I knew this year was a low reading one for me, but also thought it was going to be about 75% books read for the MA module - 'The Origins and Development of Children's Literature' - with the burst of just-for-fun in June for the 48 Hour Reading Challenge and books that squeaked in around January and once I went on holiday mid-August. But I found that a surprising number of wonderful books (written this century) had been read this year. Making list-making HARD. But it's a nice start of a new academic year kind of project all the same. So...
Best YA Books (So Far)
Gatty's Tale, by Kevin Crossley-Holland - My write-up
Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Lawson
Devilish by Maureen Johnson
Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve - My write-up
The Off Season by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Okay, I'm exhausted by the pain of the narrowing-down process (and going to have to relinquish computer in a minute or two anyway), so will mention that I left Hattie Big Sky in at the cost of Maureen Johnson's The Bermudez Triangle only because I didn't want to have two by one author on such a short list and The Bermudez Triangle is older too. (Not sure if this is supposed to be only books published in 2007 or not - but hey, if it is, I can re-jig and post another.) Still not happy about leaving Sarah Dessen's Just Listen off either. I shall go and eat, calm myself, and come back later today with a list of bests for younger readers - I think more Middle School in US terminology.