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Favorite Teen/Middle Grade Books 2011

cross-posted from fan LJ

Better late than never? Yeah, that's what I thought. The adult list follows.

Books are Young Adult/Teen unless marked otherwise
Series books are in alphabetical, not publication, order

YR = Young Reader/Intermediate/Tween
nth read = the whichever number of times I’ve read it
collection = all stories by one author
anthology = stories/articles by different authors
b = male lead character/theme
c = set in our current time
ed(s). = editor(s)
gn = graphic novel/comics
h = horror
hi = historical
alt hi = alternate history
nf = nonfiction
p = paranormal
f = fantasy
sf = science fiction
v = novel in verse

Mainstream YA

Tara Altobrando, DREAMLAND SOCIAL CLUB (c)
Laurie Halse Anderson, FORGE (hi, b)
Olivia Bennett, THE ALLEGRA BISCOTTI COLLECTION (c) & WHO WHAT WEAR (c)—YR (so what if they’re silly?! They’re fun and they’re about fashion!)
Esther Friesner, THREADS AND FLAMES (hi)
Nancy Garden, ENDGAME (3rd read, c, b)
Gail Giles, DARK SONG (c)
Mary Downing Hahn, STEPPING ON THE CRACKS (hi)
Eva Ibbotsen, A COUNTESS BELOW STAIRS (2nd read, hi)
John Klassen (writer & illustrator), I WANT MY HAT BACK (picture book)
Kimberly Marcus, EXPOSED (v)
Kathy Ostlere, KARMA (v, c)
Cheryl Rainfield, SCARS (c)
Trent Reedy, WORDS IN THE DUST (c, set in Afghanistan)
Todd Strasser, GIVE A BOY A GUN (3rd read, b)
Mo Willems, DON’T LET THE PIGEON STAY UP LATE! (picture book)


Pam Bachorz, DROUGHT (sf)
Paolo Bacigalupi, SHIP BREAKER (sf, b)
Beth Bernobich, FOX AND PHOENIX (f)
Kendare Blake, ANNE DRESSED IN BLOOD (h, ghost story!)
Eric Buchanan, SMALL MAGICS (f)
Meg Cabot, CODE NAME CASSANDRA & WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES (first of the 1-800-WHERE-R-U series; 2nd read)
Sarah Beth Durst, DRINK, SLAY, LOVE (para); ENCHANTED IVY (f)
Alison Goodman, EONA (f)
James Gurney, DINOTOPIA (b) (a new release)
Mary Downing Hahn, LOOK FOR ME BY MOONLIGHT (f)
Jackie Morse Kessler, HUNGER and RAGE (f)
Caitlin Kittredge, THE IRON THORN (f, a female engineer)
Sophie Littlefield, BANISHED (thriller)
Melissa Marr, THE GRAVEMINDER (c, ghost story)
Melinda Metz, GIFTED TOUCH & HAUNTED (1st of the Fingertips series, 2nd reading)
Mike Mullin, ASHFALL (sf, b)
Sharyn November, ed., FIREBIRDS RISING (2nd read, anthology)
Delia Sherman, THE FREEDOM MAZE (time travel, f)
Sarah Smith, THE OTHER SIDE OF DARK (ghost)
Maggie Stiefvater, THE SCORPIO RACES (f, b)
Patricia Wrede, ACROSS THE GREAT BARRIER (alt hi)
Moira Young, BLOOD RED ROAD (sf)


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 18th, 2012 02:34 am (UTC)
Wow, Tammy, you put me to shame
That is a whole lot of books in one year - especially with your publishing schedule!!! How long does it typically take you to read a novel? - or are you listening to them double speed? (the speed thing was semi random - i just got into listening to podcasts, and have a tendency to speed them up. But it's geeky things like Mac Power Users)

oh, and I think Mastiff should go on the list!
May. 18th, 2012 05:17 am (UTC)
I am shocked, SHOCKED that none of the Tortall books are up here! I mean, they are only some of my favorite books ever!

At the moment, I'm working my way through World War Z (which stuns me how much I'm enjoying it because I'm really not all that much of a horror fan!) and a rather good translation of the Thousand and One Arabian Nights because I was apparently having a fit of nostalgia for books I read as a child.

I still maintain my childhood awe and approval of Scheherezade being brave and clever enough to not only save herself but every woman around her just by using stories. Stories are totally the most awesome and useful thing ever.
May. 20th, 2012 08:37 am (UTC)
Oh, I've read a bunch of these.

I thought "Anna Dressed in Blood" was remarkably good. I'm pretty tough on horror/ghost stories, and I enjoyed the hell out of that one. The sequel is out this summer.
May. 23rd, 2012 03:42 pm (UTC)
I have to ask, just because I'm curious - how did you feel about how EONA stacked up to EON? I simply adored the first one, & although I enjoyed EONA, I didn't think it quite lived up to the first. I was really sad to see the amazing secondary characters kinda take a backseat in EONA, which was surprising - I really thought I'd get to know them more.
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