#35 The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin (1978)
[181 points – 5 #1s, 3 #2s, 7 #4s, 3 #5s, 3 #6s, 2 #7s, 3 #8s, 2 #9s, 1 #10s]
"A brilliant mystery that never patronizes young readers." Leslie, teacher.
The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance. Goodreads#34 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (1813)
[187 points – 5 #1s, 5 #2s, 4 #3s, 2 #4s, 2 #5s, 3 #6s, 2 #7s, 1 #8, 3 #9s, 2 #10s]
“It is one of the first love stories that has spurned countless others. The language of the time is romantic and beautiful. Women may have been restricted at the time, but that isn't the focus of the story. The story is truly about two headstrong people who realize they're much more alike than they thought. It has a strong heroine and a male hero that anyone can fall in love with.” Liz, reader.
"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife."#33 The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart (2008)
So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen's witty comedy of manners--one of the most popular novels of all time--that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues. Goodreads
[192 points – 6 #1s, 5 #2s, 4 #3s, 1 #4, 3 #5s, 1 #6, 3 #7s, 3 #8s, 4 #10s]
"This book is a captivating portrait of burgeoning feminism. Frankie's struggle between wanting to be liked and wanted to be respected is something all of us can identify with, and her campaign of prankery is just straight up BADASS." Posh Deluxe, Forever Young Adult
Frankie Landau-Banks at age 14:
Her father’s “bunny rabbit.”
A mildly geeky girl attending a highly competitive boarding school.
Frankie Landau-Banks at age 15:
A knockout figure.
A sharp tongue.
A chip on her shoulder.
And a gorgeous new senior boyfriend: the supremely goofy, word-obsessed Matthew Livingston.
No longer the kind of girl to take “no” for an answer.
Especially when “no” means she’s excluded from her boyfriend’s all-male secret society.
Not when her ex boyfriend shows up in the strangest of places.
Not when she knows she’s smarter than any of them.
When she knows Matthew’s lying to her.
And when there are so many, many pranks to be done.
Frankie Landau-Banks, at age 16:
Possibly a criminal mastermind.
This is the story of how she got that way. Goodreads
#32 Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden (1995)
[192 points – 3 #1s, 8 #2s, 2 #3s, 3 #4s, 4 #5s, 1 #6, 2 #7s, 3 #8s, 2 #9s, 3 #10s]
“Best series ever (in YA and Adult Fiction). Riveting action and suspense and I feel like I am right there in the midst of everything with Ellie and the gang. I can't imagine anyone writing a series that will exceed what John did with these books.“ Naomi Rees, teacher.
When Ellie and her friends return from a camping trip in the Australian bush, they find things hideously wrong--their families are gone. Gradually they begin to comprehend that their country has been invaded and everyone in their town has been taken prisoner. As the reality of the situation hits them, they must make a decision--run and hide, give themselves up and be with their families, or fight back. Goodreads
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#31 A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray (2003)
[195 points – 4 #1s, 3 #2s, 3 #3s, 4 #4s, 4 #5s, 3 #6s, 3 #7s, 5 #8s, 5 #9s]
“Supernatural and historical fiction mould together into a wonderful story. The world that is created in this novel is fascinating. The story grips you and doesn't let go until you've read the entire trilogy. And even when you've finished, you still want more. Dark and riveting, this is a story for the true supernatural lover." Liz, reader.
It’s 1895, and after the suicide of her mother, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle is shipped off from the life she knows in India to Spence, a proper boarding school in England. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and prone to visions of the future that have an uncomfortable habit of coming true, Gemma’s reception there is a chilly one. To make things worse, she’s been followed by a mysterious young Indian man, a man sent to watch her. But why? What is her destiny? And what will her entanglement with Spence’s most powerful girls—and their foray into the spiritual world—lead to? LibbaBray.com