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2011 Great Graphic Novels for Teens

2011 Great Graphic Novels for Teens is list of “recommended graphic novels and illustrated nonfiction.” My place of work doesn’t carry graphic novels, and I’ve read only one of the books on the list: Yummy by G. Neri, illustrated by Randy DuBurke. As with other lists, there is a Top Ten and a full list.

2011 Odyssey Award and Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults

The Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production is for “the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United.” One interesting thing about audiobook awards is that it’s based on when the audiobook was made, so sometimes older titles appear on these lists. For teen books, there […]

2011 Sydney Taylor Book Awards


The Sydney Taylor Book Award was announced January 2011. The award is presented to “outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience.” It is presented by the Association of Jewish Libraries and “encourages the publication and widespread use of quality Judaic literature.” Gold medals are presented in three categories: Younger Readers, Older Readers, […]

Review: The Latte Rebellion


The Latte Rebellion by Sarah Jamila Stevenson. Flux. 2011. Review copy from ALA. Book website. The Plot: The Latte Rebellion doesn’t start as a rebellion. Yes, Asha and her friend Carey got annoyed at a classmate’s casual comments about Asha being a “towel head” and being “Miss Barely Asian.” In a caffeine induced bout of creativity, […]

Doomed to Repeat It

Doomed to Repeat It: Diversity in Historical Fiction, YALSA YA Lit Symposium, November 7. Presenter: Melissa Rabey, panelists authors Christina Gonzalez and Ruta Sepetys. I love historical fiction. The book that made me fall for it was A Proud Taste for Scarlett and Miniver by E. L. Konigsburg; the same book that started a lifelong love […]

Review: Stolen


Stolen by Lucy Christopher. Chicken House, an imprint of Scholastic. 2010. Review copy picked up at ALA. Printz Honor. The Plot: Sixteen year old Gemma is kidnapped by Ty and brought to the isolated Australian desert. The Good: “You saw me before I saw you. In the airport, that day in August, you had that […]

2011 Best Fiction for Young Adults

2011 marks the first Best Fiction for Young Adults list from YALSA. BFYA is a restructuring of BBYA, removing from the list all nonfiction, graphic novels, and adult books. Readers looking for “best” titles in those areas can go to the final nominations list for the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young People, the Best […]

Review: Revolver


Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick. Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan. 2010. Review copy from publisher. 2011 Printz Honor book. The Plot: 1910. Giron, the Arctic Circle. Sig, 14, is alone in his family’s cabin except for the dead body of his father, Einar. A stranger knocks on the door — a stranger who says he knows Sig, […]

2011 Alex Awards

The Alex Awards (and it’s an Award, not a list) are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The award is sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust; Edwards’ nickname was “Alex.” (I am now pondering what I want the Liz Award to be….) My […]

Review: Paranormalcy


Paranormalcy by Kiersten White. Harper Collins. 2010. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: Evie, sixteen, works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, helping contain paranormals such as faeries, vampires and werewolves. It’s her version of normalcy until a captured shape-shifter makes her rethink everything she knows about paranormals, the IPCA, and herself. The Good: I […]