Thursday, January 12, 2012

We Have the Best!

Lists, lists, lists! Seems like everybody makes them, especially at year's end. Below are books in the Paideia Junior High & High School Library that have been included in one or more national "Best of 2011" lists. Most were originally published for the "Young Adult" market, but as the NPR feature noted:
young adult fiction has developed into one of the most complex and extensive genres in literature. 2011 brought us a wealth of new reads that continue to twist traditional formulas and take risks that are, by and large, paying off with wholly unique reading experiences.
The links go to the book's page in the library catalog.


The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater - Kirkus Reviews, NPR, School Library Journal (SLJ), NYTimes

Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard - SLJ

Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol (graphic novel) - SLJ, Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (BBCC)

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor - NYTimes, SLJ, Kirkus, BBCC, Publisher's Weekly (PW)

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake - Kirkus, NPR

Chime by Franny Billingsley - National Book Award Finalist, Kirkus, SLJ, PW

Delirium by Lauren Oliver - NPR, SLJ, Kirkus

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness - PW, Kirkus, SLJ, NYTimes

Blind Sight by Meg Howry - SLJ, Nancy Pearl/NPR

The Queen of Water by Laura Resau - SLJ

Vietnamerica: A Family's Story by GB Tran (graphic novel) - SLJ

Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding - SLJ

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick - PW, Kirkus, NYTimes, SLJ, Washington Post

When She Woke by Hillary Jordan (a college classmate :-) - SLJ, Booklist

The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern - Booklist, Washington Post, Library Journal

In Zanesville by Jo Ann Beard - People Magazine, Nancy Pearl/NPR


Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson - NPR

Witches: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem by Rosalyn Schanzer - SLJ

Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy by Albert Marrin - National Book Award Finalist, SLJ, PW

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