Saturday, December 16, 2006

Teri Lesesne's Best of 2006 List

I am always on the lookout for various best of 2006 lists--particularly those focused on children's and young adult literature. I discovered this list quite by accident while reading a question on Yahoo Answers. I wasn't expecting to find a gem at a website called "professornana" but that is exactly what I found.

Calling herself the Goddess of YA Literature, Teri Lesesne is the author of two books. Her first book is called Making the Match: The Right Book for the Right Reader at the Right Time, Grades 4-12. Her second book is called Naked Reading: Uncovering What Tweens Need To Become Lifelong Readers. Both books are published by a company called Stenhouse.

For her best list, Teri Lesesne devotes at least a paragraph to each book she is highlighting. I urge all who are interested to read her entire article.

Titles she highlights include:

  • The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs by Jack Gantos
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • The Astonishing Adventures of Octavian Nothing by M.T. Anderson
  • Everlost by Neal Shusterman
  • The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin
  • Sold by Patricia McCormick
  • Gossamer by Lois Lowry
  • Saint Iggy by K.L. Going
  • Vampirates by Justin Somper
  • Wide Awake by David Levithan
  • Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
  • Rules by Cynthia Lord
  • An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
  • Part of Me by Kimberly Willis Holt
  • Haters by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez
  • The Boy Book by E. Lockhart
  • Long Gone Daddy by Helen Hemphill
  • Summer of the Kings by Han Nolan
  • Nailed by Patrick Jones
  • Under the Baseball Moon by John H. Ritter
  • What Happened to Cass McBride by Gail Giles
  • Notes From the Midnight Driver by Jordan Sonnenblick
  • Diva by Alex Flinn
  • Here Lies the Librarian by Richard Peck
  • Going Under by Kathe Koja
  • Hazing Meri Sugarman by M. Apostolina
  • True Confessions of A Hollywood Starlet by Lola Douglas
  • Firegirl by Tony Abbott
  • Rx by Tracy Lynn


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