Best Books for Young Adults, 1995

Compiled by a committee of the Young Adult Services Association of the American Library Association.

Fiction and nonfiction published in the U.S. from late 1993 through 1994, appropriate for young adults ages 12 to 18. Selected on the basis of each book's proven or potential appeal and value to young adults.

An annotated version of this list is available in the April 1, 1995 issue of Booklist.


Alvarez, Julia. In the Time of the Butterflies. Algonquin. (1-56512-038-8) Fiction.

Bachrach, Susan, D. Tell Them We Remember: The Story of the Holocaust. Little Brown. (0-316-69264-6) Nonfiction.

Bauer, Marion Dane, editor. Am I Blue?: Coming Out From the Silence. HarperCollins (0-06-024253-1) Fiction.

Beake, Lesley. Song of Be. Henry Holt/Edge (0-8050-2905-2) Fiction.

Bennett, James. Dakota Dream. Scholastic (0-590-46680-1) Fiction.

Bode, Janet and Mack, Stan. Heartbreak and Roses: Real-Life Stories of Troubled Love. Delacorte (0-385-32068-X) Nonfiction.

Bonner, Cindy. Looking After Lily. Algonquin (1-56512-045-0) Fiction

Bosse, Malcolm. The Examination. Farrar Straus Giroux (0-374-32234-1) Fiction.

Brooks, Martha. Traveling on into the Light, and Other Stories. Orchard/Melanie Kroupa (0-531-06863-3) Fiction.

Brown, Mary. Pigs Don't Fly. Baen (0-671-87601-5) Fiction.

Bull, Emma. Finder: A Novel of the Borderlands. Tor (0-3122-85418-8) Fiction.

Butler, Octavia E. Parable of the Sower. Four Walls Eight Windows (0-941-423-99-9) Fiction.

Carlson, Lori M., editor. Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing Up Latino in the United States. Henry Holt/Edge (0-8050-3135-9) Nonfiction.

Cooney, Caroline, B. Driver's Ed. Delacorte (0-385-32087-6) Fiction.

Coville, Bruce. Oddly Enough. Harcourt Brace/Jane Yolen (0-15-200093-3) Fiction.

Cushman, Karen. Catherine, Called Birdy. Clarion (0-395-68186-3) Fiction.

Farmer, Nancy. The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm. Orchard/Richard Jackson (0-531-06829-3) Fiction.

Fletcher, Susan. Flight of the Dragon Kyn. Atheneum/Jean Karl (0-689-31880-4) Fiction.

Freedman, Russell. Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade against Child Labor. Clarion (0-395-58703-4) Nonfiction

French, Albert. Billy. Viking (0-670-85013-6) Fiction.

Hambly, Barbara. Stranger at the Wedding. Ballantine/Del Rey (0-345-38097-5) Fiction.

Hayes, Daniel. No Effect. David R. Godine (0-87923-989-1) Fiction.

Hesse, Karen. Phoenix Rising. Henry Holt (0-8050-3108-1) Fiction.

Hite, Sid. It's Nothing to a Mountain. Henry Holt (0-8050-2769-6) Fiction.

Jones, Maurice K. Say it Loud! The Story of Rap Music. Millbrook (1-56294-386-3) Nonfiction.

Jordan, Sherryl. Wolf-Woman. Houghton Mifflin (0-395-70932-6) Fiction.

Kerr, M.E. Deliver Us From Evie. HarperCollins (0-06-024475-5) Fiction.

Kindl, Patrice. Owl in Love. Houghton Mifflin (0-395-66162-5) Fiction.

King, Laurie, R. The Beekeeper's Apprentice; or, On the Segregation of the Queen. St. Martin's (0-312-10423-5) Fiction.

Koebner, Linda. Zoo Book: The Evolution of Wildlife Conservation Centers. Tor/Forge (0-312-85322-X) Nonfiction.

Koertge, Ron. Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright. Orchard/Melanie Kroupa (0-531-06840-4) Fiction.

Krisher, Trudy. Spite Fences. Delacorte (0-385-32088-4) Fiction.

Kuklin, Susan. After a Suicide: Young People Speak Up. Putnam (0-399-22605-2) Nonfiction.

Lasky, Kathryn. Beyond the Burning Time. Scholastic/Blue Sky (0-590-47331-X) Fiction.

Lawlor, Laurie. Shadow Catcher: The Life and Works of Edwards S. Curtis. Walker (0-8027-8288-4) Nonfiction.

Levitin, Sonia. Escape From Egypt. Little Brown (0-316-52273-2) Fiction.

Lynch, Chris. Gypsy Davey. HarperCollins (0-06-023586-1) Fiction.

Lynch, Chris. Iceman. HarperCollins (0-06-023340-0) Fiction.

Marrin, Albert. Unconditional Surrender: U.S. Grant and the Civil War. Atheneum (0-689-31837-5) Nonfiction.

Marsden, John. Letters from the Inside. Houghton Mifflin (0-395-68985-6) Fiction.

McCall, Nathan. Makes Me Wanna Holler: A Young Black Man in America. Random House (0-679-41268-9) Nonfiction.

Myers, Walter Dean. The Glory Field. Scholastic (0-590-45897-3) Fiction.

Naythons, Matthew. Sarajevo: A Portrait of the Seige. Warner (0-446-51824-7) Nonfiction.

Nelson, Theresa. Earthshine. Orchard/Richard Jackson (0-531-0686706) Fiction.

Nichols, Michael. The Great Apes: Between Two Worlds. National Geographic (0-87044-947-8) Nonfiction.

O'Donohoe, Nick. The Magic and the Healing. Berkley/Ace (0-441-00053-3) Fiction.

Panzer, Nora, editor. Celebrate America: In Poetry and Art. Hyperion (1-56282-665-4) Nonfiction.

Paulsen, Gary. Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod. Harcourt Brace (0-15-126227-6) Nonfiction.

Porte, Barbara Ann. Something Terrible Happened. Orchard/Richard Jackson, 10/94. 0-531-06869-2) Fiction.

Power, Susan. The Grass Dancer. Putnam (0-399-13911-7) Fiction.

Qualey, Marsha. Come In From the Cold. Houghton Mifflin (0-395-68986-4) Fiction.

Rapp, Adam. Missing the Piano. Viking (0-670-85340-2) Fiction.

Reuter, Bjarne, translated by Anthea Bell. The Boys From St. Petri. Dutton (0-525-45121-8) Fiction.

Reynolds, Marilyn. Too Soon for Jeff. Morning Glory (0-930934-90-3) Fiction.

Rivers, Glenn and Brooks, Bruce. Those Who Love the Game: Glenn "Doc" Rivers on Life in the NBA and Elsewhere. Henry Holt (0-8050-2822-6) Nonfiction.

Rodowsky, Colby. Hannah in Between. Farrar Straus Giroux (0-374-32837-4) Fiction.

Ross, Stewart. Shakespeare and Macbeth: The Story Behind the Play. Viking (0-670-85629-0) Nonfiction.

Roybal, Laura. Billy. Houghton Mifflin (0-395-67649-5) Fiction.

Rylant, Cynthia, photographs by Walker Evans. Something Permanent. Harcourt Brace (0-15-277090-9) Nonfiction.

Salisbury, Graham. Under the Blood-Red Sun. Delacorte (0-385-32099-X) Fiction.

Schulman, Audrey. The Cage. Algonquin (1-56512-035-3) Fiction.

Shoup, Barbara. Wish You Were Here. Hyperion (0-7868-0028-3) Fiction.

Sinclair, April. Coffee Will Make You Black. Hyperion (1-56282-796-0) Fiction.

Springer, Nancy. Toughing It. Harcourt Brace (0-15-200008-9) Fiction.

Stolz, Mary. Cezanne Pinto. Knopf/Borzoi (0-679-84917-3) Fiction.

Sutton, Roger. Hearing Us Out: Voices from the Gay and Lesbian Community. Little Brown (0-316-82326-0) Nonfiction.

Sweeney, Joyce. Shadow. Delacorte (0-385-32051-5) Fiction.

Temple, Frances. The Ramsay Scallop. Orchard/Richard Jackson (0-531-06836-6) Fiction.

Voigt, Cynthia. When She Hollers. Scholastic (0-590-46714-X) Fiction.

Watkins, Yoko Kawashima. My Brother, My Sister, and I. Bradbury (0-02-792526-9) Fiction.

Wilson, Robert Charles. Mysterium. Bantam/Spectra (0-553-37365-X) Fiction.

Wolf, Sylvia. Focus: Five Women Photographers. Albert Whitman (0-8075-2531-6) Nonfiction.

Woodson, Jacqueline. I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This. Delacorte (0-385-32031-0) Fiction.


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