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Best YA of 2016 On Display

Category: The Teen Scene
Posted: February 8, 2017

By: Hannah Rapp

Book display outside Teen Scene room.With another year gone by, many journals and awards have posted lists and chosen winners, trying to seek out the best books of 2016. Any judgment on a book is relative, but the journals and award committees this year have compiled some pretty amazing selections of great young adult books from 2016. The review journal Kirkus had a lengthy longlist for their “best of” selections, but Publisher’s Weekly and School Library Journal included some different titles on their shorter lists. The National Book Awards finalists also produced some great picks for the best of 2016, and we rounded out our display books with titles nominated for the Morris Award, which honors the best young adult debut novels of the year.

Like most of our displays, the Best of 2016 features a wide variety of books for any reading taste. History buffs will like Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee or the non-fiction graphic novel account March: Book 3 by John Lewis. For fantasy lovers, Leigh Bardugo’s Crooked Kingdom finishes the story begun in Six of Crows and Traci Chee offers up a fascinating new world in The ReaderIf you’re looking for a tug at your heartstrings, check out The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon or When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore. Some cheerier offerings can be found on 2016’s best of lists as well, like The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness or Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown. Whatever you’re in the mood for, find one of the best young adult books of 2016 outside the teen room this February.

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