Reading Lists

Lone Star Award Reading List

2021 List


  • The Companion by Katie Alender
  • A Match Made in Mehendi by Nandini Bajpai
  • The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  • The Canyon’s Edge by Dusti Bowling
  • King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender
  • Turning Point by Paula Chase
  • Dress Coded by Carrie Firestone
  • This Light Between Us by Andrew Fukuda
  • The Silence Between Us by Alison Gervais
  • Wink by Rob Harrell 
  • When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller
  • I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee
  • The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Hughes
  • Don’t Turn Out the Lights by Jonathan Maberry (editor)
  • Thirteens by Kate Alice Marshall
  • Paola Santiago and the River of Tears by Tehlor Kay Mejia
  • Bloom by Kenneth Oppel
  • Tornado Brain by Cat Patrick
  • City Spies by James Ponti
  • Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  • The Barren Grounds by David A. Robertson
  • Crown of Coral and Pearl by Mara Rutherford
  • A Place at the Table by Laura Shovan and Saadia Faruqi
  • The June Boys by Court Stevens
  • Manning Up by Bee Walsh

Michael L. Printz Award


2020 Winner


  • Dig by A.S. King

2020 Honors


  • Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean
  • The Beast Player by Nahoko Uehashi
  • Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki
  • Ordinary Hazards by Nikki Grimes

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction


2020 Winner


  • Free Lunch by Rex Ogle

Coretta Scott King Book Award


2020 Honor Book


  • The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus

Odyssey Award for Best Audiobook


2019 Winner


  • Sadie produced by Macmillan Audio, written by Courtney Summers and narrated by Rebecca Soler, Fred Berman, Dan Bittner, Gabra Zackman, and more.

William C. Morris YA Debut Award


2020 Winner


  • The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe

YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults


  • The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe
  • Girls on the Verge by Sharon Biggs Waller
  • Heroine by Mindy McGinnis
  • Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian
  • Lovely War by Julie Berry
  • On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
  • Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay.
  • Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
  • The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus
  • With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

YALSA's Teens' Top Ten Nominees


  • #MurderFunding (#MurderTrending #2) by Gretchen McNeil
  • Are You Listening? by Tillie Walden
  • Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  • The Beast Player by Nahoko Uehashi
  • Between Worlds: Folktales of Britain and Ireland by Kevin Crossley-Holland
  • Broken Throne: A Red Queen Collection by Victoria Aveyard
  • Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones
  • The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe
  • Frankly in Love by David Yoon
  • The Grace Year by Kim Liggett
  • Last Bus to Everland by Sophie Cameron
  • Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki
  • Lovely War by Julie Berry
  • The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy
  • My Ideal Boyfriend is a Croissant by Laura Dockrill
  • Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds
  • Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell
  • Stolen Time (Dark Stars #1) by Danielle Rollins
  • Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon by Mary Fan
  • These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling
  • Warhead: The True Story of One Teen Who Almost Saved the World by Jeff Henigson
  • Wayward Son (Simon Snow, #2) by Rainbow Rowell
  • We Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya) by Hafsah Faizal
  • Wilder Girls by Rory Power
  • With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo