YA Books for Students

Updated July 19, 2017

I have exciting news! I won a collection of YALSA’s Top 10 Teen Book Nominees! AWESOME! These books will be added to the new YA collection. Read about it HERE: http://www.ala.org/news/member-news/2017/06/recipients-2017-teens-top-ten-book-giveaway-announced

YALSA is the Young Adult Library Services Association for which I am a professional member.

“The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is a national association of librarians, library workers, and advocates whose mission is to expand and strengthen library services for teens, aged 12–18. Through its member driven advocacy, research, and professional development initiatives, YALSA builds the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve, and empower teens. YALSA is a subspecialty of the American Library Association. Visit www.ala.org/yalsa to learn more.”-The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to Action

For further information: http://www.ala.org/yalsa/guidelines

YALSA Top 10 Teen Book Nominees

This year’s list of nominees features 26 titles that were published between Jan. 1, 2016 and Dec. 31, 2016.  The nominees are as follows, and will be included in the YA collection:

  • Black, Jenna. Nightstruck.
  • Bosworth, Jennifer. The Killing Jar. Farrar, Strauss, & Giroux.
  • Bracken, Alexandra. Passenger. Disney-Hyperion.
  • Braswell, Liz. Once Upon a Dream. Disney Press.
  • Buxbaum, Julie. Tell Me Three Things. Random House.
  • Clare, Cassandra. Lady Midnight. Margaret K. McElderry.
  • Dennard, Susan. Truthwitch. Tor Teen.
  • Dinan, Kurt. Don’t Get Caught. Sourcebooks Fire.
  • Federle, Tim. The Great American Whatever. Simon & Schuster.
  • Freedman, Russell. We Will Not Be Silent. Clarion Books.
  • Glasgow, Kathleen. Girl in Pieces. Delacorte Press.
  • Gout, Leopoldo. Genius: The Game. Feiwel & Friends.
  • Hamilton, Alwyn. Rebel of the Sands. Viking Books.
  • Kincaid, S. J. The Diabolic. Simon & Schuster.
  • Landers, Melissa. Starflight. Disney-Hyperion.
  • Martin, Emily. The Year We Fell Apart. Simon & Schuster.
  • McIntosh, Will. Burning Midnight. Random House.
  • Meyer, Marissa. Heartless. Feiwel & Friends.
  • Mills, Wendy. All We Have Left. Bloomsbury.
  • Nijkamp, Marieke. This is Where It Ends. Sourcebooks Fire.
  • Russo, Meredith. If I Was Your Girl. Flatiron Books.
  • Shusterman, Neal. Scythe. Simon & Schuster.
  • Welch, Jenna Evans. Love & Gelato. Simon & Schuster.
  • West, Kasie. P.S. I Like You. Scholastic.
  • Williamson, Lisa. The Art of Being Normal. Farrar, Strauss, & Giroux.
  • Yoon, Nicola. The Sun is Also a Star. Delacorte Press.

Updated March 26, 2017

Griffin Wildcats,

Young Adult (YA) literature is written and published for ages 12 and up, and typically covers contemporary topics via realistic fiction. These books often address young adult problems, issues, and life circumstances. (YALSA, 2017). To read further about YA through YALSA, click on this link: The Value of Young Adult Literature

These books are being introduced into the Griffin Middle School collection to address student requests for high level interest books. High-level interest books increase student reading, which in turn increases academic performance.

YA Book Check-out Process

YA books will be shelved in their own section near the circulation desk. Books will be clearly labeled “YA”. To adhere to the Intellectual Freedom Act, all students have access to YA books.

Below are YA authors who are 2017-2018 Georgia Peach Book Award nominees. Please note that not all books written by a specific author will fall under YA.

2017-2018 Georgia Peach Book Award YA Author Nominees

Title Author Genre
All American Boys Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely Realistic
Anatomical Shape of a Heart, The Jenn Bennett Realistic, Romance
Code of Honor Alan Gratz Realistic
Dan Versus Nature Don Calame Humor
Darkest Corners, The Kara Thomas Mystery/Thriller
Dumplin’ Julie Murphy Realistic, Romance
First Time She Drowned, The Kerry Kletter Realistic, Mental Health
Girl In Pieces Kathleen Glasgow Realistic
Girl Mans Up M-E Girard Realistic, LGBTQIA
Holding Smoke Elle Cosimano Mystery, Fantasy
Illuminae Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff Fantasy
Labyrinth Lost Zoraida Cordova Fantasy
My Lady Jane Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows Historical, Humor, Romance
Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here Anna Breslaw Realistic
Six of Crows Leigh Bardugo Fantasy
This Savage Song Victoria Schwab Fantasy
True Letter from a Fictional Life Kenneth Logan Realistic, LGBTQIA
We Are the Ants Shaun David Hutchinson Sci-Fi, LGBTQIA
When We Collided Emery Lord Romance
Wolf by Wolf Ryan Graudin Historical (alternate history), Fantasy
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