Thursday, June 18, 2009

2009 Best Books for Young Adults

Young or young at heart, if you love YA fiction, look here for titles nominated for Best Books for Young Adults 2009.

The list comprises a diverse selection of styles and genres, ranging from non-fiction to the fantastical, all encomposing the teen experience on some level. It's a great reading list, one that I'll select from because I find YA voices to be daring and fresh.

My only complaint is that Louis A. Meyer didn't make the list with My Bonnie Light Horseman: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, In Love and War, 2008. The Jacky Faber series (aka Bloody Jack Adventures) is, hands down, my favorite YA series, and I absolutely refuse to give up hope on an epic, swashbuckling movie series to rival that wizard boy. The problem is movies involving sea faring scenes are costly. Plus, Hollywood doesn't think a female can carry the lead. Huh? What? The world needs independant, smart, gutsy heroines as role models and Jacky Faber is just that girl.

Besides the hurtful omission of my favorite series and the fact that I haven't read every book on the list, some of my favorites are:

What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell
When Evie’s father returns from the war, she expects life to return to normal but a mysterious trip to Florida, secrets, deceptions, and a first forbidden love complicates things.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Katniss has been providing for her family since her father died, but is she strong enough to win the Hunger Games, a deadly competition that can have only one winner?

The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King
After being cursed to live the lives of 100 dogs before being reborn as a human, former pirate Emer Morrisey returns to Jamaica to reclaim treasure buried centuries before.

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
Jenna Fox wakes from a year-long coma. As her memory begins to return, she has more questions than answers about who she was, and who she is now.

Impossible by Nancy Werlin
Lucy, 17, discovers the women of her family have been cursed with madness unless they complete three impossible tasks. All have failed. Will Zach's help and her resolve save her?

1 comment:

  1. I love YA books. They really are getting better and better these days.

    The Adoration of Jenna Fox was amazing. I really loved that one.



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