Best Teen Books of 2012

Bookcover: Son by Lois Lowry Bookcover for The Fault in Our Stars by John Green Bookcover for The Diviners by Libba Bray Bookcover for Every Day by David Levithan Bookcover for Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein Bookcover for Dodger by Terry Pratchett

Nora Rawlinson at EarlyWord has compiled various lists of best children's & teen books into one big Excel file. Her sources include several Amazon Editors' picks lists, the National Book Award for Young People's Literature finalists, Publishers Weekly's Best Books, Washington Post's list, and others.

If you're looking for something to read, a book that's been on at least one best list isn't a bad place to start. I've combed through the spreadsheet for the teen titles, which are:

Son by Lois Lowry

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Diviners by Libba Bray

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

Reached by Ally Condie

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

The Kill Order by James Dashner

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

Ask the Passengers by A.S. King

Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses by Ron Koetrge

Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan

Every Day by David Levithan

Throne of Glass by Sarah Maas

Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick

No Crystal Stair by Vaunda Michaeux Nelson

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

Dodger by Terry Pratchett

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor

Cardboard by Doug Tennapel

You can see what and how many best lists these titles were on at


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