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Young Adult Reading Challenge

 

Genre Categories

1.  Realistic Fiction  

2. Romance

3. Fantasy

4. Science Fiction

5. Non-Fiction

6. Dystopia

7. Mystery 

8. Classic

9. Graphic Novel

10. Poetry (novel written in poem form or book of poetry intended for the YA audience)  

11. Horror

 

Setting/Protagonist Categories

 

1. Female protagonist

2. Male protagonist

3. Gay/Lesbian protagonist 

4. Non-human protagonist

5. Involves a family conflict

6. Takes place in a boarding school

7. Takes place in a non-industrialized country 

8. Contemporary novel that takes place in another century (Historical fiction)

9. Told from a first-person perspective

10. Told from a third-person omniscient perspective

11. Told from a third-person limited, multi-perspective viewpoint

 

 

Author/Award Categories

 

1. Work by an author you have never read before

2. Anthology

3. Author from a country other than the U.S.A., the U.K., Canada, or Australia 

4. Michael L. Printz Award

5. Margaret A. Edwards Award

6. Boston Globe-Horn Book Award

7. Cybils Award

8. Young Reader's Choice Award

9. Book that has been made into a movie

10. First book in a series

11. Book off of a high school reading list  (Example:  Monster, Stargirl, Book Thief) 

 

The rules:  A book has to be a book you've never read before.  A book may only be used once, but a series can be used multiple times.  For instance, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone could fill the fantasy category and Chamber of Secrets could fill male protagonist, but Sorcerer's Stone can't fill both.  There will be two settings to this challenge, light and regular.  Light will be reading six books in each category, for a total of eighteen books all year.  Regular will be reading a book for every category, or all thirty three books.  

 

Good luck, and Happy reading!!!!!!   

 

"May the odds be ever in your favor!"  -Effie Trinket of H.G.

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Genre Categories

1.  Realistic Fiction  

2. Romance

3. Fantasy - Alanna: The First Adventure (Lioness Quartet) by Tamora Price

4. Science Fiction

5. Non-Fiction - The Cage by Ruth Minsky Sender (1/4/11)

6. Dystopia

7. Mystery - I am the Messenger by Marcus Zusak

8. Classic

9. Graphic Novel

10. Poetry (novel written in poem form or book of poetry intended for the YA audience)  Burned by Ellen Hopkins

11. Horror - Jonas (Beautiful Dead, bk 1) by Eden Maguire

 

Setting/Protagonist Categories

 

1. Female protagonist

2. Male protagonist - Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry (1/3/10)

3. Gay/Lesbian protagonist - Hero by Perry Moore

4. Non-human protagonist

5. Involves a family conflict

6. Takes place in a boarding school - The Candidates (Delcroix Academy, bk 1) by Inara Scott

7. Takes place in a non-industrialized country 

8. Contemporary novel that takes place in another century (Historical fiction) -

9. Told from a first-person perspective

10. Told from a third-person omniscient perspective

11. Told from a third-person limited, multi-perspective viewpoint

 

 

Author/Award Categories

 

1. Work by an author you have never read before

2. Anthology - Night World Omnibus, Volume 1 by L.J. Smith

3. Author from a country other than the U.S.A., the U.K., Canada, or Australia 

4. Michael L. Printz Award How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

5. Margaret A. Edwards Award - Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

6. Boston Globe-Horn Book Award

7. Cybils Award - Boy Toy by Barry Lyga

8. Young Reader's Choice Award The Face on the Milk Carton by Carolyn B. Clooney

9. Book that has been made into a movie

10. First book in a series

11. Book off of a high school reading list  (Example:  Monster, Stargirl, Book Thief)



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Young Adult Reading Challenge

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Genre Categories

1.  Realistic Fiction  Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson (Completed January 16, 2011) Rating: 5 out of 5

2. Romance Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg (completed April 24, 2011) Rating 4 out of 5

3. Fantasy Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr (completed Feb. 25, 2011) Rating: 5 out of 5

4. Science Fiction

5. Non-Fiction Hannah: My True Story of Drugs, Cutting, and Mental Illness by Hannah Westberg (Completed March 12, 2011) Rating 4 out of 5

6. Dystopia Delirum by Lauren Oliver (Completed Feb. 16, 2011) Rating 5 out of 5

7. Mystery 

8. Classic Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane (eBook)

9. Graphic Novel American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang (Completed April 24, 2011) Rating 5 out of 5

10. Poetry (novel written in poem form or book of poetry intended for the YA audience)  Identical by Ellen Hopkins (Completed April 17, 2011) Rating 4 out of 5

11. Horror The Morganville Vampires (Volume One) by Rachel Caine (Completed January 9, 2011) Rating: 5 out of 5

 

Setting/Protagonist Categories

 

1. Female protagonist Shadowspell by Jenna Black (completed March 5, 2011) Rating: 5 out of 5

2. Male protagonist Eragon by Christopher Paolini

3. Gay/Lesbian protagonist 

4. Non-human protagonist Masquerade by Melissa De La Cruz (Completed May 11, 2011) Rathing: 4 out of 5

5. Involves a family conflict It's Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han (Completed March 22, 2011) Rating: 4 out of 5

6. Takes place in a boarding school Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

7. Takes place in a non-industrialized country 

8. Contemporary novel that takes place in another century (Historical fiction)

9. Told from a first-person perspective Paranormalcy by Kiersten White (completed March 9, 2011) Rating 5 out of 5

10. Told from a third-person omniscient perspective

11. Told from a third-person limited, multi-perspective viewpoint

 

Author/Award Categories

 

1. Work by an author you have never read before The Ghosts of Ashbury High by Jaclyn Moriarty (completed Jan. 3, 2011) Rating: 4 out of 5

2. Anthology Prom Night From Hell by various authors (completed May 13, 2011) Rating: 3 out of 5.

3. Author from a country other than the U.S.A., the U.K., Canada, or Australia No and Me by Delphine de Vigan (completed Feb. 5, 2011) Rating: 3 out of 5

4. Michael L. Printz Award The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (2007 Honor)

5. Margaret A. Edwards Award

6. Boston Globe-Horn Book Award When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead (2010 Winner) (completed Jan. 5, 2011) Rating: 5 out of 5

7. Cybils Award

8. Young Reader's Choice Award

9. Book that has been made into a movie Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (completed Mar. 19, 2011) Rating: 4 out of 5

10. First book in a series City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

11. Book off of a high school reading list  (Example:  Monster, Stargirl, Book Thief) 



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My List for the 2011 Young Adult Reading Challenge

           33 of 33 Categories Done, and the Challenge is Completed!   :-)

 

Genre Categories

1. Realistic Fiction  So Shelly by Ty Roth

2. Romance  Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

3. Fantasy   Heavenly (Volume 1) by Jennifer Laurens

4. Science Fiction  Feed (Newsflesh, Bk 1) by Mira Grant

5. Non-Fiction   Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines by Nic Sheff

6. Dystopia  This World We Live In (Last Survivors, Bk 3) by Susan Beth Pfeffer 

7. Mystery   The Deadly Sister by Eliot Schrefer

8. Classic   Go Ask Alice by Anonymous (Original 1971 Copyright)

9. Graphic Novel   Smoke & Mirror 1: Time & Time Again (Of Bitter Souls) by Chuck Satterlee

10. Free Verse   Tricks by Ellen Hopkins

11. Horror    Aftertime by Sophie Littlefield

 

Setting/Protagonist Categories

1. Female protagonist  The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Inheritance Trilogy, Bk 1) by N. K. Jemisin

2. Male protagonist   Compulsion by Heidi Ayarbe

3. Gay/Lesbian protagonist  Suicide Notes by Michael Thomas Ford  

4. Non-human protagonist  Graceling (Seven Kingdoms, Bk 1) by Kristin Cashore

5. Involves a family conflict   Restoring Harmony by Joelle Anthony

6. Takes place in a boarding school   Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

7. Takes place in a non-industrialized country  The Blending Time by Michael Kinch (Africa)

8. Contemporary novel that takes place in another century (Historical fiction)  The Other Side of Dark by Sarah Smith

9. Told from a first-person perspective  Future Imperfect by K. Ryer Breese

10. Told from a third-person omniscient perspective   The Demon King (Seven Realms, Bk 1) by Cinda Williams Chima

11. Told from a third-person limited, multi-perspective viewpoint  PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ by  A. S. King

 

Author/Award Categories

1. Work by an author you have never read before   Soulless by Christopher Golden

2. Anthology  Z: Zombie Stories by J. M. Lassen (Editor)

3. Author from a country other than the U.S.A., the U.K., Canada, or Australia  The God Box by Alex Sanchez  (Mexico City, Mexico)

4. Michael L. Printz Award   What Happened to Lani Garver by Carol Plum-Ucci (2003 Award Honoree)

5. Margaret A. Edwards Award   The Giver by Lois Lowry (2007 Winner) 

6. Boston Globe-Horn Book Award  Feed by M. T. Anderson (2003 Honor Book)  

7. Cybils Award  Fire (Seven Kingdoms, Bk 2) by Kristin Cashore (2009 Winner)

8. Young Reader's Choice Award  Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer (2009 Honoree)   

9. Book that has been/being made into a movie   The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan (2011) 

10. First book in a series   The Healing Wars: Book I: The Shifter by Janice Hardy

11. Book off of a high school reading list   Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver



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33 of 33 categories complete

Genre Categories

  1. Realistic Fiction - Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
  2. Romance - The Half-life of Planets by Emily Franklin and Brendan Halpin
  3. Fantasy - Magic Study (Study, Bk 2) by Maria V. Snyder
  4. Science Fiction - Black Hole Sun by David Macinnis Gill
  5. Non-Fiction - The Girl Who Was on Fire edited by Leah Wilson
  6. Dystopia - Across the Universe by Beth Revis
  7. Mystery - A Spy in the House (The Agency, Bk 1) by Y.S. Lee
  8. Classic - The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  9. Graphic Novel - Vampire Academy: The Graphic Novel #1 by Richelle Mead
  10. Poetry - Shakespeare Bats Cleanup by Ron Koertge
  11. Horror - Bloodlust (The Vampire Diaries: Stefan's Diaries, Bk 2) by L.J Smith, Kevin Williamson, Julie Plec

Setting/Protagonist Categories

  1. Female protagonist - Fire Study (Study, Bk 3) by Maria V. Snyder
  2. Male protagonist - Will by Maria Boyd
  3. Gay/Lesbian protagonist - Pink by Lili Wilkinson
  4. Non-human protagonist - Misguided Angel (Blue Bloods, Bk 5) by Melissa de la Cruz
  5. Involves a family conflict - Sister Wives by Shelley Hrdlitschka
  6. Takes place in a boarding school - Only The Good Spy Young (Gallagher Girls, Bk 4) by Ally Carter
  7. Takes place in a non-industrialized country - Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins
  8. Historical fiction - The Education of Bet by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
  9. Told from a first-person perspective - Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore
  10. Told from a third-person omniscient perspective - The Van Alen Legacy (Blue Bloods, Bk 4) by Melissa de la Cruz
  11. Told from a third-person limited, multi-perspective viewpoint - The Keys to the Golden Firebird by Maureen Johnson

Author/Award Categories

  1. New To Me Author - Trash by Andy Mulligan
  2. Anthology - Zombies vs. Unicorns by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier
  3. International Author - Violence 101 by Denis Wright (New Zealand)
  4. Michael L. Printz Award - Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
  5. Margaret A. Edwards Award - Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher
  6. Boston Globe-Horn Book Award - The Schwa Was Here by Neal Shusterman
  7. Cybils Award - American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
  8. Young Reader's Choice Award - Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, Bk 1) by Eoin Colfer
  9. Book that has been made into a movie - The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries, Bk 1) by Meg Cabot
  10. First book in a series - Origins (The Vampire Diaries: Stefan's Diaries, Bk 1) by L.J Smith, Kevin Williamson, Julie Plec
  11. Book off of a high school reading list - Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta


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I need to catch up on my YA reading!  I'm committing to the light challenge for now. :)

 

Genre Categories (4/6)

1.  Realistic Fiction  

2. Romance - Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan - finished 1/17/11

3. Fantasy - Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta - finished 1/27/11

4. Science Fiction

5. Non-Fiction

6. Dystopia - Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder - finished 3/15/11

7. Mystery 

8. Classic

9. Graphic Novel - American Born Chinese by Gene Lien Yang - finished 1/18/11

10. Poetry (novel written in poem form or book of poetry intended for the YA audience)  

11. Horror

 

Setting/Protagonist Categories (2/6)

1. Female protagonist - Tithe by Holly Black

2. Male protagonist

3. Gay/Lesbian protagonist 

4. Non-human protagonist - Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr - finished 3/10/11

5. Involves a family conflict

6. Takes place in a boarding school

7. Takes place in a non-industrialized country 

8. Contemporary novel that takes place in another century (Historical fiction)

9. Told from a first-person perspective - Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver - finished 1/16/11

10. Told from a third-person omniscient perspective

11. Told from a third-person limited, multi-perspective viewpoint

 

 

Author/Award Categories (2/6)

1. Work by an author you have never read before - If I Stay by Gayle Forman - finished 2/19/11

2. Anthology - Zombies Vs. Unicorns ed. by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier, finished 1/8/11

3. Author from a country other than the U.S.A., the U.K., Canada, or Australia 

4. Michael L. Printz Award

5. Margaret A. Edwards Award

6. Boston Globe-Horn Book Award

7. Cybils Award

8. Young Reader's Choice Award

9. Book that has been made into a movie

10. First book in a series

11. Book off of a high school reading list  (Example:  Monster, Stargirl, Book Thief)



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Genre Categories

  • Realistic Fiction    Going too Far     02/11
  • Romance   Prom and Prejudice  04/11
  • Fantasy   The Devils Kiss   03/11
  • Science Fiction  Nomansland  03/11
  • Non-Fiction
  • Dystopia   The Game   03/11
  • Mystery     Breathe My Name 03/11
  • Classic    
  • Graphic Novel
  • Poetry  
  • Horror   Never Cry Werewolf  06/11

Setting/Protagonist Categories

  • Female protagonist     Plus   01/11
  • Male protagonist    The Secret Year   01/11
  • Gay/Lesbian protagonist    
  • Non-human protagonist    My Soul To Take  03/11
  • Involves a family conflict    Snitch 03/11
  • Takes place in a boarding school     Anna and the French Kiss   03/11
  • Takes place in a non-industrialized country     
  • Contemporary novel that takes place in another century   Falling In Love With English Boys   01/11
  • Told from a first-person perspective    XVI    01/11
  • Told from a third-person omniscient perspective   Bloody Valentine  06/11
  • Told from a third-person limited, multi-perspective viewpoint    Leaving Paradise   02/11

Author/Award Categories

  •  Work by an author you have never read before   The Espressologist  02/11
  • Anthology  
  • Author from a country other than the U.S.A., the U.K., Canada, or Australia   A Time for Miracles  03/11
  • Michael L. Printz Award  
  • Margaret A. Edwards Award  
  • Boston Globe-Horn Book Award   Yellow Star  08/11
  • Cybils Award   The Deadly Sister 02/11
  • Young Reader's Choice Award   Shiver    03/11
  • Book that has been made into a movie   Divergent  05/11
  • First book in a series    The Demon Trapper's Daughter  06/11
  • Book off of a high school reading list    Madame Bovary  01/11


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I've never tried a reading challenge before, so this should be fun and interesting for me. I'll be attempting the light challenge for now, but will hopefully be able to complete the whole thing.

 

Genre Categories

 

1.  Realistic Fiction  

2. Romance - Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

3. Fantasy - The Alchemyst (The Secrets Of The Immortal Nicholas Flamel #1) by Michael Scott

4. Science Fiction - Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

5. Non-Fiction

6. Dystopia

7. Mystery - Blue Is For Nightmares by Laurie Faria Stolarz

8. Classic

9. Graphic Novel

10. Poetry (novel written in poem form or book of poetry intended for the YA audience)  

11. Horror - A Certain Slant Of Light by Laura Whitcomb

 

Setting/Protagonist Categories

 

1. Female protagonist

2. Male protagonist

3. Gay/Lesbian protagonist - Rainbow High by Alex Sanchez

4. Non-human protagonist

5. Involves a family conflict - Shelter Me by Juliette Fay

6. Takes place in a boarding school - A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, Bk 1) by Libba Bray

7. Takes place in a non-industrialized country 

8. Contemporary novel that takes place in another century (Historical fiction) - The White Queen (Cousins' War, Bk 1) by Philippa Gregory

9. Told from a first-person perspective

10. Told from a third-person omniscient perspective

11. Told from a third-person limited, multi-perspective viewpoint

 

 

Author/Award Categories

 

1. Work by an author you have never read before

2. Anthology

3. Author from a country other than the U.S.A., the U.K., Canada, or Australia 

4. Michael L. Printz Award - Looking for Alaska by John Green

5. Margaret A. Edwards Award - A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle, Bk 1) by Ursula K. Le Guin

6. Boston Globe-Horn Book Award - The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume 1: The Pox Party by M. T. Anderson

7. Cybils Award - Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers

8. Young Reader's Choice Award - City of Bones (Mortal Instruments, Bk 1) by Cassandra Clare

9. Book that has been made into a movie

10. First book in a series - The Society Of S (Ariella Montero, Bk. 1) by Susan Hubbard

11. Book off of a high school reading list  (Example:  Monster, Stargirl, Book Thief) - Night by Elie Wiesel



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Young Adult Reading Challenge (Most likely a light challenge)  DONE!!!!!!

Genre Categories

1.  Realistic Fiction  - Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis.   A charming, positive story.  The tale is about a boy whose mother dies and he finds himself in a home for orphans.  The boy goes from home to home when people take him only for the money they are given by the state.  The author describes his last home and the boy's escape from a locked shed.  He believes he has a father somewhere who is a member of a band.  The tale follows Bud in his search for his father who turns out to be his grandfather.  It's a positive read about the role that music played during the Depression and how an orphan boy finds a home and people who love him.  Good read!

2.  Romance - The Sign of the Unicorn by Mabel Esther Allan.  Taking vacation in Paris to forget a broken romance?  That's what Julia Conway did. And, she met Martin and Annette, brother and sister, who are entangled in an affair of blackmail, stolen paintings and murder.  So, why did she help them?  Why did she follow the trail to a 200-year-old haunted mansion?  Will she lose her life because she was so friendly to Annette?  This is an exciting read for teens.  

3. Fantasy - Nightshade City by Hilary Wagner.  This is a very good children's book.  These colorful rats have warm, real, sensitive personalities and care about each other.  The opposing group is cruel, sadistic and controlling.  While there is discussion of violence and descriptions of what has happened to those who object to the cruel group the author does not dwell on that aspect.  A first book for Hilary Wagner, she uses the classic theme of good vs. evil.

4. Science Fiction:  Beta Colony by Robert Enstrom is an oldie by goodie.  This is an old, old science fiction book I found at a library book sale.  This book is so good that one keeps reading page after page.  The basic story is this:  Daniel is a killer, someone who has no feeling for others and relies only upon himself and his skills.  He is caught and sentenced to live or die.  He choose life in Beta Colony, an effort to repopulate a deserted earth.  The colony keeps failing but no one knows why.  He discovers a primitive people living in the wilderness that reveres a presence to which they sacrifice colonists as requested.  The truth is difficult to believe because one must recognize that an alien presence can control the minds of most humans forcing them to kill one another and/or work as slaves.  Only two humans seem resistant to this mind control - Daniel, who feels nothing, and Derl, a primitive who has telepathic powers.  Can the two survive the alien presence?  Can earth be repopulated?  These questions are answered as the story develops.

5. Non-Fiction:  Dear Zoe, by Philip Beard.  This is a very good story about a teen-ager who grieves for her sister. Little Zoe is killed Sept. 11 by an automobile when she runs into the street. While the rest of the world mourns 9/11, Tess and her family mourn Zoe. Tears, bouts of sadness, growing up events and family experiences blend to make a whole. Beard writes the story in the form of letters that Tess writes to Zoe. An entire year passes as Tess learns to cope with her grief. She feels responsible because she was supposed to be watching Zoe so she moves in with her dad who is divorced from her mother. It's sensitive, realistic and emotional - the story not just of Tess coping with grief but of how her family finally comes together to deal with Zoe's death.

6. Dystopia:  Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins.  I think The Hunger Games can stand alone if one did not want to read the entire series.  However, Catching Fire leaves one hanging in the end so the reader is well aware that another book follows it.  Excellent read with loads of action, romance and adventure.  Nevertheless, Catching Fire was my favorite in the series.  

7. Mystery:  The Red House Mystery by A.A. Milne is a most interesting read.  The author spends more time on conversational bits and less on description then I like.  However, while I did figure out who the murderer must be I did not realize who the victim was or why the murder was commited.  All was revealed in the last several pages.  This was quite good, perfect for the YA audience.

8. Classic:  Black Beauty by Anna Sewell.  This is the third time I have read this book.  It's amazing how much I remembered.  Read it when I was a child, read it to my children and just now.  This delightful story depicts both the positive and negative treatment of horses by humans who love, care and understand them, know no better, don't care, or use them for their own purposes.  At times it's sad and at others it's a warm, fuzzy read.  

9. Graphic Novel:  Stuck Rubber Baby by Howard Cruse (won Eisner Award for best graphic novel)   I needed to reflect about this onea bit before I wrote about it. At first, I found it difficult to read about such serious subjects as segregation and homosexuality in graphic form but I finally became caught up in the story. It's a most introspective look into a young man's struggle with his identity. Is he a homosexual or not? While he tries to discover the answer he finds friends in an equality group tht includes Negroes, homosexuals and lesbians and those who just believe that all people have the right to be whoever they are and live free and private lives. The book took place in a Southern town where segregation is a fact of life. It gives one a great deal to think about, including who we are. Can we accept others no matter the color of their skin or sexual orientation? Or, are we, in our hearts bigots?

10.Poetry (novel written in poem form or book of poetry intended for the YA audience):  Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse is a most remarkable book.  The writer is a young girl from Oklahoma who lives through the dust bowl years.  I found the images it evoked powerful.  Indeed, I could see the clouds of dust rolling across the fields, feel the dust on the tables and irritating my eyes.   Hesse writes verses about the people in her community and what happens to them as well as how her family is coping with these sad desolate times.  I highly recommend this Newbery Award winning book for young and old alike.  It's an outstanding read.  

11. Horror - Dracula in Love by Karen Essex.  Truly enjoyed this read.  At first I was unsure as the book seemed to be a bit slow getting started but as the story unfolded I found myself eagerly turning the pages.  This tale encourages me to return to Dracula by Bram Stoker which I put down after about 100 pages because I couldn't get into it and my imagination was getting the best of me.  Or, perhaps I just wasn't in the mood for it. At any rate Karen Essex explains how she came to be intrigued by Mina to wrote this tale.  She found the cultural changes that were occurring during that period intriguing and probed the thoughts and actions of women reaching out to secure equality in society as well as those inhibited by their traditionally accepted roles.  Good, good read!

 

GROUP I DONE - HOORAY!!!!

 

Setting/Protagonist Categories

1. Female protagonist:  Un Lun Dun by China Mieville.   Sometimes a book grows on you. This is one of them. I was, at first, put off because it reminded me so much of Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. Indeed, the author credits Gaiman for helping with the uncity development. The story begins with two young girls, Deeba and Zanna, following an umbrella, only to find themselves in the abcity of Unlondon or Un Lun Dun, a city beneath the city of London. Residents take one look at Zanna and call her the Shwazzy, a legendary heroine whose job it is to save their city. The Book predicts the appearance of the Shwazzy, describing her appearance and tasks in detail but something goes wrong when Zanna faces the Smog. She is overcome and knocked out. To save her life, Deeba and Zanna must return to London. However, Deeba cannot forget Unlondon and its residents and the trouble they face with the Smog. She returns to check on her friends and the city. The character of Deeba grows on one. She is so idealistic and is trying so hard to save Unlondon. When it's time to face the final battle Deeba does not flinch even as the Smog gathers its forces to take over. Can Deeba and her friends win this lopsided war? They are about to try. This is a fun read, indeed - so imaginative.  

2. Male protagonist:  Oliver's Surprise by Carol Newman Cronin.  What a delightful read from an innovative and fluent author!  Carol Newman Cronin sent a copy of this little tale to review and share with my grandchildren.  I do so gladly.  Cronin is knowledgeable about sailing vessels and the New England area.  Knowing little about the hurricane of 1938 that devastated the area in September ot that year, I found the historical blurb about what happened succinct and to the point.  In addition, I loved her discussion about coasters, those lovely sailing vessels that served our coats prior to the invention of motor driven vessels.  Oliver's time travel is an charming and appealing way to provide a look into life of that period and how weather affected those who lived on that coast.  Great tale to share with a child or to give to she/he to read for themselves.  This is a read that 8 to 15 year old children should enjoy.  In addition to the tale, the historical information about the hurricane and the sailing ships that served our country for several years is fascinating. 

3. Gay/Lesbian protagonist :  Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan.  A most interesting read indeed.   One would think that this novel is about Will Grayson but Will Grayson and Will Grayson (yes, there are two of them) are only the narrators of this story.  The real hero is Tiny Cooper, a huge man who is gay and who believes in people, love and helping others.  At times I was confused as one Will Grayson or the other narrates their part of the story but it all comes together when Tiny stages his musical which is his story.  The authors capture the teenage angst that plagues high schoolers when everything that happens to them seems personal and often, the end of their world, rather than part of growing up.  Read this one carefully - the messages are compelling and full of hope.

4. Non-human protagonist:  Tailchaser's Song by Tad Williams.  Having read the Otherland series by Tad Williams, I was curious about his approach to literature for the younger set.  It's well written, creative and imaginative.  While it was a bit slow getting going it was quite a good little read.   I think my 11-year-old grand daughter who would be a cat in another life will quite enjoy this one and I am passing this book on to her. 

5. Involves a family conflict:  Afrika by Colleen Craig.   What a wonderful story!  A 13-year-old girl named Kim travels to Africa with her journalist mother.  She has so many questions about her father and her mother's homeland that she feels ready to burst but her mother remains silent about her father.  Who was he?  What was he like?  Would he love her?  Why did he never contact her in Canada?  She finds the answers to all of these questions as her mother works on her African assignment.  Her mother has been estranged from her family and her homeland for so many years that the visit is fraught with stress, pain and uncertainty.  All of this was tied up in apartheid and the struggle for equality among the African peoples.  This is an outstanding story and I recommend it to those who wish to understand more about such issues.  I learned so much from those who were involved.   

6. Takes place in a boarding school:   Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowlings.  A fun, fun read.  A young boy named Harry Potter whose parents were killed, leaving him an orphan is living with an uncle and aunt who resent his very presence.  When Harry begins receiving letters, his uncle hides and destroys them.  Letter after letter arrive until hundreds have been sent.  Finally, his uncle takes the family to an isolated hut on an island in an attempt to avoid receiving any more letters.  However, one is delivered by a huge man named Hagrid who is shocked to discover that his aunt and uncle have not told him about his parents, how they died, and who he is.  Harry is astonished to hear that he is a wizard with powers such as his parents had.  He is invited to attend Hogwarts, a school for those with magical talents that need to be developed and the adventures begin.  Harry finds friends, Hagrid, of course, Ron, Hermoine and others.  He learns to ride a broom but not just any broom - the most advanced model available - and learns to play quidditch, a competitive game played by the scholars at Hogwarts.  This is the beginning of Harry's years at the school and the beginning of his adventures. 

7. Takes place in a non-industrialized country:   Swordbird by Nancy Yi Fan - born in China (best I can find that I  want to read - hope this is ok).   This tale is written for younger readers with birds of all types as the characters.  The evil bird lord is a one eyed hawk who bullies and leads an army of renegade crows and ravens.  His goal is to rule the nesting areas and enslave other birds to build his fortress and compound.  All other birds are the good guys and the young reader may be searching for a bird guide to see what these birds look like.  The messages are peace, harmony and freedom  The good birds are defended by Swordbird, summoned through the use of a special stone and a song.  It's a fun read that parents and grandparents would enjoy sharing.

8. Contemporary novel that takes place in another century (Historical fiction):   The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman.  This is an educational read about midwives and courage.  A poor young girl is found in a dung heap and taken in by a midwife.  She does not remember who she is or where she came from.  The midwife takes her on as an apprentice.  The girl believes that she is no one and has no worth.  As this short novel proceeds she learns a great deal about herself and how important it is to try and try again.  Do not let failure defeat you.  The author discusses midwifery in her notes at the end of the book.  Very nice children's read.

9. Told from a first-person perspective:  Firethorn by Sarah Micklem:  A most creative and interesting read. The author held this story next to her heart for years as she wrote, rewrote and finally finished the tale to the delight of her readers. To add realism to her tale, she examined works by historians, sociologists, journalists and anthropologists. Firethorn is the heroine, a young mudwoman who is claimed by one of the Blood as his sheath to accompany him when he goes to war. She is strong-willed, loving and dedicated to Sire Galan who grows to love this young woman with the fiery hair. They endure societal ridicule, injury, and almost lose all as the book progresses. Enjoyed this write so much that I put the second in the series on my wishlist because it is so very good. 

10. Told from a third-person omniscient perspective:  Tehanu by Ursula K. LeGuin:   An interesting book about human relationships, magic, mages and a dragon who saves the day.  I liked this little read but, of course, Ursula LeGuin is one of my favorite authors.  The child known as Therru has been cruelly treated by her parents and their friends - raped, beaten and thrown into a fire that damages her face and arm.  Tenar, a woman with potential magic who decided to live a different life with a husband and children, adopts the child, loving her with all her heart.  Ged, Sparrowhawk, or Hawk is a wizard who loses his magic saving his friend the king.  Eldest, the dragon, speaks to Ged and claims Therru (Tehanu) as his own.  It's a good read.

11. Told from a third-person limited, multi-perspective viewpoint:  Four Perfect Pebbles by Lila Perl and Marion Blumenthal Lazon.    Imagine growing up in Hitler's Germany as part of a Jewish family.  This is the tale of the Blumenthal family - Walter, Ruth, Albert and Marion.  The entire family survives the horrors of Nazi Germany but not without great difficulty.  Each time they planned to leave the Nazis behind something happened to change their direction and lives.  Marion missed her childhood.  Albert cared for the family long before the war ended and they emigrated to the U.S.  Walter survived but died of typhus shortly after the family is liberated by the Russians.  He was buried in Germany.  The story is  informative and  sad.  This is a story about a family and its survival during a tragic period of history.  And, this is a story about a little girl who kept looking for four perfect pebbles because she believed that if she found them her family would stay together.  Her family would be safe.  And, despite all that happened to them her belief comes true.  Be prepared to return to Nazi Germany and travel with the Blumenthals as they flee from the Nazis.

 

GROUP II DONE -  HOORAY!!!!

 

Author/Award Categories

1.  Work by an author you have never read before:  Silver on the Tree by Susan Cooper.  A most appropriate finale to a series.  Strange that I read this one prior to reading the others.  Now I have to go back and catch up!  Enjoyed the characters very much:  Will who becomes the watchman after the battle;  Bran who gives up his Pendragon heir to become a normal human; Merriman, uncle to the three, who leaves earth to fight other battles; and the three siblings - Jane, Simon and Barney who are as necessary in the battle as the others.  At times I was confused as the author skipped from character to character and modes of transportation aand scenes changed again and again.  However, I did enjoy the read.  3.5 stars

2.   Anthology:  A Fisherman of the Inland Sea by Ursula K. LeGuin.  This books contains a most interesting series of tales, many of which are related. Of those which are not, I particularly liked 'The Rock That Changed Things' about nurobls who serve obls. A nurobl named Bu finds a rock that changes her life and that of other nurbols when they discover freedom and rebel from the slavery imposed upon them by the obls.  The other tales I liked spiral around a concept known as the churten theory. The Shobies' Story, Dancing to Ganam and Another Story (A Fisherman of the Inland Sea). The Shobies are involved in a test of the theory, and find themselves on a strange brown planet where team members experience differ about the same event. In Dancing a man named Dazul churtens to another planet, first alone, and later with three others. His interpretation of the visit is different from that of the others as he believes that he is to be crowned king of the people they meet. The reality, which the others understand, is quite different. The final story begins with a garbled message that a scientist is trying to decipher. That individual studies the theory, leaving the woman he loves behind in his home village. In an experiment, he churtens to the village returning eighteen years earlier and takes up his life marrying his love. In all the churten theory is a central theme. Fascinating! 

3. Author from a country other than the U.S.A., the U.K., Canada, or Australia:   The Dancer and the Thief by Antonio Skarmeta.  Good story!  Weaving politics, ballet and a spectacular robbery together, Skarmeta helps one understand Chile in the days it was recovering from political chaos.  One begins to adore the young dancer/student, Victoria, and her romantic boyfriend, Angel, who loves her with all his heart.  In addition, the sophisticated gentle thief who is adept at cracking safes, Vergara Gray, is so charming.  This is a most delightful read!

4. Michael L. Printz Award:  I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak.  What a delightful, unique read!  This young writer who began writing in high school wrote a wonderful original little tale.  Imagine receiving five cards to stimulate you to help people as only you can.  This is what happens to Ed.  He helps many strangers.  He helps his friends.  And, the final person he helps is himself.  There is a message in this book that each of us needs to discover again and again - life is what you make it.  However, you must read the book for yourself to see how it all progresses and what happens in each case.  Wonderful read for young and old alike.

5. Margaret A. Edwards Award:  A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L'Engle, one of the A Wrinkle in Time series for which the author was cited in receiving this award.  A delightful fantasy that incorporates science, imagination and life.  I enjoyed this little read and look forward to reading the new books in the series.  No wonder so many young people pick it up and read it.  The fight for the life of Charles Wallace is fierce indeed as Mr. Jenkins, Calvin, Meg, Meg's parents, Dr. Louise and the magical being known as Proginoskes work desperately to achieve this end.  Fun! 

6. Boston Globe-Horn Book Award:  Holes by Louis Sachar.  Great little read.

7. Cybils Award:  The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.  Sometimes I think I like the author's notes before or after the novel itself.  I may read the information before or after I read the book or both.  Gaiman is concise and to the point.  The story is very good - imaginative, creative and interesting.  The story line flows smoothly and keeps one wondering where it will go next.  This is an excellent read - well worth the effort.  And, so were his remarks at the tale's end.  This is a book both young adults and adults enjoy.  I highly recommend reading it.

8. Young Reader's Choice Award (Senior Division):  City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (2011).   This is the first of a trilogy including City of Bones, City of Ashes and City of Glass.  It's a very good read.  I liked the tale enough to put the second and third of the series on my TBR list.  This is the story of an unusual young woman, Clarissa Fray, her mother, Jocelyn, an artist who she discovers has a life she never dreamed she had, her brother, Jonathan, known as Jace, and her father who wishes to change the world for his own purposes and needs.  There are many surprises in this novel as people uncover secrets and discover who they really are.  It's an outstanding beginning to a fine fantasy series. 

9.  Book that has been made into a movie - Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. DONE!!!

10. First book in a series - Eragon by Christopher Paolini.  A fun, fun read.  Never thought I would read it until an elderly volunteer in a thrift store saw me holding the book.  That is really good, he said, my grandson recommended it so I read it.  I bought Eragon and decided to read it for this challenge.  Paolini was 15 when he began writing the book and it was published nationally when he was 17.  It's the story about a boy who finds a dragon egg.  (He thinks it's just an unusual stone.)  Of course, everyone knows that dragons choose who they will bond with don't they?  So Eragon becomes linked to Saphira, the dragon, and the boy's life changes entirely.  There is an evil king who had destroyed the dragonriders so his life is threatened by his very existence.  There is adventure, excitement, and a good story that flows well.  Paolini writes well and, yes, you can tell a young person write the book.  My favorite clue was when the hero refers to mushrooms as toadstools.  Nevertheless, I plan to read the rest of the series.  Two members of my family are alreading reading the final book in the series which came out in November.  I am certain to get a critique when they finish it.  3 1/2 to 4 stars   

11. Book off of a high school reading list  (Example:  Monster, Stargirl, Book Thief):  Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe - Africa.  Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe is appropriate for my YA challenge.  And, it's on the 1,000 Books To Read Before You Die.  It's a sad, sad story but interesting tale about how white man and his belief in his lifestyle and religion is the only way for others to live.   In this case the conflicts lead to the forcing of change in spite of the strong tribal beliefs and laws. Unpostable available to anyone who wants it.  Just pm me.  This is the most widely read book by this author who has written a number of interesting books about Africa and the cultures that exist on this great continent. 



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Young Adult Reading Challenge

 

Genre Categories

  1. Realistic Fiction
  2. Romance  Gone (Wake, Bk 3) :: Lisa McMann 2/1/2011
  3. Fantasy Catching Fire (Hunger Games, Bk 2) :: Suzanne Collins 3/21/2011
  4. Science Fiction Ghost Town (Morganville Vampires) :: Rachel Caine  1/28/2011 CD 
  5. Non-Fiction   Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines :: Nic Sheff
  6. Dystopia Matched :: Ally Condie 5/08/2011
  7. Mystery 
  8. Classic
  9. Graphic Novel Rapunzel's Revenge :: Shannon Hale, Dean Hale   2/2/2011
  10.  Poetry (novel written in poem form or book of poetry intended for the YA audience)  
  11.  Horror Zombies vs. Unicorns :: Holly Black 03/18/2011
     

 

Setting/Protagonist Categories

 

  1. Female protagonist The Sweet Far Thing (Gemma Doyle, Bk 3) :: Libba Bray 3/4/2011
  2. Male protagonist  Hero :: Mike Lupica 3/17/2011
  3. Gay/Lesbian protagonist Ash :: Malinda Lo 6/10/2011
  4. Non-human protagonist
  5. Involves a family conflict Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator :: Jennifer Allison 1/17/2011 CD
  6. Takes place in a boarding school  Rebel Angels (Gemma Doyle, Bk 2) (Unabridged Audio CD) :: Libba Bray 3/2/2011
  7. Takes place in a non-industrialized country Bamboo People :: Mitali Perkins
  8. Contemporary novel that takes place in another century (Historical fiction)Poisoned Honey: A Story of Mary Magdalene :: Beatrice Gormley 1/16/2011
  9. Told from a first-person perspective  Hush, Hush :: Becca Fitzpatrick 3/23/2011
  10. Told from a third-person omniscient perspective The Westing Game :: Ellen Raskin
  11. Told from a third-person limited, multi-perspective viewpoint

 

 

Author/Award Categories

 

  1. Work by an author you have never read before Revolution :: Jennifer Donnelly  1/31/2011
  2. Anthology
  3. Author from a country other than the U.S.A., the U.K., Canada, or Australia  Reckless :: Cornelia Funke
  4. Michael L. Printz Award
  5. Margaret A. Edwards Award Fever 1793
  6. Boston Globe-Horn Book Award The Giver :: Lois Lowry   5/10/2011  
  7. Cybils Award The Hunger Games (Hunger Games, Bk 1) (Unabridged Audio CD) :: Suzanne Collins  2/23/2011
  8. Young Reader's Choice Award City of Bones (Mortal Instruments, Bk 1) :: Cassandra Clare 4/15/2011 
  9. Book that has been made into a movie Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist :: Rachel Cohn, David Levithan 5/19/2011
  10. First book in a series The Clockwork Angel (Infernal Devices) :: Cassandra Clare 2/14/2011
  11. Book off of a high school reading list  (Example:  Monster, St My Brother Sam Is Dead :: James Collier, Chris Collier 5/19/2011


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gave up Dec 11

 

Genre Categories

1.  Realistic Fiction  Sentries by Gary Paulsen   2/2/11 

2. Romance

3. Fantasy The Pilgrims of Rayne (Pendragon) by D. J. MacHale  2/4/11

4. Science Fiction  Raven Rise (Pendragon, Bk 9) by D. J. MacHale 2/10/11

5. Non-Fiction  Be True to Yourself: A Daily Guide for Teenage Girls by Amanda Ford (blech) 6/10/11

6. Dystopia The Soldiers of Halla (Pendragon, Bk 10) by D. J. MacHale

7. Mysteries  Ghost Abbey (Point)  by Robert Westall

8. Classic  The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy  by Douglas Adams  June 11

9. Graphic Novel  Brain Camp by Susan Kim 3/24/11

10. Poetry (novel written in poem form or book of poetry intended for the YA audience)  

11. Horror The Invitation  by  Diane Hoh July 11 
 

 

Setting/Protagonist Categories

 

1. Female protagonist Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer 6/1/11

2. Male protagonist The Quillan Games (Pendragon, Bk 7) by  D. J. MacHale  1/11/11

3. Gay/Lesbian protagonist 

4. Non-human protagonist  The Dragon Rider by  Cornelia Funke

5. Involves a family conflict Flyte (Septimus Heap, Bk 2) by Angie Sage April 2011

6. Takes place in a boarding school

7. Takes place in a non-industrialized country The Rivers of Zadaa (Pendragon book 6) by  D. J. MacHale  1/5/11

8. Contemporary novel that takes place in another century (Historical fiction)

9. Told from a first-person perspective This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer 6/3/11

10. Told from a third-person omniscient perspective  Physik (Septimus Heap, Bk 3) by Angie Sage May 2011

11. Told from a third-person limited, multi-perspective viewpoint    Wicked Lovely

 

Author/Award Categories

 

1. Work by an author you have never read before Life As We Knew It by  Susan Beth Pfeffer  June 11

2. Anthology Chilling Ghost Stories by Bernhardt J. Hurwood  7/5/11

3. Author from a country other than the U.S.A., the U.K., Canada, or Australia 

4. Michael L. Printz Award

5. Margaret A. Edwards Award (Gary Paulsen, Ender)

6. Boston Globe-Horn Book Award

7. Cybils Award

8. Young Reader's Choice Award

9. Book that has been made into a movie

10. First book in a series  Dragon Slippers  by Jessica Day George July 11

11. Book off of a high school reading list   The Bomb by Theodore Taylor 7/5/11



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Young Adult Reading Challenge
 

***Light Challenge***

 

Genre Categories

1.  Realistic Fiction  

2. Romance

3. Fantasy

4. Science Fiction

5. Non-Fiction

6. Dystopia

7. Mystery 

8. Classic

9. Graphic Novel

10. Poetry (novel written in poem form or book of poetry intended for the YA audience)  

11. Horror

 

Setting/Protagonist Categories

 

1. Female protagonist

2. Male protagonist - Swim the Fly - Don Calame

3. Gay/Lesbian protagonist 

4. Non-human protagonist

5. Involves a family conflict

6. Takes place in a boarding school

7. Takes place in a non-industrialized country 

8. Contemporary novel that takes place in another century (Historical fiction)

9. Told from a first-person perspective

10. Told from a third-person omniscient perspective

11. Told from a third-person limited, multi-perspective viewpoint

 

 

Author/Award Categories

 

1. Work by an author you have never read before

2. Anthology

3. Author from a country other than the U.S.A., the U.K., Canada, or Australia 

4. Michael L. Printz Award

5. Margaret A. Edwards Award

6. Boston Globe-Horn Book Award

7. Cybils Award

8. Young Reader's Choice Award

9. Book that has been made into a movie

10. First book in a series

11. Book off of a high school reading list  (Example:  Monster, Stargirl, Book Thief) 

 

There will be two settings to this challenge, light and regular.  Light will be reading six books in each category, for a total of eighteen books all year.  Regular will be reading a book for every category, or all thirty three books.  

 



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Young Adult Reading Challenge

 

 

Genre Categories

 

 

1.  Realistic Fiction- Jekyll Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey   

2. Romance- A Kiss In Time by Alex Flinn *Finished*

3. Fantasy- Stealing Death by Janet Lee Carey *Finished*

4. Science Fiction- Angel by James Patterson *Finished*

5. Non-Fiction- Dork Whore by Iris Bahr *Finished*

6. Dystopia- The Barcode Tattoo by Suzanne Weyn *Finished*

7. Mystery- Accomplice by Eireann Corrigan *Finished*

8. Classic- The Awakening by Kate Chopin *Finished*

9. Graphic Novel- Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together by Brian Lee O'Malley *Finished*

10. Poetry (novel written in poem form or book of poetry intended for the YA audience)- Addy On The Inside by James Howe *Finished*  

11. Horror- Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann *Finished*

 

Setting/Protagonist Categories

 

 

 

1. Female protagonist- Steel by Carrie Vaughn *Finished*

2. Male protagonist- Dread Locks by Neal Schusterman *Finished* 

3. Gay/Lesbian protagonist - Ash by Melinda Lo

4. Non-human protagonist- Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead  *Finished*

5. Involves a family conflict- A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb *Finished*

6. Takes place in a boarding school- Withering Tights by Louise Rennison *Finished*

7. Takes place in a non-industrialized country- Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins

8. Contemporary novel that takes place in another century (Historical fiction)- Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakly Cartwright *Finished*

9. Told from a first-person perspective- Belle by Cameron Dokey *Finished*

10. Told from a third-person omniscient perspective

11. Told from a third-person limited, multi-perspective viewpoint- Shiver by Maggie Stievater *Finished*

 

 

Author/Award Categories

 

1. Work by an author you have never read before- The Half Life of Planets by Emily Franklin and Brendan Halpin *Finished*

2. Anthology- Kisses from Hell *Finished*

3. Author from a country other than the U.S.A., the U.K., Canada, or Australia- Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba *Finished*

4. Michael L. Printz Award- Going Bovine by Libba Bray *Finished*

5. Margaret A. Edwards Award- I Was a Teenage Fairy by Francesca Lia Block *Finished*

6. Boston Globe-Horn Book Award- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie 

7. Cybils Award- Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

8. Young Reader's Choice Award- The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

9. Book that has been made into a movie- Beastly by Alex Flinn *Finished*

10. First book in a series- Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston *Finished*

11. Book off of a high school reading list  (Example:  Monster, Stargirl, Book Thief) Monster by Walter Dean Myers *Finished*

 



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Young Adult Reading Challenge

 

Genre Categories

1.  Realistic Fiction  

2. Romance

3. Fantasy

4. Science Fiction

5. Non-Fiction

6. Dystopia

7. Mystery 

8. Classic

9. Graphic Novel

10. Poetry (novel written in poem form or book of poetry intended for the YA audience)  

11. Horror

 

Setting/Protagonist Categories

 

1. Female protagonist

2. Male protagonist

3. Gay/Lesbian protagonist 

4. Non-human protagonist

5. Involves a family conflict

6. Takes place in a boarding school

7. Takes place in a non-industrialized country 

8. Contemporary novel that takes place in another century (Historical fiction)

9. Told from a first-person perspective

10. Told from a third-person omniscient perspective

11. Told from a third-person limited, multi-perspective viewpoint

 

 

Author/Award Categories

 

1. Work by an author you have never read before

2. Anthology

3. Author from a country other than the U.S.A., the U.K., Canada, or Australia 

4. Michael L. Printz Award

5. Margaret A. Edwards Award

6. Boston Globe-Horn Book Award

7. Cybils Award

8. Young Reader's Choice Award

9. Book that has been made into a movie

10. First book in a series

11. Book off of a high school reading list  (Example:  Monster, Stargirl, Book Thief)



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I finished the LIGHT CHALLENGE 8/24/11

I finished the FULL CHALLENGE 9/16/11

Young Adult Reading Challenge

Genre Categories 

1.  Realistic Fiction  SHINE - Lauren Myracle 4/11/11

2. Romance THE DARK DIVINE - Bree Despain 2/4/11

3. Fantasy  WITCH & WIZARD: THE GIFT - James Patterson and Ned Rust 1/16/11  (PBS lists this as science fiction, fantasy, horror)

4. Science Fiction WICCAN COOL - Traci Hall 1/29/11 (PBS lists this as science fiction, fantasy, horror)

5. Non-Fiction RAE: MY TRUE STORY OF FEAR, ANXIETY, AND SOCIAL PHOBIA - Chelsea Rae Swiggett 2/21/11

6. Dystopia MATCHED by Ally Condie 1/14/11 

7. Mystery DEADLY LITTLE GAMES - Laurie Faria Stolarz 1/11/11  

8. Classic 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA - Jules Verne 9/10/11

9. Graphic Novel GOSSIP GIRL THE MANGA Vol 1 - Cecily von Ziegesar and HyeKyung Baek 1/12/11

10. Poetry (novel written in poem form or book of poetry intended for the YA audience)  WICKED GIRLS - Stephanie Hemphill 2/20/11

11. Horror UNRAVELED - Gena Showalter 1/10/11 

 

Setting/Protagonist Categories (finished full category 8/29/11)

1. Female protagonist VAMPIRE CRUSH - A.M. Robinson 2/7/11

2. Male protagonist THE SECRET YEAR - Jennifer Hubbard 1/21/11

3. Gay/Lesbian protagonist WILDTHORN - Jane Eagland 2/20/11

4. Non-human protagonist AWAKENED - P.C. & Kristin Cast 1/7/11

5. Involves a family conflict- ONE HUNDRED CANDLES - Mara Purnhagen 1/6/11 

6. Takes place in a boarding school ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS - Stephanie Perkins 2/3/11

7. Takes place in a non-industrialized country  LIPS TOUCH 3 TIMES - Laini Taylor 8/24/11 (story 2 takes place in India)

8. Contemporary novel that takes place in another century (Historical fiction) FALLING IN LOVE WITH ENGLISH BOYS - Melissa Jansen (1/2 the book takes place in the 1800s...)

9. Told from a first-person perspective BEFORE I FALL - Lauren Oliver 1/25/11

10. Told from a third-person omniscient perspective MISGUIDED ANGEL - Melissa de la Cruz 4/18/11

11. Told from a third-person limited, multi-perspective viewpoint THE LYING GAME - Sara Shepard 1/31/11  

 

 Author/Award Categories

1. Work by an author you have never read before - HERE LIES BRIDGET - Paige Harbison 1/18/11

2. Anthology THE KISSING GAME - Aidam Chambers 9/5/11

3. Author from a country other than the U.S.A., the U.K., Canada, or Australia - NO AND ME - Delphine de Vigan (France) 1/7/11

4. Michael L. Printz Award PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ - A.S. King 5/25/11

5. Margaret A. Edwards Award FOREVER - Judy Blume 8/29/11

6. Boston Globe-Horn Book Award THE WESTING GAME  Ellen Raskin (1978) 9/14/11

7. Cybils Award STOLEN - Lucy Christopher (2010) 9/16/11

8. Young Reader's Choice Award AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES - John Green (2009 finalist) 9/13/11

9. Book that has been made into a movie - I AM NUMBER FOUR - Pittacus Lore 9/8/11

10. First book in a series - PULSE (book 1) - Kailin Gow 1/4/11 

11. Book off of a high school reading list  (Example:  Monster, Stargirl, Book Thief)  IN COLD BLOOD - Truman Capote 2/15/11 (found on at least 3 lists on the Internet)



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Genre Categories

  1. Realistic Fiction  
  2. Romance
  3. Fantasy
  4. Science Fiction
  5. Non-Fiction
  6. Dystopia
  7. Mystery 
  8. Classic
  9. Graphic Novel
  10. Poetry
  11. Horror

Setting/Protagonist Categories

  1. Female protagonist
  2. Male protagonist
  3. Gay/Lesbian protagonist
  4. Non-human protagonist
  5. Involves a family conflict
  6. Takes place in a boarding school
  7. Takes place in a non-industrialized country 
  8. Contemporary novel that takes place in another century (Historical fiction)
  9. Told from a first-person perspective
  10. Told from a third-person omniscient perspective
  11. Told from a third-person limited, multi-perspective viewpoint

Author/Award Categories

  1. Work by an author you have never read before
  2. Anthology
  3. Author from a country other than the U.S.A., the U.K., Canada, or Australia 
  4. Michael L. Printz Award
  5. Margaret A. Edwards Award
  6. Boston Globe-Horn Book Award
  7. Cybils Award
  8. Young Reader's Choice Award
  9. Book that has been made into a movie
  10. First book in a series
  11. Book off of a high school reading list
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Young Adult Reading Challenge
 

***Light Challenge***

 

Genre Categories

1.  Realistic Fiction  

2. Romance

3. Fantasy-My Soul to Steal by Rachel Vincent(JAN)

4. Science Fiction-The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

5. Non-Fiction

6. Dystopia-The Maze Runner  (JAN)

7. Mystery 

8. Classic

9. Graphic Novel

10. Poetry (novel written in poem form or book of poetry intended for the YA audience)  

11. Horror

 

Setting/Protagonist Categories

 

1. Female protagonist

2. Male protagonist

3. Gay/Lesbian protagonist 

4. Non-human protagonist-Darklight by Lesley Livingston

5. Involves a family conflict-Rampant by Diana Peterfreund

6. Takes place in a boarding school-Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

7. Takes place in a non-industrialized country 

8. Contemporary novel that takes place in another century (Historical fiction)-Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

9. Told from a first-person perspective

10. Told from a third-person omniscient perspective

11. Told from a third-person limited, multi-perspective viewpoint

 

 

Author/Award Categories

 

1. Work by an author you have never read before-The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

2. Anthology

3. Author from a country other than the U.S.A., the U.K., Canada, or Australia 

4. Michael L. Printz Award-I Am the Messanger by Mark Zusak

5. Margaret A. Edwards Award

6. Boston Globe-Horn Book Award

7. Cybils Award-Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale

8. Young Reader's Choice Award-,  City of Bones Cassandra Clare

9. Book that has been made into a movie

10. First book in a series-Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (JAN)

11. Book off of a high school reading list  (Example:  Monster, Stargirl, Book Thief) 

 

There will be two settings to this challenge, light and regular.  Light will be reading six books in each category, for a total of eighteen books all year.  Regular will be reading a book for every category, or all thirty three books.  

 



 

 

 



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Young Adult Reading Challenge

 

Genre Categories

 1. Realistic Fiction   

 2. Romance  Spirit Bound - Richelle Mead (finished on 1/7/11)

 3. Fantasy

 4. Science Fiction

 5. Non-Fiction

 6. Dystopia  

 7. Mystery 

 8. Classic

 9. Graphic Novel

10. Poetry (novel written in poem form or book of poetry intended for the YA audience)  

11. Horror

 

Setting/Protagonist Categories

 

 1. Female protagonist Blood Promise - Richelle Mead (finished on 1/3/11)  

 2. Male protagonist

 3. Gay/Lesbian protagonist 

 4. Non-human protagonist

 5. Involves a family conflict

 6. Takes place in a boarding school  Shadow Kiss - Richelle Mead (finished on 1/2/11) 

 7. Takes place in a non-industrialized country 

 8. Contemporary novel that takes place in another century (Historical fiction)

 9. Told from a first-person perspective Last Sacrifice - Richelle Mead (finished on 1/9/11)

10. Told from a third-person omniscient perspective

11. Told from a third-person limited, multi-perspective viewpoint

 

 

Author/Award Categories

 

 1. Work by an author you have never read before Bright Young Things - Anna Godbersen (finished on 1/1/11) 

 2. Anthology

 3. Author from a country other than the U.S.A., the U.K., Canada, or Australia 

 4. Michael L. Printz Award  

 5. Margaret A. Edwards Award

 6. Boston Globe-Horn Book Award

 7. Cybils Award

 8. Young Reader's Choice Award

 9. Book that has been made into a movie

10. First book in a series

11. Book off of a high school reading list  (Example:  Monster, Stargirl, Book Thief)  



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Young Adult Reading Challenge
 

***Light Challenge***   Light will be reading six books in each category, for a total of eighteen books all year.  Regular will be reading a book for every category, or all thirty three books. 

 

Genre Categories

1.  Realistic Fiction  

2. Romance

3. Fantasy-The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

4. Science Fiction

5. Non-Fiction

6. Dystopia

7. Mystery 

8. Classic

9. Graphic Novel

10. Poetry (novel written in poem form or book of poetry intended for the YA audience)  

11. Horror

 

Setting/Protagonist Categories

 

1. Female protagonist

2. Male protagonist

3. Gay/Lesbian protagonist 

4. Non-human protagonist

5. Involves a family conflict

6. Takes place in a boarding school

7. Takes place in a non-industrialized country 

8. Contemporary novel that takes place in another century (Historical fiction)

9. Told from a first-person perspective

10. Told from a third-person omniscient perspective

11. Told from a third-person limited, multi-perspective viewpoint

 

 

Author/Award Categories

 

1. Work by an author you have never read before-ShiverAuthor: Maggie Stiefvater

2. Anthology

3. Author from a country other than the U.S.A., the U.K., Canada, or Australia 

4. Michael L. Printz Award

5. Margaret A. Edwards Award

6. Boston Globe-Horn Book Award

7. Cybils Award

8. Young Reader's Choice Award

9. Book that has been made into a movie

10. First book in a series

11. Book off of a high school reading list  (Example:  Monster, Stargirl, Book Thief) 

 

 



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bump!  that makes this easier to find, i think.

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Genre Categories
1.  Realistic Fiction   Dirty Little Secrets C.J Omololu
2. Romance Delirium Lauren Oliver
3. Fantasy Fire Sudy Maria V Snyder
4. Science Fiction Jekel Loves Hyde Beth Fantaskey
5. Non-Fiction Night Elie Wiesel
6. Dystopia Birthmarked Caragh M O'Brien
7. Mystery  Across the Universe Beth Revis
8. Classic   The Catcher in the Rye J.D Salinger
9. Graphic Novel Twilight -Graphic Novel Vol. 1   Stephenie Meyer / Young Kim  
10. Poetry The Day Before Lisa Schroeder
11. Horror My Soul to Steal Rachel Vincent

 

Setting/Protagonist Categories
1. Female protagonist Before I Fall Lauren Oliver
2. Male protagonist Night Runner Max Turner
3. Gay/Lesbian protagonist  Hero Perry Moore
4. Non-human protagonist Awakened  P.C Cast & Kristin Cast
5. Involves a family conflict Spell Book of Listen Taylor Jaclyn Moriarty
6. Takes place in a boarding school Anna and the French Kiss Stephanie Perkins
7. Takes place in a non-industrialized country  Sea Heidi R Kling
8. Contemporary novel that takes place in other century: Blood Magic Tessa Gratton
9. Told from a first-person perspective Saving Francesca Melina Marchetta
10. Told from a third-person omniscient perspective Generation Dead Daniel Waters
11. Told from third-person limeted, multiple perspective City of Fallen Angels Cassandra Clare 

 

Author/Award Categories
1. Work by an author you have never read before Entangled Cat Clarke
2. Anthology Kiss Me Deadly Tricia Telep 
3. Author from a country (not US,UK,Canada,Austrailia) City of the Beasts Isabel Allende
4. Michael L. Printz Award Stolen Lucy Christopher
5. Margaret A. Edwards Award A Wrinkle In Time Madeline L'Engle
6. Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Blink & Caution Tim Wynne-Jones
7. Cybils Award Jellicoe Road (2008 Nominee) Melina Marchetta
8. Young Reader's Choice Award An Abundance of Katherines John Green
9. Book that has been made into a movie Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging Louise Rennison
10. First book in a series Wither Lauren DeStefano
11. Book off of a high school reading list: (I used this list) The Shadow of the Wind Carlos Ruiz Zafón

All finished! 9-3-11



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Genre Categories

  1. Realistic Fiction  
  2. Romance    A Need So Beautiful by  Suzanne Young
  3. Fantasy
  4. Science Fiction     Across the Universe by Beth Revis 
  5. Non-Fiction   Alexis: My True Story of Being Seduced By an Online Predator by Alexis Singer
  6. Dystopia  
  7. Mystery   Shine by Lauren Myracle
  8. Classic
  9. Graphic Novel
  10. Poetry  Exposed by Kimberly Marcus
  11. Horror

Setting/Protagonist Categories

  1. Female protagonist
  2. Male protagonist
  3. Gay/Lesbian protagonist
  4. Non-human protagonist
  5. Involves a family conflict   Hannah My True Story of Drugs Cutting and Mental Illness :: Hannah Westberg
  6. Takes place in a boarding school
  7. Takes place in a non-industrialized country 
  8. Contemporary novel that takes place in another century (Historical fiction)
  9. Told from a first-person perspective
  10. Told from a third-person omniscient perspective
  11. Told from a third-person limited, multi-perspective viewpoint

Author/Award Categories

  1. Work by an author you have never read before
  2. Anthology
  3. Author from a country other than the U.S.A., the U.K., Canada, or Australia   (note:  Nothing by Janne Teller is good for this or for #4 below)
  4. Michael L. Printz Award
  5. Margaret A. Edwards Award
  6. Boston Globe-Horn Book Award     (note: have When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead)  not yet read
  7. Cybils Award                                               (Hunger Games) - not yet read
  8. Young Reader's Choice Award    (have An Abundance of Katherines by John Green)  not yet read
  9. Book that has been made into a movie
  10. First book in a series
  11. Book off of a high school reading list


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