It’s been a year of uncertainty and change and disruption, but some things remain constant: authors keep writing books, and publishers keep printing them, albeit slower and fewer! The annual release of the “Best of 2020” lists by publishers and vendors is particularly welcome this year, as it was so easy to miss the announcement of new books amidst all the other news and confusion. You’ll find our round-up of the lists below.
As usual, there are several books that are honored with appearances on multiple lists, chief among them: the deftly plotted fantasy Raybearer by debut author Jordan Ifueko, the historical novel depicting teenage life in the Japanese internment camps We Are Not Free by Traci Chee, the stark depiction of the juvenile justice system in the novel-in-verse Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam, and the fast-paced puzzle mystery The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynne Barnes. Lots of great ideas here to keep you busy reading all winter long!