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BFYA Top Ten 2011

Best Fiction for Young Adults Top Ten 
 
In 2010, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) restructured the charge for the Best Books for Young Adults committee and renamed it Best Fiction for Young Adults. 
 
The books, recommended for ages 12-18, meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens.  The list comprises a wide range of genre and styles, including contemporary realistic fiction, fantasy, horror, science fiction and novels in verse.  In addition to the 99 books chosen for the Best Fiction for Young Adults list, the committee also selected a Top Ten which is listed below. 
 
 
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
 Nailer is a light crew scavenger tearing up old hulks of ships, living day to day, until a rich girl and her gleaming ship run ashore in a storm on the beach and life gets more dangerous. 
 
Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
Haunted by the death of her brother, Andi is taken to Paris by her estranged father where an encounter with a mysterious diary may bring her back from the edge.
 
Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
Finnikin and his fellow exiles from Lumatere wish to return to their cursed homeland.  Finnikin must go on an epic journey with a mute novice named Evanialin to return home. 
 
Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
 Amy and Roger must both learn to deal with loss while on a road trip across the country which doesn't go as expected.
 
Hold Me Closer Necromancer by Lish McBride
When Sam discovers he is a necromancer he must learn to control his power in order to defeat a powerful and corrupt rival and save his friends.
 
Trash by Andy Mulligan
Three garbage-picker boys find an item of great value to a corrupt politician in their rounds, setting off a tense hunt to see who will triumph. 
 
Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins
Chiko, a Burmese soldier and Tu Reh, a Kerenni refugee meet on opposite sides of war and each must learn what it means to be a man of his people. 
 
The Things a Brother Knows by Dana Reinhardt
Boaz is back and hailed as the hometown hero, but he is not at all the same.  Can his younger brother Levi help him truly make his way home?
 
 Weeks in therapy go by and 18-year-old Zach is still unable to remember the monstrous events that left him alone and haunted by nightmares.
 
Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick
Sig is alone with his father's body when the lawless man his father had managed to escape appears out of the icy wilderness.
 
--Information found at YALSA's Book Awards website-- 
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