2007 Best Books for Young Adults
A committee of the Young Adult Library Services (YALSA) selected the titles for this diverse list of recommended books that includes verse novels, graphic novels, fantasy, realistic fiction, comedy, historical fiction, and nonfiction. In selecting the 2007 “best books,” the committee listened to a large group of passionate teen readers who spoke about their favorite books.
You’ll find a complete list of Best Books for Young Adults 2007 on the YALSA website.
- Anderson, M.T. The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume 1: The Pox Party. 2006.
- Octavian, an African American, is brought up from birth to age 16 as part of a science experiment in the years leading up to and during the Revolutionary War.
- Bondoux, Anne Laurie. Killers Tears. 2006.
- As they work together on a remote Chilean farm, Pablo and the man who murdered his parents become like father and son. Translated from the French.
- Booth, Coe. Tyrell. 2006.
- Fifteen-year-old Tyrell is living in a Bronx homeless shelter with his spaced-out mother and his younger brother. His father is in jail. Will he end up following in his father's footsteps?
- Brooks, Kevin. The Road of the Dead. 2006.
- On a storm-ravaged night, a 19-year-old girl is kidnapped, raped, and killed. Three days later, her two younger brothers set out in search of her murderer.
- Cohn, Rachel and Levithan, David. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. 2006.
- It all starts when Nick asks Norah to be his girlfriend for five minutes. He only needs five minutes to avoid his ex-girlfriend, who's just walked in to his band's show.
- Eldred, Tim. Grease Monkey: A Tale of Growing Up in Orbit. 2006.
- In this hilarious graphic novel, a teen spaceship mechanic learns to adjust to his crotchety new boss– who happens to be a gorilla.
- Gantos, Jack. The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs. 2006.
- Love and devotion lead to taxidermy in this bizarre, shocking tale.
- Giles, Gail. What Happened to Cass McBride? 2006.
- In this fast-paced psychological thriller, Kyle takes revenge on Cass McBride, who he feels is responsible for his brother's death. He puts her in a box and buries her alive!
- Glass, Linzi Alex. The Year the Gypsies Came. 2006.
- Set against the backdrop of antiapartheid riots, a family of wanderers bring tragedy to a South African teen.
- Going, K.L. Saint Iggy. 2006.
- Meth-damaged 16-year-old Iggy faces many obstacles, including expulsion from school and his parents'drug addiction. But he still yearns to make a difference.
- Green, John. An Abundance of Katherines. 2006.
- When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton's type is girls named Katherine, but he's been dumped by 19 (!) of them. Can a mathematical formula help him find the love of his life?
- Hartnett, Sonya. Surrender. 2006.
- As 20-year-old Gabriel lay dying, he recalls his miserable childhood and the influence of a mysterious companion.
- Hoffman, Alice. Incantation. 2006.
- During the Spanish Inquisition, 16-year-old Estrella discovers that she is a converso– a Jewish convert to Christianity whose family secretly practices the Jewish faith.
- Johnson, Maureen. Devilish. 2006.
- In exchange for popularity, Jane's best friend sells her soul to a cupcake-eating demon.
- Knox, Elizabeth. Dreamhunter. 2006.
- In a world where dreams can be collected and performed, 16-year-old Laura uses her dream-catching ability to expose government corruption.
- Lansens, Lori. The Girls. 2006.
- Ruby and Rose, twins conjoined at their heads, reveal their secrets and struggles.
- Lynch, Scott. The Lies of Locke Lamora. 2006.
- In this fantasy caper, professional thief Locke Lamora has long preyed on the nobles of Camorr. Now someone is preying on him.
- McCormick, Patricia. Sold. 2006.
- A 13-year-old Nepalese girl is sold into prostitution after a monsoon leaves her family destitute.
- Miller, Kirsten. Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City.
- Beneath the streets of New York City, menacing gangsters, killer princesses, and Girl Scouts gone bad embark on a mad adventure.
- Mitchell, David. Black Swan Green. 2006.
- In this darkly humorous novel, Jason's stammering terrorizes him, making silence preferable.
- Murdock, Catherine Gilbert. Dairy Queen. 2006.
- Running her family's farm and fulfilling others' expectations makes D.J. feel penned in until she finds herself training the rival school's quarterback.
- Na, An. Wait for Me. 2006.
- Korean American Mina started stretching the truth to fulfill her mother's high expectations. Now her lies are catching up with her.
- Pfeffer, Susan Beth. Life as We Knew It. 2006.
- In her journal, 16-year-old Miranda records her family's struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.
- Portman, Frank. King Dork. 2006.
- While creating outrageous album covers and trying to name his band, 14-year-old Tom grapples with his father's death.
- Reinhardt, Dana. A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life. 2006.
- Encouraged by her supportive adoptive famiy, Simome reaches out to her birth mother and finds unexpected blessings, including a new appreciation for her Jewish heritage.
- Rosoff, Meg. Just in Case. 2006.
- After rescuing his baby brother from an open window's ledge, 15-year-old David struggles to reinvent himself and change his destiny,
- Sayres, Meghan Nuttall. Anahita's Woven Riddle. 2006.
- In early 20th century Iran, a headstrong girl agrees to marry the suitor who can guess the riddle woven into her wedding carpet.
- Selvadurai, Shyam. Swimming in the Monsoon Sea. 2007.
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- Fourteen-year-old Amrith makes discoveries about his family's past and his own sexuality when his Canadian cousin comes to visit him in Sri Lanka.
- Stahler, David, Jr. Doppelganger. 2006.
- After mudering a popular athlete and possessing his body, a shape-shifting killer becomes embroiled in his victim's troubled life.
- Stassen, Jean-Philippe. Deogratias, a Tale of Rwanda. 2006.
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- A Hutu boy desperately clings to his humanity and his love for a Tutsi girl in this unsettling graphic novel.
- Tharp, Tim. Knights of the Hill Country. 2006.
- A high school star linebacker owes a lot to his buddy, but how far should he go out of loyalty to his friend?
- Vaught, Susan. Trigger. 2006.
- After shooting himself in the head and suffering severe brain damage, Jersey Hatch sets out to discover what made him pull the trigger.
- Vizzini, Ned. It's Kind of a Funny Story. 2006.
- A humorous account of a New York City teenager's battle with depression and his time spent in a psychiatric hospital.
- Volponi, Paul. Rooftop. 2006.
- There are no easy answers for his family or their African American community after Clay witnesses the shooting of his cousin by a police officer.
- Vrettos, Adrienne Maria. Skin. 2006.
- After his sister starves herself to death, 14-year-old Donnie reflects on her illness and the devastating effects on their family.
- Werlin, Nancy. The Rules of Survival. 2006.
- Matthew and his younger sister think they may have found a man who will save them from their abusive mother.
- Woodrell, Daniel. Winter's Bone. 2006.
- To save her home and family, 17-year-old Ree sets out on a perilous search for her missing father.
- Yang, Gene Luen. American Born Chinese. 2006.
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- This graphic novel explores racism and self-hatred as a Chinese-American teenager struggles to come to terms with his heritage.
- Zusak, Markus. The Book Thief. 2006.
- Death narrates this story set in Nazi Germany, in which orphaned Liesel befriends a Jew hidden by her guardians and finds solace in stolen books.