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I read Speak in the 9th grade for English, which was interesting because I had read it for myself the previous spring.

At the moment, my favorite YA book is The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman, followed closely by All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Remarque and Fail-Safe by Eugene Burdick.

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Well the set from katie maxwell would be a good young adult book set

the year my life went down the loo

they wear what under their kilts

whats french for ewww????

taming of the dru

life love and the prusuit of hotties

that is one set she also has a goth set as well they are really cute

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I have a new favorite. I just finished reading the ARC and it's a definite keeper. It's Jacquelyn Mitchard's all we know of heaven. It's loosely based on the Taylor University crash that resulted in Whitney Cerak being mistaken for Laura Van Ryn. I couldn't put it down. It's tragic and joyful all at once.

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Tamora Pierce anything. Her works just keep getting better and better!

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I really loved The Goddess of Yesterday by Caroline Cooney.  My niece also gave me one that had me rolling, Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison (I think - I may have her name wrong). 

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I second Tamora Pierce!  I enjoy reading YA science fiction and fantasy novels. If that genre is up your alley, then I recommend the following:

Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga

James Patterson's Maximun Ride series. It's like reading a novelization of a comic book.

Crown Duel and Court Duel by Sherwood Smith

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr


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I like The Naming by Alison Croggon. It's a really amazing fantasy book about a girl who discovers she has magical powers, which seems like a pretty common premise, but it was way different and I absolutely love it. I'm first on the wishlist line for book 4, coming out December ;-)

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I love YA and have a very long list of favorite titles, authors, and series, but the best YA book I've read in the last few weeks was "Life as We Knew It' by Susan Beth Pfeiffer. It's the diary of a 16 year old girl who lives in PA and what happens when massive flooding destroys the oil refining capacity of the US. Chilling but I couldn't put it down!

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Tamora Pierce is good, but i have to say anything by Madeleine L'engle.

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My favorite is the Magic in Manhattan series by Sarah Mlynowski (okay I am counting the entire series as 1 item).  I hadn't read YA books since I was in that age bracket but because of a book ring I belong to, I tried the first book, Bras & Broomsticks, and I was hooked.  I'm so glad there will be a book 4!  Can't wait for December 2008 to come around :).  I am going to get the entire series for my keeper shelf.

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Looking for Alaska by John Green.

The Blue Girl by Charles de Lint.

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I am on book 2 of the Remnants series by K A Applegate and it is really good!  I will be saving it for my son, he will want to read it when he is older.



ETA finished it last night. It was great. I have #3 and #4 here, but they look sort of scary. Think I will wait a bit before I start the next one!


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I like Sister Chicas, although I can't remember who wrote it right now!  :)

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Charles de Lint's The Blue Girl and Waifs and Strays and Promises to Keep

Sherman Alexie's Flight and The Adventures of a Part-Time Indian

Chris Crutcher Whale Talk and Deadline and Sledding Hill and Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes

Ellen Wittlinger Zig Zag and Hard Love and Razzle Dazzle and What's in a Name

Octavia E. Butler Kindred and Parable of the Sower

That's a very long and wide list! Julia

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Date Posted: 11/6/2008 10:06 AM ET
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My all time favorite Young Adult book is a book called Say Goodnight Gracie by Julie Reece Deaver.

I read it as a teen several times. It is about a girl who wants to be an actress and her best friend a boy who wants to be like Fred Astaire. They  grew up together and had been inseperable their entire lives. They drive into the city for auditions and practices together all the time and one day he dies in a car accident on his way to pick her up.  It is a great story with some parts that make you have to stop reading so you can cry. It deals with coming of age, loss, coping, etc.

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Chris Crutcher is a new author for me. Loved Whale Talk and Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes.

Octavia E. Butler is amazing. I read Kindred, Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents. While I realize these are appropriate for teens, I was actually introduced to these works by a college professor who teaches them to college age students.

I read way too much to pick a favorite. Besides the ones above, I recommend:

When Kambia Elaine Flew In From Neptune by Lori Aurelius Williams

No Laughter Here by Rita Garcia -Wiliams

Life Is Funny by E.R. Frank

If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson

The House You Pass On the Way by Jacqueline Woodson

Every Time A Rainbow Dies by Rita Garcia-Williams

Sold by Patricia McCormick

The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexi

Born Confused by Tanuja Desai Hidier

Does My Head Look Big In This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah

Luna by Julie Anne Peters

Parrotfish by Ellen Wittlinger



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The Magic or Madness series by Justine Larbalestestier is relatively new (copyright 2007) but one of my favorite YA and a great series overall in my opinion.

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Blue Bloods by Melissa De La Cruz

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Anything by Madeleine L'Engle, Stephanie Meyer, Brian Jacques, James Patterson (Maximum Ride), Cornelia Funke

the Pendragon books, Artemis Fowl, The Inheritance Cycle, the Chronicles of Narnia, Alex Rider, and there are so many other YA books i enjoy reading!  

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One of my favorite YA authors is Kevin Brooks. I've read Black Rabbit Summer, Being, and Lucas. Candy is next on my list. His books are addicting!

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It's been a while since I was a YA, lol  but I still enjoy the books!  My favorite YA author was Ellen Emerson White and I really enjoyed her books.  My favorites of hers were " Friends For Life"  and "The President's Daughter".   

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My favorite is Frostbite by Richelle Mead

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By far the Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyers.  It is one of the very few series I have read twice. And my 16 year old boy, who had never read a book for "fun" in his life read the whole series in a week.  It got him into reading, he has been "bit by the bug"!  Thank Heavens for finding a book that made him realize that reading can be fun.  And now he even has something to talk to the girls about.  They think it is kind of cool that he can hold a conversation with them about "their favorite subjects"

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Rangers Apprentice

The Last Apprentice

The Prydan Series 

Alex Rider



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