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message 1: by Misty (last edited Mar 17, 2010 12:21PM) (new)

Misty | 1505 comments Hey there. I've tried to compile a whole lot of lists and links for you to help you find books for Challenge 4. Each post in this folder will contain lists and links for a separate aspect or specific task (ie post #2 = Multicultural lists). I'm not done yet; I will be adding to this throughout the next couple of days, so:
PLEASE try to avoid commenting in this folder; I don't want it to get cluttered and confusing, and would like to keep it strictly to organized lists. If you have a site or list to add, please message me, email me at WildThingsChallenge4@gmail.com, or mention it in the Challenge 4 Discussions thread.
Thank you.

message 2: by Misty (last edited Mar 18, 2010 10:57AM) (new)

Misty | 1505 comments MULTICULTURAL BOOKS LISTS:

Wild Things very own Multicultural folder, with many, many suggestions.

Library Booklists.org‘s collection of “Diverse and Multicultural” lists, divided into sections based on ethnicity, religion, sexuality, gender and disability. Each section links to extensive lists of books that fall under that heading. Great resource!

Connected Youth site with many books listed in various categories.

Michigan State University‘s compilation of lists.

The Literary Link‘s page of YA related Multicultural and Historical link lists, organized by geographic area.

Frank Roger’s Mindsring Multicultural Children’s Books site; extensive list links with many subheadings.

ASTAL selected list

Selected list compiled by YA author Cynthia Leitich Smith

International Board on Books for Young People site, which has various links and award/honoree lists.

message 3: by Misty (last edited Mar 21, 2010 03:05PM) (new)


Wild Things Books Originally Not in English list. (Notice I eliminated the double negative that was driving me nuts.)

Mildred L. Batchelder award list, awarded by the American Library Assoc. to children’s/ya books that were originally published in a foreign language and then republished in the US.

Power of Foreign YA Lit article, includes various translated and/or geographic titles.

The Horn Book‘s compilation of translated books, organized by reading level.

Ocean County Public Library detailed list of books with a diversity and special needs focus.

message 4: by Misty (last edited May 27, 2010 08:01AM) (new)


Newbery Award List -- USA

Carnegie Medal -- England

Children's Book of the Year Awards -- Australia

Governor General's Award for Childrens' Literature -- Canada

Hans Christian Anderson Award -- Denmark

Bisto Book of the Year -- Ireland

Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award -- Sweden

Wikipedia list of Literary Awards from around the world

International Reading Assoc. Awards

Award Database, categorized by country

Booklist directory, fairly comprehensive, with categories based on country, subject, ethnicity, etc.

There's also the Prix Sorcieres (France) award -- if anyone can find a list...

message 5: by Misty (last edited Mar 18, 2010 11:01AM) (new)


Please note, many lists contain YA and Adult titles, but only YA count for this challenge.

ALA's Frequently Banned and Challenged with links to every year this decade.

ALA's 100 Most Frequently Banned/Challenged of 1990-1999

Wikipedia list of books banned by governments

Amazon Banned Children's Books list

California State University Censored Children's Books list.t

Various GR lists:
Best Banned/Censored Books

Most Frequently Challenged

Banned YA Novels

message 6: by Misty (last edited Mar 22, 2010 03:40PM) (new)

Misty | 1505 comments LIBRARIAN "UNKNOWN GEMS" LIST:

This list is for if you don't have a YA librarian to recommend "unknown gems" to you.
If you are a YA librarian and have recommendations to add to the list, please message me and let me know of them.

These are the unknown gems my personal YA librarians recommend to the local teens:
Jude by Kate Morganroth - In her YA debut, adult thriller writer Morgenroth tells the compelling story of Jude, 15, who is caught in a world of murder, drugs, and cover?ups that reaches into his Connecticut home and high?school. The action is fast as Jude confronts the worst and best in himself, and the story reveals surprising secrets about people Jude thinks he can trust. Sworn to silence by the killer of his violent drug?dealing dad, Jude moves into the wealthy home of the mother he has never known, and switches to an elite private school.

Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going -
Troy Billings, at 6'1", 296 pounds, is standing at the edge of a subway platform seriously contemplating suicide when he meets Curt MacCrae, an emaciated, semi-homeless punk guitar genius who also happens to be a drop-out legend at Troy's school on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
"I saved your life," Curt tells Troy. "You owe me lunch." Troy can't imagine refusing; after all think of the headline: Fat Kid Argues with Piece of Twine.
But lunch with Curt brings more than he bargained for. Suddenly, Troy finds himself recruited as Curt's drummer for his new band. "We'll be called Rage/Tectonic. Sort of a punk rock, Clash sort of thing," Curt tells him.
There's only one problem. Troy can't play the drums. Oh yes, and Troy's father thinks Curt's a drug addict and Troy's brother thinks Troy's a loser. But with Curt, anything is possible. "You'll see," says Curt. "We're going to be HUGE." Fortunately, mercurial Curt has an energy, enthusiasm and wisdom that is as irresistible as it is contagious.

America by E.R. Frank - Acclaimed author E.R. Frank writes provocative fiction. America, a foulmouthed, yet endearing 16-year-old, attempts suicide and is placed in the care of psychiatrists at Ridgeway mental hospital.
There he learns to cope with a past filled with neglect and mistreatment with the help of Dr. B. Alternating between Americas present- day stay at the hospital and his past, living in the care of his older brothers, America is a stark exploration of the mind of an inner-city youth.

Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix - Thirteen-year-old Jonah has always known that he was adopted, and he's never thought it was any big deal. Then he and a new friend, Chip, who's also adopted, begin receiving mysterious letters. The first one says, "You are one of the missing." The second one says, "Beware! They're coming back to get you."Jonah, Chip, and Jonah's sister, Katherine, are plunged into a mystery that involves the FBI, a vast smuggling operation, an airplane that appeared out of nowhere -- and people who seem to appear and disappear at will. The kids discover they are caught in a battle between two opposing forces that want very different things for Jonah and Chip's lives.
Do Jonah and Chip have any choice in the matter? And what should they choose when both alternatives are horrifying?

Sloppy Firstsby Megan McCafferty - When her best friend, Hope Weaver, moves away from Pineville, New Jersey, hyperobservant sixteen-year-old Jessica Darling is devastated. A fish out of water at school and a stranger at home, Jessica feels more lost than ever now that the only person with whom she could really communicate has gone. How is she supposed to deal with the boy- and shopping-crazy girls at school, her dad’s obsession with her track meets, her mother salivating over big sister Bethany’s lavish wedding, and her nonexistent love life?

Tangerine by Edward Bloor - Paul Fisher's older brother has always been the football-playing hero of the family. But when the Fishers move to Tangerine, Florida, Paul enters a place where weird is normal. And suddenly the blind can see. [side note: I highly recommend this, too; it's one of those books I never thought I'd like, and I loved it.]

My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park by Steve Kluger - Best friends and unofficial brothers since they were six, ninth-graders T.C. and Augie have got the world figured out. But that all changes when both friends fall in love for the first time. Enter Ale. She's pretty, sassy, and on her way to Harvard. T.C. falls hard, but Ale is playing hard to get. Meanwhile, Augie realizes that he's got a crush on a boy. It's not so clear to him, but to his family and friends, it's totally obvious! Told in alternating perspectives, this is the hilarious and touching story of their most excellent year, where these three friends discover love, themselves, and how a little magic and Mary Poppins can go a long way.

Wake by Lisa McMann - Ever since she was eight years old, high school student Janie Hannagan has been uncontrollably drawn into other people's dreams, but it is not until she befriends an elderly nursing home patient and becomes involved with an enigmatic fellow-student that she discovers her true power.

King Dork by Frank Portman - Tom Henderson (a.k.a. King Dork, Chi-mo, Hender-fag, and Sheepie) is a typical American high school loser until he discovers the book, The Catcher in the Rye, that will change the world as he knows it. When Tom discovers his deceased father’s copy of the Salinger classic, he finds himself in the middle of several interlocking conspiracies and at least half a dozen mysteries involving dead people, naked people, fake people, ESP, blood, a secret code, guitars, monks, witchcraft, the Bible, girls, the Crusades, a devil head, and rock and roll. And it all looks like it’s just the tip of a very odd iceberg of clues that may very well unravel the puzzle of his father’s death and–oddly–reveal the secret to attracting semihot girls.
Being in a band could possibly be the secret to the girl thing–but good luck finding a drummer who can count to four.

Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway - While trying to score a date with her cute co-worker at the Scooper Dooper, sixteen-year-old Audrey gains unwanted fame and celebrity status when her ex-boyfriend, a rock musician, records a breakup song about her that soars to the top of the Billboard charts.

Pretty Face by Mary Hogan - Hayley wishes she could love living in Santa Monica, blocks from the beach, where every day—and everybody—is beautiful and sunny. But she just doesn't fit in with all the blond, superskinny Southern California girls who have their plastic surgeons on speed dial. Hayley is smart and witty and has such a pretty . . . face. Translation: Don't even think about putting on a bikini, much less dating superhot Drew Wyler. A bikini will never be flattering, and Drew will never think of her as more than a friend.
Just when Hayley feels doomed to live her life in the fat lane, her parents decide to send her to Italy for the summer—not for school, not for fat camp, just for fun. It's there, under the Italian sun, that Hayley's vision of herself starts to change. She's curvy, not fat. Pizza isn't evil. And life is so much more than one-size-fits-all. Who knows? Once Hayley sees herself in a new light, maybe the girl with the pretty face will finally find true amore.

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson - When Ginny receives thirteen little blue envelopes and instructions to buy a plane ticket to London, she knows something exciting is going to happen. What Ginny doesn't know is that she will have the adventure of her life and it will change her in more ways than one. Life and love are waiting for her across the Atlantic, and the thirteen little blue envelopes are the key to finding them in this funny, romantic, heartbreaking novel.

Descriptions to come:
Eli the Good by Silas House
North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Knights of the Hill Country by Tim Tharp
The Last Exit to Normal by Michael Harmon
Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd
We Were Here by Matt de La Pena
The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
The Latent Powers of Dylan Fontaine by April Lurie

That's it from my personal librarians (can I get a "Thank You, Dorsch Memorial Library and your awesome librarians!")
Nice list, eh? They gave you guys some good gems.

message 7: by Misty (last edited Mar 22, 2010 04:25PM) (new)

Misty | 1505 comments OTHER USEFUL LISTS AND LINKS:

Mid Continent Public Library's very comprehensive list of movies based on books; note only YA book/movie combos count.

GRs Books That Changed My World View

Chilren's Literature Awards List Database

Angela Sunshine (angelasunshine) Misty wrote: "OTHER USEFUL LISTS AND LINKS:

Mid Continent Public Library's very comprehensive list of movies based on books; note only YA book/movie combos count.

GR’s Books that changed my worldview list in..."

Misty, the GR link doesn't work.

message 9: by Misty (last edited Apr 08, 2010 08:10PM) (new)

Misty | 1505 comments GENRE BOOK LISTS:
(to help with the choosing)
Note: If these lists don't help you find something you want to read, you can always google "ya + [desired genre:], or put "children's/YA" as the search term in Amazon, after selecting the desired genre from the drop down menu.

ALA Outstanding Drama

Bart's Bookshelf 50 Fantastic YA Dystopian Novels
YA Lit Lovers list -- very long, categorized by publication era

FAIRY TALES (for help with Buddy Bonus section 3, especially):
Sur La Lune invaluable resource
from GR Listopia: Best Fairytales and Retellings
Another GR Fairy Tale Retellings list
University of Iowa list, organized by tale
Bilgundsroman blog list, organized by age level
Fractured Fairy Tales list
Wikipedia Fairy Tale Fantasies list

Amazon 100 books to read before you Graduate High School
Pearson Prentince Reading List
Recommended Reading list
Hillsdale College recommended reading list

Suite 101 list organized by era
GR Teen Historical Novels list
from Ocean County PL:
Historical list
Dated but Never Out-dated list
Historical Graphic Novels

Hebdomeros blog
C.L. Smith Gothic Fantasy, Horror and Suspense list
Dover Public Library's Scary Books for Teens
Library Thing's Books tagged YA Horror list

LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered);
Ocean Co. PL Inside Out list
Great Gay Teen Books list compiled by author Alex Sanchez
Multnomah PL GLBT list
Wikipeida's Lesbian Teen Fic list and Gay Male Teen Fic list
GR's Best GLBT Books for Teens list started by author Tamora Pierce.
Pinkbooks LGBT bibliography list
Beyond the Rainbow Canon

Teen Scene list
Watsonville Public Library list
Lake Oswego PL list
GR DCPL Teen Mystery list
GR Best YA Spy/Mystery list
Ocean County PL "Get Your Sleuth On" list

ALA's Get Real list taken from ALA award winners and YALSA lists
Books R4 Teens list, with grade level notations
Downers Grove PL Nonfic list by subject
InfoSoup Nonfiction for Teens list

GR YA Christian Fiction list
DCPL Teen Faith and Spirituality list
GR Different Takes on Religion list
GR A Buddhist Reading List

more genres to come, as soon as I have a chance.

message 10: by Misty (last edited Mar 18, 2010 11:03AM) (new)

Misty | 1505 comments Grr. No, they're supposed to.
[brief period of time elapses:]

Okay, all better!

message 11: by Misty (new)

Misty | 1505 comments Alright, I think I've checked them all, but if you guys catch any more or any that go to a different site than they claim, let me know.

message 12: by Lydia (new)

Lydia (loverofinformation) | 596 comments What a great set of lists, Misty! AND you work??? I bow down - I am not worthy! LOL

message 13: by Misty (new)

Misty | 1505 comments The lists aren't done (I still have fairy tales and some randomness), but I haven't had time.
And I am a glutton for punishment, I guess (I am hosting an all-Jane Austen month in June, too, plus ALA trip); in one of my classes a couple years ago, a student commented on the work I put into things, and my teacher said "Oh no, you don't understand; she's a machine." Which is funny, because I think I am a total slacker, and I KNOW I am a total procrastinator.

message 14: by Lydia (new)

Lydia (loverofinformation) | 596 comments Here are my personal YA Librarian recommendations:

The Pox Party by M.T. Anderson – This book takes place just prior to and during the Revolutionary War and tracks the life of a young black child whose upbringing gives him the finest things in life. He is educated, he can read, and knows from his mother, Cassiopeia, that he is of regal blood. But something happens – the onset of the War. Octavian must now come to understand what being black in America really means. This book can be chilling; is considered by some to be a Gothic tale. It is book 1 of a two part series.

The Devil's Kiss by Sarwat Chadda – This is the Young Adult version of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. Bilquis San Greal is not only the youngest, but also the only female who is member of The Knights Templar. She has been raised as a warrior. But she is still a teenage girl and looks for love. Just as she is about to find the man of her dreams, an ancient enemy threatens The Knights Templar and she is called into service. An engaging fantasy, Chadda has created a protagonist you may find you just don’t like. This is also part of a series.

Born Confused by Tanuja Desai Hidier – Dimple Lala believes she is about to have the best summer ever. But then she must face her family’s traditional Indian values and beliefs, how her blonde-haired, blue-eyed best friend lives her life, and the prospect that she may be entered into an arranged marriage. This novel has some of the most powerful moments and is culturally, distinctly a different approach to the teenage angst novel.

Chain Mail Addicted To You by Hiroshi Ishizaki – This novel is actually based on a current event. It is a fact that a young Japanese woman actually created a novel by texting. This novel involves four Japanese teenage girls creating a story through text messages. Each girl takes a character role and develops a mystery that suddenly feels like it is coming true. But is it? Such an interesting novel format and concept.

When the Black Girl Sings by Bil Wright – Lahni Schuler was adopted by two loving white parents, attends a white prep school, and has limited contact with the black community she belongs to by virtue of ethnicity. What does this mean for her? Who is she? Can she rectify her race and her upbringing to become a whole person? While the plot is a bit simplistic and the dialogue may feel a bit stilted, this book addresses some of the issues facing interracial adoptions.

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Lydia (loverofinformation) | 596 comments Library Things YA Horror List is a bad link.

message 16: by Misty (last edited Mar 22, 2010 01:34PM) (new)

Misty | 1505 comments Worked for me... Maybe you have to have a LT account?
Anyone want to test that theory? If you have an account, click and let me know if it works.

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Lydia (loverofinformation) | 596 comments Misty wrote: "Worked for me... Maybe you have to have a LT account?
Anyone want to test that theory? If you have an account, click and let me know if it works."

Oh, is that the thing?

message 18: by Misty (new)

Misty | 1505 comments No idea. I'm just guessing. I know it's like that sometimes on Goodreads, for people who don't have GR accounts.

message 19: by Lydia (new)

Lydia (loverofinformation) | 596 comments Another possible link: Young Adult Poetry list: http://mingo.info-science.uiowa.edu/~...

message 20: by Misty (last edited May 20, 2010 04:08PM) (new)

Misty | 1505 comments HELP FOR SPECIFIC TASKS:

Task 2.10 Spin the Globe . net -- how perfect is that?

Task 4.25:
this list has links to the best free photo editing software and collage makers, like Picasa, which is great for collages, and Paint.net, which is great for intensive photo editing, though not super easy to use.
this one's a pretty neat collage creator.
Mixpod allows you to make fun interactive playlists, though you can of course just make an actual list and post it.

message 21: by Michelle (new)

Michelle (micnandec) Misty wrote: "HELP FOR SPECIFIC TASKS:

Task 2.10 Spin the Globe . net -- how perfect is that?

Task 4.25:
this list has links to the best free photo editing software and collage makers, like Picasa, which i..."

And just because I can't be satisfied with one link for spin the globe here's another: http://www.ptocheia.net/globe/ which gives you the satisfying feel of clicking an spinning globe for a random location! :-)

message 22: by Misty (new)

Misty | 1505 comments I keep ending up in the ocean. :(

message 23: by Michelle (new)

Michelle (micnandec) Misty wrote: "I keep ending up in the ocean. :("

Maybe that means you need to read a book on oceans or water-related? I have a few recommendations if you like...

message 24: by Misty (new)

Misty | 1505 comments I didn't even think of that! But no, I already have my book. I was just clicking for fun.

message 25: by Jennifer W, WT Moderator (new)

Jennifer W | 1289 comments Mod
I tried it just for fun and wound up in Moldovo... Good thing I had already picked a location with a map and wound up picking Iran! I'da never found a book set in Moldovo!

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