I had the most fun in Las Vegas…

I had the most fun in Las Vegas with the Best Fiction for Young Adults (BFYA) committee — discussing books in an intellectually invigorating and extremely civilized fashion. Here’s the list of titles we delved quite deeply into:

Alexander, Kwame
Almond, David
Anderson, Laurie Halse
Armentrout, Jennifer
Bedford, Martyn
Blankman, Anne
Brown, Jennifer
Brown, Skila
Burgess, Melvin
Carleson, J.C.
Colbert, Brandy
Combs, Sarah
Dellaira, Ava
Fredericks, Mariah
Giles, Lamar
Green, Sally
Han, Jenny
Hattemer, Kate
Herbach, Geoff
Hubbard, Jenny
Johnston, E.K.
Kephart, Beth
Kiely, Brendan
LaCour, Nina
Lockhart, E.
Maciel, Amanda
Oliver, Lauren
Paige, Danielle
Philbrick, Rodman
Reinhardt, Dana
Reynolds, Jason
Rutkoski, Marie
Shepherd, Megan
Shinoda, Anna
Smith, Andrew
Smith, Jennifer E.
Smith, Lindsay
Strasser, Todd
Taylor, Laini
Templeman, McCormick
Venkatraman, Padma
Vlahos, Len
Waller, Sharon Biggs
Walton, Leslye
Whaley, John Corey
The True Tale of Monster Billy Dean
The Impossible Knife of Memory
Don’t Look Back: You Won’t Like What You Find
Never Ending
Prisoner of Night and Fog
Torn Away
The Hit
The Tyrant’s Daughter
Breakfast Served Anytime
Love Letters to the Dead
Season of the Witch
Fake ID
Half Bad
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy
Fat Boy vs. the Cheerleaders
And We Stay
The Story of Owen: Dragonslayer of Troneheim
Going Over
The Gospel of Winter
Everything Leads to You
We Were Liars
Dorothy Must Die
Zane and the Hurricane: A Story of Katrina
We Are the Goldens
When I Was the Greatest
The Winner’s Curse
Her Dark Curiosity
Learning Not to Drown
Grasshopper Jungle
The Geography of You and Me
No Place
Dreams of Gods and Monsters
The Glass Casket
A Time to Dance
The Scar Boys
A Mad, Wicked Folly
The Strange & Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

On Saturday afternoon, local teens came and gave their feedback. The ones that got the most support are:

Grasshopper Jungle, Tyrant’s Daughter, When I Was the Greatest, A Mad Wicked Folly, and Noggin.

About half of the titles on the list received more than 9 YES votes at the informal straw poll. As a collective, even when we have drastically different opinions, all well substantiated, we should be able to offer the world a solid slate of high quality BEST FICTION of 2014 (BFYA 2015) in early February!

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July 2, 2014 · 1:53 pm

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