Our 50 Favorite YA Books of 2015

By Rachel F. Tue, December 29, 2015

I've written before about some of my favorite Young Adult titles this year, but I'm not the only librarian who loves reading YA. In October, three of our librarians—Erin H. from Philadelphia City Institute, Abbe K. from Philbrick Hall at the Parkway Central Library and myself (hi I'm Rachel F., I am the Young Adult Materials selector for the Free Library!) hosted a Book Blast for Teen Read Week. (In case you were wondering, Teen Read Week is a literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association to encourage teens to be readers and library users.)

We book-talked our 50 Favorite YA titles of 2015 to a rapt audience of teens—I mean, we may have stunned them into silence with snacks, but real, live, excellent, patient, and excited teens were there!

Thanks to donations from generous publishers—like Albert Whitman & Company, Algonquin Young Readers, Bloomsbury Children’s Books, Henry Holt and Company, Hyperion Books, Lerner Publishing Group, Macmillan Children’s Books, Simon & Schuster Education and Library, and Soho Press—we had giveaway copies of many of the Book Blast titles for our teens to take home. You might not be able to tell from the pictures, but trust me, these guys were beyond excited about these books—it was like a book free-for-all.

So without further ado and for your general reading and holiday shopping ideas—check out this booklist of our librarians’ 50 Favorite YA Titles of 2015.

Do you have any favorites that we missed? Share them below in the comments!

Mya M. holds The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Summa
Mya M. holds The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Summa
Alex F. holding The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks
Alex F. holding The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks
One of our awesome coworkers holding both Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon (technically 2014, but still awesome)
One of our awesome coworkers holding both Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon (technically 2014, but still awesome)

Comments

The Truth Commission by Susan Juby The Tightrope Walkers by David Almond Song for Ella Grey by David Almond Thanks for this list!
Susan Golden - North Carolina (former FLP librarian) Wed, December 30, 2015
Thanks, Susan, for these titles - they are also super great! Had I read them earlier in the year I would have also added Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow, Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead, Porcupine of Truth by Bill Konigsburg and Calvin by Martine Leavitt.
Rachel - Philadelphia Wed, December 30, 2015

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