Reading Lists

Lone Star Award Reading List

2020 List


  • Small Spaces by Katherine Arden
  • The Lovely and the Lost by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  • The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James by Ashley Herring Blake
  • Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly
  • The Storm Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle
  • The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart
  • Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation by Stuart Gibbs
  • Spin by Lamar Giles
  • Game Changer by Tommy Greenwald
  • Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez
  • Secret Soldiers by Keely Hutton
  • A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
  • The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon
  • Breakout by Kate Messner
  • Dear Sweet Pea by Julie Murphy
  • The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane by Julia Nobel
  • A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramèe
  • Live in Infamy by Caroline Tung Richmond
  • Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
  • Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga

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