Getting all angsty over young adult fiction

Another in our series introducing each genre, written by the organizer.

For your consideration:

The world as it was and is. Not as it could, or would, or should be.  Send the dystopias and space operas, the fairies and angels, the blood-suckers, zombies, and alternate realities to SFF. In YA Fiction we want the real world of the past and present with all of its flaws and pain and humor and beauty. We want books published for young adults ages 12-18 that are not only well-written, but which will expose the world and open a window to self-discovery. Books that respect their audience; books that teens will press into their friends' hands with fervor in their eyes and say, "You HAVE to read this." We are looking for the handful that can call themselves the greatest teen novels of 2011.

–Jackie Parker

Go to the Young Adult Fiction nominations page.