Here is YALSA's Top 10 of the year.
The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie.
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, Ishmael Beah.
Before I Die, Jenny Downham
Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath, Stephanie Hemphill
Mister Pip, Lloyd Jones
Skulduggery Pleasant, Derek Landy
Tamar: A Novel of Espionage, Passion, and Betrayal, Mal Peet
American Shaolin: Flying Kicks, Buddhist Monks and the Legend of Iron Crotch: An Odyssey in the New China, Matthew Polly
The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick
The Arrival, Shaun Tan.
To read their full list, visit their Best Books for Young Adults page. Of special note, I see Miss Spitfire by Sarah Miller has made the list!!! That is exciting news indeed.
Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers 2008.