Thursday, November 6, 2008

Final BBYA List: More I want to read!

The final list of the Best Books for Young Adults nominations has been released. Here are more that I'd like to read. Annotations are from the BBYA list.

Find the complete list here:

Ain, Beth Levine. The Revolution of Sabine. Candlewick. 2008.

Sabine Duraund lives in the 1776 French era of elaborate balls, beautiful dresses and the trappings of aristocratic society but childhood friend Michel exposes her to revolutionary ideas.

Bartoletti, Susan Campbell. The Boy Who Dared. Scholastic. 2008.

Told through flashbacks, this is a fictionalized biography of German teenager Helmuth Hubener, who was imprisoned and executed in 1942 for openly resisting the Nazis.

George, Madeleine. Looks. Viking. 2008.

Meghan, the invisible fat girl, and Aimee, overlooked and anorexic, form an uneasy alliance to get revenge on a mutual enemy.

Halam, Ann. Snakehead. Random House/Wendy Lamb. 2008.

Perseus and Andromeda, caught up in the dealings of a jealous group of Supernaturals—the gods of Greek myths—embark on a quest to confront the monstrous Medusa.

Harmon, Michael. The Last Exit to Normal. Alfred A. Knopf. 2008.

To get him on the right track, Ben Campbell's dad and stepdad accompany him to Montana, where he encounters small town life, homophobia, an abused boy, and a special girl.

Harris, Joanne. Runemarks. Alfred A. Knopf. 2008.

Outcast Maddy has only the mysterious One-Eye as a friend. Magic, along with the Good Folk, cease to be important but what about the runemark on her palm?

Hearn, Julie. Ivy: A Novel. Simon and Schuster. 2008.

Ivy, a child of the streets, does not understand what is about to befall her when her ethereal beauty attracts an artist’s attention.

Horvath, Polly. My One Hundred Adventures. Random House/Schwartz & Wade. 2008.

Twelve-year-old Jane is restless and wishes for adventure. Beginning with the arrival of a man her mother calls “your father”, Jane’s summer is filled with surprises and complications.

Jocelyn, Marthe. Would You. Random House/Wendy Lamb. 2008.

The two sisters have always been unusually close, but after an accident that leaves Claire in a coma, Natalie is left with just her grief and too many unanswered questions.

Kadohata, Cynthia. Outside Beauty. Simon & Schuster. 2008.

Four close sisters must go live with their four respective fathers while their beauty-obsessed mother recovers from an accident that scarred her face.

Kluger, Steve. My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park. Penguin. 2008.

Augie, Alé and Anthony make unlikely friends, but with help from each other, the three high school freshmen survive heartbreak, find first loves and discover their callings.

Lanagan, Margo. Tender Morsels. Random House/Alfred A. Knopf. 2008.

Liga has suffered unspeakable assaults and creates a magic, safe haven for herself and her two daughters, but the real world intrudes and they cope with beauty mixed with brutality.

Lecesne, James. Absolute Brightness. HarperCollins. 2008.

$17.99Flamboyant, outrageous, fourteen-year-old cousin Leonard covers his own sorrows and brings hope and new beginnings to Phoebe's troubled family until the day of his mysterious disappearance.

Levithan, David. How They Met, And Other Stories. Alfred A. Knopf. 2008.

Levithan's eighteen short stories - written during high school and college - capture the humor, bliss, disappointment and magic of falling in love.

Marillier, Juliet. Cybele's Secret. Random House/Alfred A. Knopf. 2008.

Paula travels with her merchant father to Istanbul and discovers a world filled with eunuchs, pirates, dervishes, and an entrance into the Other Kingdom.

Marr, Melissa. Ink Exchange. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. 2008.

Choosing a dramatic tattoo as a consequence of being raped, Leslie doesn’t realize she’s inked with the blood of the faery Dark Lord and will be under his power.

McNish, Cliff. Angel. Lerner/Carolrhoda Books. 2008.

A friendship develops between Freya, who was hospitalized because of her obsession with angels, and social outcast Stephanie who also has visions of angels.

Murdock, Catherine. Princess Ben: Being a Wholly Truthful Account of Her Various Discoveries and Misadventures, Recounted to the Best of Her Recollection, in Four Parts. Houghton Mifflin. 2008.

When unexpectedly orphaned, 15-year-old Benevolence must live with her cold grandmother, Queen Sophia, who demands she shed her unrefined ways and assume the role of the throne’s next heir.

Noyes, Deborah. The Ghosts of Kerfol. Candlewick. 2008.

Five short stories center around the estate of Kerfol and ghosts of previous inhabitants, including a tyrannical lord who was savaged by a pack of dogs.

Owning It: Stories about Teens with Disabilities. Edited by Don Gallo. Candlewick. 2008.
Teenagers may deal with issues that are a combination of psychological and physical disabilities. This set of stories reassures disabled teens they are not alone.

Scott, Elizabeth. Living Dead Girl. Simon and Schuster/Simon Pulse. 2008.

Abducted at the age of ten, Alice has lived as a sex partner for Ray for 5 years until he informs her that she’s "too old" for his love.

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