The Nominations
Young Adult Fiction

I (Jen Robinson) was privileged to be the coordinator for this year’s Young Adult Fiction category. After reshuffling nominations better suited to the Middle Grade or Fantasy/Science Fiction categories, and dropping a few nominations that were not eligible for this year’s awards, we’re left with a marvelous list of 80 titles.

Many thanks to everyone who contributed suggestions for this list, and to all of the wonderful publishers who have been sending us review copies of these titles. The nominating committee has been, and will be, reading like crazy to evaluate these titles, and filter this list down to their top five.

Young Adult Fiction

Abundance of Katherines, An
written by John Green
Dutton Juvenile

Accidents of Nature
written by Harriet McBryde Johnson
Henry Holt

Adios to My Old Life
written by Caridad Ferrer
MTV Press

After the Wreck, I Picked Myself Up, Spread My Wings, and Flew Away
written by Joyce Carol Oates

Alice in the Know
written by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Angel’s Choice
written by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Simon Pulse

written by Veronica Bennett

Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl, The
written by Barry Lyga
Houghton Mifflin

Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Vol. 1: The Pox Party
written by M.T. Anderson

Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl, A
written by Tanya Lee Stone
Wendy Lamb Books

Bad Kitty
written by Michele Jaffe

written by Ally Kennen
Push (Scholastic)

Becoming Chloe
written by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Knopf Books for Young Readers

Between Mom and Jo
written by Julie Ann Peters
Little, Brown Young Readers

Blind Faith
written by Ellen Wittlinger
Simon & Schuster

Book Thief, The
written by Markus Zusak
Knopf Books for Young Readers

Born to Rock
written by Gordan Korman

Boy Book, The: A Study of Habits and Behaviors, Plus Techniques for Taming Them
written by E. Lockhart
Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Boy in the Striped Pajamas, The
written by John Boyne
David Fickling Books

Braid, The
written by Helen Frost
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life, A
written by Dana Reinhardt
Wendy Lamb Books

Christopher Killer, The
written by Alane Ferguson
Viking Juvenile

Dairy Queen
written by Catherine Murdock
Houghton Mifflin

Dirty Liar
written by Brian James
Push (Scholastic)

written by Polly Shulman
Putnam Juvenile

Estrella’s Quinceanera
written by Malin Alegria
Simon & Schuster

Eva Underground
written by Dandi Daley Mackall
Harcourt Children’s Books

Extraordinary Adventures of Horatio Lyle, The
written by Catherine Webb

Fringe Girl
written by Valerie Frankel
NAL Trade

Going Under
written by Kathe Koje
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Goy Crazy
written by Melissa Schorr

written by Heather Waldorf
Red Deer Press

Hattie Big Sky
written by Kirby Larson
Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Hollywood Sisters: Backstage Pass
written by Mary Wilcox
Delacorte Books for Young Readers

How It’s Done
written by Christine Kole MacLean

How to Be Popular
written by Meg Cabot

I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You
written by Ally Carter

written by Alice Hoffman
Little, Brown Young Readers

In the Garage
written by Alma Fullerton
Red Deer Press

It’s Kind of a Funny Story: A Novel
written by Ned Vizzini

Just In Case
written by Meg Rosoff
Wendy Lamb Books

Just Listen
written by Sarah Dessen
Viking Juvenile

King Dork
written by Frank Portman
Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Koyal Dark, Mango Sweet
written by Kashmira Sheth

Lorenzo and the Turncoat
written by Lila Guzman and Rick Guzman
Arte Pรบblico Press (Piรฑata Books)

Love Curse of the Rumbaughs, The
written by Jack Gantos
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Loving Will Shakespeare
written by Carolyn Meyer
Harcourt Children’s Books

More Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet
written by Lola Douglas

Murder Of Bindy Mackenzie, The
written by Jaclyn Moriarty
Arthur A. Levine Books

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist
written by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Knopf Books for Young Readers

Notes From The Midnight Driver
written by Jordan Sonnenblick

Nothing But the Truth (and a Few White Lies)
written by Justina Chen Headley
Little, Brown Young Readers

written by Lisa Klein

Over a Thousand Hills I Walk With You
written by Hanna Jansen
Carolrhoda Books

Paranoid Park
written by Blake Nelson
Viking Juvenile

Plenty Porter
written by Brandon Noonan

written by Kate Brian
Simon Pulse

Pursuit of Happiness, The
written by Tara Altebrando
MTV Press

Queen of Cool, The
written by Cecil Castellucci

written by Pete Hautman
Simon & Schuster

Real Question, The
written by Adrian Fogelin

Returnable Girl
written by Pamela Lowell
Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books

Rules of Survival, The
written by Nancy Werlin

written by Wendelin Van Draanen
Knopf Books for Young Readers

Samurai Shortstop
written by Alan M. Gratz

Simply Divine
written by Jacquelin Thomas
Pocket Books

written by Adrienne Maria Vrettos
Margaret K. McElderry

written by Patricia McCormick

Stay With Me
written by Garret Freymann-Weyr
Houghton Mifflin

Tallulah Falls
written by Christine Fletcher

This Is All
written by Aidan Chambers

This Time, Last Year
written by Kitt Raser Kelleher

written by Gudrun Pausewang
Carolrhoda Books

written by Susan Vaught

True and Faithful Narrative, A
written by Katherine Sturtevant
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

written by Lauren Myracle

Unresolved, The
written by T. K. Welsh
Dutton Children’s Books

Viking Warrior
written by Judson Roberts

Waiting for Eugene
written by Sallie Lowenstein
Lion Stone Books

Wish House, The
written by Celia Rees