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message 1: by Kathy (new)

Kathy (thebrainlair) So far this year:
1. Cry of the Icemark by Stuart Hill
2. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
3. Smiles to Go by Jerry Spinnelli
4. Evolution, Me, and Other Freaks of Nature by Robin Brande
5. A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban
6. Cover Up by John Feinstein
7. The Case of the Missing Marquess by
8. The Opposite of Invisible by Liz Gallagher
9. Deadline by Chris Crutcher
10. Bird Lake Moon by Kevin Henkes
11. Boy Proof by Cecil Castelucci
12. Someday This Pain Will be Useful to You by Peter Cameron
13. The Garden of Eve by KL Going
14. Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin
February 2008
15. Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
16. Sweethearts by Sara Zarr
17. I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder
18. The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl by Barry Lyga
19. The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
20. Seeing Redd by Frank Beddor
21. Heart on My Sleeve by Ellen Wittlinger
22. Miracle on 49th Street by Mike Lupica
23. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules by Jeff Kinney
24. The Silver Child by Cliff McNish
25. The Silver City by Cliff McNish
March 2008
26. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
27. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
28. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Friend by Christopher Moore.
29. Taken by Edward Bloor
30. Born to Rock by Gordon Korman
April 2008
31. 1984 by George Orwell
32. Alive and Well in Prague, New York by Daphne Grab
33. Violet on the Runway by Melissa Walker
34. The Name of this Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch
35. Revenge of the Homecoming Queen by Stephanie Hale
May 2008
36. The Host by Stephenie Meyer
37. Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz
38. The Last Dragon by Silvana di Mari
39. Terrier by Tamora Pierce
June 2008
40. Reality Chick by Lauren Barnholdt
41. How to Hook a Hottie by Tina Ferraro
42. The Fold by An Na
RR - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
43. Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis

message 2: by Danine (new)

Danine (dulcemea) "The Book Thief" continues to turn up on my journey. I may have to read it. Thanks for posting Kathy!

message 3: by KrisT (new)

KrisT The Book Thief was one of my big favs last year!! I think you should put it high on your pile Danine!

message 4: by Kathy (new)

Kathy (thebrainlair) Danine,

That is my favorite YA book this year. I am "hand-selling" to my 8th grade students. They are studying the Holocaust right now. Markus Zusak approaches the topic from a different viewpoint. He introduces you to the people who were left behind, the people who had to leave, people who didn't agree but didn't have a choice, people who tried to do the right thing and what that cost them and their families. He does all of that, and more, with compassion. The compassion comes in the form of Death, who narrates the story. He has a sense of humor and great big heart. It is truly a great book. I've only physically read it once, but I listen to the audio over and over. The narrator hits the exact tone that I imagined! Well worth reading.

Don't let the size put you off. It's actually a fast read.


message 5: by Danine (new)

Danine (dulcemea) I'm sold. I have to find a copy know. Thank you both!

message 6: by Tanya (last edited Feb 03, 2008 06:48AM) (new)

Tanya | 263 comments Kathy,
Have you read Briar Rose? It is a great Holocaust book for your age group...oh and Daniel's Story, which might be bit easy, but also a great read.

The Book Thief is one of my most favorite books of all time!

message 7: by Jennifer Marie (new)

Jennifer Marie | 10 comments I loved A Crooked Kind of Perfect!

message 8: by Kim (new)

Kim What a great list, Kathy. I thought I'd read everything by Jerry Spinelli but I haven't read Smile to Go - thanks! If you like YA like Zevin's book, you'd probably love Carol Plum-Ucci. Her work is really good. Also, Zevin has a great website where she posts all her rejection letters - she's hilarious. I'm a high school creative writing teacher and I love to show my students that page. Also, it helps me as an author when I feel like no one is reading my book to know that ALL writer's out there (no matter how famous) get bad news once in awhile :-)

message 9: by Kathy (new)

Kathy (thebrainlair) Kim,
I've read The Body of Christopher Creed! Now the 7th grade LA teacher uses it for one of her novel choices! I've also read Gabrielle Zevin's Elsewhere. I love the concept of that book!

message 10: by [deleted user] (new)


Wow, I've only heard of two of those books or authors. And I've read those: 1984 and Fahrenheit 451.

What kind of books are your other 29? And of those, which would you most strongly recommend for my 50 books challenge list?

- Bryan

message 11: by Kathy (new)

Kathy (thebrainlair) Hi Bryan,
Those are mostly YA books. I'm a middle school librarian, plus I love to read Young Adult books! I always like to know more about a person before I make any recommendations. So my questions for you are: What was the last good book you read? Why did you like it? What was the last book you hated? What would you have liked to see in that book?

Let me know what you're thinking!


message 12: by [deleted user] (new)

I think several of my books so far this year are rather good. But let me narrow it: The Alchemist (Coelho), Dark Tower 7 (King), and World War Z (Brooks).

Mostly I look for books that are written to entertain. I can tell if the author wrote a book for his own sake, or if it was for the readers. Show me the world, I want to see it.

My next book will be The Color Purple. Does that count as YA, because I am looking forward to it.

- Bryan

message 13: by Kathy (new)

Kathy (thebrainlair) June 2008 cont.
44. Airhead by Meg Cabot

message 15: by Kathy (new)

Kathy (thebrainlair) June 2008 cont.
45. Avalon High by Meg Cabot
46. Confessions of a Blabbermouth by Mike and Louise Carey
47. Confessions of a Serial Kisser by Wendelin Van Draanen

message 16: by Kathy (new)

Kathy (thebrainlair) June 2008 cont.
48. The Luxe by Anna Godberson
49. Thank you Lucky Stars by Beverly Donofrio
50. Nugrl90 (Sadie) by Cheryl Dellasega
51. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

message 17: by Kathy (new)

Kathy (thebrainlair) RR. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling
52. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
53. The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
54. The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan
RR. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

message 18: by Kathy (last edited Feb 25, 2009 02:15AM) (new)

Kathy (thebrainlair) July 2008
55. Rumors: A Luxe Novel by Anna Godberson
56. The Battle of the Labrynth by Rick Riordan
57. The Market by J.M. Steele
58. Audrey, Wait by Robin Benway
59. Cruel Summer by Allison Noel
60. She's So Money by Cherry Cheva
61. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

message 19: by Kathy (new)

Kathy (thebrainlair) 62. Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
63. Black and White by Paul Volponi

2 must reads!

message 20: by Kathy (new)

Kathy (thebrainlair) 64. Dairy Queen by Catherine Murdock
65. What Happened to Cass McBride by Gail Giles
66. Bullyville by Francine Prose
67. I Love You, Beth Cooper by Larry Doyle
68. Good Enough by Paula Yoo
69. The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult
70. Box Out by John Coy
71. Before I Die by Jenny Downham

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