Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2018

The best young adult books of 2018, picked by the editors of Publishers Weekly.


The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M.T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin

The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke

Boots on the Ground: America’s War in Vietnam by Elizabeth Partridge

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman

Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth

On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Pride by Ibi Zoboi

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

Sadie by Courtney Summers

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings: 15 Retellings of Asian Myths and Legends

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

The War Outside by Monica Hesse

A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos

Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2017

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

Far from the Tree by Robin Benway

Gem & Dixie by Sara Zarr

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman

Landscape with Invisible Hand by M.T. Anderson

The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge

Spinning by Tillie Walden

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman

Warcross by Marie Lu

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins

Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2016

Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit

Beast by Brie Spangler

Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

Kids of Appetite by David Arnold

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier

The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

Still Life with Tornado by A.S. King

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Unbecoming by Jenny Downham

Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience During World War II by Albert Marrin


Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2015

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

A Song for Ella Grey by David Almond

Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M.T. Anderson

The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans by Don Brown

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older

The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz

X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz, with Kekla Magoon

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Trouble Is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly

MARTians by Blythe Woolston