Book List

Best YA Books of 2018 about Facing Trauma

  • TEEN

    A LAND OF PERMANENT GOODBYES

    JAN. 23, 2018

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

A LAND OF PERMANENT GOODBYES

by Atia Abawi

A heartbreaking, haunting, and necessary story that offers hope while laying bare the bleakness of the world Tareq leaves... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    THE UNWANTED

    SEPT. 18, 2018

GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMICS

THE UNWANTED

by Don Brown ; illustrated by Don Brown

A moving chronicle of a real humanitarian tragedy. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    AFTER THE FIRE

    OCT. 1, 2018

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

AFTER THE FIRE

by Will Hill

An astonishing saga of suffering and joy, guilt, evil, redemption and truth. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    BURIED BENEATH THE BAOBAB TREE

    SEPT. 4, 2018

  • TEEN

    AFTER THE SHOT DROPS

    MARCH 6, 2018

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

AFTER THE SHOT DROPS

by Randy Ribay

A well-executed book featuring complex, diverse characters we rarely meet—a real winner for its heartbeat, compassion, and... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    THE FALL OF INNOCENCE

    JUNE 12, 2018

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

THE FALL OF INNOCENCE

by Jenny Torres Sanchez

An intimate and tragic look at how traumatic incidents affect individuals, their families, and others around them. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    WHAT THE NIGHT SINGS

    FEB. 20, 2018

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

WHAT THE NIGHT SINGS

by Vesper Stamper ; illustrated by Vesper Stamper

Evil that is impossibly difficult to comprehend and filled with word-images that will leave readers gasping. The author’s... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >

More Book Lists

The Magazine: Kirkus Reviews

We continue our coverage of 2021's best books with our favorite children's and YA titles of the year plus our regular Dec. 1 issue. 

subscribe
  • The Kirkus Star

    One of the most coveted designations in the book industry, the Kirkus Star marks books of exceptional merit.

  • The Kirkus Prize

    The Kirkus Prize is among the richest literary awards in America, awarding $50,000 in three categories annually.

    See the 2020 winners.

Great Books & News Curated For You

Be the first to read books news and see reviews, news and features in Kirkus Reviews. Get awesome content delivered to your inbox every week.

Thank you!