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Friday, May 24, 2013

Young Adult Choices: Summer Reading

School is almost over!!!  I am really excited to spend more time reading... for fun!  My reading list will include several of the books on the International Reading Association's Young Adult Choices list.  I teach at a high school that was lucky enough to be part of this project.  Our students read and reviewed many of th books submitted by publishers. That means they made the list because our very own students gave them the thumbs up. How cool!.  Remember, YA isn't just for kids anymore, so read away!

Below is a partial list from the IRA, including their book summaries.  See their Website for the rest of their Young Adult Choices winners.

All My Friends Are Still Dead
Avery Monsen and Jory John. Chronicle.
This humorous collection of cartoons and drawings
depicts a variety of people and other life forms as
they deal with the existential aspects of their lives
(and deaths).

Matthew Quick. Little, Brown Books for Young
Finley, an introverted teen, is the only Anglo player
on his high school’s varsity basketball team. When
former basketball phenomenon Russ moves into
town after his parents’ murder, Finley is asked by
his basketball coach to befriend him. Identity,
injustice, and loss are explored through this unique

Breaking Beautiful
Jennifer Shaw Wolf. Walker Childrens.
Following the death of her boyfriend, Trip, in a car
accident, Allie is overwhelmed, left scarred, and
unable to recall what happened. Crushed by
survivor’s guilt and loss, Allie is simultaneously
relieved to be rid of the abuse Trip imposed. As the
suspicious circumstances of the accident are
uncovered, Allie must reveal difficult truths.

Marissa Meyer. Square Fish.
First in a series of four planned novels (The Lunar
Chronicles), this fresh retelling of the classic fairy
tale is set in a dystopian future and portrays the
heroine as a cyborg mechanic. This fast-paced
adventure includes a romantic prince, an evil queen,
a deadly plague, and a dysfunctional stepfamily.

City of Lost Souls
Cassandra Clare. Walker Childrens.
The fifth volume in the Mortal Instruments series,
this fantasy–adventure–romance features vampires,
werewolves, warlocks, faeries, and a teenage love
triangle. Clare and the Shadow hunters try to stop
her evil brother, Sebastian, but as he is “bound” to
her beloved Jace, how can one be killed and not the

K.M. Walton. Simon Pulse.
This powerful and empathetic picture of bullying is
told from the perspectives of abuser and abused.
Through alternating narratives, they reveal a tragic
history as victims of physical, emotional, and verbal
abuse. After becoming roommates in a psych ward,
each attempts a dramatic escape from his pain.
From Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Square Fish.
From Cracked by K.M. Walton. Simon Pulse.

Dead to You
Lisa McMann. Simon Pulse.
Ethan is abducted at 7 years old from his front lawn.
At 16, he is reunited with his parents. He has no
memory of his life before he was taken. His younger
brother Blake believes he is not his brother. Mama
says the DNA test is not necessary. Is it?

Every Day
David Levithan. Knopf Books for Young Readers.
‘A’ lives a nomadic life, switching daily from body to
body. He refuses to form emotional bonds with
others until he meets Rhiannon, who touches his
heart. When ‘A’ reveals his true identity to
Rhiannon, she struggles with his constantly
changing outward identities. Can love triumph, or is
‘A’ asking too much?

The Fault in Our Stars
John Green. Dutton Juvenile.
Hazel and Gus, who meet in a Cancer Kid Support
Group, decide to take risks as they embark on a
life-affirming trip to Amsterdam. During their
journey of mutual understanding they find
friendship, happiness, and love while facing the
injustice of terminal illnesses. Love softens and
magnifies the reality and sorrow to come.

Megan Miranda. Walker Childrens.
It’s cold—really cold—when Delaney falls through
the ice. She is under freezing water for 11 minutes
but, strangely, she awakens from a coma six days
later with no apparent brain damage. Now things
are different. Pulled toward death, Delaney tries to
find a way to understand her new life.

Getting Over Garrett Delaney
Abby McDonald. Scholastic.
Sadie has been in love with Garrett Delaney for far
too long. She finally realizes that no matter how
‘perfect’ she is for him, Garrett will never see her as
more than a friend. Sadie picks up the pieces of her
broken heart and moves on in the best possible way.

Girl Meets Boy
Kelly Milner Halls. Chronicle.
This collection of “he said/she said” stories tell of
hope and heartbreak as the problems of forming
youthful romantic relationship are explored. The
complexity and fragility of love relationships are
wonderfully constructed. Twelve of the most
dynamic and engaging contemporary YA authors are
featured in this one-of-a-kind compilation.

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