With the Best Fiction for Young Adults list published, I thought I’d give a final salute to some great titles published this year that ended up shut-out of all the awards. Here are ten books that didn’t get recognized by any of the major YALSA awards: Printz, BFYA, Graphic Novels, Quick Picks, Odyssey.
Nominated for BFYA:
- Liar and Spy – Rebecca Stead
- Children and the Wolves – Adam Rapp
- My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece – Anabel Pitcher
- Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone – Kat Rosenfield
- All You Never Wanted – Adele Griffin
- Chopsticks – Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral
- Dying to Know You – Aidan Chambers
- Opposite of Hallelujah – Anna Jarzab
- Year of the Beasts – Cecil Castellucci
- Sisters of Glass – Stephanie Hemphill
I don’t love all of these books, but I respect them all, and several were among my favorite 20 or 30 YA novels of the year–and I think even the ones I feel the most ambivalent about are far superior to many titles that were recognized this award season.
Obviously, there’s not much the BFYA committee could have done about the six titles that weren’t even nominated, and I have a feeling they may have decided Liar and Spy was not a YA title. Nevertheless, with these books failing to make any major lists, it seems likely that many of them will fall out of the collective memory pretty quickly, so I thought they deserved a last shout out.
These are all books I personally read and thought deserving of recognition. If I made any mistakes, or if anyone wants to chime in with books I didn’t get to this year, feel free.