TOP TEN - Best Fiction for Teens 2012
Selected by YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association)
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe / Benjamin Saenz
Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.
Boy 21 / Matthew Quick
Finley, an unnaturally quiet boy who is the only white player on his high school's varsity basketball team, lives in a dismal Pennsylvania town that is ruled by the Irish mob, and when his coach asks him to mentor a troubled African American student who has transferred there from an elite private school in California, he finds that they have a lot in common in spite of their apparent differences.
Code Name Verity / Elizabeth Wein
In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must do to survive capture by the Nazis while keeping secret all that she can.
The Diviners / Libba Bray
Seventeen-year-old Evie O'Neill is thrilled when she is sent from small-town Ohio to New York City in 1926, even when a rash of occult-based murders thrust Evie and her uncle, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, into the thick of the investigation.
Enchanted / Alethea Kontis
When Sunday Woodcutter, the youngest sibling to sisters named for the other six days of the week, kisses an enchanted frog, he transforms back into Rumbold, the crown prince of Arilland--a man Sunday's family despises.
Every Day / David Levithan
Every morning A wakes in a different person's body, in a different person's life, learning over the years to never get too attached, until he wakes up in the body of Justin and falls in love with Justin's girlfriend, Rhiannon.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl / Jesse Andrews
Seventeen-year-old Greg has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh high school without having any friends, but his life changes when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukemia.
Never Fall Down / Patricia McCormick
"Cambodian child soldier Arn Chorn-Pond defied the odds and used all of his courage and wits to survive the murderous regime of the Khmer Rouge"--
The Raven Boys / Maggie Stiefvater
Though she is from a family of clairvoyants, Blue Sargent's only gift seems to be that she makes other people's talents stronger, and when she meets Gansey, one of the Raven Boys from the expensive Aglionby Academy, she discovers that he has talents of his own--and that together their talents are a dangerous mix.
Seraphina / Rachel Hartman
In a world where dragons and humans coexist in an uneasy truce and dragons can assume human form, Seraphina, whose mother died giving birth to her, grapples with her own identity amid magical secrets and royal scandals, while she struggles to accept and develop her extraordinary musical talents.
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Believe Acoustic / Justin Bieber
Burnt Up on Re-Entry / Boduf Songs
Fade / Yo La Tengo
The Flower Lane / Ducktails
Jesus Piece /by Game
King of Conflict / Virginmarys
Push The Sky Away / Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Release The Panic / Red
Signed and Sealed in Blood / Dropkick Murphys
Transcendental Youth / Mountain Goats
True / Solange
Vicious Lies & Dangerous Rumors / Big Boi