Every year School Library Journal has a Battle of Books with Young Adult books. Each battle is judged by an author known and loved in the Young Adult realm. Many times these books are either already on the awards list (One and Only Ivan) or will more than likely be on the next year's award list (Seraphina). Some of the books are meant for elementary/middle school (Wonder), and some are strictly for high school (Fault in Our Stars).
In the end this is some of the best books of the year, battling it out, and being judged by people who know good writing.
Want to know everything about this? Check out the website: http://battleofthebooks.slj.com/.
Disclaimer: Check to see if it is in the Stafford Library before reading. If it is, that means I have a review that is for middle school students.