Book News: The Best YA of 2019

It’s that time of year again, when critics and readers love to weigh in on their favorite books of the year, and we’ve rounded-up some of the most prominent lists for you below. You’ll notice that a few books have the distinction of appearing on multiple lists. Chief among them is the National Book Award finalist Pet by Akwaeke Emezi which shows up on all eight of the critics’ lists this year and which is notable for its category-defying blend of fantasy, horror, and social commentary. Repeat appearances are also made by David Yoon’s debut romantic comedy Frankly in Love, Laura Ruby’s historical fantasy Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All, as well as two works of verse: Elizabeth Acevedo’s coming of age tale With the Fire on High and Laurie Halse Anderson’s memoir of sexual assault Shout.

Amazon

BookPage

GoodReads Choice Award (Fiction)

GoodReads Choice Award (Fantasy and Science Fiction)

GoodReads Choice Award (Graphic Novels & Comics)

Kirkus

National Public Radio

New York Times

Publishers Weekly

School Library Journal

TIME

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