May 26, 2018

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Take SLJ’s Must-Have YA Poll

YA-Poll-2015rIf you could purchase only 100 YA novels for a library serving teens, what would they be? Cast your votes in SLJ’s first-ever Must-Have YA Poll.

As part of the magazine’s November 2015 Teen Issue, SLJ is launching the poll to celebrate the vast breadth of young adult literature. Participants can suggest between one and 100 titles that they believe every teen library collection should have on their shelves.

While there’s been much debate about what constitutes a YA book, the general consensus finds that young adult novels are targeted to readers ages 12 and up. In “YA: A Category for the Masses. But What About Teens?” K.T. Horning, director of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin–Madison says, “YA tends to deal with the complexities of the adult world, but still very much in an adolescent perspective.”

So go forth! Vote for the works that are essential to every YA collection. Be they staples, award-winners, classic YA, or popular titles with teens, what are the must-have YA titles?

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Shelley Diaz About Shelley Diaz

Shelley M. Diaz ( is School Library Journal's Reviews Team Manager and SLJTeen newsletter editor. She has her MLIS in Public Librarianship with a Certificate in Children’s & YA Services from Queens College, and can be found on Twitter @sdiaz101.



  1. Phyllis VanDusen says:

    Jane Eyre, The Harry Potter series, The Hunger Games Series, Slaughterhouse 5, All Quiet on the Western Front, The Great Gatsby, Pride and Prejudice, Huckleberry Finn, The Complete Works of Shakespeare, Who Has Seen the Wind?

  2. Susan Crean says:

    One for the Murphy’s by Lynda Mullalley Hunt, Get Happy by Mary Amato (and Guitar Notes for that matter), series: Maze Runner, Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Divergent, The Unwanteds, The Selection
    Golden Boy by Tara Sullivan, To Kill a Mockingbird

  3. Shusterman’s Unwind Dystology, Patrick Ness’ Chaos Walking trilogy, We are All Liars by E. Lockhart, Orbiting Jupiter by Gary Schmidt, Every Day by David Levithan (for Day 6000 alone), Pres Play by Eric Devine.

  4. Where can we see the results?