Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Top 100 YA Novels (#30-26)

Over seven hundred people volunteered their top ten favourite YA titles and now we enter the top 30...

#30 Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (2005)
[200 points – 1 #2, 4 #3s, 2 #4s, 5 #5s, 8 #6s, 7 #7s, 6 #8s, 10 #9s, 9 #10s]

"The master of YA science fiction. He breaks down barriers and takes you to places you'd never even dreamt of. Tally's journey is touching and eye-opening. " Sophie, So Little Time for Books

Uglies is set in a world in which everyone has an operation when they turn sixteen, making them supermodel beautiful. Big eyes, full lips, no one fat or skinny. You might think this is a good thing, but it’s not. Especially if you’re one of the Smokies, a bunch of radical teens who’ve decided they want to keep their own faces. (How anti-social of them.) ScottWesterfeld.com

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#29 Harry and the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling (2005)
[203 points – 4 #1s, 4 #2s, 2 #3s, 5 #4s, 6 #5s, 1 #6, 4 #7s, 5 #8s, 1 #9, 2 #10s]

It has complicated plot twists and amazingly developed characters. The sixth installment opens up a whole new plot thread, and sets up for the last book.” Maddy, reader.

The war against Voldemort is not going well; even Muggle governments are noticing. Ron scans the obituary pages of theDaily Prophet, looking for familiar names. Dumbledore is absent from Hogwarts for long stretches of time, and the Order of the Phoenix has already suffered losses.

And yet...

As in all wars, life goes on. Sixth-year students learn to Apparate -- and lose a few eyebrows in the process. The Weasley twins expand their business. Teenagers flirt and fight and fall in love. Classes are never straightforward, though Harry receives some extraordinary help from the mysterious Half-Blood Prince.

So it's the home front that takes center stage in the multilayered sixth installment of the story of Harry Potter. Here at Hogwarts, Harry will search for the full and complex story of the boy who became Lord Voldemort -- and thereby find what may be his only vulnerability. Goodreads

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#28 Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (1985)
[207 points – 1 #1, 6 #2s, 2 #3s, 3 #4s, 5 #5s, 4 #6s, 6 #7s, 7 #8s, 4 #9s, 3 #10s]

"This book (and series) traces through memorable characters the real power (and responsibility) of individuals, despite titular status as children, to forestall global disaster. It also credibly covers the real battles that exist between generations. With climate change upon us, our kids need these books. " Julia Martin, Executive Director of Bread for the Head

Cards has taken the venerable sf concepts of a superman and an interstellar war against aliens, and, with superb characterization, pacing and language, combined them into a seamless story of compelling power. Goodreads

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#27 Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce (1983)
[222 points – 6 #1s, 3 #2s, 3 #3s, 3 #4s, 8 #5s, 4 #6s, 5 #7s, 1 #9]

"I think this might have been the last book my mum read to me. Love it and the rest of this series. Also one of the first books I ever read to mention menstruation!" Lili Wilkinson, YA author

Alan of Trebond, the best warrior in the palace, is harboring a big secret: he is really a she - Alanna. But when her prince is felled by an illness, Alanna has no choice but to use her healing magic - even if it means ruining her career. Goodreads

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#26 The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien (1954)
[228 points – 9 #1s, 5 #2s, 3 #3s, 2 #4s, 3 #5s, 2 #6s, 4 #7s, 2 #8s, 1 #9, 3 #10s]

"Yes I was so obsessed that I actually had a map of Middle Earth on my wall (ugh.) but these books were so good, and nobody could say they didn't like them...right?!" Kelly, Ex-Librarian

The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien's three-volume epic, is set in the imaginary world of Middle-earth -- home to many strange beings, and most notably hobbits, a peace-loving "little people," cheerful and shy. Since its original British publication in 1954-55, the saga has entranced readers of all ages. It is at once a classic myth and a modern fairy tale. Critic Michael Straight has hailed it as one of the "very few works of genius in recent literature." Middle-earth is a world receptive to poets, scholars, children, and all other people of good will. Goodreads

1 comment:

danya said...

Alanna and Uglies are a couple of my favorites, glad to see them on the list!