Survey Time: What YA Novel Should I Read?
Each year I stave off the hoards of wonderful teen and YA novels published in a given year so as to read instead the works of the good children’s novelists and non-fiction writers. However, it is always an excellent idea to read one YA work, particularly when it is talked about to excess. From what I can gather, these six titles were most definitely for the over 12 set and were discussed ad nauseum all year long:
Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan
Graceling Kristin Cashore
Impossible by Nancy Werlin
Paper Towns by John Green
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell
So which one do I choose? Last year the vote went to Sherman Alexie’s Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. This year the choice is up to you. Now I had set up this cool voting thingy whereby you could vote on your favorite. That seems to be at odds with my blogging software, however. Best that you just write me or comment here on what you prefer, I guess. Don’t worry. You can be anonymous. I’ll never tell.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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