BBYA Top Ten 2010

The Best Books for Young Adults (BBYA) committee each year selects and annotates a list of significant adult and young adult books. It is a general list of fiction and nonfiction titles selected for their proven or potential appeal to the personal reading tastes of the young adult.

In addition to the 90 titles selected for the full list of Best Books for Young Adults, the 2010 committee has selected the following as the ten best books for young adults.


Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan
     Sixteen-year-old Nick and his older brother Alan are always on the run. Now, Alan has been marked by a demon and to save him, the boys must become the hunters.

The Orange Houses by Paul Griffin
     Despite poverty, gang violence, and lack of appropriate supports, three inner-city teens come together and try to beat the odds and succeed in life.

The Great Wide Sea by M.H. Herlong
     His mother is dead and his father is missing at sea.  With a horrific storm brewing, can sixteen-year-old Ben and his younger brothers survive?

The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks
      Nina Harrison, now and forever a teenage vampire, leads her dysfunctional crew of bloodsuckers on a mission to halt vampire persecution and rescue a vicious werewolf.

Alligator Bayou by Donna Jo Napoli
     Fourteen-year-old Calogero emigrates to Louisiana in 1899, where his tiny Sicilian community faces discrimination and worse in a small town were they're considered neither black nor white.

Stitches: a Memoir by David Small
      In stunning graphic memoir format, Caldecot-winning artist David Small tells the story of his difficult childhood and his journey into adolescence and adulthood.

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
     The year they are twelve, Sal begins to ignore Miranda and breaks her heart.  But Miranda's attention is diverted when she begins to receive urgent, anonymous notes in unexpected places.

Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork
      Marcelo--a teen who exhibits Asperger-like-behaviors--is forced to leave his job caring for horses to work in his father's law firm and experience "the real world."

Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor
      Three novellas explore the power of a kiss, and its possible hazards or thrills, especially if the kiss pulls humans and demons together in a lusty embrace.

Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland by Sally M. Walker
      This books offers an incredible look at how ancient bones can reveal the details about the daily lives of colonial Americans

--Information found at YALSA's Book Awards website--