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Best Books for Young Adults: 1996

The following is a list of the “Best Books for Young Adults” generated by the American Library Association in 1996.


Adoff, Arnold -- Slow Dance Heart Break Blues

Ayer, Eleanor and others -- Parallel Journeys.

Bearing Witness: Stories of the Holocaust. Ed. by Hazel Rochman and Darlene Z. McCampbell

Begay, Shonto -- Navajo: Voices and Vision across the Mesa.

Blais, Madeleine. In These Girls, Hope Is a Muscle.

Boas, Jacob -- We Are Witnesses: The Diaries of Five Teenagers Who Died in the Holocaust.

Bober, Natalie. -- Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution

Brandenburg, Jim -- An American Safari: Adventures on the North American Prairie

Childers, Thomas. Wings of Morning: The Story of the Last American Bomber Shot Down over Germany in World War II.

Clute, John. Science Fiction: The Illustrated Encyclopedia.

Colman, Penny. Rosie the Riveter

Denenberg, Barry. Voices from Vietnam.

Feelings, Tom. The Middle Passage: White Ships/Black Cargo.

Ford, Michael Thomas. Voices of AIDS.

Frank, Anne. Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition.

Fremon, Celeste. Father Greg & the Homeboys.

Frey, Darcy. The Last Shot: City Streets, Basketball Dreams.

Giblin, James Cross. When Plague Strikes: The Black Death, Smallpox, AIDS.

Greenberg, Jan and Jordan, Sandra. American Eye: Eleven Artists of the Twentieth Century

Hamilton, Virginia. Her Stories: African American Folktales, Fairy Tales, and True Tales

Hockenberry, John. Moving Violations

Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Been to Yesterdays: Poems of Life

Hughes, Langston. The Block.

In Search of Color Everywhere: A Collection of African-American Poetry.

Marrin, Albert. Virginia's General: Robert E. Lee and the Civil War.

McKissack, Patricia and McKissack, Frederick. Red-Tail Angels: The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II.

Murphy, Jim. The Great Fire

Ousseimi, Maria. Caught in the Crossfire: Growing Up in a War Zone

Pierced by a Ray of Sun. Ed. by Ruth Gordon

Preston, Richard. Hot Zone

Psihoyos, Louie and Knoebber, John. Hunting Dinosaurs

Ryan, Joan. Little Girls in Pretty Boxes: The Making and Breaking of Elite Gymnasts and Figure Skaters

Thornton, Yvonne S. and Coudert, Jo. Ditchdigger's Daughters: A Black Family's Astonishing Success Story

Tree Is Older Than You Are: A Bilingual Gathering of Poems and Stories from Mexico with Paintings by Mexican Artists


Alder, Elizabeth. King's Shadow

American Eyes: New Asian-American Short Stories for Young Adults

Banks, Russell. Rule of the Bone

Bauer, Joan. Thwonk

Bennet, James. Squared Circle

Block, Francesca Lia. Baby Be-bop

Carter, Alden. Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Christiansen, C. B. I See the Moon

Cofer, Judith Ortiz. An Island like You

Cormier, Robert. In the Middle of the Night

Curtis, Christopher Paul. The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963

Cushman, Karen. The Midwife's Apprentice

D'Aguiar, Fred. The Longest Memory

Dijk, Lutz van. Damned Strong Love: A True Story of Willi G. and Stefan K. Holt

Draper, Sharon M. Tears of a Tiger

Feintuch, David. Midshipman's Hope

Fraustino, Lisa R. Ash

Galloway, Priscilla. Truly Grim Tales

Garland, Sherry. Indio

Goldman, E. M. Getting Lincoln's Goat

Grant, Cynthia. Mary Wolf

Hobbs, Valerie. How Far Would You Have Gotten If I Hadn't Called You Back?

Hurwin, Davida Wills. A Time for Dancing

Laird, Crista. But Can the Phoenix Sing?

Lester, Julius. Othello

Third and Indiana : A Novel

Slot Machine

Tomorrow, When the War Began

. Much Ado About Prom Night

Drummers of Jericho

Under the Mermaid Angel

One Bird (Edge Books)

The War of Jenkins' Ear

Last Safe Place On Earth

The Emperor Mage (Immortals)

Dean Duffy


The Only Alien on the Planet

Math Curse

The Bomb Dancing Pink Flamingos and Other Stories

Companions of the Night

Farm Team

The Road Home

Like Sisters on the Homefront

From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun


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