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Oct 16, 2009 12:13PM

17941 Hi!! I've been MIA for like a month and a half...school started :( but I finished two books yesterday!! And I realized that I wasn't listing off partially completed tasks before...so I'm going to list those too so that the number of books can be added before the challenge ends. :)

(2/3) 2.25 Deenie - Judy Blume - pages 159 (Finished 10/16) & Define "Normal" - Julie Anne Peters - pages 208 (finished 8/23)

4.15 Our America - LeAlan Jones and Lloyd Newman - pages 208 (finished 10/16)

(2/3) 4.25 Coraline - Neil Gaiman - pages 192 (finished 8/5) & Maus I A Survivor's Tale My Father Bleeds History - Art Spiegelman - pages 160 (finished 8/16)
Aug 21, 2009 04:55PM

17941 Okay sooo I read Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes for 2.15. For some reason I had in my mind that I had read this book when I was in 5th or 6th grade. But now that I've finished it I've realized that this really isn't YA, and there's no way it would have been allowed for school in 5th/6th grade. Maybe we watched the movie in school?? Haha, I know there was something to do with this book back in school!! Anyway, still count? or should I read another?
17941 Cat 1 - The Giver by Lois Lowry
Aug 16, 2009 06:30PM

17941 3.20 Savvy by Ingrid Law 342 pages and The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman 307 pages.

I actually liked Savvy better. I gave both 3/5 stars though.
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Aug 13, 2009 08:52AM

17941 Love Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow!! Probably two of my all time favorite books.

I just wish Card would have continued the series as "kids in space". Speaker for the Dead is a good sci-fi book, but I feel like it wasn't a good follow up to Ender's Game. And I thought Shadow of the Hegemon was just so boring!!
Aug 12, 2009 10:17PM

17941 Completed:
1.10 Uglies by Scott Westerfeld 425 pages.
Aug 11, 2009 11:35AM

17941 Heh, actually I wasn't much of a fan of it. I thought the idea was great, but the book itself kinda boring.
Aug 11, 2009 09:53AM

17941 Then in that case:
(1/2) 3.20 The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman 307 pages.

Thanks for keeping track of all of this Linda!!
Aug 11, 2009 08:18AM

17941 Do you want us to put down when we partially finish tasks? Or is it easier for you if we wait until the whole task is finished?
Aug 10, 2009 09:00AM

17941 Just Finished:
1.15 The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 374 pages. Contributed on the group reads discussion.

(1/3) 4.25 Horror: Coraline by Neil Gaiman 192 pages.
Aug 10, 2009 08:56AM

17941 Just finished it!! SOOO GOOD!! I was hooked from the very first chapter. I think Rue was my favorite character. I like the imagery of her jumping from tree to tree. :)
Aug 04, 2009 04:41PM

17941 Heather - I don't think Ash comes out until September...you can probably request your library to get it.
Aug 04, 2009 02:23PM

17941 I think it would be confusing if you added books for partial tasks because there's a good chance they're going to post the same book again when they completely finish the challenge and then it might get added twice
Aug 02, 2009 11:34AM

17941 ***SPOILERS!!!!***

I am gay and in middle school and high school I basically consumed anything LGBT related that I could get my hands on, so I've read a few of Peters books. But truthfully, they were never gratifying to me. I was looking for strong LGBT characters that had some "happily ever afters" but her books totally lack it.
Couple of examples: In Keeping You a Secret, the main character winds up homeless and her mom hates her when she comes out. In Far from Xanadu, she ends up tricked and used. (AND how stereotypical to make the lesbian a plumber and softball player, wtf?).

(Also, it's been years since I've read these, so these details might be messed up)

I don't know what message she's trying to send, aside from "have fun dealing with all this shit if you identify as LGBT". I know there has to be drama to make it an engaging book, but can't it end up happily??
Aug 01, 2009 04:34PM

17941 Ashley: Cynthia Voigt's Tillerman Cycle, I completely forgot about those books!!! I read the first three when I was in sixth grade and I remember doing book reports on Homecoming and Dicey's Song and my teacher said I read weird books...but I was also convinced that that teacher was a nazi, so I never took anything she said seriously.
Aug 01, 2009 02:09PM

17941 If you go to the Wikipedia page for the Carnegie Medal it has shortlists from 1993 - present

Jul 31, 2009 05:08PM

17941 Thanks, Linda! I'm excited to get started. :)
Jul 30, 2009 07:21PM

Jul 29, 2009 11:38PM

17941 I recommend to you the second in the series!

There. Problem solved. :)
Jul 29, 2009 10:59PM

17941 Ashley, here's a few recommendations:
Graphic Novels: Bone The Complete Cartoon Epic in One Volume (more kids than YA, but still really good!) or Runaways, Vol. 1 Deluxe Hardcover (Runaways is an ongoing series...but it's still a good YA!)

Sci-Fi: Feed, The City of Ember, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, A Wrinkle in Time

(so i have no idea why those links are screwed up...??)

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