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YALSA 2013 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest-growing division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2013 Best Fiction for Young Adults selection list.The list suggests books that teens, ages 12-18, will enjoy and also qualify as good quality literature.

The 2013 list includes 102 titles drawn from 200 titles from a variety of genres, including contemporary realistic fiction, fantasy, horror, science fiction and novels in verse. The Best Fiction for Young Adults committee also selected a Top Ten list, which is featured below.

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Up until senior year, Greg has maintained total social invisibility. He only has one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies. He and Earl don’t make them for other people. Until Rachel, the girl with leukemia who they befriend. When Rachel decides to stop treatment, Greg and Earl make her a movie, and Greg must abandon invisibility and make a stand.

The Diviners by Libba Bray

Evie O'Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City, where she lives with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult. When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer --- if he doesn't catch her first.

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. An unusually gifted musician, Seraphina joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered, and she's drawn into the investigation. All the while, she struggles to protect her own secret, the discovery of which could mean her very life.

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

Sunday, a writer and neglected sibling, meets an enchanted frog who asks about her stories. When Sunday kisses her frog he is transformed into Rumbold, the crown prince of Arilland---and a man Sunday’s family despises. The prince returns to his castle, intent on making Sunday fall in love with him as the man he is, not the frog he was. But Sunday is not so easy to woo.

Every Day by David Levithan

Every morning, A wakes in a different person’s body, a different person’s life. He lives by three rules: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere. That is, until he wakes up in Justin's body and meets Justin's girlfriend. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with --- day in, day out, day after day.

Boy 21 by Matthew Quick

Finley lives in broken-down Bellmont, a town ruled by the Irish mob and racially charged rivalries; playing basketball is his only relief. Russ has just moved to the neighborhood, and his life has turned upside down by tragedy. He won't pick up a basketball, but answers only to the name Boy21. As senior  year brings these two boys together, a unique friendship may turn out to be the answer they both need.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. They seem to have nothing in common, but as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Gansey has always loved the tales of sleeping kings. He thinks he’s found one, or at least the area where one might be. And the best way to be there is to attend the prestigious Aglionby Academy for Boys. Blue is the daughter of the town psychic in Henrietta, Virginia, but doesn't believe in things like spirits or true love. Although her policy is to stay away from Aglionby boys, one in particular may be able to change her mind about magic, and maybe even love.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

In 1943, a British spy plane crashes in Nazi France, leaving the passenger “Verity” to be captured by the Gestapo and her best friend, Maddie, behind. When Verity’s captors tell her to confess or be executed, she writes her confession page by page --- uncovering her past, how she became friends with Maddie, and why she left Maddie in the wreck, desperately hoping to make it home.

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