GRRL's top 20 of 2020: young adult fiction

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Suzanne Collins
Description: It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to outcharm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute. The odds are against him. He's been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their fates are now completely intertwined, every choice Coriolanus makes could lead to favor or failure, triumph or ruin. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute, and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what it takes.
Call Number: YA FIC Col
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
Angie Thomas
Description: After witnessing her friend's death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter's life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died.
Call Number: YA FIC Tho
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
Suzanne Collins
Description: In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.
Call Number: YA FIC Col
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
Lois Lowry
Description: Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.
Call Number: YA FIC Low
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
John Green
Description: It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward. Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.
Call Number: YA FIC Gre
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
Tomi Adeyemi
Description: Seventeen-year-old Zélie, her older brother Tzain, and rogue princess Amari fight to restore magic to the land and activate a new generation of magi, but they are ruthlessly pursued by the crown prince, who believes the return of magic will mean the end of the monarchy.
Call Number: YA FIC Ade
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
Karen M. McManus
Description: "When the creator of a high school gossip app mysteriously dies in front of four high-profile students, all four become suspects. It's up to them to solve the case."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA FIC McM
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
James Dashner
Description: Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.
Call Number: YA FIC Das
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
Jenny Han
Description: "What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them...all at once? Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA FIC Han
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
Katharine McGee
Description: When America won the Revolutionary War, its people offered General George Washington a crown. Two and a half centuries later, the House of Washington still sits on the throne. As Princess Beatrice gets closer to becoming America's first queen regnant, the duty she has embraced her entire life suddenly feels stifling. Princess Samantha doesn't care much about anything--except the one boy who is distinctly off-limits to her. And Samantha's twin, Prince Jefferson, has two very different girls vying to capture his heart. -- adapted from jacket
Call Number: YA FIC McG
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
Karen M. McManus
Description: "A ton of copycat gossip apps have popped up since Simon died, but in the year since the Bayview four were cleared of his shocking death, no one's been able to fill the gossip void quite like he could. The problem is no one has the facts. Until now. This time it's not an app, though—it's a game. Phoebe's the first target. If you choose not to play, it's a truth. And hers is dark. Then comes Maeve and she should know better—always choose the dare. But by the time Knox is about to be tagged, things have gotten dangerous. The dares have become deadly, and if Maeve learned anything from Bronwyn last year, it's that they can't count on the police for help. Or protection" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA FIC McM
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
Holly Black
Description: Jude, seventeen and mortal, gets tangled in palace intrigues while trying to win a place in the treacherous High Court of Faerie, where she and her sisters have lived for a decade.
Call Number: YA FIC Bla
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
Tomi Adeyemi
Description: Zélie and Amari have succeeded in bringing magic back to the land of Orïsha, but the ritual was more powerful than they could've imagined. It has reignited the powers of not only the maji, but of nobles with magic ancestry, too. Now Zélie struggles to unite the maji in an Orïsha where the enemy is just as powerful as they are. But when the monarchy and military unite to keep control of Orïsha, Zélie must fight to secure Amari's right to the throne. With civil war looming on the horizon, Zélie must discover a way to bring the kingdom together--or watch as Orïsha tears itself apart. -- adapted from jacket
Call Number: YA FIC Ade
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
Nicola Yoon
Description: "Natasha: I'm a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I'm definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won't be my story. Daniel: I've always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents' high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store--for both of us. The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?"--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA FIC Yoo
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
Ransom Riggs
Description: A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow - impossible though it seems - they may still be alive.
Call Number: YA FIC Rig
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry, Tobias Iaconis
Description: "Stella Grant likes to be in control—even though her totally out of control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital most of her life. At this point, what Stella needs to control most is keeping herself away from anyone or anything that might pass along an infection and jeopardize the possibility of a lung transplant. Six feet apart. No exceptions. The only thing Will Newman wants to be in control of is getting out of this hospital. He couldn’t care less about his treatments, or a fancy new clinical drug trial. Soon, he’ll turn eighteen and then he’ll be able to unplug all these machines and actually go see the world, not just its hospitals. Will’s exactly what Stella needs to stay away from. If he so much as breathes on Stella she could lose her spot on the transplant list. Either one of them could die. The only way to stay alive is to stay apart. But suddenly six feet doesn’t feel like safety. It feels like punishment. What if they could steal back just a little bit of the space their broken lungs have stolen from them? Would five feet apart really be so dangerous if it stops their hearts from breaking too?"--Jacket flap.
Call Number: YA FIC Lip
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
Holly Black, Kathleen (Illustrator) Jennings
Description: "As the exiled Queen of Faerie, Jude must travel back to Elfhame to help her twin sister, Taryn, and uncover how to break a dark curse threatening the whole Faerie world"-- Provided by publisher.Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold onto. Jude learned this lesson when she released her control over the wicked king, Cardan, in exchange for immeasurable power. Now as the exiled mortal Queen of Faerie, Jude is powerless and left reeling from Cardan's betrayal. Opportunity to reclaim everything he took from her arrives in the form of her deceptive twin sister, Taryn, whose mortal life is in peril. But war is brewing in Elfhame. And, when a dormant yet powerful curse is unleashed, Jude must choose between her ambition and her humanity. -- adapted from jacket
Call Number: YA FIC Bla
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
Kiera Cass
Description: "Sixteen-year-old America Singer is living in the caste-divided nation of Illéa, which formed after the war that destroyed the United States. America is chosen to compete in the Selection--a contest to see which girl can win the heart of Illéa's prince--but all she really wants is a chance for a future with her secret love, Aspen, who is a caste below her"--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA FIC Cas
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
Sarah J Maas
Description: "Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from stories, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin, a High Lord of the faeries. As her feelings toward him transform from hostility to a firey passion, the threats against the faerie lands grow. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose Tamlin forever"--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA FIC Maa
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
Holly Black, Kathleen (Illustrator) Jennings
Description: "After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished. When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world"--Publisher's description.
Call Number: YA FIC Bla
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
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The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes
Suzanne Collins
YA FIC Col
One Of Us Is Next
Karen M. McManus
YA FIC McM
The Hate U Give
Angie Thomas
YA FIC Tho
The Cruel Prince
Holly Black
YA FIC Bla
The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins
YA FIC Col
Children Of Virtue And Vengeance
Tomi Adeyemi
YA FIC Ade
The Giver
Lois Lowry
YA FIC Low
The Sun Is Also A Star
Nicola Yoon
YA FIC Yoo
Turtles All The Way Down
John Green
YA FIC Gre
Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs
YA FIC Rig
Children Of Blood And Bone
Tomi Adeyemi
YA FIC Ade
Five Feet Apart
Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry, Tobias Iaconis
YA FIC Lip
One Of Us Is Lying
Karen M. McManus
YA FIC McM
The Queen Of Nothing
Holly Black, Kathleen (Illustrator) Jennings
YA FIC Bla
The Maze Runner
James Dashner
YA FIC Das
The Selection
Kiera Cass
YA FIC Cas
To All The Boys I've Loved Before
Jenny Han
YA FIC Han
A Court Of Thorns And Roses
Sarah J Maas
YA FIC Maa
American Royals
Katharine McGee
YA FIC McG
The Wicked King
Holly Black, Kathleen (Illustrator) Jennings
YA FIC Bla