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Monday, November 8, 2010

More Best Fiction for Young Adults from ALA

You probably know that every year the American Library Association's YALSA (Young Adult Services) group puts out a list of Best Fiction for Young Adults. These are new nominees since August that I would like to read. Book summaries are by YALSA.

StarCrossed Bunce, Elizabeth C. Star Crossed. Scholastic, Inc./Arthur A. Levine Books. 2010.

Escaping the city, Digger, a thief, ends up in a remote castle full of nobles and becomes involved in political intrigue in a country where magic has been forbidden.

Revolution Donnelley, Jennifer. Revolution. Delacorte. 2010.

Haunted by the death of her brother, Andi is taken to Paris by her estranged father where an encounter with a mysterious diary may bring her back from the edge.

Incarceron (Incarceron, Book 1) Fisher, Catherine. Incarceron. Penguin Group USA/Dial. 2010.

Trapped in the massive prison world of Incarceron, Finn searches for his true identity; outside, Claudia searches for the truth about Incarceron and its warden, her father.

This Gorgeous Game Freitas, Donna. This Gorgeous Game. Farrar Strauss Giroux. 2010.

After meeting her idol, Olivia thinks she is living a dream, but Father Mark’s enthusiasm for her writing quickly turns into something more like a nightmare she can’t escape.

Dark Song Giles, Gail. Dark Song. Little, Brown. 2010.

When Ames’ world falls apart after her father loses his job, she seeks solace in the arms of Marc, the seemingly perfect “boy” with a strange obsession and dangerous past.

Half World Goto, Hiromi. Half World. Illus. Jillian Tamaki. Penguin Group (USA) Inc./Viking Juvenile. 2010.

Overweight and over-teased Melanie Tamaki must follow her mother into Half-world, where the cycles are out of balance and fight the horrible Mr. Glueskin.

The Boneshaker Milford, Kate. The Boneshaker. Clarion. 2010.

In Arcane, Missour, in 1914, Natalie stands at the crossroads, looks the devil directly in the face, conquers him, and saves her family and her town.

The Replacement Yovanoff, Brenna. Replacement. Penguin Group. 2010.

Mackie is sixteen when the latest baby is stolen away, a monstrous replacement left in her crib. Now it’s time for Mackie to face his true identity.

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