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Subject: NEED YA SUGGESTIONS FOR NEW LIBRARY
Date Posted: 1/20/2011 10:37 AM ET
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We are building a new library and I need recommendations of your favorite YA books to include.  I figured that this would be a great place to take suggestions.  We only currently have about 322 YA books so there is room for many more.  I would appreciate any suggestions.

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Date Posted: 1/20/2011 12:57 PM ET
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We have Rick Riordan & Cornelia Funke and only 1 by Garth Nix.  I will add Chris D'Lacey, Markus Zuzak and Neil Gaiman.

Thanks

Date Posted: 1/21/2011 1:16 AM ET
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I personally love the books of the Once Upon A Time Series (there are four authors, Cameron Dokey, Suzanne Weyn, Debbie Viguie (sp?), and Tracy Lynn.  I also highly recommend anything by Shannon Hale, Brandon Mull, Ally Carter, Tamora Pierce.  If you're looking for a good historical fiction author to include, check out stuff by Carolyn Meyer.  Patricia C. Wrede's Enchanted Forest Chronicles are a must.  If you have readers who like pirates check out the Jacky Faber books by LA Meyer (first one is Bloody Jack). The Vampire Academy and House of Night books are popular right now, though I haven't read them myself yet.  And make sure you have at least one copy of all the Hunger Games books.  Despite being 3 years old the first book still  has huge wait lines at my local library. 

I'll come back with more suggestions as I think of them.  Are you doing graphic novels at all? 

Date Posted: 1/21/2011 9:48 AM ET
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Thanks Alisa....I am making a list.  I wish there was an easy way to show a list of what we have...but it is too long and bulky.  I can print it to a xms? file ...but its still long.  We have copies of the Hunger Games Series. We have a few of the  House of Night series....but I will have to add Vampire Academy to the list.  This helps me so much because I know that I don't read the entire span of YA and its great to get someone elses perspective.

 

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Date Posted: 1/21/2011 11:43 AM ET
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For Sarah Dessen we have: Lock & key, Somone Like you, that Summer, The truth about forever, Just Listen, & This Lullaby any other ones?

I don't seen anything by the other authors...adding them to the list.

Thanks

Date Posted: 1/21/2011 12:16 PM ET
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Morgan Matson - Amy & Roger's Epic Detour

John Green - Will Grayson, Will Grayson, An Abundance of Katherines, Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns

Jennifer Echols - Going Too Far

Maggie Stiefvater - Shiver was really popular. It's sequel is Linger.  The third book comes out this year - Forever.  I really liked her fairy books too - Lament and Ballad

E. Lockhart - I liked The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks.  Her Ruby Oliver series is really popular, but I haven't read them yet.

James Dashner - YA series is The Maze Runner.  Has a middle grade series called The 13th Reality

Maureen Johnson - 13 Little Blue Envelopes (the sequel The Last Little Blue Envelope comes out this year), The Key to the Golden Firebird, Suite Scarlett

Melina Marchetta - Jellicoe Road, Saving Franchesca

Eoin Colfer - Artemis Fowl series (more middle grade than YA, but fun)

Danielle Joseph - Shrinking Violet

Madeleine L'Engle

Date Posted: 1/21/2011 12:51 PM ET
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Some of the classic sf/f.  Ursula Le Guin.  The City Not Long After by Pat Murphy.  The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury.  Magen Whalen Turner's trilogy.   Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause.  The Firebird anthologies.  Robin McKinley.

 

 

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Date Posted: 1/21/2011 4:33 PM ET
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Wow....you guys are keeping me busy...I'm loving this....We only have a few of these books.   Keep them coming...I am making a REALLY big spreadsheet:)

Date Posted: 1/21/2011 6:50 PM ET
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Wow Anne, you seem to have a huge budget!  I'm jealous, I work in a small library and we have next to nothing for book purchases this year, really we are scaping pennies and cancelling subscriptions.  Anyway, I highly recommend some of Jane Yolen's books, she is very prolific and has such a variety of topics, although maybe best known for the ones she does for young readers.  Her YA Devil's Arithmetic about the Holocaust is amazing, touching without being too graphic or horrific.  And, I haven't seen anyone mention Harry Potter, but maybe you already have it?  Back to the fantasy genre (my favorite) there's Diann Duane, Dianna Wynn Jones, Erin Hunter and the Septimus Heap series (forget the author right now, Angie ....something)

Enjoy the stocking-what fun it sounds!

Cheers, Margaret

Date Posted: 1/21/2011 9:33 PM ET
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I thought of a couple more...

I have a friend who's really into Pretty Little Liars right now because of the TV show.  Eva Ibboston has some great books for younger readers (which witch, secret of platform 13, etc.) but also has a series of great YA historical/romances (A Countess Below Stairs and Company of Swans are the two I can remember off the top of my head).  My brother loves the Uglies series (four books) by Scott Westerfeld. 

Also Aurelia and Academy 7, both by Anne Osterlund. 

Date Posted: 1/22/2011 1:02 AM ET
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Ida B and her plans to...  by Katherine Hannigan  This one is for the younger YA. 

And a book for the advanced readers (but still fits YA)  Watership Down.

Date Posted: 1/22/2011 8:05 AM ET
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Ha Margaret....Don't we wish.  I don't think there is a budget for the library this year.  The school just started up this year.  This is more of a wish/dream list.  We have received a ton of donations and we are trying to fill in some of the gaps.  They hired a media person to start putting the library together and we have spent a lot of time putting things together.  She asked me what we should start looking for in YA so I told her I would work on a list.  I'm going through the list as people are giving me books/authors and I'm seeing that we might have book 3 in a series but not book 1, 2 or 4.  There are also some great suggestions coming in for authors I am not familiar with.  I believe that they will definitely have some budget next year but no idea what it will be.  This is a K-12 school so we are carrying everything....but we want to concentrate on YA because that is usually where you get the least amount of donated books. Most of our books are not even library binding but we want to have stuff on the shelves and slowly over the years we look to have the library binded books.  Right now it is Scholastic bookfair money, thrift stores, yard sales & donations.

I love Jane Yolen too.  We have a few of her books in our catalog but not many so I added her to the list, I will add Angie Sage to the list.  We have the Harry Potter books.  She worked the scholastic warehouse sale and came back with boxes of books including the Harry Potters.  Thanks for the other authors I will add them.

Thanks to everyone for giving me authors names & books.  It helps us when we are out shopping.. Found a copy of RX by Tracy Lynn at the thrift store last night.....would have never picked it up if it wasn't for the list.

Date Posted: 1/22/2011 10:47 PM ET
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One thing to keep in mind for a library is to get books for boys.  The literacy rate for boys runs behind girls.  It is much harder to get boys to read.  You need books about sports and skateboarding.  Horror stories.  Robots.  Slime.  Bugs.

Website for Guys Read  Started by Jon Scieska to discuss boy's reading issues.

Guys Read Funny Business (new HB book)

Guys Write for Guys Read

Date Posted: 1/23/2011 12:41 PM ET
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Thanks Emily....thats why I am trying to go outside my norm for ideas on YA.  I know what I read....but I'm not familiar with some of the stuff they teen boys might want to read.  I've got a pretty good list going....I will check out those websites thanks.

Anne S.

Date Posted: 1/23/2011 1:40 PM ET
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I didnt see Don Calame on the list, but I would add him.  Both Swim the Fly and Beat the Band.

Date Posted: 1/24/2011 6:09 AM ET
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I added Don Calame and the other ones listed.  I really like the website about the boys reading.  Thanks for that .  I forwarded it to the media specialist.

 

Date Posted: 1/27/2011 12:21 AM ET
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Also pay attention to what the cultural breakdown of the school is.  Such as books by Gary Soto or Christopher Paul Curtis.  (Both great authors for boys.)

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Date Posted: 1/27/2011 7:04 AM ET
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Thank you for everyone who has made suggestions.  I am so excited.  Our library catalog is up.  We are still lacking in a lot of categories.  Thanks for the suggestions.  If anyone comes up with anymore, I would love to add them to my list.

 

https://cacs.follettdestiny.com/common/welcome.jsp?context=saas12_0905356

 

Anne S.

Date Posted: 1/27/2011 10:51 AM ET
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Some authors:

David Levithan

Sara Zarr

Tim Tharp

Rita Williams Garcia

Kevin Brooks

 

I'd also suggest checking out the YALSA booklists:

http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/booklistsawards/booklistsbook.cfm



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Date Posted: 1/27/2011 10:02 PM ET
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I've read all the other input so I won't list any of those, but some others I really loved last year...

Dirty Little Secrets by CJ Omololu

In A Heartbeat by Loretta Ellsworth

hush, hush and Crescendo both by Becca Fitzpatrick

Every Little Thing in the World by Nina de Gramont (FABULOUS AUTHOR)

Jekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey

ANYTHING WRITTEN BY SIMONE ELKELES

Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien

I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan

Stalker Girl by Rosemary Graham

Nevermore by Kelly Creagh

Matched by Ally Condie



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Date Posted: 1/28/2011 10:11 AM ET
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I'm surprised for boy readers no one's suggested James Patterson's two YA series:  Maximum Ride and Witch and Wizard.  There's also Anthony Horowitz's Alex Rider series, anything by Walter Dean Meyers, and M.T. Anderson's Feed.

For a more advanced reader I'd also suggest Cory Doctorow's Little Brother.  It's a great book especially for boys because it's about a teenage boy who fights the government with an X-Box.  His newest book is called For The Win and I'm assuming it's just as good, but I haven't read it yet.

You should also definitely look into David Levithan.  His book Boy Meets Boy is awesome gay lit for teens.