YALSA Announces 2006 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults

The Young Adult Library Services Association has announced its choices for 2006 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults. Highlights include…

On the sublist of “Books That Don’t Make You Blush:” Backwater by Joan Bauer (Putnam, 2000)(author bio); Dunk by David Lubar (Clarion, 2002)(sample chapter)(author interview); and Ninjas, Piranhas, and Galileo by Greg Leitich Smith (Little Brown, 2005)(author interview)(author blog).

On the sublist of “Criminal Elements:” Nothing to Lose by Alex Flinn (HarperCollins, 2004)(author interview); The Last Chance Texaco by Brent Hartinger (HarperCollins, 2004)(author interview)(excerpt); Monster by Walter Dean Myers (HarperTempest, 2001)(excerpt); and See You Down the Road by Kim Ablon Whitney (Laurel Leaf, 2005)(recommendation).

On the sublist of “Diseases and Disorders:” Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson (Aladdin, 2002) and Double Helix by Nancy Werlin (Puffin, 2005)(author interview).

On the sublist of “GLBTQ:” Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan (Knopf, 2005)(excerpt); Keeping You A Secret by Julie Anne Peters (Megan Tingley, 2005)(author interview)(reading group guide); Luna by Julie Anne Peters (Little Brown, 2005)(author interview)(excerpt); Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez (Simon Pulse, 2003)(author interview)(author update); and The House You Pass Along the Way by Jacqueline Woodson (Puffin, 2003).

Cynsational Notes

Congratulations to all those honored, including my husband, author Greg Leitich Smith.