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ICPL Top Staff Picks for 2018: YOUNG ADULT

The Iowa City Public Library is pleased to present our favorite reads of 2018!

Employees were asked to submit the titles they read and loved this year with all nominations divided into 10 categories: fiction; young adult; children's – babies through 2nd grade; children’s – 3rd through 6th grades; romance; mystery and thriller; science fiction/fantasy; autobiography/biography/memoir; non-fiction; and graphic novel. The only rule was that the book had to be released in 2018. Any book that was nominated by more than one staff member made our 2018 Best of the Best list.

We'll share our Best of the Best list on the last day of 2018. Until then, here are the Library's top young adult books for 2018. Keep checking back to see what made the cut in our other categories.


  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • Aftermath by Kelley Armstrong
  • American Panda by Gloria Chao
  • Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi
  • The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo
  • Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman
  • Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann
  • Wildcard by Marie Lu
  • To Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin
  • Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough
  • Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
  • Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman
  • What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

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