2006 Best Books for Young Adults

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has prepared the 2006 Best Books for Young Adults list. Teens, as well as publishers, authors, and librarians selected this list of recommended books. It is a diverse list that features science fiction and fantasy, nonfiction, novels in verse, cutting-edge contemporary fiction, and graphic novels. The "best books" listed below can be found be found in the Teen Corner.

You’ll find a complete list of Best Books for Young Adults 2006 on the YALSA website.


Black, Holly. Valiant: A Modern Tale of Faerie. 2005.
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Betrayed by her mother, Valerie runs away and slides into a seductive, gritty otherworld full of addicton, magic, betrayal and honor.
Bray, Libba. Rebel Angels. 2005.
Fiction BRA
After Gemma breaks the runes, she must find the strength and power to bind the released magic and restore it to its rightful possessor, The Order.
Buckhannon, Kalisha. Upstate. 2005.
Fiction BUC
Natasha and Antonio, young Harlem lovers, communicate via letters for nine years after Antonio is incarcerated for murdering his father.
Castellucci, Cecil. Boy Proof. 2005.
Fiction CAS
Victoria “Egg” Denton hides behind her outsider persona until an interesting boy persuades her to open up and share her life, her talents and love of the cinema.
Coburn, Jake. LoveSick. 2005.
Fiction COB
After losing his basketball scholarship in a drunk driving accident, Ted receives a lucrative offer to spy on a bulimic Manhattan princess.
Delisle, Guy. Pyongyang : A Journey in North Korea. 2005.
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A French Canadian author is sent to North Korea to oversee an outsourced animation project. He describes his experiences as a foreigner in communist North Korea in this graphic novel.
Eisner, Will. The Plot: The Secret Story of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. 2005.
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This graphic novel recounts the history of a false twentieth-century pamphlet, “The Protocols of Zion,” which sparked anti-Semitism worldwide.
Jacobson, Jennifer Richardson. Stained. 2005.
Fiction JAC
After her boyfriend Gabe disappears, Jocelyn joins in the search and uncovers the painful secrets he had hidden.
Johnson, Maureen. 13 Little Blue Envelopes.
Fiction JOH
The 13 envelopes Ginny receives from her dead aunt will take her through Europe and grief and into adventure.
Kass, Pnina Moed. Real Time. 2004.
Fiction KAS
Thomas feigns interest in gardening on the kibbutz to mask his real interest in traveling to Israel: Is his grandfather really a Nazi war criminal?
Kibuishi, Kazu. Daisy Kutter: The Last Train. 2005.
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In this graphic novel, Daisy Kutter, a reformed cowgirl bandit, joins a team of robots in order to pull off one last train robbery.
Krovatin, Christopher. Heavy Metal and You. 2005.
Fiction KRO
METAL HEAD NOT GOTH! Sam likes his life LOUD until a very different straightedge girl starts whispering to him. Will Melissa turn down his volume?
LaRochelle, David. Absolutely, Positively Not. 2005.
Fiction LAR
Stephen notices that his new health teacher, Mr. Bowman, is extremely handsome, but he still tries to convince himself that he is not gay in this hilarious coming-out story.
Levithan, David. Are We There Yet?. 2005.
Fiction LEV
Brothers Elijah and Danny have little in common. After their parents trick them into going to Italy, a beautiful girl forces them to reconsider their relationship.
Lynch, Chris. Inexcusable. 2005.
Fiction LYN
High-school senior and football star Keir can always find an excuse for his bad behavior, even after being accused of date rape.
Martinez, A. Lee. Gil’s All Fright Diner. 2005.
Adult Science Fiction MAR PBK
A vampire and a werewolf find a portal to hell with humorous consequences.
McGhee, Alison. All Rivers Flow to the Sea. 2005.
Fiction MCG
It’s always been Rose and Ivy, until the fateful night a blue truck slides into their car and forever suspends the sisters on either side of the threshold between life and death.
Partridge, Elizabeth. John Lennon: All I Want is the Truth: A Photographic Biography. 2005.
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This telling photo-biographical account of John Lennon introduces the man behind the myth who sought truth through music.
Pearson, Mary E. A Room on Lorelei Street. 2005.
Fiction PEA
When her alcoholic mother neglects paying rent, Zoe finds a new home and it feels like heaven—until her problems reappear found lost luggage.
Pena, Matt de la. Ball Don’t Lie. 2005.
Fiction PEN
Sticky, 17, a foster-care victim and talented white basketball player, overcomes his tough upbringing with the support of his girlfriend and the older hoopsters at the local gym.
Perkins, Lynne Rae. Criss Cross. 2005.
Fiction PER
Teenagers in a small town in the 1960s experience new thoughts and feelings, question their identities, connect, and disconnect as they search for the meaning of life and love.
Qualey, Marsha. Just Like That. 2005.
Fiction QUA
Could 18-year-old Hanna have prevented the deaths of two teens? Her guilty secret forces her to reevaluate her life and relationships.
Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. 2005.
Fiction ROW
Harry has become more somber and contrary and less trusting as terrifying forces continue to confront him.
Stein, Tammar. Light Years. 2005.
Fiction STE
After her boyfriend’s death , Maya flees Israel for a Virginia university, but she can’t escape her guilt.
Tiffany, Grace. Ariel. 2005.
Fiction TIF
Behind Shakespeare’s Tempest is the mysterious figure of Ariel. This is her story of dreams, lies and madness.
Vaughan, Brian K. Runaways. 2004-.
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Six teenagers discover that their parents are supervillains and go into hiding to try to disrupt the adults’ evil plans in this full-color graphic novel.
Volponi, Paul. Black and White. 2005.
Fiction VOL
Life looks good for best friends and high-school basketball teammates until a bad decision changes everything.
Waid, Mark. Superman: Birthright. 2004.
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The origin of Superman is updated in this graphic novel.
Westerfield, Scott. Peeps. 2005.
Fiction WES
A one-night stand leads Cal deep into the underbelly of New York City where he finds that parasite-positive predators are the least of his worries.
Westerfield, Scott. Uglies. 2005.
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Tally can’t wait for her sixteenth birthday and the surgery that will transform her into a "Pretty.”
Whitcomb, Laura. A Certain Slant of Light. 2005.
Fiction WHI
For 130 years, ghost Helen has attached herself to various hosts until James lets her know that he can see her.
Wittlinger, Ellen. Sandpiper. 2005.
Fiction WIT
Two lonely teens manage to overcome dark secrets by sharing them with each other.
Wooding, Chris. Poison. 2005.
Fiction WOO
After her baby sister is kidnapped by Phaeries, Poison is determined to get her back, not realizing that she and her sisters are part of a much larger, darker story.
Zenatti, Valerie. When I Was a Soldier : A Memoir. 2005.
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In this compelling memoir, the author, a French immigrant and Israeli citizen, comes of age the Israeli army. 

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