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Sunday, June 6, 2010

YALSA's Best Fiction for Young Adults Nominees for 2011

My goal for 2010 is to finish reading the titles on this list before the end of the year.  YALSA's Best Fiction for Young Adults list (formerly known as "Best Books for Young Adults"), generally recaps the best and brightest titles in young adult literature for the year.

There are several excellent additions to this year's list: Lucy Christopher's Stolen (reviewed on this blog), remains my favorite young adult title for the year; Fisher's Incarceron was stellar, as was Chima's The Demon King (who knew Chima could write such convincing high fantasy?)  I have also enjoyed Clement-Moore's The Splendor Falls (a 2009 title released too late for last year's list), and O'Brien's Birthmarked. 

There are several titles I am looking forward to: Rachel Ward's Numbers looks like an Americanized Death Note (bring it on, Ward!), and Zafon's Prince of Mist should be a treat for the senses.  Zafon's adult works, particularly In the Shadow of the Wind, endure as favorites in my personal library.  Of course, Turner's A Conspiracy of Kings should earn a spot beside its brothers on my shelf, as should Sachar's newest, The Cardturner.

All in all, 2010 is shaping up to be a good year for young adult literature, at least as far as quality is concerned.  A plethora of debut talent sits on this list, which excites chronic readers like myself.

And I think I will nominate Black's White Cat. . . her efforts and talents are above-and-beyond several of the authors already featured on this list, and she certainly deserves a nod for the complexity and fabulous execution of the novel!

All my best,