2010 is drawing to a close and ‘best of’ lists are being released. This one is from the ALA and it covers the top ten books for young adults. The top ten are drawn from a list of 90 books, drawn from 203 official nominations and is presented annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. The books, recommended for those ages 12-18, meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens. The list comprises a wide range of genres and styles, including contemporary realistic fiction that reflects the diversity of the teen experience, nonfiction that brings to teens an awareness of the world they live in and its history, and fantastical stories told in both narrative and graphic formats. I haven’t read any of them but I will endeavour to get hold of some of the titles in the new year. Here’s the top ten –
The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan.
The Orange Houses by Paul Griffin.
The Great Wide Sea by MH Herlong
The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks.
Alligator Bayou by Donna Jo Napoli.
Stitches: A Memoir by David Small.
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead.
X. Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco Stork.
Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor.
Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland by Sally M.Walker.