These are the best and most popular young adult books of the year, as selected by LAPL young adult librarians. Perfect for holiday gift-giving! More books for young adults are at LAPL Teen Web.
A girl living in Nigeria discovers she has magical powers, and is put to the test when asked to find and capture a serial killer.
Harrowing tale of one family's struggle to survive the forced relocation of Lithuanians to Siberia during World War II.
Karou, a blue haired art student by day and the adopted daughter of a wish granting demon by night, finds her world turned upside down when she meets the beautiful but frightening angel, Akiva. On opposite sides of an ancient war, the two find themselves inexplicably drawn to each other. A fast paced and captivating first book in a series.
Sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior is about to take the most important test of her life. Its results will define her identity, her family, and her friends for the rest of her life. It will determine whether she stays with the Abnegation faction she was born into - caregivers who value selflessness above all else - or whether she leaves behind her family and joins one of the other four factions in her world: Amity, Candor, Erudite, and Dauntless. But some test results are inconclusive. Some people don't fit neatly into any faction. They're divergent. And the government really doesn't like them.
Jill's father died less than a year ago, so she's skeptical when her mother announces that she wants to adopt a baby. Mandy is a pregnant teenager trying to escape an abusive home. Together, they learn what it means to trust, love, and heal.
Percy Jackson returns in this second book of the Heroes of Olympus series, and must team up with two demigods from the Roman Camp Jupiter on a mission to unleash Death, while frustrated by his own missing memories.
When Evan's childhood friend, Lucy, visits over Christmas break, he wonders why her behavior has changed so radically.