Saturday, January 23, 2010

The Best YA Books You Haven't Read...Yet

Kelly over at YAnnabe is organizing an Unsung YA Heroes Blog Blitz to help shine a brighter light on some great YA books that haven't gotten the recognition and/or following they deserve.

Here are some of my favorites, in no particular order:
  1. Selkie Girl by Laurie Brooks
  2. Radiant Darkness by Emily Whitman
  3. Jars of Glass by Brad Barkley and Heather Hepler
  4. The Smile by Donna Jo Napoli
  5. Academy 7 by Anne Osterlund
  6. The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King
  7. To Dance: A Ballerina's Graphic Novel by Siena Cherson Siegel
  8. Hard Love by Ellen Wittlinger
  9. Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link
  10. M+O 4EVR by Tonya Hegamin
I'll be trying to do my part in the near future and get some reviews up for the books I've listed that I haven't reviewed yet. They all certainly deserve their own posts.

Go make your own list and visit YAnnabe to read other folks' lists! Kelly even has nifty directions for how to build your own list using LibraryThing's myriad of sorting options. She'll compile them into a HUGE list on Monday.


Anastasia said...

The Dust of 100 Dogs has been mentioned on several lists, which means a) it MUST be good and b) I must have been living with my head under a rock because I've never heard of it before!

Kelly said...

I'm so glad to see you made your own list! I've only read Pretty Monsters, but it made me GRIN to see it on your list. I just loved that collection so much. :)

NatalieSap said...

Ooh, how I absolutely LOVE To Dance! What a precious graphic novel memoir. I've recently checked out Academy 7 from the library - looking forward to it!

Melissa Walker said...

Great list! Love this Unsung YA project!

Lawral the Librarian said...

Anastasia - I really cannot recommend The Dust of 100 Dogs enough. You should definitely check it out!

Kelly - I thought Pretty Monsters was amazing! I can't wait to see more YA from Ms.Link.

Natalie - To Dance was one of the first graphic novels I ever read. I agree that it is precious and sweet, without being too sachrine, of course. I hope you like Academy 7!

Melissa - I KNOW! I'm loving going through everyone's lists!