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The Best YA Books that aren't Being Read

Thanks go out to YAnnabe's Blog for this great idea.

here is my list of some of the Great Young Adult novels in my collection that according to Librarything have very few owners.

1. Dreamland Lake by Richard Peck
Yes, Richard Peck did write books before "A Long Way from Chicago". This particular novel deals with death and our reactions to it, ranging from being fearful to being fascinated. A deep, dark read that is matter of fact and as believable today as it was 30 years ago.

2. My Little Red Book by Rachel Kauder Nalebuff
My Little Red Book is an anthology of first Period stories. Some of the entries are humorous (Hot Dog on a String, 1993; pg. 51), some are touching (The Simple Vase: Part I, 1997; pg. 71), and some are heart breaking (Blood Month, 1979; pg. 179), yet all are the true stories of girls and young women menstruating for the first time.

The editor includes a variety of experiences from the 20th and 21st centuries and different cultures, and proceeds from the sale of My Little Red Book goes to various women’s Health charities around the world.

3. Food, Girls, and other Things I Can't Have by Allen Zadoff
This story about a fat boy may not be on everyone's reading list, but it should be.
Andrew is 307 lbs and he knows it. He dreads going to school and being judged, beaten up, and ignored by girls. But this year, Sophomore Year, will be different. He will make popular friends, join the football team, and get a girlfriend. It won't be easy. He risks alienating his friends, lying to his parents, and injuring himself. In the end, is it worth it?

This young adult novel is a realistic portrayal of what it is like to be a severely overweight male teenager in high school today. The author utilizes his own memories and feelings to create a compelling story and the memorable character, Andrew Zansky.

Take a few moments and think of the under read novels you own, and maybe read a few of these.

Here is a link to YAnnabe's Blog post http://yannabe.com/2010/01/21/best-books-not-read/


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Jan. 25th, 2010 04:20 am (UTC)
Great list! I haven't heard of any of these titles. :)
Jan. 25th, 2010 04:25 am (UTC)
Great list--Love the sound of FOOD, GIRLS...
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