Monday, July 19, 2010

Monday: What are your favorites in 2010 so far?

What would we take with us on vacation?
Since we've made it into the second half of 2010 already. It seemed like a good time to check in with the YA librarians of APL and find out what their picks for their favorites so far are!

We'll start off by asking Pat, one of our Youth Services librarians,  her picks!


The Sky is Everywhere  by Jandy Nelson
•    beautiful writing, cool and quirky characters, a storyline that grabs you and doesn’t let go

Last Night I Sang to the Monster by Benjamin Saenz
•   Features difficult subject matter (teen alcoholism and abuse) but a moving, powerful story of change, growth and redemption. 

A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend
by Emily Horner
•   I almost didn't pick it up because sometimes I get tired of all the death in YA novels, but so happy I read it! The novel is a cut above—the main character is strong and brave in her quest to do right by her dead best friend, and to find her way through her questions about her sexuality.  I also liked the secondary characters and all the theater geekiness.

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour
by Morgan Matson
•    A wonderful road trip/love story/rite of passage.  Thought both Roger and Amy were well-developed characters and liked the way the author scattered menus, road signs, state mottos throughout the book to extend the storyline.

Countdown
by Deborah Wiles
•    for younger readers (6th & 7th graders) a gripping "docu-novel" about the Cuban missile crisis in 1962 as seen through the eyes of  11-year-old Frannie Chapman.  The author injects actual headlines & newspaper clippings from that time period into the book and somehow it works.

 Picture from Wouter de Bruijn

2 comments:

Mairead B said...

Will Grayson, Will Grayson is probably my favorite book to come out this year so far.

patsy said...

I meant to add Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan to my list. Tiny Cooper is my new favorite character in YA lit. Tiny is a larger than life gay guy with a personality to match and he's making a musical about his life. And there are 2 Will Graysons in the book and it all comes together somehow.