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Best Young Adult

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2
59,619 members, 1,185 reviews
4.39 stars (4.39 stars)

Explanations:

PitcherBooks (1): YA, All Ages. Award-Winner. 1. It's a well-written, interesting and altogether compelling piece of historical fiction. 2. You can't live in America without reading it at least once. 3. If you love the movie (who didn't?), the book is even better. 1960 Pulitzer Prize winner. "Deals with the issues of racism that were observed by the author as a child in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama. Despite being Lee's only published book, it led to Lee being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom of the United States for her contribution to literature in 2007. Lee has also been the recipient of numerous honorary degrees..." per Wikipedia. Simply the most outstanding & compelling read ever!… (more)

sturlington (13): Should be read by everyone, regardless of age.

300
1,847 members, 64 reviews
4.31 stars (4.31 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (2)

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 1.36

Explanations:

PitcherBooks (2): YA, All Ages. 1991 Multiple Award-Winner. One of the best coming of age books I've ever read. To Kill a Mockingbird with a bit of magical realism. I'd recommend this book to anyone without reservation. One of my all-time favorites.… (more)

109
452 members, 36 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (3), sturlington (70)

Score: 4.42

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PitcherBooks (3): YA, All Ages. 2007 Multiple Award-Winner. Contemporary Fantasy, Humor, Philosophy. A fun and thought-provoking read that will stay with you for a long time! Profound but not preachy. Humorous but not silly. Recommend it to all ages!… (more)

111
10,223 members, 885 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (4), sturlington (48)

Score: 4.35

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PitcherBooks (4): YA, All Ages. 2011 Multiple Award-Winner. SF&F, Sci-Fi, Cyberpunk, Quest, Adventure, Mystery, Suspense. Even this non-80s kid and non-gamer loved it! If you like SF&F in the least, this is a must-read. I believe a large percentage of non-SF&F fans would go for it too. Seriously good!… (more)

118
90 members, 3 reviews
3.69 stars (3.69 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (5), sturlington (71)

Score: 4.05

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PitcherBooks (5): YA, All Ages. 1998 Multiple Award-Winner. Historical Fiction, Adventure, Mystery. The author writes with an immediacy and realism that puts the reader into the life of an orphan boy in 1867 Germany. Amazing read. Recommend to all.… (more)

124
6,641 members, 211 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (6), sturlington (72)

Score: 3.93

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PitcherBooks (6): JF, YA, All Ages. 1990 Multiple Award-Winner. Spinelli is an excellent writer... A beautifully written poem of a book, an elegant parable, a wondrous fable...An innocent yet wise boy hero who makes the world a better place just for having passed through... One of the best books I've read in the past 10 years! Inspires and gives one hope not just for this generation but for oneself! A 20th century classic.… (more)

35
16,502 members, 1,090 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (4), PitcherBooks (7), aeleone (21), bethielouwho (24), pwaites (25), sturlington (32), ahef1963 (34), Peace2 (43), meliarose

Score: 17.62

Explanations:

PitcherBooks (7): YA, All Ages. 2008 Multiple Award Winner. BritLit, Fantasy. After his family is murdered, a baby is raised to boyhood by the departed denizens of the local graveyard. Interesting concept. Fun read. Equally appealing to boys & girls.… (more)

129
52 members, 1 review
4.5 stars (4.5 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (8), sturlington (73)

Score: 3.75

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PitcherBooks (8): YA, All Ages. 1974 Multiple Award Winner. NF, Classic, Autobiography, Courage, Life and Death, Suspense. In her teens & twenties, Hilgunt Zassenhaus as a young German woman risked her life times beyond count to save the lives of Jews and POW's for over ten years before and during WWII. She was later awarded the highest civilian honors of Denmark, Norway, & West Germany. In 1974, she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. If you ever wondered what it was like to be an everyday citizen in Germany during WWII (though Hiltgunt was anything but everyday considering her courage), she writes compellingly of how frightening life was under Hitler's regime of terror.… (more)

133
2,975 members, 61 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (9), sturlington (74)

Score: 3.67

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PitcherBooks (9): YA, All Ages. 1861 NF Classic. One of those life-changing books! An autobiography and an American slavery exposé written by an escaped slave from the period. Not your typical overwrought melodramatic Victorian writing. Forget Uncle Tom's Cabin (which, btw, I like and respect). Not preachy. Not the self-pitying, poor me, whiny stuff from today. Not salacious but one gets the picture of a pretty young woman's lot. An honest, authentic, inspiring and amazing voice from the past. An excellent writer and an altogether admirable woman! You feel her joys, her pain, her loves, her hates. Her personality. Her life. You are there! And there but for the grace of God, you could have been her. Man, I wish I could have met this lady. An unsung hero! This book should be on every list of classics! Eminently readable and a compelling read. This is the kind of book that opens your eyes even when you didn't know they needed opening. I recommend this book to people of all races, creeds, colors, national origins, ancestry. To anyone who has ever felt sorry for themselves. To anyone who has ever struggled. To anyone who has ever followed their hopes. Her voice reaches out from the past and grabs your attention. You will never again take for granted the amazing opportunities that freedom gives us! More info at: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harriet_Jacobs ... Free e-book at Gutenberg.org ... BTW, slavery still exists today.… (more)

88
16,160 members, 706 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (10), SqueakyChu (12), sturlington (65)

Score: 5.81

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PitcherBooks (10): YA, All Ages. 2005 Multiple Award Winner. NF, Autobiography. The author and her siblings were raised in a severely dysfunctional family. Living proof that roses spring from dung heaps and we each have the ability to choose our own lives (eventually). An amazing & inspiring life.… (more)

136
1,328 members, 69 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (11), sturlington (75)

Score: 3.56

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PitcherBooks (11): YA, All Ages. 2006 Multiple Award Winner. Fiction, Semi-Autobiographical. A gritty but emotionally honest account of girl's life in the rough streets of a Montreal ghetto. A young girl is raised by a loving but mentally-ill and heroin-addicted teen father. Baby sees and experiences this life with the odd innocence of those who know no different. She is street-wise but needy, makes bad choices including prostitution, yet never falls into self-pity. The key appeal of this book is that Baby makes her choices, good and bad, and SHE deals with the repercussions in the best way she knows. (Thank God, most of us were/are never faced with either her limited choices or her solutions!) The author manages to make this tough young girl's strengths and failings totally understandable so that one can't help but be sympathetic and root for her throughout. She is smart. She strives. And she never gives up. Powerful and inspiring . Attitude is all. And it is this that saves her in the end. If you ever thought your life was just too hard, Baby will remind that there are people who have had it a lot worse who manage not just to strive but, in the end, thrive! Highly recommended.… (more)

137
1,666 members, 50 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (12), sturlington (76)

Score: 3.5

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PitcherBooks (12): YA, All Ages. Multiple Award Winner. A fictional story of a courageous young Hindu girl in India, her arranged marriage, her short time as a child bride and the incredible hardships of being a child widow. A highly readable account of the difficulties and hardships of a traditional girl's role in Hindu society today.… (more)

69
2,208 members, 152 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (13), justablondemoment (16), amysisson (17), sturlington (63)

Score: 7.5

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PitcherBooks (13): YA, All Ages. 2000 Multiple Award Winner. An excellent & moving book. Fiction that tells the truth about modern day slavery from the eyes of a 13 year old girl. Based on the true stories of three young girls & former slaves. Highly recommended for all ages. Deserves every award it won! Definitely worth viewing this short vid: http://soldthemovie.com/… (more)

318
5,540 members, 76 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (14)

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 0.07

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PitcherBooks (14): Classic, circa 620-560 bce. YA, All Ages. Very short tales using animal characters to teach a specific moral or bit of folk wisdom from Ancient Greece. A favorite. Every human should own a copy. And if you actually read and learn from it, you'll be a smarter, kinder, better, more moral & admirable human! Not many books can make that claim! Free ebook at Gutenberg.org.… (more)

143
400 members, 8 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (15), sturlington (77)

Score: 3.38

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PitcherBooks (15): YA, All Ages. 1992 Multiple Award Winner. Historical Fiction set in 13th Century Scotland. Royalty, witches and a strong girl heroine. What more could you want?… (more)

68
741 members, 64 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: SCrumrine (9), PitcherBooks (16), sturlington (62), foggidawn

Score: 7.6

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PitcherBooks (16): YA, All Ages. 2006 Multiple Award Winner. Historical Fantasy. The plague comes to a rural medieval village. Ketarah bargains with Lord Death personified to save her family and friends. Oh, the magic and romance!… (more)

149
421 members, 31 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (17), sturlington (78)

Score: 3.32

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PitcherBooks (17): YA, All Ages. 2007 Award Winner. SF&F, Fantasy, Adventure. Orpheus and Eurydice myth updated & retold. After an accident, a 14 y/o boy can see ghosts. And heads into The Underworld (via NYC) to search for his long-dead mother... Excellent story.… (more)

98
1,215 members, 31 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (18), sturlington (66), merrystar

Score: 4.97

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PitcherBooks (18): YA, All Ages. 1975 Fantasy adventure classic. Sirius, former guardian luminary of the Dog Star, is helped by Kathleen, the luminary Sol (our sun), and his own quick wits as he tracks a lost cosmic tool in order to regain his former status. An intricate and intriguing tale. [Generally I am not a Diana Wynne Jones fan but this book is excellent.]… (more)

324
505 members, 13 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (19)

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: < 0

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PitcherBooks (19): Christina Rossetti's (UK, 1830-1894) classic 1862 fairy fantasy poem. Get a copy illustrated either by her brother and Pre-Raphaelite artist, Danté Rossetti or golden age illustrator, Arthur Rackham. Both are lovely and add much to the poem. Text only e-book available at gutenberg.org… (more)

77
1,275 members, 34 reviews
4.28 stars (4.28 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (20), Herenya (36), sturlington (64), merrystar

Score: 6.56

Explanations:

PitcherBooks (20): YA, All Ages. 1974 Multiple Award Winner. Historical Fantasy. The 'Tam Lin' legend retold [human kidnapped by & kept by the faerie]. Set in 16th century Elizabethan England. Very well done.… (more)

153
295 members, 4 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (21), sturlington (79)

Score: 3.21

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PitcherBooks (21): YA, All Ages. 2002 Award Winner. Witty fractured fairytale played for laughs. An ugly princess who is friendly and good-humored. A fool who is wiser than most. A fun light-hearted read! The sequel is just as good! Read 'em both!… (more)

155
1,827 members, 56 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (22), sturlington (80)

Score: 3.18

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PitcherBooks (22): YA, All Ages. 2004 Multiple Award Winner. Historical Fantasy set in Norway, 793 AD. Trolls, Half-Trolls, Humans & Elves. Viking berserkers kidnap a Saxon boy. We're talking grand adventures and magic! The first of a trilogy and they're all worth reading.… (more)

296
4,038 members, 74 reviews
3.71 stars (3.71 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (23), merrystar

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 1.45

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sturlington (0): I wouldn't recommend Piers Anthony to anybody.

PitcherBooks (23): YA, All Ages. 1977 Multiple Award Winner. Fantasy Adventure. First and best of the Xanth series (stop after book 3). Magic, puns & humor.

102
7,106 members, 117 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (24), sturlington (68), merrystar

Score: 4.82

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PitcherBooks (24): YA, All Ages. 1968 SF&F classic. The first of the Dragonriders of Pern series. Read one, you'll read 'em all. Because they're that good! ... The author was the first woman to win a Hugo award & Nebula award. In 2005, she was named a Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Grand Master & inducted into the SF&F Hall of Fame. - wiki ... Don't miss her books!… (more)

158
1,419 members, 20 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (25), sturlington (81)

Score: 3.12

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PitcherBooks (25): YA, All Ages. 1991, Fantasy, Adventure. First & best of the Bardic Voices series (but all are good reads). Musicians & Magic. The author's best!… (more)

7
28,096 members, 730 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: lipi (4), sturlington (4), kara.shamy (5), SunnySD (6), StefanieGeeks (7), kiwiflowa (7), Quaisior (8), SylviaC (9), ahef1963 (11), guyalice (12), bethielouwho (13)7 more, codewell (14), aeleone (17), PitcherBooks (26), YellowHedgehog, merrystar, rretzler, meliarose

Score: 40.9

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PitcherBooks (26): YA, All Ages. 1962 Multiple Award Winner. SF&F classic. Loved this as a kid. Still do. First and best of the four book series.

27
31,778 members, 598 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Explanations:

sturlington (0): Better for younger children

PitcherBooks (27): JF, YA, All Ages. 1950 BritLit fantasy adventure classic. Equally appealing to both boys & girls. The first and best of the somewhat uneven seven book Narnia series.… (more)

183
16,788 members, 324 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (28), sturlington (91), merrystar

Thumbs down: pwaites

Score: 2.66

Explanations:

pwaites (0): Not young adult (crosses age boundaries, but is primarily aimed at adults)

PitcherBooks (28): YA, All Ages. 1983, Fantasy, Humor. The first of Pratchett's amazing & funny Discworld Series. One of the few authors I've found who's been able to maintain a quality (& lengthy) book series due to his excellent writing & top-notch humor. A good number of the books are award-winners. Series best read in order. You read one, you'll want to read them all. And you won't be disappointed!… (more)

160
479 members, 19 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (29), sturlington (82)

Score: 3.05

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PitcherBooks (29): YA, All Ages. 2005 Award Winner. Rural America, 1923. Dad teaches Eben how to be a tourist in his own town. To stop taking Sassafras Springs for granted and, instead, discover & learn its hidden treasures. Which I recommend more kids & adults do in regards to their own home town! ... "When Eben McAllister reads about the Seven Wonders of the World, his imagination races. He's itching to escape the sameness of the small farming community of Sassafras Springs, Missouri, and explore the world. Then Pa challenges Eben to find Seven Wonders in his own neighborhood. The boy doubts Sassafras Springs has much to offer, but rises to the test when Pa promises him a coveted trip out west if he succeeds." http://www.bettybirney.com/sassafras.html… (more)

164
755 members, 15 reviews
3.69 stars (3.69 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (30), sturlington (83)

Score: 3.03

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PitcherBooks (30): YA, All Ages. 1983 Multiple Award Winner. Fantasy of wishes gone awry set in New England. Be careful how you state your wishes!

166
3,535 members, 42 reviews
3.69 stars (3.69 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (31), sturlington (84)

Score: 3.02

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PitcherBooks (31): YA, All Ages. 1949 Award Winner. Action, Adventure. "Set in England during the Middle Ages, as the bubonic plague is sweeping across the country. Young Robin is sent away to become a knight like his father, but his dreams [& life] are endangered when he loses the use of his legs [and is abandoned]." - wiki… (more)

167
420 members, 27 reviews
3.54 stars (3.54 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (32), sturlington (85)

Score: 3

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PitcherBooks (32): YA, All Ages. Fantasy, Horror. The best vampire book since Dracula. And considering the plethora of vampire books on the market, that's saying something.… (more)

168
812 members, 20 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (33), sturlington (86)

Score: 2.98

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PitcherBooks (33): YA, All Ages. Multiple Award Winner. 1968 SF&F, Action, Adventure, Forgotten Classic. To prevent spaceship overcrowding and stagnation, every teen is required to face 30 day life-or-death trial on a colony planet with minimal supplies. Mia & Jimmy find out the hard way that some planets are downright unfriendly.… (more)

169
288 members, 17 reviews
3.58 stars (3.58 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (34), sturlington (87)

Score: 2.97

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PitcherBooks (34): YA, All Ages. Fantasy Horror. Having read SF&F since I was a kid, it it hard to find a "fresh" story in that genre. And yet here it is. Wonderfully readable for any age. The synopsis and the setting really did not appeal to me. It was a shock how enthralling the story turned out to be. This one is a keeper. Look for more by this author!… (more)

106
4,259 members, 378 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

Lists: justablondemoment (23), PitcherBooks (35), sturlington (69), foggidawn

Thumbs down: Quaisior

Score: 4.73

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PitcherBooks (35): YA, All Ages. SF&F, Post Apocalypse. First of the Last Survivors Trilogy. Plausible, Realistic, Dark, Frightening, Very Well Done. "An asteroid hits the moon and brings it closer to Earth, life in NE Pennsylvania [& the world] will never be the same again for Miranda and her family, with the lack of food and extreme cold major threats to their survival." - wiki.… (more)

86
28,255 members, 420 reviews
4.29 stars (4.29 stars)

Lists: aeleone (11), sturlington (15), PitcherBooks (36)

Score: 5.86

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sturlington (15): Teens will enjoy reading it but it's an adult novel.

PitcherBooks (36): YA, All Ages. Multiple Award Winner. 1965 Sci-Fi Classic. First & best of the series. Skip the awful movie.

91
39,128 members, 764 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: SqueakyChu (9), sturlington (12), PitcherBooks (37), merrystar

Thumbs down: barney67

Score: 5.7

Explanations:

barney67 (0): Great book, but isn't about what you think it's about.

PitcherBooks (37): YA, All Ages. Multiple Award-Winner. 1953 SF&F Classic. One of Bradbury's best. Dystopia. Societal ban on all books with book burning as the solution. One of the few high school reading assignments that I adored!… (more)

170
17 members, 0 reviews
4.5 stars (4.5 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (38), sturlington (88)

Score: 2.92

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PitcherBooks (38): Fantasy. YA, All Ages. Reprints of this 1903 classic are readily available. An excellent and fun read. Free public domain e-book at: https://archive.org/details/darbyogillandgo00kavagoog (Yes, it is better than the Disney movie)… (more)

171
36 members, 0 reviews
3 stars (3 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (39), sturlington (89)

Score: 2.9

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PitcherBooks (39): YA, All Ages. 1963, Humor, Fantasy, Adventure. Award-Winning Author. A favorite book! A braggart takes on the little people in a battle of the wits. Recommend to all... Mollie Hunter has it all sewn up with this book. A new & fun classic!… (more)

305
17,255 members, 358 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (40), ahef1963 (62)

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 1.02

Explanations:

sturlington (0): Better for younger children.

PitcherBooks (40): YA, All Ages. 1964 Multiple Award Winner. BritLit Fantasy Humor. The adventures of poor young Charlie Bucket inside the magical chocolate factory of the mysterious, eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka ... Both movie versions (1971-Gene Wilder, 2005-Johnny Depp) were enjoyable.… (more)

76
4,019 members, 113 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: Peace2 (4), Jarandel (11), PitcherBooks (41)

Score: 6.61

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PitcherBooks (41): YA, All Ages. 2002 Multiple Award Winner. Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Action, Adventure. Feudal Japan. "The story of a 16 y/o orphaned & traumatized boy, Tomasu, who is taken under the wing of a professional assassin and a 15 y/o girl, Kaede, who has been held hostage for her family's good behavior for the past 8 years."… (more)

3
99,491 members, 1,629 reviews
4.29 stars (4.29 stars)

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barney67 (0): I don't see what the big deal is. An amalgam of ideas stolen from other authors. If you want mythology, read Tolkien. Or Homer. I read The Odyssey at 14. Now there's a story.… (more)

PitcherBooks (42): JF, YA, All Ages. Multiple award winner. The 1998 book that started it all, first & best of the 7-book series. Harry Potter learns he's to be a student wizard at Hogwarts and so escape his awful Muggle relatives. Despite the dire predicaments his new status brings him, he is buoyed up with new friends and a wizard mentor. If you read one, you'll end up reading them all ... Barney: There's nothing new under the sun.… (more)

55
22,554 members, 259 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: barney67 (7), longway (10), kara.shamy (12), sturlington (37), PitcherBooks (43), ahef1963 (65)

Score: 11.45

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PitcherBooks (43): JF, YA, All Ages. 1876 Historical fiction, classic adventure story that still thrills today. Tom Sawyer is an American icon! A favorite. Free ebook at Gutenberg.org.… (more)

51
31,977 members, 445 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: barney67 (1), kara.shamy (11), longway (12), sturlington (36), PitcherBooks (44), ahef1963 (44)

Score: 13.09

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barney67 (1): One of the top five American novels. American to the bone. You can read this at any age and look at it different ways.

PitcherBooks (44): JF, YA, All Ages. Historical fiction, 1884 classic adventure story. Sequel to Adventures of Tom Sawyer and just as entertaining. A favorite. Free ebook at Gutenberg.org.… (more)

173
3,121 members, 38 reviews
3.69 stars (3.69 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (45), sturlington (90)

Score: 2.84

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PitcherBooks (45): YA, All Ages. 1964 Multiple Award Winner. Classic, Historical Fiction. 1860s, 19th Century, Illinois. A family split by the American Civil War. Jethro is too young to join up and is left behind to work the farm with Pa. All his brothers join the Union Army save one who becomes a Johnny Reb. Hardship, loss and vigilantes take their toll over the course of the war... but the family survives. Excellent read.… (more)

342
22,118 members, 440 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (46)

Thumbs down: sturlington, KimarieBee

Score: < 0

Explanations:

sturlington (0): Adult novel

PitcherBooks (46): YA, All Ages. Multiple Award Winner. 1959, Historical Fiction, Domestic Fiction. A missionary moves his family from Georgia, USA to the small rural village of Kilanga, Belgian Congo, close to the Kwilu River. An altogether interesting book about a well-meaning but pretty clueless fundamentalist missionary in the 1950s Congo with his wife and four daughters who adapt much better than he to the realities of this new world. As the girls grow, age, & mature, they are able to interact with local people on a more human and realistic level than any of the white adults. A keeper to read more than once. ... Dystopias are a popular theme in YA lit today. This fits right in - just a bit more realism in highly readable literature.… (more)

37
7,694 members, 162 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: auroraejade (8), ncgraham (21), bethielouwho (23), sturlington (33), ahef1963 (37), PitcherBooks (47), meliarose, rretzler, merrystar

Score: 16.48

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PitcherBooks (47): YA, All Ages. 1958 Award Winner. Historical Fiction. Colonial Era, 1687 New England. 16 y/o orphan Katherine "Kit" Tyler leaves the relaxed and open Barbados islands to live with her aunt & uncle in Wethersfield, Connecticut. Superstitious Puritans immediately think her a witch for knowing how to swim. The strict and odd beliefs of the Puritans seem to continuously put Kit at risk for what would be non-issues for normal everyday peoples. A sometimes frightening culture clash. Excellent read!… (more)

132
22,670 members, 323 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: longway (5), PitcherBooks (48), sturlington (50)

Thumbs down: barney67

Score: 3.7

Explanations:

barney67 (0): More of a elementary school book.

PitcherBooks (48): YA, All Ages. 1883 Pirate Adventure Classic. A "Boy's Novel" of buccaneers, treasure maps and buried gold. But girls enjoy it too. A childhood favorite ... R.L. Stevenson (Scotland, 1850-1894). Novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer. His most famous works are Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Greatly admired by his fellow authors and one of the most translated authors in the world. -wiki. Free ebook at Gutenberg.org.… (more)

100
7,603 members, 86 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

Lists: kara.shamy (15), PitcherBooks (49), sturlington (67)

Score: 4.94

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PitcherBooks (49): YA, All Ages. 1886 Historical Fiction, Adventure Classic. A "Boy's Novel" but girls enjoy it too. A favorite. Original Title: Kidnapped: Being Memoirs of the Adventures of David Balfour in the Year 1751: How he was Kidnapped and Cast away; his Sufferings in a Desert Isle; his Journey in the Wild Highlands; his acquaintance with Alan Breck Stewart and other notorious Highland Jacobites; with all that he Suffered at the hands of his Uncle, Ebenezer Balfour of Shaws, falsely so-called ... R.L. Stevenson (Scotland, 1850-1894). Novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer. His most famous works are Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Greatly admired by his fellow authors and one of the most translated authors in the world. -wiki. Free ebook at Gutenberg.org.… (more)

154
17,281 members, 173 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: barney67 (9), PitcherBooks (50), ahef1963 (71)

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 3.19

Explanations:

barney67 (9): Child labor, vicious teachers, zero education, thieves. Perfect for today's world. Might as well prepare them for it.

PitcherBooks (50): 1838 novel of the cruel treatment of a naive orphan boy from workhouse to undertaker's apprentice to the sordid life of a thief's apprentice. Charles Dickens (UK, 1812-1870). English writer and social critic. Generally regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian period. His literary genius was/is broadly acknowledged by critics and scholars. Famous for his humor, satire, and keen observation of character and society. ... Good point, Barney. Kids know. Probably one of the reasons dystopian novels are so popular now with YA.… (more)

352
16,807 members, 174 reviews
3.64 stars (3.64 stars)

Lists: PitcherBooks (51)

Thumbs down: sturlington, barney67, pwaites

Score: < 0

Explanations:

sturlington (0): This is political satire, not YA

barney67 (0): Great book, but too bleak for teenagers. In retrospect, too bleak for me, too.

pwaites (0): Not all classics are young adult novels.

PitcherBooks (51): JF, YA, All Ages. Politically Correct Kids Versions Available. Swift's Masterpiece. 1726 BritLit Fantasy Adventure Satire Classic. The original adult edition contains 4 voyages: 1. Lilliput (tiny people); 2. Brobdingnag (Giants); 3. Laputa (Flying Island, Impractical Music & Math, Preposterous Schemes & Silly Science), Balnibarbi, Luggnagg (Aged & Infirm Immortals), Glubbdubdrib (Magician & Ghosts), and Japan; 4. Houyhnhnms (Intelligent horses rule, Human animals act as beasts of burden). Milo Winters did excellent illustrations for an unedited edition. Jonathan Swift (1667-1745). Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, poet. Free ebook at Gutenberg.org ... Gang: Seriously, there are JF & YA editions of just about every classic title. And classics are classics for a reason - they stand the test of time. YAs certainly are capable of understanding satire. I read the original as a young teen. I think that each of us has to realize that not every reader has the same interests or reading ability. I appreciate your comments and views and keep 'em coming... On the flip side, I will state, not all PopLit is worth reading (case in point: Twilight and its baseball-playing vampires - does anyone think this series should be listed as a must-read classic that generations to come will derive great insights from? Not me)… (more)

101
9,289 members, 67 reviews
4.38 stars (4.38 stars)

Lists: barney67 (22), sturlington (47), PitcherBooks (52)

Score: 4.86

Explanations:

PitcherBooks (52): POE was an "American author, poet, editor, and literary critic, part of the American Romantic Movement. Best known for his poems & Tales of Mystery and the Macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the Short Story, and is generally considered the Inventor of the Detective Fiction genre. He is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of Science Fiction." - wiki ... That's why everyone should read Poe's complete works at least once. He was a genius! Free Ebook at Gutenberg.org… (more)

301
233 members, 0 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: barney67 (24), PitcherBooks (53)

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 1.29

Explanations:

PitcherBooks (53): Washington Irving (USA, 1783-1859). American author, essayist, biographer, historian, and diplomat of the early 19th century. Best known for his short stories "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle", both of which appear in his book The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent ... Irving is largely credited as the first American Man of Letters, and the first to earn his living solely by his pen ... Irving perfected the American short story, and was the first American writer to place his stories firmly in the United States ... generally credited as one of the first to write both in the vernacular, ... [and] first to write solely for [the reader's] entertainment (rather than education or enlightenment). - wiki ... Free E-Books at: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/author/34… (more)

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1,379 members, 36 reviews
3.7 stars (3.7 stars)

Lists: Moomin_Mama, Herenya

Thumbs down: PitcherBooks, barney67

Score: 0.54

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7,391 members, 152 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: Quaisior (15), Moomin_Mama, rretzler

Thumbs down: sturlington, PitcherBooks, barney67

Score: 0.71

Explanations:

sturlington (0): Better for younger children.

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11,389 members, 259 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: sturlington (56), merrystar

Thumbs down: PitcherBooks

Score: 1.08

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5,316 members, 108 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: Jarandel (7), Peace2 (21)

Thumbs down: PitcherBooks, barney67

Score: 0.33

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13,658 members, 466 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: Grcelee (1), SCrumrine (7), mattias_books (11), pwaites (12), ahef1963 (49), YellowHedgehog, meliarose

Thumbs down: aeleone, Peace2, PitcherBooks

Score: 10.84

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1,003 members, 23 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: Peace2 (22), LisaMaria_C (23)

Thumbs down: PitcherBooks, barney67

Score: < 0

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6,709 members, 584 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

Lists: Bduke (15)

Thumbs down: pwaites, PitcherBooks, barney67

Score: < 0

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9,095 members, 191 reviews
4.24 stars (4.24 stars)

Lists: Lexxi (2), ahef1963 (74)

Thumbs down: sturlington, PitcherBooks, merrystar, amysisson

Score: < 0

Explanations:

sturlington (0): Better for younger children.

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11,551 members, 958 reviews
3.71 stars (3.71 stars)

Lists: pwaites (47)

Thumbs down: sturlington, reconditereader, PitcherBooks

Score: < 0

Explanations:

reconditereader (0): It was fine but not great

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3,545 members, 26 reviews
3.65 stars (3.65 stars)

Lists: Moomin_Mama

Thumbs down: sturlington, PitcherBooks, barney67, merrystar

Score: < 0

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47,911 members, 2,092 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)
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22,789 members, 536 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (60), meliarose

Thumbs down: sturlington, PitcherBooks, barney67

Score: < 0

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8,047 members, 127 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: sturlington (59)

Thumbs down: PitcherBooks, barney67

Score: < 0

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1,325 members, 66 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: amysisson (25)

Thumbs down: PitcherBooks

Score: < 0

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5,193 members, 180 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)

Lists: SCrumrine (3), _Zoe_ (4), SylviaC (7), SunnySD (8), maureenreads (11), Quaisior (11), ncgraham (12), el_len (14), guyalice (14), pwaites (50), merrystar1 more, foggidawn

Thumbs down: PitcherBooks, barney67, justablondemoment

Score: 20.38

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4,990 members, 115 reviews
4.32 stars (4.32 stars)

Lists: SunnySD (10), Quaisior (25), merrystar

Thumbs down: PitcherBooks, barney67

Score: 1.66

Explanations:

merrystar (1): I read this book until it fell apart as a young teen.

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7,036 members, 135 reviews
3.44 stars (3.44 stars)

Lists: sturlington (60), ahef1963 (73)

Thumbs down: PitcherBooks, barney67

Score: < 0

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993 members, 46 reviews
3.45 stars (3.45 stars)

Lists: amysisson (19)

Thumbs down: PitcherBooks, barney67

Score: < 0

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4,181 members, 407 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

Lists: SqueakyChu (2), sturlington (52)

Thumbs down: PitcherBooks

Score: 2.85

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32,672 members, 903 reviews
4.33 stars (4.33 stars)

Lists: bestem (5), aeleone (7), codewell (13), longway (13), LisaMaria_C (18), sturlington (38), pwaites (44), ahef1963 (47), foggidawn, merrystar, rretzler

Thumbs down: lipi, barney67, PitcherBooks, Quaisior, enrique_molinero

Score: 11.47

Explanations:

barney67 (0): I didn't make it past page two. I don't see what all fuss is about. Watch Star Wars.

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9,890 members, 350 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: StefanieGeeks (1), SCrumrine (4), MikeBriggs (4), justablondemoment (7), trisarahdactyl (7), enrique_molinero (17), ncgraham (19), pwaites (20), Herenya (33)

Thumbs down: PitcherBooks, guyalice, Quaisior, merrystar

Score: 14.02

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5,791 members, 195 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: cattnip172 (1), justablondemoment (10), Quaisior (16), ahef1963 (25), bethielouwho (28), sturlington (34), Moomin_Mama, amysisson, rretzler

Thumbs down: PitcherBooks, barney67

Score: 16.14

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18,665 members, 443 reviews
4.28 stars (4.28 stars)

Lists: SCrumrine (2), _Zoe_ (2), aulsmith (2), codewell (3), kiwiflowa (6), michaela_vy (8), generalkala (8), el_len (9), Jarandel (9), MikeBriggs (10), LisaMaria_C (39)2 more, rretzler, merrystar

Thumbs down: PitcherBooks

Score: 30.53

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31,204 members, 1,566 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)
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5,176 members, 107 reviews
4.24 stars (4.24 stars)

Lists: SunnySD (1), SylviaC (1), Quaisior (1), bestem (3), pwaites (5), codewell (6), ncgraham (11), LisaMaria_C (30), foggidawn, merrystar, Herenya

Thumbs down: PitcherBooks, barney67

Score: 25.54

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15,960 members, 1,243 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: Peace2 (2), StefanieGeeks (4), generalkala (4), codewell (5), maureenreads (6), fitzgage (8), justablondemoment (8), Bduke (10), michaela_vy (11), SunnySD (11), meliarose (18)4 more, bethielouwho (18), el_len (19), foggidawn, Herenya

Thumbs down: sturlington, pwaites, PitcherBooks, barney67

Score: 27.19

Explanations:

sturlington (0): Just bad.

pwaites (0): Full of action, but over-hyped and ludicrous plot-line.

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1,360 members, 14 reviews
3.57 stars (3.57 stars)

Lists: justablondemoment (13), sturlington (49), Moomin_Mama, amysisson

Thumbs down: PitcherBooks, barney67

Score: 4.33

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18,755 members, 323 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)
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34,870 members, 1,617 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)
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5,835 members, 120 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: keristars (3), Peace2 (5), Jarandel (5), aeleone (10)

Thumbs down: PitcherBooks, barney67

Score: 6.64

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8,264 members, 256 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)

Lists: Peace2 (1), Friederike.Geissler (4), aeleone (6), Jarandel (6), pwaites (30), Herenya (34), merrystar

Thumbs down: PitcherBooks, barney67

Score: 12.93

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4,715 members, 172 reviews
3.76 stars (3.76 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (5), aulsmith (9), SCrumrine (10), pwaites (45)

Thumbs down: PitcherBooks, Quaisior

Score: 4.78

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1,240 members, 18 reviews
3.54 stars (3.54 stars)

Lists: justablondemoment (15), sturlington (55), Moomin_Mama

Thumbs down: PitcherBooks, barney67

Score: 2.18

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5,312 members, 290 reviews
3.77 stars (3.77 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (16), justablondemoment (17), LisaMaria_C (20)

Thumbs down: sturlington, PitcherBooks

Score: 1.86

Explanations:

PitcherBooks (0): Excellent writer but ... Irresponsible trivializing of brutality, violence, stalkers, rape, and sex. A bubble-gum after-school special gone wrong. I have no problem with sex and sexuality presented in a responsible and realistic way for this easily pleased and impressionable age set. But I do have a serious problem with a book obviously written for tweens that implies that oral sex is not really sex. And that stalking by a handsome and much older stranger may end up well. Or that if a girl doesn't pass inspection, well, she'll end up being just a pass-around sex toy. Really!?… (more)

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37,311 members, 1,195 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: SqueakyChu (11), KimarieBee (13), sturlington (43), ahef1963 (67)

Thumbs down: PitcherBooks

Score: 5.26

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19,117 members, 375 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: barney67 (19), Peace2 (36), sturlington (53)

Thumbs down: PitcherBooks

Score: 3.03

Explanations:

barney67 (19): I read it when I was 13. I remember being shocked that a novel about rabbits could hold my attention. Probably I was too soft.

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4,527 members, 222 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: pwaites (26), sturlington (51), foggidawn

Thumbs down: PitcherBooks

Score: 3.14

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2,723 members, 116 reviews
3.51 stars (3.51 stars)

Lists: justablondemoment (9), Quaisior (12), sturlington (39), Moomin_Mama, meliarose

Thumbs down: PitcherBooks, barney67

Score: 6.7

Explanations:

barney67 (0): I was 12 when my eccentric friend Charlie read this at the desk next to mine. He showed me the good parts. Moronic.

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1,509 members, 73 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)

Lists: SunnySD (13), Quaisior (21), foggidawn, Herenya, merrystar

Thumbs down: PitcherBooks

Score: 7.33

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19,902 members, 293 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)
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2,830 members, 114 reviews
3.63 stars (3.63 stars)

Lists: justablondemoment (19), LisaMaria_C (21)

Thumbs down: PitcherBooks

Score: 1.78

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