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1SheReads
Edited: Aug 10, 2006, 1:52am

For YA titles I am reading/listening to Invisible by Pete Hautman. The narrator gives Doug the main character a really creepy feel which is very fitting for the story. I only have about 15 minutes left in the story which I am defiantely looking forward to. I am very glad I am listening to Invisible vs. reading it. I think I am feeling very uncomfortable with the decisions and thoughts of Doug which I don't know if they would have come through as strongly without the creep narrator.

On deck is Inkspell by Cornelia Funke and Specials by Scott Westerfeld.

2smfmpls
Aug 4, 2006, 1:33pm

I just read Story Time by Edward Bloor and thought it was inventive and weird, a nice twist on the school story (and even the impossibly-awful-school story, or the haunted-school story), so I'm reading his book Tangerine, which I'm finding much more interesting than I usually find sports books, with some good discussion of class.

I haven't read Invisible, but the author is a Minnesotan, so perhaps I should pick it up.

3allthesedarnbooks
Aug 4, 2006, 1:42pm

Ooh, I loved Tangerine. I just finished reading Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, which I loved, and am now looking forward to the rest of the series.

Next on my YA list: The Valley of Secrets by Charmian Hussey and The Last Chance Texaco by Brent Hartinger.

4woctune
Aug 4, 2006, 2:33pm

Sandman Vol. 4: Season of Mists by Neil Gaiman. Really enjoying the series - I never read them as a kid. I've also started Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. (per SheReads suggestion)

5drholambda First Message
Aug 4, 2006, 7:30pm

The best YA book I've read recently is That Girl Lucy Moon by Amy Timberlake. It's actually geared more toward a younger audience (what we call "junior fiction" in my library), but teens should like it too. I also enjoyed Lisa Papademetriou's Sixth-Grade Glommers, Norks, and Me. I think Papademetriou is an author to watch. She writes typical middle school to YA fare-- cliques, BFFs, first romance, social angst-- but I think she has a nice light, humorous touch to her style.

I'm usually a big Pete Hautman fan, but didn't like Invisible as much as I've liked his other works.

On deck for me is Just for You to Know by Cheryl Harness. Supposed to have some humor, which is what I like in my literature.

6allthesedarnbooks
Aug 4, 2006, 9:15pm

I loved Sixth-Grade Glommers, Norks, and Me. Lisa Papademetriou is great.

7mikeneko
Aug 4, 2006, 10:20pm

Right now . . . um, I'm reading Andre Norton's Octagon Magic when in the bathtub. And I'm reading the second volume of Ichiko Ima's manga Le cortège des cent démons in the evenings.

Ichiko bumped William Sleator out of my queue. I'd started to read Parasite Pig, but all the stilted exposition at the beginning kept putting me to sleep. I like the first book a great deal (Interstellar Pig), so I'll give the second book another go one of these days.

8kconcannon
Aug 5, 2006, 8:04am

Tangerine is an excellent book. It's one of the few books that I have gone back and re-read a few times. My book club read it and loved it, too (and this particular book club can be a bit of a hard-sell...)

I just read Zebra Wall and have come to the conclusion that I just don't like Henkes as a novelist. I think this is the third novel of his that I've read and I just can't put my finger on it, but the novels just don't agree with me. Kinda like eating something that gives you heartburn. The food's not necessarily bad, but there's something not quite right for you in the mix.

The Valley of Secrets, I thought was incredible! I'm sorry that she hasn't written anything else, yet. Wonderful story!

9librarianna
Aug 5, 2006, 7:38pm

I'm reading all of the Newbery winners and totally loved this year's Criss Cross.

10rikker
Aug 5, 2006, 11:09pm

That's a great idea, librarianna. Looking at the chronological list on your website, I've read a smattering, but there are many titles I recall having around the house as a kid that others in my family read (we were and are a bunch of readers), but I never got around to.

Any particular recommendations?

11Caffy
Aug 6, 2006, 4:11am

I've Just started The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud. One other YA book I read recently and really enjoyed was Deathscent by Robin Jarvis. It's supposed to be a new series so I hope he's busy writing the next one.

12drholambda
Aug 6, 2006, 11:21am

Oh, Newbery medal recommendations! That could almost be its own topic. Of the recent winners, I would give a big thumbs up to

Criss Cross
Kira-Kira
Holes
Walk Two Moons (yay, Sharon Creech, she's awesome)
A Year Down Yonder (Richard Peck, pretty awesome, too)

I'm not so keen on

Crispin
The Tale of Despereaux (Because of Winn-Dixie = much better story)

I haven't read all the earlier winners, but Onion John for some reason has stayed with me, and E.L. Konigsburg has a couple good titles on the list.

Oh, and just to stay on topic-- I am re-reading Criss Cross. Yeah, it's pretty good.

13librarianna
Aug 6, 2006, 2:52pm

I'm having so much fun reading all the Newbery Winners. I've read 64 of the 84 winners now, and I can count on one hand the books that felt like kids' books -- the only thing "juvenile" about these masterpieces is the fact that a child is always the main character.

The medal began in 1922, but I started with 2005 and am working backwards (with a backtrack to read this year's winner, Criss Cross).

Here's my favorite from each decade:

2000s
Tale of Despereaux

1990s
Maniac Magee

1980s
Jacob Have I Loved

1970s
The Westing Game

1960s
Onion John

1950s
Miracles on Maple Hill

1940s
The Twenty-one Balloons

I'll let you know my picks from the '30s and '20s when I've finished!

14junerodham First Message
Aug 7, 2006, 12:50am

Hi all! I'm reading Uglies right now. I was told about Westerfeld last month by a friend who teaches middle school. I'm going to read Pretties and Specials also, then they're probably going in my classroom library. I'm enjoying Uglies so far.
I just found out about Pete Hautman through internet searches, and I will start reading some of his books soon. I was pleased to see him mentioned here as well. I get the impression that his books will be of interest to the boys in my classes.
One of my favorite books that I've read recently was The Annunciation of Francesca Dunn by Janis Hallowell.

15HelloAnnie First Message
Edited: Aug 9, 2006, 10:06am

Right now I'm finishing up Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson. It's solid and enjoyable, but not fantastic. I'll probably give it a 3.5 rating. I read (and loved) all three of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants books, and this just feels like a cheap imitation.

-Annie

P.S. I love the idea of reading all the Newbery winners!

16trollpete
Aug 7, 2006, 4:18pm

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17trollpete
Aug 7, 2006, 4:19pm

I just finished reading The New World Order by Ben Jeapes, which was a fantastic alternate history novel. Highly recommended. And I'm wondering if I'm doing this tag thing right...

18drholambda
Edited: Aug 10, 2006, 7:18pm

I couldn't finish Peaches, which is weird, because it's usually the kind of story I like. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood then. I liked the first Traveling Pants book quite a lot, but didn't enjoy the sequels so much. Maybe it's because Brashares killed off my favorite character in the first one (oops, that's not a spoiler, is it?). I'm kind of a sucker for the tragedy-of-dying-too-young thing, when it's well done.

So, anyway, one of my favorite Traveling Pants type books is The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson. LibraryThingers have given it somewhat mixed ratings, but I really liked it, and Johnson has another book coming out soon, so I'm getting my name on the library's hold list.

Reading now: The Firefly Cloak, based on a recommendation somewhere on LT here. So far, about 50 pages in, it is reminding me of White Oleander by Janet Fitch. Not necessarily a bad thing...not necessarily a good thing. A thing, anyway.
--Dan

19smfmpls
Edited: Aug 10, 2006, 1:58pm

Tangerine was great! I really liked what the book had to say about class, especially.

I've got Uglies out from the library, on the recommendation of you folks, and I'm currently re-reading Treasure in the Heart of the Tanglewood, which I do whenever I feel sad.

I remember reading as many Newbery winners as possible when I was a kid--perhaps I'll look into them again.

20casachristy
Edited: Aug 10, 2006, 4:47pm

I would love to do this again! I worked my way through them when I was an actual YA, stopping in the early 80s as I transitioned into reading only adult novels.

Beginning with the 20s, my favorites were:

20s
Trumpeter of Krakow

30s
Thimble Summer
Roller Skates

40s
The Twenty-one Balloons (I plan to re-read this soon!)

50s
The Witch of Blackbird Pond

60s
A Wrinkle in Time
From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (which inspired me and a friend to run away and hide in a mall).

70s
Bridge to Terabithia
Sounder (I was fortunate enough to meet the author as a child and have a signed copy)

80s
Jacob Have I Loved

21zhyegoatt
Aug 10, 2006, 7:53pm

I just finished up Stormwitch by Susan Vaught which I really enjoyed. It's set in Mississippi in the 1960's right before hurricane Camilla hit and the storm is only one of the books antagonists.

Next up is Specials by Scott Westerfeld which my library just got in for me today. Over the past several months I've read all his YA books and have loved them all.

22drholambda
Edited: Jun 21, 2007, 3:36pm

I have a debut novel to recommend: Defining Dulcie by Paul Acampora. Just finished it-- it has a great sense of humor, deals with a couple serious topics, but doesn't hit you over the head with them. And you'll learn about some things, probably. Things like fainting goats, and Janus, the two-faced God, and, oh, I don't know, the patron saint of television. Things like that. Funny book, likeable characters.

Next up for me, Confessions of a Hollywood Star by Dyan Sheldon. I'm a fan of hers, so I'm expecting some humor and general kookiness.

23woctune
Aug 14, 2006, 10:45am

Twilight didn't grab me for some reason... probably just mood. I've started an advance copy of The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing by M. T. Anderson. It's pretty incredible so far. I heard really good things about Feed but never got around to reading it.

24beccajohnson
Aug 14, 2006, 11:09am

I am currently reading The Book Thief and I'm loving it so far. I don't think I would have "gotten it" as a YA, but it is really an intriguing read.

25Jenson_AKA_DL
Aug 15, 2006, 3:19pm

I just finished reading Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging which isn't my usual type (more chick litty than fantasy) I still enjoyed it. Any book that makes me laugh outloud is worth reading!

I have started Tithe by Holly Black. Although I thought the start was a bit rushed and confusing, now that I have entered into the story a bit I am really enjoying it. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the book.

26deliriumslibrarian
Aug 15, 2006, 6:34pm

Really glad to see Jacob Have I Loved up there... brings a whole world of junior school reading rushing back. Sigh. Goodnight Mister Tom, Tom's Midnight Garden, er, lots of books with boys' names in them. And of course, the incredible Charlotte Sometimes.

Right now, I'm reading The Tide Knot by Helen Dunmore and The Silver Donkey by Sonya Hartnett, which are both incredible in very different ways, with amazing storytelling and hypnotic language.

Recently, I've loved The Crow: The Third Book of Pellinor by Alison Croggon -- the Pellinor quartet is up there with Ursula K. Le Guin for me -- and also The Outlaw Varjak Paw, which is maybe aimed at slightly younger readers, but has both fantastic fight scenes and some seriously complex (cat) relationships.

27smfmpls
Aug 16, 2006, 12:38pm

Thanks for the recommendations, dl. I'm a sucker for fantasy novels involving cats, like Fudoki.

I just read Conrad's Fate by Diana Wynne Jones which features a teenaged Christopher Chant as a character. It was interesting and inventive as usual, but too long and loosely edited.

28Sarahsponda
Edited: Aug 16, 2006, 3:36pm

I just finished Wrecked by E. R. Frank; it was wonderful.

Technically, the Newbery is not strictly for YA books, but the best "contribution to American literature for children." The terms define children "as persons of ages up to and including fourteen."

The Printz is specific to YA books -- and a great reading list. YALSA's YA ages include 12-18.

So there is some overlap there, but I think the majority of the books on the Newbery list are not YA. There's been a lot of talk about how the Newbery (medal and honor books) has been favoring books for older readers in the past years.

smfmpls, I am a huge DWJ fan and Conrad's Fate is not among my favorites.

29stephxsu First Message
Aug 18, 2006, 3:00pm

I'm so happy to see some of my favorite books being read here.

Sharon Creech's Walk Two Moons is definitely one of my favorites. I couldn't get through Criss Cross for some reason, though. Couldn't finish Peaches either. I just didn't find myself caring about the characters. beccajohnson, you will LOVE The Book Thief. It must be one of the greatest books that have come out this year so far.

I've recently finished Specials by Scott Westerfeld and I highly enjoyed it. It was a great ending to a fantastic trilogy. I also recently finished Bad Kitty by Michele Jaffe. It was cute; I'd recommend it for those who are fans of Meg Cabot's works.

30selkie_girl
Aug 19, 2006, 12:47pm

Just finished reading Maximum Ride: School's Out Forever which is a sequal to Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment. They're really good books that are fast paced, laugh out loud parts, good diverse characters and just simply a great read. It involves teenagers that escaped from a science lab that just happen to have wings. Sort of like the X-men. Sorta kinda. But really good, so check it out.

31littlemissreadsalot First Message
Aug 20, 2006, 2:46am

Hmm, speaking of young adults. My fifteen and a half year old is very picky about the books he reads. (He always has been.) His favorite author is Darren Shan. He's read all of his books. Anybody have any other books in a similar scary, graphic vein?

32drholambda
Aug 20, 2006, 7:49pm

I don't read much in the Darren Shan vein (heh, so to speak), but one author who is getting a lot of buzz lately is Scott Westerfeld. Though I didn't really enjoy Uglies (so I haven't read the others in the trilogy), I have liked his Midnighters books, which starts with The Secret Hour. The books have an interesting concept, some humor, some horror, lots of action.

Right now I'm reading The Burning Bridge, the second book in John Flanagan's Ranger's Apprentice series. This series might also appeal to fifteen and a half year old picky male readers, if they happen to like adventurous fantasy. Not a lot of magic, some humor, standard good vs. evil fight scenes.

33bettyjo
Aug 21, 2006, 8:52am

Goodnight Mister Tom is one of my all time favorite books. I also enjoyed Tom's midnight Garden. I am currently reading the gally copy of Crispen Edge of the World by Avi and liking it..I am reading it aloud to my 13 and 7 year old boys at night...They both adorded Crispen and are really loving the sequel as well. I have read many of Avi's books aloud to them over the years. We all loved The Dimwood Forest series. Ereth is a great animal character.

34kconcannon
Aug 21, 2006, 10:15am

Just finished the new Eoin Colfer: Artemis Fowl and the Lost Colony. Much better than the Opal Deception. Definitely a later book in a series, though. Still enjoyable. Love that boy! Also in the same box is Eoin Colfer's Half-Moon Investigations Definitely for younger YAs, but Colfer always delivers a good story.

35billierain
Aug 21, 2006, 5:12pm

meredith ann pierce (esp firebringer trilogy) and tamora pierce (esp protector of the small) are both at the top of my young adult authors list. i also loved the hermit thrush sings by susan butler

i usually read speculative fiction, but i enjoyed when kambia elaine flew in from neptune by lori aurelia williams.

36Sodapop
Aug 22, 2006, 10:03am

Kconcannon, My 10 year old son is currently working his way through the Artemis Fowl series. My sister bought them for him for his birthday and I have to admit that at first I thought they were too old for him but he is really enjoying them. I will look for the Half-Moon investigations for when he's finished Artemis.

37marcia_g
Aug 24, 2006, 1:22pm

I'm reading The Cry of the Icemark by Stuart Hill right now. So far it's really top-notch, quick-going fantasy that kind of reminds me of Chronicles of Narnia meets a YA version of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series.

Anybody else read it?

38woctune
Edited: Aug 24, 2006, 9:17pm

I liked Cry of the Icemark quite a bit. I seem to remember it getting better and more original as it went on. (Wasn't crazy about the cover design on either the hardcover or paperback... I wonder if more people would have read it if it had looked less flashy...)

39woctune
Edited: Aug 24, 2006, 9:22pm

Anybody read The Various by Steve Augarde? I liked it a lot too, and his second book, Celandine, just came out. I just don't have time to read it right now. Curses.

40librarianna
Aug 24, 2006, 9:23pm

I just took a long road trip and listened to The Golden Compass (the first in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy) -- the audio version is narrated by Pullman and a full cast of actors, and I got immensely more out of the listening than I did when I read it. If anyone out there is not quite sure what all the Pullman fuss was about, check out the CDs before you give up on this amazing saga.

41marcia_g
Aug 25, 2006, 1:13am

wocturne--- I totally agree with you on the covers. I have the paperback, and not only is it poorly designed, it has no cover summary at all. It's got blurbs, sure, but no hint at what the book's actually about. If I hadn't picked it up and started reading the first few pages on a whim, I never would have bought it.

42bettyjo
Aug 25, 2006, 4:55pm

just read the gally copy of Street Love by Walter Dean Myers and is is powerful poetry...should be given to libraries and juv detention centers.

43HelloAnnie
Aug 26, 2006, 8:43am

Just finished Leap Day by Wendy Mass. I first read her book A Mango Shaped Space and loved it so much I made my husband read it (he loved it too!). I read Leap Day in one day I was so engrossed in it; I just couldn't put it down. She has a unique writing style and writes about out of the ordinary subjects and characters.

Leap Day centers around Josie, a 16 year old girl celebrating her fourth birthday (she's a leaper!). One chapter is told from Josie's perspective and the next chapter is the same events told from the perspective of those in her life.

While the book had a few teenage cliches (what ya novel doesn't?), Leap Day is highly, highly recommended!

44drholambda
Edited: Aug 28, 2006, 5:53pm

Annie--
I liked Leap Day, too. If you like Wendy Mass, you should try her Twice Upon a Time series. I just finished Sleeping Beauty, the One Who Took the Really Long Nap. It's breezy, funny, and light-hearted. I really like retold fairy tales (Ella Enchanted, anyone?), especially ones with humor. The Twice Upon a Time books are also told with the alternating viewpoint technique-- one chapter "his story" (the Prince), and the next chapter "hers" (Sleeping Beauty).

On a bit more personal note...Go Jayhawks!
--Dan (class of '83)

45queenteenlibrarian
Aug 29, 2006, 11:27am

It's great to see what everyone else is reading!
I just finished New Moon by Stephenie Meyer. It's the fantastic sequel to Twilight. Both are great vampire/romance YA novels.
Next up: Magyk by Angie Sage

46Jenson_AKA_DL
Aug 30, 2006, 3:31pm

I read New Moon in one sitting the day I got it in the mail. I loved the book. Over this past weekend I read two YA books, Boy Meets Boy and Stargirl. Both were very entertaining, very quick reads.

47SheReads
Aug 30, 2006, 11:14pm

I am so excited to read New Moon, but will have to wait...I am going to see Stephenie Meyer speak and the entrance fee includes a book, so unless the library hurries up and gets it I will have wait. I have read the first chapter online, what a teaser! I am glad to hear that it is a good follow-up to Twilight.

48drholambda
Aug 31, 2006, 2:33am

When I saw the "What is Your Favorite YA Title" topic, the first book that came to my mind was Stargirl. I don't think I have a favorite-- there are too, too many to choose from-- but Stargirl is way up there.

I recently read The Outlaw Varjak Paw on deliriumslibrarian's recommendation (say that five times real fast). It is more of a middle school title than YA, but I liked it well enough to pick up Varjak Paw, the first book, which I'm reading now. You don't have to read them in order to follow the plot, but so far I like Varjak Paw better, so start there if you are interested. In The Outlaw Varjak Paw, there are these three sister felines, The Scratch Sisters, who remind me of the Siamese cats in Lady and the Tramp-- "We are Siamese if you please..." That song always cracks me up. Okay, maybe I'm easily amused. --Dan

49WestWind
Aug 31, 2006, 1:17pm

Currently reading the 1-800-Where-Are-You quartet by Meg Cabot (writing as Jenny Carroll). I wasn't a big fan of The Princess Diaries but picked up the first one in this series at the used bookstore and thought, "Eh. Why not?" The books are fast-paced, action-packed and feature an intellegent, likeable herione that takes no crap from no body.

50Jenson_AKA_DL
Aug 31, 2006, 8:13pm

If you like her 1-800-Where-R-You books you should definately try out Meg Cabot's series The Mediator series. It is really fantastic. The 1-800 and Mediator books are the only ones I've read by Meg Cabot because I really love paranormal type stories.

In case your interested there is a new book in the 1-800 series coming out January, 2007. I'm really looking forward to it!

51bettyjo
Sep 1, 2006, 7:58am

I really liked Boy Meets Boy as well. You might try some books by Brent Hartinger I liked Geography Club Order of the Poison Oak and Last Chance Texaco. Teens can relate to this YA author.

52katylit
Sep 1, 2006, 6:01pm

deliriiumslibrarian, I love the Pellinor series too! They're awesome, I tried to read The Crow slowly to make it last - but it was just too enthralling. Sigh, now we have to wait until at least next year for the 4th book to come out. I read Tom's Midnight Garden ages ago and enjoyed that too. I've only seen the Masterpiece Theatre production of Goodnight Mr. Tom, but after all these recommendations, guess that's one I've got to read too. The Box of Delights and Madeleine L'Engle's Time Quartet are excellent too, as well as good old Edith Nesbit's The Railway Children and others.

53Jenson_AKA_DL
Edited: Sep 18, 2006, 9:31am

Right now I'm a bit over halfway through Valiant which is a fantasy tale by Holly Black. It is a bit on the intense side with a lot of bad language and some drug use but it has been a very interesting read so far. Where Tithe confused me a bit in parts I haven't had that trouble at all with this book. I'm sure I'll be finishing up reading it tonight.

54jewel101
Dec 19, 2006, 8:58pm

I am reading this wonderful book called Criss Cross. I can not put it down!! It is about a girl who is looking for something -- love-- I suspect. If anyone wants to read a good book pick up Criss Cross by Lynne Perkins. The only bad thing is I am suppose to be studying for a pre-calculus final and this book is really getting me sidetracked!!!

55Jenson_AKA_DL
Dec 20, 2006, 9:16am

I'm reading a book called The Blue Girl by Charles de Lint. Although it is classified as a fantasy I believe it could also go in the YA catagory. The main character is a 17 year old in a new high school who befriends the class outcast and is being stalked by a ghost. I really like it so far.

56bettyjo
Dec 20, 2006, 9:28am

I am reading The Book Thief..going through a Holocaust period. Just finished The Boy in the Striped Pajamas..both are wonderful.

57sarahmillerbooks
Dec 20, 2006, 10:09pm

I liked The Book Thief very much, but I have mixed feelings about The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. Have you heard any kid-feedback on it yet?

My favorite children's/YA holocaust book is Anita Lobel's No Pretty Pictures.

58blbooks
Edited: Dec 21, 2006, 11:20am

I too have mixed feelings on the The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne. I thought it was the best-worst book ever (or the worst-best book ever). It definitely haunted me, which I didn't enjoy, but I've got to ask myself is that the mark of good literature that it stays with you after you close the book???

And I really enjoyed The Book Thief although it was a little difficult to get into in the beginning. Maybe difficult isn't the right word. Most of the time I sit down and read a book and finish it in one or two sittings. It's rare for me to put a book down. But I could not read The Book Thief quickly. It demanded--I think the subject matter--more time and thought. It was good. I enjoyed it.

My favorite Holocaust books for the YA audience would have to be In My Hands by Irene Gut Opdyke, I Have Lived A Thousand Years by Livia Bitton-Jackson and The Cage by Ruth Minsky Sender.

59Jebbie74
Dec 21, 2006, 11:32am

I just finished Twelve by Nick McDonell last night. At first I didn't think it was YA, but after a few chapters I could tell by the style that it was. It was definately a great book that brings you into the thoughts of a teenage drug dealer and the people who surround him.

One of my next YA reads will be We All Fall Down by Eric Walters which is supposed to be about a Grade Nine boy visiting his father at work on September 11th in the World Trade Center.

60billymcbrie First Message
Dec 22, 2006, 8:45am

Hi I'm new here.

I'm Billy, and I'm reading Jango, the second in the noble warriors trilogy from William Nicholson. And it's great. More multilayered than his excellent Wind on Fire trilogy, and highly recommended.

61mimimeg
Apr 2, 2007, 3:24pm

i have only read the first warriors book. And my name is megan.

62quicksylver_btg
Apr 2, 2007, 9:16pm

#35, Tamora Pierce's Lioness Rampant series was one of my favorites growing up. Good books along those lines would be Diane Duane's "So You Want to Be a Wizard" and Patricia C. Wrede's Enchanted Kingdom series. Jane Yolen is always excellent too.

Just finished reading an oldie, but a goodie, "To Kill a Mockingbird."

63Pollifax
May 18, 2011, 5:27pm

another whole nother storie

64Pollifax
May 18, 2011, 8:29pm

it is really good!!

65sophiekornick
May 18, 2011, 11:29pm

it is an amazing seires if you like them you will like the hunger games the other side of the mountion and peeps

66booksBnimble
May 19, 2011, 2:30pm

Our friend Julie Smith just released a fantastic new YA book this month called Cursebusters, about a psychic pink-haired teen-age burglar named Reeno who gets recruited by a psychotic telepathic cat to pull a job that involves time travel to an ancient Mayan city. ("Hint: It has to be done before 2012!") Highly recommend it!

67Pollifax
May 19, 2011, 6:50pm

I have never herd of that before!!

68Pollifax
May 19, 2011, 6:52pm

try reading the missingseries I love them they are my favorite books!!!!

69laudieclaudy
May 19, 2011, 7:59pm

i never heard of them. Are they any good? What are they about?

70TooBrightToShine
May 19, 2011, 9:53pm

HOUSE OF NIGHT FTW!!!!!!! ('For The Win', not 'F The World' :PPP)

Seriously, who's read em? I'm on Untamed, my second time reading the series! ♥

71laudieclaudy
May 20, 2011, 11:02am

i've never read them. as i said b4....r they any good? :p :D lol

72laudieclaudy
May 20, 2011, 11:02am

btw how did u make that heart tabbypoynter?

73TooBrightToShine
Edited: May 20, 2011, 4:23pm

::glares at text talk:: Yes, they are amazing. Though, I don't recommend them for a younger audience... :P (My cousin who's 11 started to read them, and they grossed/freaked her out... ::rolls eyes::)

You make hearts like: & h e a r t s ;

74laudieclaudy
May 20, 2011, 4:38pm

thanks

75Pollifax
Edited: May 20, 2011, 7:20pm

the missing are the best series of books made in my humble opinion.

76Pollifax
May 20, 2011, 7:22pm

If you want to know more there are a few reviews on them!!

77Pollifax
Edited: May 21, 2011, 8:49am

I just read a mango shaped space and liked it a lot it is very realistic and some parts are very sad but touching.

78Pollifax
May 27, 2011, 3:31pm

what else have you read