Friday, November 27, 2009

Best of 2009 Contest for Teens!

At the library we've started to see "Best of 2009" lists begin to roll in. One of the most anticipated is Publisher's Weekly and their list just arrived. But these lists are the best in terms of what editors and librarians thought. What about teens? Do you see your favorites listed? Or do you think some books were robbed? We want to know your favorite titles! Submit them below in the comments. We'll pick one commenter at random and they'll win a free book from library's cart! Get your titles in fast because we'll draw a name on Friday, December 11.

Here are Publisher's Weekly's picks for the best YA fiction of 2009


Laurie Halse Anderson

A powerful exploration of anorexia, dysfunction and death, Anderson's story of a friendship ripped apart is moving and haunting.



Libba Bray

An angel, a dwarf, cults, wormholes and mad cow disease all factor into the surreal cross-country road trip that teenage Cameron takes, in a satirical story that's as memorable as it is funny.


Kristin Cashore

Introducing Fire, a human “monster” with psychic abilities, this companion novel to Graceling expands the scope of Cashore's fantasy world and offers twists, intrigue and romance aplenty.


Suzanne Collins

This much-awaited sequel to Collins's dystopian bestseller, The Hunger Games, doesn't disappoint; it's immersive, voracious reading as the ramifications of Katniss's actions in that book spread.


Gayle Forman

Masterful characterizations make the tragedy at the core of this novel all the more devastating, as narrator Mia weighs the decision to live or die.




Patricia McCormick
This timely and provocative thriller, with a teenage American soldier at its center, is a nuanced exploration of war, heroism, and morality.


Patrick Ness

Set on a planet colonized by men and now wracked with strife, Ness's sequel to The Knife of Never Letting Go entwines themes of sexism, terrorism, genocide and human nature, while bringing the action to a fever pitch.


Richard Peck

The singular Mrs. Dowdel from A Year Down Yonder and A Long Way from Chicagobrings humor and heart to this holiday story; as ever, Peck's writing has a comforting, evergreen quality.


Maggie Stiefvater

Lyrical and thoughtful, this paranormal romance between a girl and a werewolf offers wit, an intriguing mythology, and dual (but equally honest and compelling) narratives.


Francisco X. Stork

Artfully crafted characters form the heart of this riveting novel about a 17-year-old with Asperger's syndrome, who grapples with issues of ethics, love, and other real-life conflicts.


Shaun Tan

Tan proves that his prose is every bit as hypnotic as his artwork in this wondrous collection that reveals the banality and strangeness of the suburbs.



Laini Taylor, illus. by Jim Di Bartolo

In lush prose, Taylor offers three utterly captivating stories, each centered on a kiss; comic book–style prequels from Di Bartolo, her husband, add to the enchantment.

Tim Wynne-Jones

In this thriller about a college student uncovering twisted family secrets, Wynne-Jones expertly draws his characters and setting while ramping up the tension and the creepiness.

Update: Congrats to Emma and Mairead on winning our end-of-the-year contest! We'll email you both with more info.

2 comments:

Mairead said...

If this is for just books published in 2009, then I would say Geektastic was very good, as was The Lost Symbol. If these go from september-september or something along those lines, then I would nominate Paper Towns.

Emma said...

I actually really enjoyed If I Stay by Gayle Forman, but I also really liked The God Box by Alex Sanchez.