CHRIS CRUTCHER             

At the Best of the Best Preconference, held during the 2000 Annual Conference of the American Library Association, librarians of the Young Adult Services Division selected the one hundred titles they consider to be the best books for young adults from the last half of the twentieth century. Titles were chosen from the Best Books for Young Adults Booklists published from 1966 to 2000. The following fiction and nonfiction titles are those selected as the top 100.

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Douglas Adams The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. 1980
Richard Adams Watership Down. 1974
Anonymous Go Ask Alice. 1971
Margaret Atwood Handmaid's Tale. 1986
Avi Blue Heron
Avi Nothing But the Truth. 1992
Richard Bachman Long Walk. 1979
Joan Bauer Rules of the Road. 1999
Francesca Lia Block Weetzie Bat. 1990
Edward Bloor Tangerine. 1998
Bruce Brooks The Moves Make the Man. 1985
Terry Brooks Magic Kingdom for Sale - Sold! 1986
Orson Scott Card Ender's Game. 1985
Alice Childress Hero Ain't Nothin but a Sandwich
Caroline B. Cooney Flight #116 Is Down. 1993
Robert Cormier After the First Death. 1979
Robert Cormier Fade. 1988
Robert Cormier I Am the Cheeze. 1977
Robert Cormier The Chocolate War: A Novel. 1974
Chris Crutcher Athletic Shorts: 6 Short Stories
Chris Crutcher Chinese Handcuffs. 1990
Chris Crutcher Ironman. 1996
Chris Crutcher Running Loose. 1983
Chris Crutcher Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes. 1994
Karen Cushman Catherine, Called Birdy
Karen Cushman The Midwife's Apprentice. 1996
Carl Deuker On the Devil's Court. 1990
Peter Dickinson Eva. 1990
Sharon M. Draper Tears of a Tiger. 1996
Nancy Farmer A Girl Named Disaster. 1997
Nancy Farmer The Ear, the Eye, the Arm. 1995
Paul Fleischman Bull Run. 1994
Paul Fleischman Whirligig. 1999
Donald Gallo, ed. Sixteen: Short Stories by Outstanding Writers for Young Adults. 1984
Nancy Garden Annie on My Mind. 1982
James Gurney Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time. 1993
Rosa Guy Disappearance. 1979
Rosa Guy The Friends. 1973
Terry Spencer Hesser Kissing Doornobs. 1999
Will Hobbs Downriver. 1992
Will Hobbs Far North. 1997
Davida Wills Hurwin A Time for Dancing. 1996
Patrice Kindl Owl in Love. 1995
Annette Curtis Klause The Silver Kiss. 1991
Ron Koertge The Arizona Kid. 1988
Elizabeth Laird Kiss the Dust. 1993
Lois Lowry The Giver. 1994
Michelle Magorian Good Night, Mr. Tom. 1982
Margaret Mahy The Changeover: A Supernatural Romance. 1984
John Marsden Tomorrow, When the War Began. 1996
Anne McCaffrey Dragonsinger. 1977
Joyce McDonald Swallowing Stones. 1998
Robin McKinley Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast. 1978
Robin McKinley Blue Sword. 1982
Walter Dean Myers Fallen Angels. 1988
Walter Dean Myers Hoops. 1981
Walter Dean Myers Slam. 1997
Walter Dean Myers Somewhere in the Darkness. 1993
Theresa Nelson Earthshine. 1995
Garth Nix Sabriel. 1997
Robert C. O'Brien Z for Zachariah. 1975
Tim O'Brien Things They Carried. 1991
Wendy Orr Peeling the Onion. 1998
Katherine Paterson Jacob Have I Loved. 1980
Katherine Paterson Lyddie. 1992
Gary Paulsen Soldier's Heart. 1999
Sylvia Plath The Bell Jar. 1971
Chaim Potok The Chosen. 1967
Philip Pullman The Golden Compass. 1997
Philip Pullman The Ruby in the Smoke. 1987
J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. 1999
Louis Sachar Holes. 1999
William Sleator House of Stairs. 1974
Art Spiegelman Maus: A Survivor's Tale II: And Here My Troubles Began. 1992
Suzanne Fisher Staples Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind. 1990
Mary Stewart The Crystal Cave. 1970
Amy Tan The Joy Luck Club. 1990
Cynthia Voigt Runner. 1985
Robb White Deathwatch. 1972
Virginia Euwer Wolff Make Lemonade. 1994
Jacqueline Woodson If You Come Softly. 1999
Patricia C. Wrede Dealing with Dragons. 1991
Jane Yolen Briar Rose. 1993


Maya Angelou I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. 1970
Brent Ashabranner Always to Remember: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial. 1988
Jacob Boas We Are Witnesses: The Diaries of Five Teenagers Who Died in the Holocaust
David Bodanis Secret House: 24 Hours in the Strange and Unexpected World in Which We Spend Our Nights and Days. 1986
Polly Schoyer Brooks Beyond the Myth: The Story of Joan of Arc. 1991
Beverly Cleary Girl from Yamhill: A Memoir. 1988
Bernard Edelman Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam. 1985
Russell Freedman Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery. 1994
Russell Freedman Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane. 1992
Paul B. Janeczko Place My Words are looking For: What Poets Say About and Through Their Work. 1991
Nathan McCall Makes Me Wanna Holler: A Young Black man in America. 1995
Patricia C. McKissack & Frederick L. McKissack Rebels Against Slavery: American Slave Revolts. 1997
Gary Paulsen Woodsong. 1991
Art Spiegelman Maus: A Survivor's Tale
Cliff Stoll The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage. 1991
Paul Zindel Pigman and Me. 1993