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Great Fiction for Teens 2016-2017


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.

Book cover of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda 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.
Book cover of Six of Crows 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.
Book cover of The Bunker Diary 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?
Book cover of Shadowshaper Shadowshaper
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.
Book cover of Ghost Ghost
by Jason Reynolds
 His dad shot a gun at him, and “Ghost” Crenshaw has been running ever since.
Book cover of The Boy in the Black Suit 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.
Book cover of Bone Gap Bone Gap
by Laura Ruby
 In a small town full of strange happenings, Finn is determined to uncover the mystery of Roza’s disappearance.
Book cover of Salt to the Sea 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.
Book cover of X: A Novel 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.
Book cover of Challenger Deep 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.
Book cover of More Happy than Not 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.
Book cover of The Sun is Also a Star 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.
Book cover of The Serpent King 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.