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23 March 2010

Best YA titles

Adele from Persnickety Snark is compiling a list of the Top 100 YA Novels of All Time. I've just agonised over my own personal Top 10 to add to the list. It was HARD, and I'm sure I've forgotten some. But here they are:
  1. Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones
  2. Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody
  3. Ready or Not by Meg Cabot
  4. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
  5. Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
  6. Mandragora by David McRobbie
  7. Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce
  8. Skellig by David Almond
  9. Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
  10. Abyssinia by Ursula Dubosarsky
I actually started with a list of 20, and getting it down to 10 felt a bit like murder. So here're the runners-up, all of which I also adore:

Del Del by Victor Kelleher
So Yesterday by Scott Westerfeld
Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Forever by Judy Blume
The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander
Space Demons by Gillian Rubenstein
Doing It by Melvin Burgess
48 Shades of Brown by Nick Earls
Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

What are yours?


Anna said...

Top 10 YA titles seems to be the theme of the moment! Mine are here:

Skellig and Space Demons were two that fell off my list.

You should email yours to Viewpoint too :)

Lucy Coats said...

Now I'm going to go and look for Mandragora, which I've never read. Thanks for that. Can't argue much with your choices, except that I'd probably include Lirael by Garth Nix and The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley somewhere in there.

There does seem to be a spring thing in the air as far as lists and voting go. I have top 2 children's book heroes being voted for at the moment at Really hope there isn't a tie at the top (there is currently!).

Lucy Coats

kate.o.d said...

space demons! what a brilliant book, that i had forgotten about...

i'm working on my list...but it's quite painful.

elena said...

we are reading the curious incident of the dog in the night-time in english and i have to say i don't like it at all, maybe because we read it at school ^^