During the Teen Feedback Session at ALA Midwinter, teens from Seattle and Oregon shared their opinions about the books on the Best Fiction for Young Adults 2019 list. With their input, the BFYA 2019 Blogging team determined the BFYA 2019 Top Ten:
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland Balzer & Bray/HarperTeen Publication Date: April 3, 2018 ISBN: 9780062570604
Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to rise at Gettysburg and ended the war- not due to one side’s victory, but instead due to both sides’ fear. The compromise that ended the Civil War abolished slavery in the South, but introduced the Negro and Native Reeducation Act, which allows former slaves, and their children, two options- either fight shamblers on the frontier, or attend special combat schools, in training to protect the lives of right white Southerners. Even though she’s the daughter of a white plantation owner and former slave, Jane can’t escape the future that has been preordained for her—she has spent her entire life learning the arts of combat and Southern society in order to take up the mantle as an Attendant. As Jane’s education at Miss Preston’s School of Combat in Baltimore nears its end, and her future looms closer, a close friend asks Jane to search for his lost sister as entire families also begin to go missing. Jane, along with another Attendant who also straddles both worlds, ends up in the West, where they must battle both the undead—and the living—for their very existence.
Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson HarperCollins / Katherine Tegen Books Publication Date: May 22, 2018 ISBN: 978-0062422675
Monday Charles is missing and only her best friend Claudia seems to notice. Monday fails to show up for school for several days, yet school officials do not seem concerned. Monday’s mother and sister seem reluctant to answer questions. Neighbors cannot seem to remember when they last saw Monday. How does a teenage girl disappear without anyone noticing?