YALSA's list of 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults includes four Hamline MFA and MFAC connections.
Geoff Herbach for Stupid Fast
(Sourcebooks/Sourcebooks Fire, 2011)
Felton’s a fast runner, fueled by hidden rage at his family situation. As football recruitment brings new friends he tries to keep his mother’s depression, and his own insecurities, hidden.
Ron Koertge for Now Playing Stoner and Spaz II
(Candlewick Press, 2011)
Opposites attract when shy Ben unexpectedly meets uninhibited Colleen. They exchange witty quips, and some heartfelt moments, but her addictions strain both their friendship and their potential romance.
Gary Schmidt for Okay for Now
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Clarion Books, 2011)
After Doug’s family moves, he has a chance to be something other than a hoodlum in training. He finds the library, drawing and friends to help him.
Pete Hautman for The Big Crunch
(Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 2011)
June wasn’t looking for love. That is, until she literally crashed into Wes and found it.
See the full list on the YALSA web site.