I was so thrilled to see more contemporary teen and kids fiction than in years’ past. There’s nothing I love more than books that talk about real and relevant issues through relatable characters. Another trend we saw in publishing is adult books being adapted for a younger audience. We loved the variety of options – from quick, fun fantasy reads to authors addressing serious real-world issues and these are just some of our favorites from 2014.
What does your Best of Juvenile List look like for this year?
Neil Gaiman’s name is synonymous with master storyteller. Gaiman started out writing graphic novels and has seamlessly transitioned into audio. There are two versions of Newbery and Carnegie medal-winning The Graveyard Book. The edition released in 2014 has Derek Jacobi and a full cast narrating.
Always October by Bruce Coville
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire
Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor by Jon Scieszka
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza by Jack Gantos
The popularity of the Hunger Games series and John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars have adults reading YA books more than ever. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart is no exception to this crossover trend. Already in development for a film, this contemporary fiction novel is the story of a teenage girl who has survived a horrible accident she can’t remember. A mystery with a big twist, Cadence harbors a deep secret but is determined to uncover the truth while risking losing the people that mean the most.
Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer
I Am Malala: Young Readers Edition by Malala Yousafzai
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern
Unbroken: The Young Readers Edition by Lauren Hillenbrand
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
We’re continuing to share our favorite picks for best in audio by category through the end of the year – look for the Best of 2014 in Non-Fiction as well as Read by the Author and stand-out narrators next week!