School Library Journal Best Books of 2012–Fiction

SLJ has named their best books of the year.  Here are the ones that fall into their Fiction category as the best fiction books of 2012:


Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Ask the Passengers by A. S. King

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein


The Diviners by Libba Bray

Every Day by David Levithan

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green


The Good Braider by Terry Farish

Grave Mercy by R. L. Lafevers

In a Glass Grimmly by Adam Gidwitz


Keeping the Castle by Patrice Kindl

Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead

Little White Duck by Andres Vera Marinez and Na Liu


The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

My Name is Parvana by Deborah Ellis

Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick


No Crystal Stair: A Novel in Documents, Based on the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

On the Road to Mr. Mineo’s by Barbara O’Connor

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate


One Year in Coal Harbor by Polly Horvath

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson


Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Son by Lois Lowry

The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver


Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz

Summer of the Mariposas by Guadelupe Garcia McCall

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson


Under the Never Sky by Veronice Rossi

Who Could That Be at This Hour? by Lemony Snicket


The Wicked and the Just by J. Anderson Coats

Wonder by R. J. Palacio