Every year, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) selects the books that are most likely to be picked up and read by young adults. These titles are fun and easy reads. The following titles were winners in 2016 and 2017 and are available through the library.
* These books are in the top ten list.
Graham, Ali. 99 Problems: Superstars Have Bad Days Too. 2015. Workman Publishing Company. Based off the popular Tumblr page, a book that showcases that superstars can and do have problems.
Heppermann, Christine.Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty. 2014. Illus. Greenwillow/HarperCollins Children’s. Dark and gritty poems with a fairy tale twist.
Howell, Dan and Lester, Phil. The Amazing Book Is Not on Fire: The World of Dan and Phil. 2015. Illus. Random House Books for Young Readers. #AmazingPhil and #danisnotonfire tell the story of how they went from teenagers to YouTube celebrities.
Knapp, Andrew. Find Momo Coast to Coast: My Dog Is Taking a Road Trip. Can You Find Him? 2015. Illus. Quirk Books. Momo is hiding in places all over the United States and Canada.
Light, Austin. Movie Title Typos: Making Movies Better by Subtracting One Letter. 2015. Illus. Chronicle Books. Make a movie different by removing just one letter.
Miller, Shauna. Penny Chic: How to Be Stylish on a Real Girl’s Budget. 2014. Little, Brown & Co/Hachette. A guide to free and inexpensive clothing to make and wear.
Munroe, Randall. What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions. 2014. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Scientifically accurate answers to wildly improbable questions.
National Geographic Society. Weird But True Food: 300 Bite-Size Facts about Incredible Edibles. 2015. National Geographic Society Children’s Books. Random and entertaining food facts.
Shecter, Vicky Alvear. Hades Speaks!: A Guide to the Underworld by the Greek God of the Dead. Illus. 2014. Boyds Mills Press/Highlights. Hades himself walks you through the Greek underworld.
Wicks, Maris. Human Body Theater. Illus. 2015. First: Second/Macmillan. Dance your way through the human anatomy with this graphic novel.
Alender, Katie. The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall. 2015. Point/Scholastic. Delia has inherited a haunted asylum.
* Aveyard, Victoria.Red Queen. 2015. HarperTeen/HarperCollins. Mare lives in a dystopian society where the color of your blood determines your fate. Her life is turned upside down when it is discovered that she possesses superhuman gifts.
Black, Holly. The Darkest Part of the Forest. 2015. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers/Hachette. Hazel and Ben live in a fantastical town where fairies are the norm and tourists come from miles around to experience the magic.
* Black, Holly and Clare, Cassandra. The Iron Trial. 2014. Illus. Scholastic Press. After hearing his father’s horror stories of the mage world all his life, Callum tries his hardest to fail the entrance exams for the Magisterium. He fails so spectacularly that they decide to take him.
Bow, Erin. The Scorpion Rules. 2015. Margaret E. McElderry/Simon & Schuster. Held hostage by an A.I. in charge of world peace, Princess Greta accepts the fact she will be killed if her mother declares war on another territory — until a new boy arrives who causes everyone, including her, to question all they know to be true.
Chmakova, Svetlana. Awkward. 2015. Yen Press/Hachette. When the science and art clubs do battle over school space, things are bound to get awkward.
de la Cruz, Melissa. The Isle of the Lost. 2015. Hyperion/Disney. The children of Disney’s most notorious villains look to see if there’s more to life than the dark and dreary Isle of the Lost.
Easton, T.S. Boys Don’t Knit (In Public). 2015. Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan. After an embarrassing legal mishap, Ben serves his probation time in a knitting class. Turns out he’s pretty good with the needles–enter the world of competitive knitting.
Gonzalez, Christina Diaz. Moving Target. 2015. Scholastic Press/Scholastic. Cassie’s life is entwined with the mythical Spear of Destiny. Now she’s on a quest to discover the truth in time to save her father.
Gratz, Alan. Code of Honor. 2015. Scholastic Press/Scholastic. Kamran discovers an extensive conspiracy when his brother is accused of terrorism.
Gurevich, Margaret. Chloe by design: Making the Cut. 2014. Illus. Stone Arch Books/Capstone Young Readers. When a reality competition series comes to town, can fashionista Chloe make the cut?
Helms, Rhonda. Promposal. 2015. Simon Pulse/Simon and Schuster. The excitement of prom causes drama as the event draws near.
Hiaasen, Carl. Skink No Surrender. 2014. Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers/Random House. With the help of a large, gnarly-looking homeless man named Skink, Richard sets out to rescue his runaway cousin.
Howard, J.J. Tracers. 2015. G.P. Putnam’s & Sons Books for Young Readers/Penguin. Cam is working as a bike messenger in Manhattan to pay off a dangerous loan shark when he literally crashes into the world of parkour.
Jamieson, Victoria. Roller Girl. 2015. Illus. Dial Books/Penguin. As Astrid discovers that best friends aren’t always forever, she falls in love with roller derby.
Knowles, Jo. Read Between the Lines. 2015. Candlewick Press. A broken finger traps a nerd’s hand in a rude gesture, setting in motion ten interconnected stories.
Latham, Jennifer. Scarlett Undercover. 2015. Little, Brown and Company/Hachette. Meet Scarlett, a smart, sarcastic, kick-butt, Muslim American heroine, ready to solve crime in her town.
* Lee, Fonda. Zeroboxer. 2015. Flux/Llewellyn Worldwide. Carr Luka discovers a secret that threatens his status as the best zero-gravity fighter on Earth and Mars.
Matharu, Taran. The Novice. 2015. Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan. Fletcher has a rare skill to summon demons and heads to a school that may teach him to control his ability.
* Murphy, Julie. Dumplin’. 2015. Balzer & Bray/HarperCollins. Plus-sized Willowdean and her outcast friends challenge social norms in small-town Texas.
* Myers, E.C. The Silence of Six. 2014. Adaptive Studios. After Max’s best friend kills himself in front of the whole world, Max must solve the mystery before the government tracks him down.
O’Connor, George. Ares: Bringer of War. 2015. Illus. First Second/Macmillan. Ares has many vested interests in the Trojan War and can’t bear to lose to his nemesis, Athena, without a fight.
* Older, Daniel José. Shadowshaper. 2015. Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic. Sierra discovers that her heritage allows her to tap into the magic in art. Now she must use that power to stop the evil rising in her neighborhood.
Painchaud, Michelle. Pretending to Be Erica. 2015. Viking Books for Young Readers/Penguin. Raised from a young age to impersonate a missing heiress, Violet discovers she has a conscience just when she’s supposed to pull off her biggest con.
Priest, Cherie. I Am Princess X. 2015. Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic. The artist who drew Princess X died three years ago. So why is May suddenly seeing pictures of the comic all over town?
Riordan, Rick. The Sword of Summer. 2015. Disney Press. Magnus has been on the run for two years and now he’s finding new adventures in the halls of Valhalla.
Saeed, Aisha. Written in the Stars. 2015. Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin. Naila’s parents are convinced that she has forgotten who she is and where she comes from. Will she survive her trip to Pakistan and her family’s cultural traditions?
Smale, Holly. Geek Girl. 2015. HarperTeen/HarperCollins. When one of the world’s top fashion designers offers Harriet the chance to reinvent herself as a model, she jumps at it.
* Stevenson, Noelle. Nimona. 2015. Illus. HarperTeen/HarperCollins. Nimona can, literally, be anything she wants and what she wants more than anything is to be evil Lord Ballister Blackheart’s sidekick. When these two team up, the lines between good and evil begin to blur and chaos reigns.
Tucholke, April G. Slasher Girls and Monster Boys. 2015. Dial/Penguin. Tales of terror inspired by some aspect of pop culture, from popular YA authors.
Vega, Danielle. Survive The Night. 2015. Razorbill/Penguin. Recovering addict Casey quickly figures out that getting out of the underground rave alive is going to be the hardest fight of her life.
* Yoon, Nicola. Everything, Everything. Illus. 2015. Delacorte Press/Random House. Madeline Whittier is allergic to the world and hasn’t left her house in 17 years. When Olly moves in next door with his own complicated life, Maddy suddenly feels like she can see the future—and it could be a disaster.
Jokulsson, Illugi. James Rodriguez. 2015. Abbeville Press. James Rodriguez is a young, rising star from Colombia who made a name for himself in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Jokulsson, Illugi. Stars of World Soccer. 2015. Abbeville Press. Short biographies of the world’s greatest male soccer players.
Matsui, Yusei. Assassination Classroom V. 1. 2014. Illus. Viz Media. A destructive alien, who just finished taking a chunk out of the moon, makes a deal with the government: It will take over as the teacher for a class of troubled students, class 3-E, while they attempt to assassinate him.
Matsui, Yusei. Assassination Classroom V. 2. 2015. Illus. Viz Media. The students of Class 3-E have a uniquely skilled foreign language teacher, Ms. Jelavich.
Matsui, Yusei. Assassination Classroom V. 3. 2014. Illus. Viz Media. A killer robot enrolls in Class 3-E and Ms. Jelavich has a guest that may force her to leave the school.
Matsui, Yusei. Assassination Classroom V. 4. 2015. Illus. Viz Media. Koro Sensei has a brother! Can he stop Koro Sensei before he destroys the world?
Matsui, Yusei. Assassination Classroom V. 5. 2015. Illus. Viz Media. A ruthless new combat instructor joins class 3-E but they show him how tough they already are.
Matsui, Yusei. Assassination Classroom V. 6. 2015. Illus. Viz Media. Class 3-E attempts a dangerous assassination.