Best YA Books of 2016

Posted on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 by DBRLTeen

best-ya-of-2016With the holidays ahead, you may be needing a great gift idea for the bookworm in your life. Or, perhaps you are already planning a list of road trip reads to enjoy while traveling over winter break. To help you narrow the field, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most highly-acclaimed Young Adult books of 2016.

You’ll probably recognize award-winners like Nicola Yoon and Jennifer Niven, but there are also some up-and-coming authors like Traci Chee and Jeff Zentner. The library offers these books in both print and downloadable formats.

Burn, Baby, Burn” by Meg Medina
Highly Illogical Behavior” by John Corey Whaley
Holding Up the Universe” by Jennifer Niven
If I Was Your Girl” by Meredith Russo
Love & Gelato” by Jenna Evans Welch
Salt to the Sea” by Ruta Sepetys
Scythe” by Neal Shusterman
Still Life with Tornado” by A.S. King
The Lie Tree” by Frances Hardinge
The Passion of Dolssa” by Julie Berry
The Reader” by Traci Chee
The Serpent King” by Jeff Zentner
The Sun Is Also a Star” by Nicola Yoon

NPR, School Library Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, and GoodReads.com all have in-depth “best of” lists for children, teens, and adults. It’s a great way to discover books you might not have otherwise read.

For more great YA book recommendations, be sure to download the free Teen Book Finder app for iOS or Android. This app offers easy access to past titles honored by the Young Adult Library Services Association. Happy Reading and Happy New Year!