Tried and True Faves

So I’ve been thinking a LOT about Young Adult Fiction lately, probably because I’m really looking forward to the possibility of working with teens in a public library next year.  This got me thinking about what books I really loved when I was coming into my own as a reader.  I chatted up one of the YA librarians at the library yesterday, and I felt really dated inquiring about some of my old favorites.  But she did confirm that some teens are still actually reading these old-timer classics.  Anyway, I just wanted to mention some of them here for posterity:

The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death by Daniel Pinkwater 

Walter and Winston set out to rescue the inventor of the Alligatron, a computer developed from an avocado which is the world’s last defense against the space-realtors.

A Wrinkle in Time A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle 

Meg’s father mysteriously disappears after experimenting with the fifth dimension of time travel. Determined to rescue him, Meg and her friends must outwit the forces of evil on a heart-stopping journey through space and time.

Black Cauldron The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander 

Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper of Prydain, volunteers to assist in the destruction of the dreaded Black Cauldron, the chief implement of the evil powers of Arawn, lord of the Land of Death.

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YA Reading List

Yesterday I went to the absolutely fabulous Marion Public Library and one of the really helpful reference librarians recommended some YA fiction for me to read.  I’m pretty excited about the list we came up with:

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (YALSA pick)
Miracle Wimp Miracle Wimp by Eric P. Kraft
Fat Kid Rules the World Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going

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