Top Ten Books of 2016

Looking for a great book for the holidays?

Scroll through the slides below to see the most popular YA, Senior & Junior Fiction books borrowed from the SLRC this year.

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— YA Fiction —

#1: The Fault in Our Stars

Despite the tumour-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

#2: Once series

Once I escaped from an orphanage to find my Mum and Dad. Once I saved a girl called Zelda from a burning house. Once I made a Nazi with toothache laugh. My name is Felix. This is my story.

#3: Zac & Mia

The last person Zac expects in the room next door is a girl like Mia, angry and feisty with questionable taste in music. In the real world, he wouldn’t – couldn’t – be friends with her. In hospital different rules apply, and what begins as a knock on the wall leads to a note – then a friendship neither of them sees coming. You need courage to be in hospital; different courage to be back in the real world. In one of these worlds Zac needs Mia. And in the other Mia needs Zac. Or maybe they both need each other, always.

#4: Tomorrow, When the War Began

Somewhere out there Ellie and her friends are hiding.They’re shocked, they’re frightened, they’re alone. Their world has changed, with the speed of a slamming door.They’ve got no weapons – except courage.They’ve got no help – except themselves.They’ve got nothing – except friendship.How strong can you be, when the world is full of people trying to kill you?

#5: The Hunger Games

In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss’s skills are put to the test when she volunteers to take her younger sister’s place.

#6: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is told from the perspective of Bruno, a nine-year-old boy forced to leave his home in Berlin to live with his family in a strange and unwelcome environment. The only friend he finds in his drab new home is a little boy, Shmuel, separated from him by the big fence that separates Bruno’s world from the very peculiar place on the other side.

#7: Gone

In a small town on the coast of California, everyone over the age of fourteen suddenly disappears, setting up a battle between the remaining town residents and the students from a local private school, as well as those who have “The Power” and are able to perform supernatural feats and those who do not.

#8: Looking for Alibrandi

Looking for Alibrandi is one girl’s story of her final year at school, a year she sets herself free. Josephine Alibrandi is seventeen and in her final year at a wealthy girls’ school. This is the year she meets her father, the year she falls in love, the year she searches for Alibrandi and finds the real truth about her family – and the identity she has been searching for.

#9: The Maze Runner

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone. Outside the towering stone walls that surround them is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive. Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying: Remember. Survive. Run.

#10: Girl Online

Under the alias Girl Online, she blogs about school dramas, boys, her mad, whirlwind family – and the panic attacks she’s suffered from lately. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets the gorgeous, guitar-strumming Noah. Suddenly Penny is falling in love – and capturing every moment of it on her blog. Noah has a secret too. One that threatens to ruin Penny’s cover – and her closest friendship – forever.

— Junior Fiction —

#1: Diary of a Wimpy Kid series

Greg records his sixth grade experiences in a middle school where he and his best friend, Rowley, undersized weaklings amid boys who need to shave twice daily, hope just to survive, but when Rowley grows more popular, Greg must take drastic measures to save their friendship.

#2: Tom Gates series

Tom Gates is the master of excuses for late homework: dog attacks, spilt water, lightning. Tom‘s exercise book is full of his doodles, cartoons and thoughts, as well as comments from his long-suffering teacher, Mr Fullerton. After gaining five merits for his ‘Camping Sucks’ holiday story, Tom‘s work starts to go downhill, which is a pity, as he’s desperate to impress Amy Porter, who sits next to him.

#3: Dear Dumb Diary series

Jamie Kelly confides to her diary her experiences in middle school with a boy who likes to give insulting nicknames, cafeteria food, and gorgeous, perfect Angeline, the girl with the long blonde hair who sets all the trends.

#4: Dragonkeeper

Ancient China, Han Dynasty. A slave girl saves the life of an ageing dragon and escapes her brutal master. Pursued by a ruthless dragon hunter, the girl and the dragon make an epic journey across China carrying a mysterious stone that must be protected.

#6: The Treehouse Series

Who wouldn’t want to live in a treehouse? Especially a 13-storey treehouse that has a bowling alley, a see-through swimming pool, a tank full of sharks, a library full of comics, a secret underground laboratory, self-making beds, and a marshmallow machine that follows you around and automatically shoots your favourite flavoured marshmallows into your mouth whenever it discerns you’re hungry.

#6: Matilda

Matilda’s parents have called her some terrible things. The truth is, she’s a genius and they’re the stupid ones. Find out how she gets the better of them and her spiteful headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, as well as discovering that she has a very special power.

#7: The BFG

The BFG is a big friendly giant who spirits a child out of bed one dark night. Fortunately, this giant really is friendly, but his countrymen in the land of giants are inveterate child-eaters. Can the child enlist the aid of his kidnapper in stopping the nightly massacre?

#8: The Witches

You could be sitting next to a witch and never know it. They look just like ordinary women but they’re extremely dangerous to children! Luckily for the boy in this story, his grandmother knows what signs to look for but, even so, things don’t go quite as planned.

#9: Dork Diaries series

Nikki Maxwell is not popular, in fact Nikki Maxwell is the opposite of popular; she’s a total dork! But Nikki’s hoping that by moving to a new school she might just stand a chance of making some friends and leaving her old lame-ways in the past. But life is never that simple!

#10: The Boy in the Dress

Dennis is a boy who lives in a boring house in a boring street in a boring town, and he doesn’t have much to look forward to. But what he does have is dreams and once he starts to follow them, things will never be the same again.

— Senior Fiction —

#1: The Road

In a novel set in an indefinite, futuristic, post-apocalyptic world, a father and his young son make their way through the ruins of a devastated American landscape, struggling to survive and preserve the last remnants of their own humanity.

#2: Jasper Jones

Late on a hot summer night in 1965, 13-year-old Charlie Bucktin is startled by a knock on his window. It’s Jasper Jones, an outcast in the regional mining town of Corrigan. Rebellious, mixed-race and solitary, Jasper needs Charlie’s help, and takes him to his secret glade in the bush, where Charlie bears witness to Jasper’s horrible discovery. With his secret like a brick in his belly, Charlie is pushed and pulled by a town full of fear and suspicion.

#3: Room

Jack is five and, like any little boy, excited at the prospect of presents and cake. But although Jack is a normal child in many ways – loving, funny, bright, full of energy and questions – his upbringing is far from ordinary. Jack’s entire life has been spent in a single room that measures just 12 feet by 12 feet. As far as he’s concerned, Room is the entire world.

#4: To Kill a Mockingbird

Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s.

#5: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Seventeen-year-old Greg has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh high school without having any friends, but his life changes when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukemia.

#6: The Lovely Bones

Watching from heaven, Susie Salmon sees her happy suburban family devastated by her death, isolated even from one another as they each try to cope with their terrible loss alone. Over the years, her friends and siblings grow up, fall in love, do all the things she never had the chance to do herself. But life is not quite finished with Susie yet.

#7: The White Tiger

Balram Halwai is a complicated man. Servant. Philosopher. Entrepreneur. Murderer. Over the course of seven nights, by the scattered light of a preposterous chandelier, Balram tells the terrible and transfixing story of how he came to be a success in life — having nothing but his own wits to help him along.

#8: Just One Year

Twenty-four hours can change your life . . . Allyson and Willem share one magical day together in Paris, before chance rips them apart. The romantic, emotional companion to Just One Day , this is a story of the choices we make and the accidents life throws at us. But is one day enough to find your fate?

#9: Lost and Found

An irresistible debut novel about the wisdom of the very young, the mischief of the very old, and the magic that happens when no one else is looking.

#10: The Rosie Project

A first-date dud, socially awkward, and overly fond of quick-dry clothes, Don Tillman has given up on love. Until a chance encounter gives him an idea. He will design a questionnaire – a sixteen-page, scientifically researched questionnaire – to uncover the perfect partner.

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