YA Fiction

Local bookshops list their current top 5 YA bestsellers and make their YA recommendations plus Redland and Bristol Libraries’ top 10 YA issues for October and November 2019.

Max Minerva’s

Our Top 5 YA Bestsellers:

  1. O.M.G (Oh My Gods) by Alexandra Sheppard
  2. Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman
  3. His Dark Materials – Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
  4. Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve
  5. Gone by Michael Grant

 

Our recommendations:

  • Jackpot by Nic Stone – A story about race, class and the power of money in contemporary American society – a story that will resonate with teenagers in the UK on the world as it is today.
  • Scars Like Wings by Erin Stewart – 16 year old Ava Lee returns to school after a horrific fire leaves her severely disfigured. This is excellent social commentary on self worth and the value of a person, wrapped in a tale of friendship and love.

Storysmith

Our Top 5 YA Bestsellers:

  1. Ink by Alice Broadway
  2. Run, Riot by Nikesh Shukla
  3. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  4. The Secret Commonwealth by Phillip Pullman
  5. The Book of Dust by Phillip Pullman

 

Our recommendations:

  • With The Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo – An inspirational book from the winner of the Carnegie Medal, this is the story of Emoni, a resilient and harried young woman who finds her solace in cooking. Defiantly different and written with a poet’s flair, this is an important and contemporary work.
  • Chinglish by Sue Cheung – Jo speaks with her family in a cobbled-together version of Chinese and English which she calls ‘Chinglish’: it’s the starting point for a story told in diary entries and doodles about Jo’s desire to escape her humdrum existence living above a Chinese takeaway in Coventry. Funny, wise and gently revealing when it comes to the immigrant experience, Chinglish tackles big ideas in a quiet and powerful way.
  • Pax by Sara Pennypacker – So many YA books are set in bleak dystopias, but Pax takes a different approach to this format. Focusing on the small and beautiful story of a young boy and his plucky fox friend after a war set in our modern world, it’s an emotionally searing but ultimately heartwarming tale, with the added bonus of illustrations from Jon Klassen.

Waterstones Clifton

Our Top 5 YA Bestsellers:

  1.  The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman
  2. Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
  3. Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve
  4. A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
  5. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

 

Our recommendations:

  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo – a total gut punch of a book about the collision between what your parents want of you, what the world wants of you, and what you want to be, all told in the form of beat poetry.
  • A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson – one of those rare YA novels set in England, it’s a great mystery where the protagonist is actively trying to prove the accused innocent, years after the trial is done and dusted.
  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – the first in a modern-world-meets-fantasy quartet about the daughter of a fortune teller who falls in with a small group of rich school boys on the hunt for the grave of a lost Welsh king, somewhere in the Virginia countryside.

Redland Library

Top 10 YA Books Borrowed – October 2019

  1. La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman
  2. The Boy At The Top Of The Mountain by John Boyne
  3. Bad Bones by Graham Marks
  4. What She Found In The Woods by Josephine Angelini
  5. The Bombs That Brought Us Together by Brian Conaghan
  6. The Unpredictability Of Being Human by Linni Ingemundsen
  7. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  8. The Unlikely Hero Of Room 13B by Teresa Toten
  9. Girl, Boy, Sea by Christopher Vick
  10. Unique by Alison Allen-Gray

 

Top 10 YA Books Borrowed – November 2019

  1. La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman
  2. Interworld by Neil Gaiman
  3. Skylarks by Karen Gregory
  4. American Royals by Katharine McGee
  5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  6. Half Bad by Sally Green
  7. Jacob’s Ladder by Brian Keaney
  8. Artichoke Hearts by Sita Brahmachari
  9. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  10. Villain by Michael Grant

ALL Bristol Libraries

Top 10 YA Books Borrowed – October 2019

  1. La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman
  2. Release by Patrick Ness
  3. The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten
  4. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  5. Gone by Michael Grant
  6. The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
  7. Face by Benjamin Zephaniah
  8. We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
  9. Turtles All The Way Down by John Green
  10. Midnight by Derek Landy

 

Top 10 YA Books Borrowed – November 2019

  1. La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman
  2. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  3. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  4. Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
  5. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  6. The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
  7. Release by Patrick Ness
  8. The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
  9. Railhead by Philip Reeve
  10. American Royals by Katharine McGee