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Stellar YA fiction

M. Ruby
The list author says: "Looking for good YA fiction? Here are some of my favorites"
How I Live Now
How I Live Now
"Protagonist Daisy’s voice grabs you from the opening paragraph and compels you to race through the book in one sitting. The combination of subjects, including anorexia, war, betrayal, and a mildly taboo (but not graphic) love relationship somehow all make perfect sense in Rosoff’s slim and brilliant first novel."
Jellicoe Road
Jellicoe Road
"One of my recent favorites and winner of the 2009 Michael Printz Award. Marchetta intertwines two narratives in this moving coming-of-age novel that combines spot-on depictions of teen-agers with tragedy, romance, and redemption."
Sunshine
Sunshine
"Newbery-winner McKinley’s foray into the vampire genre features Sunshine, a twenty-something baker extraordinnare, whose latent magical talents are unleashed when she is attacked by “suckers.” Sunshine not only miraculoulsy survives, but, in the aftermath, secretly teams up with fellow victim--and vampire--Constantine in this stellar urban fantasy."
The Hollow Kingdom: Book I -- The Hollow Kingdom Trilogy
The Hollow Kingdom: Book I -- The Hollow Kingdom Trilogy
"The first novel in Dunkle’s fantasy trilogy combines Victorian-era teenagers, goblins, and elves with elements of treachery, sacrifice, danger, and romance. A vividly rendered cast of characters and mid-story shift of perspective elevate this Mythopoeic Award-winning work."
The Wednesday Wars
The Wednesday Wars
"This coming-of-age story set in suburban 1960s America features Holling, who stumbles through the pitfalls of seventh grade, which include a fear-inspiring teacher, a potential girlfriend, and the plays of William Shakespeare. The result is a  laugh-out-loud funny and poignant novel."
American Born Chinese
American Born Chinese
"Yang weaves together 3 stories--that of the legendary Chinese Monkey King, an Asian-American student, and an American teenager with an embarrassing relative--in this surprising and sophisticated graphic novel."
The Teacher's Funeral : A Comedy in Three Parts
The Teacher's Funeral : A Comedy in Three Parts
"A charming tale set in turn-of-the-century middle America. Peck combines heartwarming nostalgia with his characteristic dry humor and throws in a thoroughly satisfying happy ending."
The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy
The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy
"This National Book Award winner is an nice, old-fashioned story that features realistically quirky characters, including four distinctly different sisters and their loving, widowed father."
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, Book 1)
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, Book 1)
"I held off reading this because I'm not a fan of dystopian literature, but I was very pleasantly surprised with The Hunger Games. Collins does a great job imagining her world of Panem and she creates vivid characters."
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, Book 2)
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, Book 2)
"Collins's second book in the Hunger Games trilogy does not disappoint, with its unexpected plot twist that gets the action going."
Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games)
Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games)
"Interesting ending to the Hunger Games Trilogy that addresses philosophical questions about war and its aftermath."
Bullet Point
Bullet Point
"This is Abrahams' second excellent YA offering (I consider the entertaining Echo Falls series children's books). Abrahams creates a convincing male teenage protagonist, who struggles to find his place in the world while playing his part in an intriguing mystery."
Tighter
Tighter
"A compelling and surprising ghost story. To say anything more would give the plot away."
The River   [RIVER] [Hardcover]
The River   [RIVER] [Hardcover]
"Several narrative threads merge seamlessly in Beaufrand's vivid, tense, and atmospheric suspense novel. Definitely more than the sum of its parts, this story lingers with you after you're finished reading."