Book list Australian author Marchetta follows her Printz Award-winning Jellicoe Road (2008) and the high-fantasy Finnikin of the Rock (2010) with thi...More
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2012
Exposed
 Marcus, Kimberly
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2012
Virtuosity
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School Library Journal Gr 8 Up-In this riveting novel, 17-year-old violin prodigy Carmen Bianchi is forced to question everything she believes when...More
2012
Under the Mesquite
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School Library Journal Gr 7 Up-This stunning debut novel in verse chronicles the teenage years of Lupita, a character drawn largely from the author...More
 
2012
Cryer's Cross
 McMann, Lisa
Book list Kendall is a senior in a one-room high school where last spring Tiffany, a freshman, disappeared. Now it is the start of a new year, and Ke...More
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2012
The Apothecary
 Meloy, Maile
Book list Janie, 14, has been living happily with her screenwriter parents in Hollywood. But it's 1952, and blacklisting makes it imperative that...More
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2012
Ashfall
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Book list Alex, 15, is alone at home in Cedar Falls, Iowa, when his house collapses, as thick black ash falls from the sky. A supervolcano in Yellows...More
2012
Shine
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2012
Recovery Road
 Nelson, Blake
Book list Madeline is starting junior year in rehab. She hates the losers surrounding her all except Trish. Soon the two are escaping the halfway hou...More
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2012
A Monster Calls
 Ness, Patrick
School Library Journal Gr 7 Up-Conor O'Malley, 13, is having a difficult time. At school, he copes with bullying and loneliness. His father is ...More
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2012
The Floating Islands
Click to search this book in our catalog   Neumeier, Rachel
School Library Journal Gr 6 Up-Tragically losing his family in Tolounn and then turned away by his Tolounnese uncle, grieving Trei, 14, ventures to ...More
2012
Prized
Click to search this book in our catalog   O'Brien, Caragh
School Library Journal Gr 9 Up-O'Brien's follow-up to Birthmarked (Roaring Brook, 2010) begins with Gaia Stone at a lonely oasis in the wast...More
 
2012
The False Princess
 O'Neal, Eilis
School Library Journal Gr 7 Up-One day after her 16th birthday, Nalia, the Princess of Thorvaldor, learns that she isn't "Nalia" after...More
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2012
Fixing Delilah
 Ockler, Sarah
Publishers Weekly Delilah Hannaford's grandmother was estranged from her daughters for eight years, but when she dies, 16-year-old Delilah, her ...More
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2012
Akata Witch
Click to search this book in our catalog   Okorafor, Nnedi
Publishers Weekly Okorafor (The Shadow Speaker) returns with another successful tale of African magic. Although 12-year-old Sunny is Nigerian, she ...More
2012
Delirium
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Book list Oliver's follow-up to her smash debut, Before I Fall (2010), is another deft blend of realism and fantasy. The hook is irresistible: it...More
 
2012
This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein
 Oppel, Kenneth
Book list That Victor Frankenstein must've been a handful as a teen, eh? The latest entry in the why-hasn't-anyone-thought-of-this-before cat...More
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2012
Karma, A Novel in Verse
 Ostlere, Cathy
Publishers Weekly This epic novel, written in free verse poems in a diary format, straddles two countries and the clash of Indian cultures in the t...More
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2012
Guantanamo Boy
Click to search this book in our catalog   Perera, Anna
Book list *Starred Review* Is torture ever justified? Can a confession given under torture be considered the truth? What if the suspect is only 15? T...More
2012
What Can't Wait
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School Library Journal Gr 10 Up-Marisa Moreno, a Houston high school senior, is the goody-goody younger sister of Cecelia, who had a child at 17, a...More
 
2012
Anna and the French Kiss
 Perkins, Stephanie
Book list Anna is not happy about spending senior year at a Paris boarding school, away from her Atlanta home, best friend Bridgette, and crush Toph....More
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2012
Lola and the Boy Next Door
 Perkins, Stephanie
Book list Lola, 17, is committed to her older musician boyfriend, Max, who is 22. And Max seems committed to Lola, so much so that he even joins her ...More
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2012
Lark
Click to search this book in our catalog   Porter, Tracey
Publishers Weekly Neither character-driven nor plot-driven, middle-grade author Porter's first YA novel is a message-driven story about three t...More
2012
This Thing Called the Future
Click to search this book in our catalog   Powers, J. L.
School Library Journal Gr 9 Up-Khosi, a 14-year-old living in post-apartheid South Africa, is torn between her grandmother's superstitious belie...More
 
2012
Desert Angel
 Price, Charlie
Publishers Weekly Price (The Interrogation of Gabriel James) delivers a visceral thriller that starts with the murder of 14-year-old Angel's mo...More
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2012
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
 Riggs, Ransom
Publishers Weekly Riggs's atmospheric first novel concerns 16-year-old Jacob, a tightly wound but otherwise ordinary teenager who is "unusu...More
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2012
Words in the Dust
Click to search this book in our catalog   Reedy, Trent
Book list Born with a cleft lip, Zulaikha struggles to feel worth in a society that values women by their marriage prospects: What bride-price would...More
2012
A Web of Air
Click to search this book in our catalog   Reeve, Philip
Book list Two years have passed since Fever fled London at the end of Fever Crumb (2010), set centuries before Reeve's Hungry City Chronicles. No...More
 
2012
Queen of Water
 Resau, Laura and Maria Virginia Farinango
Book list *Starred Review* In a desperately poor Andean village in Ecuador, 7-year-old Virginia is sold off by her indigena (Indian) parents as a ser...More
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2012
The Lost Hero
 Riordan, Rick
Book list Readers longing for a return to Camp Half-Blood will get their wish in the first novel of the Heroes of Olympus series, which follows Riord...More
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2012
Divergent
Click to search this book in our catalog   Roth, Veronica
School Library Journal Gr 9 Up-In a futuristic Chicago, the populace is divided into distinct factions, each devoted to a particular virtue: Candor,...More
2012
Past Perfect
Click to search this book in our catalog   Sales, Leila
School Library Journal Gr 7 Up-Chelsea Glaser, 16, is finally old enough to get a job at the mall where normal people spend their summers instead of...More
 
2012
Okay for Now
 Schmidt, Gary
School Library Journal Gr 6-9-When his blowhard dad loses his job, Doug Swieteck has to say so long to his friend Holling and Camillo Junior High an...More
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2012
White Crow
 Sedgwick, Marcus
Book list Using three wildly different voices and two time periods separated by more than 200 years, Sedgwick's horror offering is pretty ambitio...More
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