Happy New Year’s Eve! Today, I thought I would post my Top Ten YA books of 2009. I cannot rate them more than this; I had a hard enough time just narrowing the list down, so these are in alphabetical order. They are not necessarily what I think are the best literary achievements nor what might stand the test of time. These titles are the books that emotionally affected me, that I loved reading and couldn’t put down, books I will gladly read again and recommend to my students.
1. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl – If I have a hard time falling into a book after reading something, I know the authors have left their mark on me. Thank you, Ms. Garcia and Ms. Stohl.
3. Columbine by Dave Cullen – Yes, Mr. Cullen did not write this specifically for a YA audience, but I think it is so well done, students and adults can be drawn into the narrative and come away with hope and understanding. This is the best non-fiction I read this year.
Honorable mentions go to An Echo in the Bone, Bear Portraits, Dark Places, and Goat Song. None of these can really be counted as YA, but I really loved them. (Reviews will come at some point for An Echo and Dark Places.)
Have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve and I wish you all the best in 2010!