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Best Books for Young Adults: 2001

The following books were listed in the “Best Books” choices for the year 2001. Many of these books should be available now in your school or local library.

Please note: These are the books from the official, judged list and do not necessarily reflect the views of the author.


Almond, David: Kit's Wilderness

Anderson, Laurie Halse: Fever 1793

Appelt, Kathi: Kissing Tennessee and Other Stories from the Stardust Dance

Bagdasarian, Adam: Forgotten Fire

Bauer, Cat: Harley, Like a Person

Bauer, Joan: Hope was Here

Blackwood, Gary: Shakespeare's Scribe

Brooks, Martha: Being with Henry

Cabot, Meg: The Princess Diaries

Calhoun, Dia: Aria of the Sea 15.95

Chevalier, Tracy: Girl with a Pearl Earring

Coman, Carolyn: Many Stones

Creech, Sharon: The Wanderer

Crichton, Michael: Timeline

Cross, Gillian: Tightrope

Dessen, Sarah: Dreamland

Deuker, Carl: Night Hoops

Fienberg, Anna: Borrowed Light

Fogelin, Adrian: Crossing Jordan

Giff, Patricia Reilly: Nory Ryan's Song

Glenn, Mel: Split Image

Gray, Dianne E.: Holding up the Earth

Haruf, Kent: Plainsong

Hyde, Catherine Ryan: Pay It Forward

Isaacs, Anne: Torn Thread

Karr, Kathleen: The Boxer

Kessler, Cristina: No Condition is Permanent

Konigsburg, E. L.: Silent to the Bone

Koss, Amy Goldman: The Girls

Lawrence, Iain: Ghost Boy

Lebert, Benjamin: Crazy

Logue, Mary: Dancing with an Alien

Lynch, Chris: Gold Dust

Marillier, Juliet: Daughter of the Forest

Morris, Gerald: The Savage Damsel and the Dwarf

Murphy, Rita: Night Flying

Myers, Walter Dean: 145th Street Short Stories

Oughton, Jerrie: Perfect Family

Peck, Richard: A Year Down Yonder

Peters, Julie Anne: Define "Normal"

Philbrick, Rodman: The Last Book in the Universe

Platt, Randall Beth: The Likes of Me

Plum-Ucci, Carol: The Body of Christopher Creed

Plummer, Louise: A Dance for Three

Ryan, Pam Munoz: Esperanza Rising

Schwartz, Virginia Frances: Send One Angel Down

Spinelli, Jerry: Stargirl

Trueman, Terry: Stuck in Neutral

Wallace, Rich: Playing Without a Ball

Wells, Ken: Meely LaBauve

Whelan, Gloria: Homeless Bird

White, Ruth: Memories of Summer

Williams, Lori Aurelia: When Kambia Elaine Flew in from Neptune

Wittlinger, Ellen: What's in a Name

Woodson, Jacqueline: Miracle's Boys

Yolen, Jane and Robert J. Harris: Queen's Own Fool


Armstrong, Lance with Sally Jenkins: It's Not About the Bike..My Journey Back to Life

Bachrach, Susan D.: The Nazi Olympics: Berlin 1936

Bartoletti, Susan Campbell: Kids on Strike!

Beckett, Wendy: My Favorite Things: 75 Works of Art from Around the World

Fradin, Dennis Brindell, and Judith Bloom Fradin: Ida B. Wells: Mother of the Civil Rights Movement

Franco, Betsy (editor): You Hear Me?: Poems and Writings by Teenage Boys

Freedman, Russell: Give me Liberty!: The Story of the Declaration of Independence

Glover, Savion and Bruce Weber: Savion: My Life in Tap

Gottlieb, Lori: Stick Figure: A Diary of My Former Self

Katz, Jon: Geeks: How two boys rode the Internet out of Idaho

Lalicki, Tom: Spellbinder:The Life of Harry Houdini

Lanier, Shannon and Jane Feldman: Jefferson's children: The story of One American Family

Levine, Ellen: Darkness over Denmark : The Danish Resistance and the Rescue of the Jews

Marrin, Albert: Sitting Bull and his world

Paulsen, Gary: The Beet Fields

St. George, Judith: In the Line of Fire: Presidents' Lives at Stake

Turner, Ann: Learning to Swim

Ung, Loung: First They Killed My Father : A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers


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