Top 10 of 2009

My favorite young adult books read in 2009 are listed here.  These are in no particular order but alphabetical.  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

2. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

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.

4. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

5. Hate List by Jennifer Brown

6. I Know It’s Over by C. K. Kelly Martin

7. Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork

8. Skim by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki

9. The Sweetheart of Prosper County by Jill S. Alexander

10. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

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.

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