Friday, January 27, 2006

YALSA: 2006 Best Books for Young Adults

Best Books for Young Adults:

The Top Ten. My score: 5/10

The Best Books List. My score: 29/91

Ones I read, with no link meaning I read and didn't review. I do usually try to get to all titles in the BBYA list; I'll post when I'm 91/91. In the meanwhile, I'll do a sentence of two for the ones I did read.

Bartoletti, Susan Campbell. Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow. BBYA 2006 Top Ten

Frank, Mitch. Understanding the Holy Land: Answering Questions About the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.

Giblin, James Cross. Good Brother, Bad Brother: The Story of Edwin Booth and John Wilkes Booth.

Jurmain, Suzanne. The Forbidden Schoolhouse: The True and Dramatic Story of Prudence Crandall and Her Students. great book, will have something more detailed later

Nelson, Marilyn. Fortune's Bones: The Manumission Requiem. Marilyn Nelson is an amazing writer; this nonfiction book about a slave who wasn't even freed by death is haunting

Nelson, Marilyn. A Wreath for Emmett Till.

Partridge, Elizabeth. John Lennon: All I Want Is the Truth.

Bray, Libba. Rebel Angels.

Castellucci, Cecil. Boy Proof. Respects fandom, science fiction geeks, and people outside the confident mainstream.

Frank, E. R. Wrecked. Having been in a car accident, I can say that Frank perfectly captures the sick in the stomach feeling when you get in a car again. I still can't make left turns from a stop sign.

Green, John. Looking for Alaska. BBYA 2006 Top Ten The roommate and his mother are awesome characters, and I love the final lines from Pudge.

Griffin, Adele. Where I Want to Be. About sisters, one who is dead, who cannot just walk away from each other.

Hearn, Julie. The Minister's Daughter. Best cover of 2005. Look at the cover, you don't need a booktalk for this one.

Jacobson, Jennifer Richard. Stained.

Kass, Pnina Moed. Real Time. Multiple narrators, set in Israel. Intriguing.

Lanagan, Margo. Black Juice.

Larbalestier, Justine. Magic or Madness. Loved this fantasy about hereditary witches...and the ability to walk out a door and be in a different place.

Lester, Julius. Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue. Stunning work that proves one doesn't need a lot of words to create a person and a place and a time and a feeling. Less really is more.

Lubar, David. Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie: A Novel. Laugh out loud funny. Lubar is very inventive in how he tells this story...but I don't want to give away some of the clever things he does.

Pearson, Mary E. A Room on Lorelei Street.

Perkins, Lynne Rae. Criss Cross. Wonderful language; sentences that stayed with me after I put the book down.

Rowling, J. K. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Stein, Tammar. Light Years: A Novel. Amazing story of an Israeli girl going to an American university, great look at the US from an outsiders POV.

Tingle, Rebecca. Far Traveler. I'm a sucker for historical fiction set before the Norman invasion, so of course adored this book; also liked that its a heroine that is herself, and is not a strong I want to be a knight type.

Vaughan, Brian K. Runaways: Volume 1 HC. Illus. by Adrian Alphona. BBYA 2006 Top Ten Books like this are why I am happy to have rediscovered Graphic Novels and look forward to comic con in NYC.

Westerfeld, Scott. Uglies. Must read, a great look at our society's attitudes towards beauty and conformity and free will.

Wooding, Chris. Poison. BBYA 2006 Top Ten

Wynne-Jones, Tim. A Thief in the House of Memory. A mystery that is also about accepting the reality of things, rather than the illusion.

Zusak, Markus. I Am the Messenger. BBYA 2006 Top Ten One of the funniest, best opening chapters of the year, as the narrator and his friends cannot help being smart alecks, even in the midst of a bank robbery.

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