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Best of 2011: Juvenile and Young Adult Fiction and Non-fiction

These books have been recognized by either winning awards (such as Caldecott or Newberry Honor) or have multiple starred reviews from leading literature journals (such as Horn Book, Book List, School Library Journal, and Library Journal) in the year 2011.

Fiction
PICK-UP GAME edited by Marc Aronson and Charles Smith

ANNA HIBISCUS by Atinuke

GOOD LUCK, ANNA HIBISCUS by Atinuke
CITY OF ORPHANS by Avi

CLOSE TO FAMOUS by Joan Bauer

I AM J by Chris Beam

CHIME by Franny Billingsley
STRINGS ATTACHED by Judy Blundell

SMALL PERSONS WITH WINGS by Ellen Booraem
YOU AGAINST ME by Jenny Downham

HURRICANE DANCERS:  THE FIRST CARIBBEAN PIRATE SHIPWRECK by Margarita Engle
DEAD END IN NORVELT by Jack Gantos

TALL STORY by Candy Gourlay

WHY WE BROKE UP by Daniel Handler

RETURNING by Christine Hinwood
PAPER COVERS ROCK by Jenny Hubbard

INSIDE OUT AND BACK AGAIN by Thanhha Lai

STEAMPUNK edited by Kelly Link and Gavin Grant

THE PIPER'S SON by Melina Marchetta

UNDER THE MESQUITE by Guadalupe Garcia McCall

NEVER FORGOTTEN by Patricia McKissack

A MONSTER CALLS by Patrick Ness
THIS DARK ENDEAVOR by Kenneth Oppel

KARMA by Cathy Ostlere
LIFE: AN EXPLODED DIAGRAM by Mal Peet
THE QUEEN OF WATER by Laura Resau

BLUEFISH by Pat Schmatz

OKAY FOR NOW by Gary Schmidt
WONDERSTRUCK by Brian Selznick
BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY by Ruth Sepetys
JASPER JONES by Craig Silvey
THE SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater

IMAGINARY GIRLS by Nova Ren Suma

SOLDIER BEAR by Bibi Dumon Tak

DAUGHTER OF SMOKE & BONE by Laini Taylor

LILY POND by Annika Thor
HOUND DOG TRUE by Linda Urban
BREADCRUMBS by Anne Ursu

THE GIRL WHO CIRCUMNAVIGATED FAIRYLAND IN A SHIP OF HER OWN MAKING           by Catherynne Valente

THE RUNNING DREAM by Wendelin Van Draanen
ISLAND'S END by Padma Venkatraman

YOUNG FREDLE by Cynthia Voigt

WHERE THINGS COME BACK by John Corey Whaley

THE WATCH THAT ENDS THE NIGHT by Allan Wolf

BLINK & CAUTION by Tim Wynne-Jones

THE ISLE OF BLOOD by Rick Yancey

BREAKING STALIN’S NOSE by Eugene Yelchin

Biography

AMELIA LOST by Candace Fleming

MUSIC WAS IT:  YOUNG LOENARD BERNSTEIN by Susan Goldman Rubin

DRAWING FROM MEMORY by Allen Say

THE NOTORIOUS BENEDICT ARNOLD by Steve Sheinkin

 

Graphic Novel Biography

FEYNMAN by Ottaviani & Myrick

Graphic Novel

ANYA'S GHOST by Vera Brosgol

AROUND THE WORLD by Matt Phelan

Non Fiction

ROOTS AND BLUES by Arnold Adoff

TRAPPED by Marc Aronson

BOOTLEG by Karen Blumenthal

BLACK & WHITE:  THE CONFRONTATION BETWEEN REVEREND FRED L. SHUTTLESWORTH AND EUGENE “BULL” CONNOR by Larry Dane Brimnerand

AMERICA IS UNDER ATTACK:  SEPTEMBER 11, 2001:  THE DAY THE TOWERS FELL by Don Brown

TITANIC SINKS! By Barry Denenberg

UNDERGROUND:  FINDING THE LIGHT TO FREEDOM by Shane W. Evans

THE GREAT MIGRATION by Eloise Greenfield

CAN WE SAVE THE TIGER? By Martin Jenkins

HEART & SOUL by Kadir Nelson

FLESH AND BLOOD SO CHEAP by Albert Marrin

THE MANY FACES OF GEORGE WASHINGTON by Karla Killough McClafferty

TREASURY OF GREEK MYTHOLOGY by Donna Jo Napoli

THE ELEPHANT SCIENTISTS by Caitlin O’Connell & Donna M. Jackson

INTO THE UNKNOWN:  HOW GREAT EXPLORERS FOUND THEIR WAY BY LAND, SEA, AND AIR by Stewart Ross

WITCHES!:  THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE TALE OF DISASTER IN SALEM by Rosalyn Schanzerand

BLOODY TIMES:  THE FUNERAL OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN AND THE MANHUNT FOR JEFFERSON DAVIS by James Swanson

TEREZIN:  VOICES FROM THE HOLOCAUST by Ruth Thomson

CHARLES DICKINS AND THE STREET CHILDREN OF LONDON by Andrea Warren

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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