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Great New Fiction for Teens


Every year, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) selects the best new fiction for young adults.  The following titles were winners in 2016 and 2017.  All are available here at MC-NPL.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
by Becky Albertalli
 Simon is falling in love for the first time. Over email, if that’s even possible.
Six of Crows
by Leigh Bardugo
 Presented an offer too lucrative to refuse, gang leader Kaz Brekker and his team of convicts, runaways, and thieves set out to smuggle an imprisoned scientist from an impenetrable Fjerdan fortress, only to face treachery and betrayal along the way.
The Bunker Diary
by Kevin Brooks
 Sixteen-year-old Linus Weems is kidnapped and transported to an underground bunker, where he is joined by five other kidnapping victims. Where are they? Why have they been taken?  And can they survive?
by Daniel José Older
 Sierra Santiago was amped on her summer of painting murals and hanging with friends, before noticing the murals were fading faster than normal. Another street artist named Robbie is the only one who can help her to unlock this mystery.
by Jason Reynolds
 His dad shot a gun at him, and “Ghost” Crenshaw has been running ever since.
The Boy in the Black Suit
by Jason Reynolds
 To deal with his mother's passing, Matt accepts a job at the local funeral home. Matt meets Lovey at her grandmother’s funeral. The two of them share a bond that will help them both to move past their own respective losses.
Bone Gap
by Laura Ruby
 In a small town full of strange happenings, Finn is determined to uncover the mystery of Roza’s disappearance.
Salt to the Sea
by Ruta Sepetys
 It’s near the end of WWII and four refugees travel on foot during January to board the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship bound for safety.
X: A Novel
by Ilyasah and Kekla Magoon Shabazz
 This fictionalized account of Malcolm X’s teen years poignantly presents the young man’s struggles with identity, racism, and crime.
Challenger Deep
by Neal Shusterman
 As Caden descends into mental illness, his visions of a descent into the deep waters of a trench take over.
More Happy than Not
by Adam Silvera
 After enduring his father’s suicide, his own suicide attempt, broken friendships, and more in the Bronx projects, Aaron Soto, 16, is already considering the Leteo Institute’s memory-alteration procedure when his new friendship with Thomas turns to unrequited love.
The Sun is Also a Star
by Nicola Yoon
 Daniel decides to let fate dictate his life and NaTasha doesn't believe in fate. But today, NaTasha will believe in anything if it allows her to avoid deportation.
The Serpent King
by Jeff Zentner
 One is the son of a snake-handling preacher serving time in prison. One is a fashionista with New York dreams.