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Topic: 2016-2017 - What Are You Reading in YA?

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Subject: 2016-2017 - What Are You Reading in YA?
Date Posted: 1/1/2016 12:44 PM ET
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I'm currently listening to Wicked from the Pretty Little Liars series, just to refresh before I start the next book. I also plan to start Kiss of Deception this week. 

Date Posted: 1/3/2016 3:59 PM ET
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Just finished Winter by Marissa Meyer, Book 4 of the Lunar Chronicles.  Great book!  Just loved this series.  I hated to see it end.  Also finished Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos.  Quite good!  Worth reading.  In addition, I've read the second in the Ranger's Apprentice series:   The Burning Bridge (Ranger's Apprentice, #2).  It's filled with wonderfully developed young characters who are embarking on careers and fighting a war.  Great reading!  There are many more in the series that I intend to check out and read!  And for the classics challenge I've read the outstanding Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll.  Discovered that I didn't remember as much as I thought about this wonderful read.



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Date Posted: 1/25/2016 3:56 PM ET
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Recently finished The Book of Ivy, The Revolution of Ivy and The Guard novella from The Selection series. I think Heart of Betrayal (book #2 in Kiss of Depception) is up next. 

Date Posted: 2/3/2016 6:38 AM ET
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Looks like a good series Aerika.  Any time someone starts reading a series and keeps on it must be good.  I just stopped reading the Finishing School series.  Could hardly get through the second one and I kept feeling like I was reading the first!  Way too similar.



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Date Posted: 2/3/2016 5:21 PM ET
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Oh wow! I have the Parasol Protectorate series on my list and I want to start it soon. I've committed myself to finishing a few series before I start any new ones. My list of unfinished series is ridiculously long. 

Date Posted: 2/16/2016 7:34 AM ET
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Only one to go in Chaos Walking series.   So far so good.  Quite exciting.  I finished the Inheritance series with Inheritance 4.  Thought it could have been edited.  The author seemed to want to take care of all the characters so I felt that the ending dragged.



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Date Posted: 2/29/2016 10:51 PM ET
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Threatened : Eliot Schrefer            I just finished reading this and I loved it.  If you are an animal lover or not this book is very interesting.  I will be putting 2 more of his books on my wishlist.  Endangered  and   Rescued (Ape Quartet #3) 

Date Posted: 3/2/2016 11:29 PM ET
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The Great Wide Sea  Author: M. H. Herlong               I really enjoyed this book.

Date Posted: 3/12/2016 12:11 AM ET
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Storm Runners #3: Eruption  Author: Roland Smith           This is the last of the series of these books.  They are listed under Children's genre, but I think they fit in the YA genre, also.    I liked all 3 of the books.

Date Posted: 3/18/2016 8:43 PM ET
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It's been awhile since I've been here.  I finished the Chaos Walking series.  It was great.  I became so caught up in it that I couldn't wait until I got the next one.  And, I picked up Parsival's Page which elicted chuckle after chuckle.  I truly enjoy Gerald Morris whose take on Arthur, his knights and the squires that serve him are so entertaining.



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Date Posted: 5/9/2016 11:43 PM ET
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Skink--No Surrender: Carl Hiaasen           I really enjoy the YA books by Carl Hiaasen.

Date Posted: 5/15/2016 8:18 AM ET
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Lisa:  Haven't read much by Carl Hiaasen but he's on my list now!

Just finished The Ballad of Sir Dinadan by Gerald Morris.  I love these little stories that he writes about the Athurian era.  They are so much fun. Have been collecting them in HB for a member of our family for a couple of years but I try to read them before they go his way!  Next up is The Lioness and the Knight by Morris.



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Summer is keeping all of us busy but I managed to read A Companion to Wolves(Iskryne World, #1) by Sarah Monette and like it very much.  Put the next two in this group on my WL.   Has anyone else rad this trilogy?

Date Posted: 6/22/2016 2:05 AM ET
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Shipwreck (Island, Book 1)           Survival (Island, Bk 2)         Escape (Island, Bk 3)
Author: Gordon Korman

This trilogy is listed under Children's genre, but I think they fit for YA, also.  I liked all three of these fast reads.

Date Posted: 7/2/2016 12:11 AM ET
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Beneath  Author: Roland Smith             



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Date Posted: 7/2/2016 4:50 PM ET
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No, it should be under middle grade or teens. Young Adult is 15+, in my opinion. And it's super annoying when people clump together books like city of bones or divergent with the baby sitters club or other books meant for kids much younger.

Date Posted: 7/3/2016 5:48 PM ET
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I believe maturity level and the reading level of each person is different.  I read these books because they are fast reads and something different besides my Mystery/Thriller etc. reading.  Some of the books classified under the 4-8 and 9-12 age group, have subject matter and the reading level of my 8 year old grandchild could/would not read.  But, I do.  My 12 year old would not read some of the 9-12 age group level.

Everyone has different opinions.  What fits for one may not fit for another.

This was from the forum by another member:

I just posted a book to my shelf that came up with a reading level of ages 4 to 8.  I could possibly see this book being classified as YA, but it is definitely not at an age 4 - 8 reading level.  I didn't see reading level as one of the edit options after clicking on the Edit Book Data link.  Is there a way this information can be changed? 

From Wikipedia

Young adult fiction or young adult literature (YA)[1] is fiction written, published, or marketed to young adults between 12 and 18..

 

From  Age Levels for Children's Books - For Dummies

  • Young adult (YA) novels: Ages 12 and up or 14 and up

It's okay to veer off a year or so in either direction when assigning a target audience age range.

 

 

 

Date Posted: 7/4/2016 12:16 AM ET
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"Young adult fiction or young adult literature (YA) is fiction written, published, or marketed to young adults between 12 and 18. However, authors and readers of "young teen novels" often define it as written for those aged 15 to the early 20s."

 

I can look up pretty much ANY young adult book that has been written in the past few years and it will probably say 14 or 15+. You dont see the books you are stating might be young adult in the YA section at any bookstore. They are either in middle grade or fiction. The parameters for YA has changed drastically over the past decade since twilight. Before that there wasnt a young adult reading level. it was kids and teens. Chapter books. Nothing like what we have now. young adult books contain sex, language, drugs, rape, death, cancer, LGBTQ themes, etc. so no, YA is NOT for 12 year olds. If the child is mature, then fine. I know I was reading stephen king at 11. I am getting tired of looking up ya adult books and having chapter books come up. 

Date Posted: 7/4/2016 3:38 PM ET
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Sorry that you are tired of the PBS search options.  We all have to sift through them to find exactly what we want.

Date Posted: 7/5/2016 11:48 AM ET
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Interesting discussion.  I have a category called children/YA on my Goodreads shelf.  I try to read every YA book I give away.  Most have been requested by the young person, a friend or a parent.  When I choose them, I consider the age and maturity level as well as family values.  However, sometimes it's hard to pick a book just right for every person.  And, yes, it's great to discuss issues like this with others.

I've just finished No. 4 in the Young Apprentice series.  It's a good series for young people who like fantasy and adventure.  I think there are now twelve in the series but I only remember six when I began requesting them for a daughter's godson.



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Date Posted: 8/1/2016 10:17 PM ET
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Has anyone else read Everything, Everything by Yoon?  It's a good tale, quick to read with an interesting twist.

Date Posted: 8/4/2016 5:08 PM ET
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Theodore Boone: The Fugitive (Theodore Boone, Bk 5)John Grisham

I have read every book in this series and waiting for   The Scandal (Theodore Boone, Bk 6)



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Date Posted: 9/21/2016 8:26 AM ET
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Now into Taran Wonderer by Lloyd Alexander.  Looks like fun.  And, it was.  I need to look at the rest of this series.  Seems like I am always picking up a l book that looks interesting, read it and realize that I would like to read the rest of the series?!



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