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One Book, Many Lists

I’m fascinated by list crossover. The ones I usually look for are the ones that are on both the YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults (“both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens”) and YALSA’s Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (“titles aimed at encouraging reading among teens who dislike to read or whatever reason”). Good quality literature, appealing, and encouraging reading? Awesome!

I also take a look at what appears on these lists as well as ALSC’s Notable Children’s Books (“the best of the best in children’s books”); the titles that are honored both by YALSA and ALSC are those that fall in the overlap between the two, or books aimed at readers ages 12 to 14.

I’m also going to note the Printz and Newbery Award and Honor books; and the Morris and the Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Awards and Finalists, as well as that nominated list; and the Sibert Award and Honor Books. Additional criteria are at the websites for the lists.

If I’ve missed something, let me know. Because these lists use different eligibility years, it gets a bit tricky: a few titles from last year’s lists also appeared on this year’s lists. Also? Different lists are ordered differently (e.g., author versus title, nonfiction may not always be in a different section).

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I don’t think that a book is “better” if it appears on more than one list. I just think that it’s interesting when there are some books that meet multiple needs.

BFYA and Quick Picks

  • Enclave by Ann Aguirre
  • I am J by Chris Beam
  • Red Glove by Holly Black
  • Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
  • Bronxwood by Coe Booth
  • I Will Save You by Matt de la Pena [was a Quick Pick in 2011]
  • Exposed by Kimberly Marcus
  • Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann
  • Recovery Road by Blake Nelson
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth

BFYA and Notables

  • A Time of Miracles by Anne-Laure Bondoux [was a Notable in 2011]
  • Queen of Hearts by Martha Brooks
  • Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos [also the Newbery Award winner]
  • Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall [also a Morris Finalist]
  • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  • Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt
  • Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
  • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys [also a Morris Finalist]
  • The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater [also a Printz Honor title]

Other Award Crossovers that aren’t above

BFYA & Printz [Note that Best Books for Young Adults always included Printz titles; that isn’t a requirement for BFYA. The only title not on both lists was The Returning by Christine Hinwood. BFYA and Printz don’t know what the other is reading; The Returning wasn’t on the nominated titles that BFYA considered.]

  • Why We Broke Up by David Handler and illustrated by Maira Kalman [Printz Honor]
  • Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey [Printz Honor]
  • Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley [Printz Winner, Morris Award Winner]

BFYA & Morris Finalists [The only Morris book not appearing on the BFYA list is Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard.]

  • The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson [Finalist]
  • Hush by Eishes Chayil [Morris Finalist in 2011–see how tricky this is!]

Quick Picks & Excellence in Nonfiction Award [Award, Finalists, Nominations]

  • Can I See Your ID? by Chris Barton [ENYA Nomination]
  • How They Croaked by Georgia Bragg [also on the Notables list]

Excellence in Nonfiction Award and Notables

  • Bootleg by Karen Blumenthal [ENYA Finalist]
  • Music Was IT by Susan Goldman Rubin [ENYA Finalist]
  • Amelia Lost by Candace Fleming [ENYA Nomination]
  • Into the Unknown by Stewart Ross [ENYA Nomination]
  • Raggin’ Jazzin’ Rockin’ by Susan VanHecke [ENYA Nomination]

Excellence in Nonfiction Award and Sibert

  • Witches by Rosalyn Schanzer [ENYA Nomination, Sibert Honor]

Quick Picks and Notables

  • A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz [2011 Notable title]

— Liz Burns, currently reading The Girls of No Return by Erin Saldin, Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic, 2012

Liz Burns has been a proud and active YALSA member for years, and is currently on the Fabulous Films for Young Adults Committee. She blogs regularly at A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy.


  1. A Time of Miracles was also the 2011 Batchelder winner.

  2. Jennie, thanks! I had a feeling I’d overlooked a list.

  3. Thanks for this list of lists, Liz! Very handy. I agree, it’s interesting to see which titles end up on multiple lists. And it IS like the Holy Grail when titles appear on both BFYA and Quick Picks! Not surprised Divergent appeared on both this year– that book goes like hotcakes at my library (and everyone else’s, I expect!).

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