Friday, January 20, 2012

2011 Memorable Reads: Poetry and Young Adult Fiction

Whew! I set a deadline for finishing these lists before the Youth Media Awards, and I made it. Woo hoo! Let's start with poetry:


Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku


A charming and irresistible tale of a shelter cat who finds a good home.


Every Thing On It

This posthumous work from Silverstein is hilarious, endearing, and a little outrageous--classic Silverstein.


Emma Dilemma: Big Sister Poems

Heartfelt and honest poems about the ups and downs of being a big sister. Read it. You won't be sorry.

Young Adult Fiction


Queen of Water

A unique, outstanding, and true story about indentured servitude in Ecuador.


The Lost Crown

An unforgettable read about the tragic Romanov grand duchesses. Sarah Miller creates a sympathetic portrayal of the young sisters without romanticizing the Romanovs; a tricky and admirable feat.


Between Shades of Gray

No contest. An amazing and, at times, difficult read about Stalin's persecution of the Slav population through the eyes of a 15 year old Lithuanian girl.

Monday: The Youth Media Awards! Oooh, baby!

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