Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Top 20 List (to tide us over)

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Don't Call Me Ishmael by Michael Gerard Bauer
Beauty Shop for Rent: ...fully equipped, inquire within by Laura Bowers
Evolution, Me, and Other Freaks of Nature by Robin Brande
Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
The One Where the Kid Nearly Jumps to His Death and Lands in California by Mary Hershey
Kissing the Bee by Kathe Koja
Schooled by Gordon Korman
Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
Tamar by Mal Peet
Red Glass by Laura Resau
Freak Show by James St. James
The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
My Mother the Cheerleader by Robert Sharenow
Safe by Susan Shaw
General Winston's Daughter by Sharon Shinn
Peak by Roland Smith
Zen and the Art of Faking It by Jordan Sonnenblick


At February 19, 2008 at 12:58 PM , Blogger Janice Heilman said...

So I haven't previously read some of the "big" name books (as most of them weren't in my group)-

So I finally just read "Evolution, Me...." and thought it was FANTASTIC. It was SO good! I'm recommending it like crazy to people. I feel like it should win but I still have a lot of other great Top 20 books to read!

But for now it's a favorite!

At February 22, 2008 at 7:01 AM , Blogger Patty said...

I'm excited! We just received confirmation from Jordan Sonnenblick as our luncheon speaker at MLA 2008! He has a new book coming out which appeals to younger readers, so I think he's a good choice! I told him he wouldn't get paid unless he makes us laugh! :)

At February 22, 2008 at 3:17 PM , Blogger Janice Heilman said...

Patty - Cool! I just selected books and authors for my Teen Community Read this summer and they are...
Peak by Roland Smith &
Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer.

the event... a blog for teens to discuss the books and the authors will participate in the blog.

It will start in June. If you want me to send you details & the link to the blog (please feel free to link to it & use it at your library if you'd like) please e-mail me to let me know: heilman@howelllibrary.org

At March 5, 2008 at 3:27 PM , Blogger Anne Keller said...

Hello. Is there another blog for the top 20 that I am missing or do we just post under the old entry of the book? Does anyone have any new favorites? I still love Ishmael, and ready to pubicly admit that I am not that crazy about Part time Indian, I know, I know, how is that possible. I am reading Peak (well listening to it) and it okay so far.

At March 6, 2008 at 10:31 AM , Blogger Karrie said...

Hey guys....

No, you're not missing anything, I'm just WAY behind on all this stuff. I promise I'll do a new individual post for each of the Top 20 this weekend.

Also, I just got the Word doc ballot a couple days ago and have been working on it; it should be ready to send out tomorrow. I'm going to give teens an extra week to submit votes; they'll be due by Friday, May 30 instead.

Thanks for your patience...

At March 7, 2008 at 9:18 AM , Blogger Anne Keller said...

No hurry, I think we are all busy reading anyway. You have done such a great job Karrie keeping everything organized and all!

At March 11, 2008 at 7:30 AM , Blogger Anne Keller said...


Are the ballots out yet? The MLA website still has 2007 ballot. When is the deadline? I got Karrie's email but accidentally deleted it. Sorry. Anne


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