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Subject: The best Young Adult book you ever read!
Date Posted: 6/6/2008 6:33 PM ET
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What is the best YA book that you have ever read? Something you could enjoy even if you became an adult?


My Favs are:


City of Ember

The Devil's Arithmetic

Date Posted: 6/6/2008 6:48 PM ET
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The Giver by Lois Lowry

Date Posted: 6/6/2008 7:00 PM ET
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I'm going to second The Giver by Lois Lowry and add The Thief of Always by Clive Barker.

Date Posted: 6/6/2008 7:32 PM ET
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I'm going with The Giver, and now that I realize it is a young adult book, The Book Thief, which I finished last night and know it is in the top 10 books of my life!

(Oh gee, I just realized, all those books that belonged to my mother, that I read over and over well into my adulthood:
Anne of Green Gables and Anne of AvonleaThe Girl of the Limberlost.  Just David.  Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.  I'm sorry.  I just couldn't name one book.)


Date Posted: 6/6/2008 7:33 PM ET
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Hey, Phyllis, can you kind of explain what you mean by even if you became an adult?

Very funny....;)

Date Posted: 6/6/2008 10:05 PM ET
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I loved The Book Thief and Goodnight Mr. Tom, in addition to many others.

Date Posted: 6/6/2008 10:27 PM ET
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I really enjoyed the Wrinkle in Time series growing up!

Date Posted: 6/6/2008 10:50 PM ET
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Hands down, the Twilight series. I am horribly addicted. ;)

Date Posted: 6/7/2008 2:40 AM ET
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The His Dark Materials series by Phillip Pullman is probably the most complex and rich set of young adult books I've ever read. Now, they hardly seem like YA books at all...I reread them recently, and they're so interesting to think about and complex, I'm not sure how I understood them when I first read them at 13. In fact, I think I understood them better back then!

Date Posted: 6/7/2008 9:45 AM ET
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In no particular order:

The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner

Inkheart, Inkspell, and The Thief Lordby Cornelia Funke

The Squire's Tale Series by Gerald Morris

The Alosha Series by Christopher Pike

The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede

Catherine Called Birdy by Karen Cushman

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Date Posted: 6/7/2008 12:35 PM ET
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The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton.  Still one of my all-times favorites, even after all these years.

Date Posted: 6/7/2008 1:09 PM ET
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Another vote for The Giver.

Date Posted: 6/7/2008 3:16 PM ET
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although I have many favorites, and read many formative YA books, I can't tell you enough about how important the following was to me: Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books by Francesca Lia Block

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Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell.

Date Posted: 6/7/2008 7:47 PM ET
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The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen

Date Posted: 6/7/2008 8:54 PM ET
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Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Patterson (who has many great YA books to choose from), and I second the vote for The Outsiders by SE HInton.

I also remember loving The Grounding of Group 6 by Julian F Thompson, but haven't gotten around to replacing my old copy so I can re-read to see if it's as good as I remember.


Date Posted: 6/7/2008 8:55 PM ET
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Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume and Mr and Mrs Bo Jo Jones by Ann Head are two of the best ones IMO.

Date Posted: 6/7/2008 9:18 PM ET
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Megan Whalen Turner's series:  The Thief, The Queen of Attolia and The King of Attolia.

Date Posted: 6/7/2008 9:27 PM ET
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I would have to go with The Giver, The Wrinkle in Time series, and (of course) the Harry Potter series. I read all at different parts of my life, and they all had lasting meanings to me.
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The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.
Date Posted: 6/8/2008 6:54 PM ET
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The Twilight series and The Giver.

Date Posted: 6/8/2008 8:03 PM ET
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See, I would have said Harry Potter, but I think at this point Harry Potter is read by so many different ages that it can't really be considered the "young adult" book that it first was.

Date Posted: 6/8/2008 9:31 PM ET
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Yeah, "young adult" is tough.....but I'm going with:  THE WESTING GAME by Ellen Raskin, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee, the Betsy-Tacy high school and beyond books by Maud Hart Lovelace (HEAVEN TO BETSY, BETSY IN SPITE OF HERSELF, BETSY WAS A JUNIOR, BETSY AND JOE, BETSY AND THE GREAT WORLD and BETSY'S WEDDING) and the Harry Potter series (surely the later books would be considered YA?).



Edited to add - Chris, I re-read THE GROUNDING OF GROUP 6 fairly recently and it DID hold up quite well!  =)

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Date Posted: 6/9/2008 9:31 AM ET
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Also have to go with The Giver.  It's just amazingly thought-provoking.

Date Posted: 6/9/2008 1:43 PM ET
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Deathwatch by Robb White