Sunday, 1 August 2010

Top 100 YA Novels (#40-36)

Another day...another five titles.

#40 The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (2007)
[169 points – 2 #1s, 4 #2s, 1 #3, 4 #4s, 4 #5s, 1 #6, 8 #7s, 2 #8s, 3 #9s, 4 #10s]

In his first book for young adults, bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist who leaves his school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white high school. This heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written tale, coupled with poignant drawings that reflect the character’s art, is based on the author’s own experiences and chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he seems destined to live.

  • To visit the author’s website click here.

#39 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (1943)
[171 points – 3 #1s, 2 #2s, 5 #3s, 1 #4, 4 #5s, 7 #6s, 1 #7, 6 #9s, 1 #10s]

"An honest examination of life growing up poor in turn-of-the-century Brooklyn, this story documents the heroine's rise from a seedy neighborhood to a university." Miss Fiona, reader.

Betty Smith's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a poignant and moving tale filled with compassion and cruelty, laughter and heartache, crowded with life and people and incident. The story of young, sensitive, and idealistic Francie Nolan and her bittersweet formative years in the slums of Williamsburg has enchanted and inspired millions of readers for more than sixty years. By turns overwhelming, sublime, heartbreaking, and uplifting, the daily experiences of the unforgettable Nolans are raw with honesty and tenderly threaded with family connectedness -- in a work of literary art that brilliantly captures a unique time and place as well as incredibly rich moments of universal experience. Goodreads

#38 Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (2009)
[173 points – 2 #1s, 2 #2s, 5 #3s, 4 #4s, 3 #6s, 5 #7s, 6 #8s, 6 #9s, 2 #10s]

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Goodreads

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#37 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling (2000)
[177 points – 3 #1s, 3 #2s, 3 #3s, 5 #4s, 5 #5s, 1 #6, 4 #7s, 2 #8s, 2 #9s]

"...Tthis is the first book in which something truly terrible happens right ""on-screen"" and we see the real life consequences of evil. Delightful, charming, nail-biting, joyous." Sandra Kasturi, author/ editor.

You have in your hands the pivotal fourth novel in the seven-part tale of Harry Potter's training as a wizard and his coming of age. Harry wants to get away from the pernicious Dursleys and go to the International Quidditch Cup with Hermione, Ron, and the Weasleys. He wants to dream about Cho Chang, his crush (and maybe do more than dream). He wants to find out about the mysterious event that's supposed to take place at Hogwarts this year, an event involving two other rival schools of magic, and a competition that hasn't happened for a hundred years. He wants to be a normal, fourteen-year-old wizard. Unfortunately for Harry Potter, he's not normal--even by wizarding standards. And in his case, different can be deadly. Goodreads

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#36 Paper Towns by John Green (2008)
[178 points – 2 #1s, 1 #2, 6 #3s, 3 #4s, 3 #5s, 4 #6s, 3 #7s, 6 #8s, 5 #9s, 2 #10s]

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life–dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge–he follows.

After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues–and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.

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Abby said...

What a good 5 we have today! I especially love Part-Time Indian - it made me laugh and cry - and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, which I read over and over in high school.

And, of course, I love Catching Fire. In face, I'm in the middle of re-reading The Hunger Games and CF is next (prepping for August 24, naturally).

Thanks for compiling these, Adele! I know it's a lot of work. And HAVE FUN on your trip to the States! :D

Robby said...

I NEED to read Paper Towns. It sits next to my computer, looking beautiful, and I haven't read it yet. Also, A Tree Grows In Brooklyn. I need that book in my life.