Best Teen Books of 2011

Vicky Smith, Editor

With shelves fairly groaning under the weight of paranormal love triangles, it may be easy to think that books for teens are all the same these days. Not so, we are delighted to report. In sifting through the piles of great books published for teens this year, I was happy to discover soulful romance of the utterly normal kind, deliciously frothy historical novels, piercingly intelligent nonfiction, thrillingly inventive fantasy and science fiction and some great kickass horror, as well as some books that may leave you weeping with laughter.


ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD by Kendare Blake
by Kendare Blake
ANYA'S GHOST by Vera Brosgol
by Vera Brosgol
ASHFALL by Mike Mullin
by Mike Mullin
BEAUTY QUEENS by Libba Bray
by Libba Bray
BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY by Ruta Sepetys
by Ruta Sepetys

BLACK & WHITE by Larry Dane Brimner
by Larry Dane Brimner
BLINK AND CAUTION by Tim Wynne-Jones
by Tim Wynne-Jones
BOOTLEG by Karen Blumenthal
by Karen Blumenthal
BROOKLYN BURNING by Steve Brezenoff
by Steve Brezenoff
BUNHEADS by Sophie Flack
by Sophie Flack

CHIME by Franny Billingsley
by Franny Billingsley
DELIRIUM by Lauren Oliver
by Lauren Oliver
DREAMLAND SOCIAL CLUB by Tara Altebrando
by Tara Altebrando
FINDING SOMEWHERE by Joseph Monninger
by Joseph Monninger

THE FITZOSBORNES IN EXILE by Michelle Cooper
by Michelle Cooper
I AM J by Cris Beam
by Cris Beam
IF I COULD FLY by Judith Ortiz Cofer
by Judith Ortiz Cofer

ISLAND'S END by Padma Venkatraman
by Padma Venkatraman
THE ISLE OF BLOOD by Rick Yancey
by Rick Yancey
MANGAMAN by Barry Lyga
by Barry Lyga
MISFIT by Jon Skovron
by Jon Skovron

A MONSTER CALLS by Patrick Ness
by Patrick Ness
NOW IS THE TIME FOR RUNNING by Michael Williams
by Michael Williams
OUT OF SHADOWS by Jason Wallace
by Jason Wallace
QUEEN OF HEARTS by Martha Brooks
by Martha Brooks
THE SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater
by Maggie Stiefvater

STAY WITH ME by Paul Griffin
by Paul Griffin
STRINGS ATTACHED by Judy Blundell
by Judy Blundell
TEXAS GOTHIC by Rosemary Clement-Moore
by Rosemary Clement-Moore

TIGHTER by Adele Griffin
by Adele Griffin
TILT by Alan Cumyn
by Alan Cumyn
UNDER THE MESQUITE by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
VIRTUOSITY by Jessica Martinez
by Jessica Martinez
WHITE CROW by Marcus Sedgwick
by Marcus Sedgwick

WHY WE BROKE UP by Daniel Handler
by Daniel Handler
WINTER TOWN by Stephen Emond
by Stephen Emond