Monday, December 25, 2006's Best of 2006 List

As I discover them, I will be providing links to other best lists. Today's selection is from

Here is a brief excerpt from their introduction to the list...

As 2006 comes to a close, we at have compiled some of our favorite books of the year for teens.
We hope you enjoy our year-end feature and make new discoveries along the way, as you look forward to what lies ahead in 2007.

They then provide a title by title recommendation list divided into two main categories: stand alone titles and series books. Series books are further distinguished by whether they are debut series (first in an upcoming series) or series updates which would include all subsequent sequels. Each title is given a brief description and links are provided to reviews of each book.

Stand-Alone Titles

  • Blind Faith by Ellen Wittlinger
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • The Boy In The Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
  • A Brief Chapter In My Impossible Life by Dana Reinhardt
  • Cathy's Book by Sean Stewart & Jordan Weisman
  • Chew On This: Everything You Don't Want To Know About Fast Food by Eric Schlosser and Charles Wilson
  • Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
  • Endymion Spring by Matthew Skelton
  • Gossamer by Lois Lowry
  • Grand & Humble by Brent Hartinger
  • Heat by Mike Lupica
  • How To Be Popular by Meg Cabot
  • It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
  • Just In Case by Meg Rosoff
  • Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
  • King Dork by Frank Portman
  • Ophelia by Lisa Klein
  • The Road of the Dead by Kevin Brooks
  • Sold by Patricia McCormick
  • Something Remains by Inge Barth-Grozinger
  • Tyrell by Coe Booth
  • Vanishing Act: Mystery at the U.S. Open by John Feinstein
  • What Happened to Cass McBride by Gail Giles
  • The Wish House by Celia Rees

Series Books, pt. 1 Debut Series

  • Terrier: A Tortall Legend--Beka Cooper #1 by Tamora Pierce
  • The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
  • Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City by Kirsten Miller
  • The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation Volume 1: The Pox Party by M.T. Anderson

Series Books, pt 2 Series Updates

  • Maximum Ride #2: School's Out Forever by James Patterson
  • New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
  • Small Steps by Louis Sachar
  • Party Princess: The Princess Diaries, Volume VII by Meg Cabot
  • Sweet Sixteen Princess by Meg Cabot
  • Valentine Princess: A Princess Diaries Book by Meg Cabot
  • Only In Your Dreams: Gossip Girl #9 by Cecily von Ziegesar
  • Would I Lie to You: Gossip Girl #10 by Cecily von Ziegesar
  • Evil Star: Book Two of The Gatekeepers by Anthony Horowitz
  • The Pretty Committee Strikes Back: The Clique # 5 by Lisi Harrison
  • Dial L for Loser: The Clique #6 by Lisi Harrison
  • Voices by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett
  • Specials by Scott Westerfeld
  • Demon Thief: The Demonata, Book 2 by Darren Shan
  • Slawter: The Demonata, Book 3 by Darren Shan
  • Some Like It Hot: The A-List # 6 by Zoey Dean
  • American Beauty: The A-List #7 by Zoey Dean
  • Sun-Kissed: The Au Pairs by Melissa de la Cruz


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