Thursday, January 13, 2011

2011 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults

So the ALA have just announced their ten best books for young adults this year.

Bacigalupi, Paolo. Ship Breaker.
Nailer is a light crew scavenger tearing up old hulks of ships, living day to day, until a rich girl and her gleaming ship run ashore in a storm on the beach and his life gets more dangerous.

Donnelley, Jennifer. Revolution.

Haunted by the death of her brother, Andi is taken to Paris by her estranged father where an encounter with a mysterious diary may bring her back from the edge.

*Marchetta, Melina. Finnikin of the Rock
Finnikin and his fellow exiles from Lumatere wish to return to their cursed homeland. Finnikin must go on an epic journey with a mute novice named Evanjalin to return home.

Matson, Morgan. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour.

Amy and Roger must both learn to deal with loss while on a road trip across the country which doesn't go as expected.

McBride, Lish. Hold Me Closer, Necromancer.

When Sam discovers he is a necromancer he must learn to control his power in order to defeat a powerful and corrupt rival and save his friends.

Mulligan, Andy. Trash.
Three garbage-picker boys find an item of great value to a corrupt politician on their rounds, setting off a tense hunt to see who will triumph.

Perkins, Mitali. Bamboo People.
Chiko, a Burmese soldier and Tu Reh, a Kerenni refugee meet on opposite sides of war and each must learn what it means to be a man of his people.

Reinhardt, Dana. The Things a Brother Knows.
Boaz is back and hailed as the hometown hero, but he is not at all the same. Can his younger brother Levi help him truly make his way home?

Saenz, Benjamin. Last Night I Sang to the Monster.
Weeks in therapy go by and 18-year-old Zach is still unable to remember the monstrous events that left him alone and haunted by nightmares.

Sedgwick, Marcus. Revolver.

Sig is alone with his father’s body when the lawless man his father had managed to escape appears out of the icy wilderness.

Nice list. How many have you read? Hm, OK really must get to Ship Breaker...


Tere Kirkland said...

Shipbreaker is amazing, and a great book to get guys to read. Loved the world, the writing.

I read about two pages of Revolution, but then I, uh, had to download Across the Universe to my nook. Yeah. I haven't gotten back to it yet, but I'll have to make a point to read it as soon as I'm done with ATU.

Thanks for the info!

Bookgeek said...

I loved Revolution. And am also half way through Across the Universe. Such good books out at the moment

Andrea said...

I definitely need to read Ship Breaker and especially Finnikin of the Rock. I recently read Jellicoe Road, so now I'm dying to read more from Melina Marchetta!

Anaiz said...

I have Revolution and Amy & Roger's Epic Detour on my tbr pile, hope I get to them soon because I have only heard good things!