Top 100 YA Books

 There are many things I think about doing, but never have the time for. BUT, since I (in all my brilliance) decided to drink a Mint Mocha Frapaccino at 4 o'clock this afternoon, despite my extreme sensitivity to caffeine, I now have time to sit and complete this list.

I've seen this going around the internet for a few weeks now. I don't remember where I first read it, but it caught my eye and made me think of all the books I've read that I loved. Some are listed below, but most are not. (Can you believe Tamora Pierce is not on this list!) I think it's safe to say this is a very subjective list since Pierce, C.S. Lewis, and Laurie Halse Anderson aren't even mentioned! Honestly, that is unheard of. I'm not even going to mention the lack of "classics" on this list. Does Lord of the Flies mean anything to the general reading public anymore?




The pretty pink books are the ones I have read. The purple ones I own but haven't read yet. =)



1. Alex Finn- Beastly
2. Alice Sebold – The Lovely Bones
3. Ally Carter – Gallagher Girls (1, 2, 3, 4)
4. Ally Condie – Matched 
5. Alyson Noel-- The Immortals (1,2,3,4,5,6)
6. Anastasia Hopcus – Shadow Hills
7. Angie Sage – Septimus Heap (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
8. Ann Brashares – The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (1, 2, 3, 4)
9. Anna Godbersen – Luxe (1, 2, 3, 4)
10. Anthony Horowitz – Alex Rider (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
11. Aprilynne Pike – Wings (1, 2, 3)
12. Becca Fitzpatrick-- Hush, Hush (1,2)
13. Brandon Mull – Fablehaven (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
14. Brian Selznick – The Invention of Hugo Cabret
15. Cassandra Clare-- The Mortal Instruments (1,2,3,4)
16. Carrie Jones – Need (1, 2, 3) 
17. Carrie Ryan – The Forest of Hands and Teeth (1, 2, 3)
18. Christopher Paolini-- Inheritance (1,2,3,4)
19. Cinda Williams Chima – The Heir Chronicles (1, 2, 3)
20. Colleen Houck – Tigers Saga (1, 2)
21. Cornelia Funke – Inkheart (1, 2, 3)
22. Ellen Hopkins – Impulse
23. Eoin Colfer – Artemis Fowl (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
24. Faraaz Kazi – Truly, Madly, Deeply
25. Frank Beddor – The Looking Glass Wars (1, 2, 3)
26. Gabrielle Zevin – Elsewhere
27. Gail Carson Levine – Fairest
28. Holly Black – Tithe (1, 2, 3)
29. J.K. Rowling-- Harry Potter (1,2,3,4,5,6,7)

30. James Dashner – The Maze Runner (1, 2)
31. James Patterson – Maximum Ride (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
32. Jay Asher-- Thirteen Reasons Why

33. Jeanne DuPrau – Books of Ember (1, 2, 3, 4)
34. Jeff Kinney – Diary of a Wimpy Kid (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
35. John Boyne – The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
36. John Green – An Abundance of Katherines
37. John Green-- Looking for Alaska

38. John Green – Paper Towns
39. Jonathan Stroud – Bartimaeus (1, 2, 3, 4)
40. Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl-- Caster Chronicles (1,2)
41. Kelley Armstrong – Darkest Powers (1, 2, 3)
42. Kristin Cashore – The Seven Kingdoms (1, 2)
43. Lauren Kate-- Fallen (1,2,3)
44. Lemony Snicket - Series of Unfortunate Events (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13)
45. Libba Bray – Gemma Doyle (1, 2, 3)
46. Lisa McMann – Dream Catcher (1, 2, 3)
47. Louise Rennison – Confessions of Georgia Nicolson (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
48. M.T. Anderson – Feed
49. Maggie Stiefvater-- The Wolves of Mercy Falls (1,2,3)

50. Margaret Peterson Haddix – Shadow Children (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
51. Maria V. Snyder – Study (1, 2, 3)
52. Markus Zusak - The Book Thief 
53. Markus Zusak – I am the Messenger
54. Mark Haddon – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
55. Mary Ting – Crossroads
56. Maureen Johnson – Little Blue Envelope (1, 2)
57. Meg Cabot – All-American Girl (1, 2)
58. Meg Cabot – The Mediator (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
59. Meg Cabot – The Princess Diaries (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
60. Meg Rosoff – How I live now
61. Megan McCafferty – Jessica Darling (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
62. Megan Whalen Turner – The Queen’s Thief (1, 2, 3, 4)
63. Melina Marchetta-- On the Jellicoe Road

64. Melissa de la Cruz – Blue Bloods (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
65. Melissa Marr – Wicked Lovely (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
66. Michael Grant – Gone (1, 2, 3, 4)
67. Nancy Farmer – The House of the Scorpion
68. Neal Shusterman – Unwind
69. Neil Gaiman – Coraline
70. Neil Gaiman – Stardust
71. Neil Gaiman – The Graveyard Book
72. P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast – House of Night (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 )
73. Philip Pullman-- His Dark Materials (1,2,3)
74. Rachel Caine – The Morganville Vampires (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
75. Rachel Cohn & David Levithan – Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist
76. Richelle Mead – Vampire Academy (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
77. Rick Riordan – Percy Jackson and the Olympians (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
78. Rom LcO’Feer – Somewhere carnal over 40 winks
79. S.L. Naeole – Grace (1, 2, 3, 4)
80. Sabrina Bryan & Julia DeVillers – Princess of Gossip
81. Sarah Dessen – Along for the Ride
82. Sarah Dessen-- Lock and Key
83. Sarah Dessen – The Truth about Forever
84. Sara Shepard-- Pretty Little Liars (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9)
85. Scott Westerfeld - Leviathan (1, 2)
86. Scott Westerfeld - Uglies (1, 2, 3, 4) 
87. Shannon Hale – Books of a Thousand Days
88. Shannon Hale – Princess Academy
89. Shannon Hale – The Books of Bayern (1, 2, 3, 4)
90. Sherman Alexie & Ellen Forney – The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
91. Simone Elkeles – Perfect Chemistry (1, 2, 3)
92. Stephenie Meyer – The Host
93. Stephenie Meyer-- Twilight Saga (1,2,3,4)

94. Sue Monk Kidd – The Secret Life of Bees
95. Susan Beth Pfeffer – Last Survivors (1, 2, 3)
96. Suzanne Collins – Hunger Games (1, 2, 3)
97. Suzanne Collins – Underland Chronicles (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
98. Terry Pratchett – Tiffany Aching (1, 2, 3, 4)
99. Tonya Hurley – Ghost Girl (1, 2, 3)
100. Wendelin Van Draanen – Flipped

I still think the classics need to be represented here. I'm including my own additions to this list:

101. Laurie Halse Anderson-- Speak
102. Laurie Halse Anderson-- Twisted
103. Laurie Halse Anderson-- Wintergirls
104. Tamora Pierce-- Protector of the Small (1,2,3,4) 
105. C.S. Lewis-- Chronicles of Narnia (1,2,3,4,5,6,7)
106. R Golding-- Lord of the Flies 
107. Gail Carson Levine-- Fairest 
108. Go Ask Alice 
109. Gary Soto-- Buried Onions 
110. Alex Finn-- Breathing Underwater 
111. Chris Crutcher-- Inexcusable


Winner: Back to the Books Giveaway




A huge thank you for all that participated in the Back to the Books giveaway hop hosted by I'm a Reader, Not a Writer. There were SO many entries! It took me several HOURS to enter the giveaways (and I didn't enter them all).

It's time to announce the winner of my giveaway (drum roll please)....


Danah
(she has been contacted)

HOORAY! I hope you enjoy your ARC copies of Tempest Rising and Wereworld.

If you didn't win, fret not! I've decided to host another giveaway next month in honor of the new Rick Riordan release: Son of Neptune. So, for all those Percy Jackson fans (or lovers of Greek and Roman mythology), check back in October!


In My Mailbox (20)




In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren to highlight all the books we have bought, borrowed, received, or downloaded during the week. 


Things have been pretty slow around here since school has started up again. All my extra time and money has gone to getting my classroom up and going. And let me just say, middle schoolers are very time consuming! 

I did manage to grab a few books over the last two weeks. 

Bought

FallenThe Hunger Games


Next week my IMM should be EPIC. I just placed a gigantic order with Scholastic to restock my classroom library. Hope those come in soon.


Review: The Odd Job Squad (Karl Fields)

The Odd Job Squad
Karl Fields


Product Details: 
Reading Level: Middle Grades
Pages: 238
Publisher: CreateSpace (June 14, 2011)
ISBN: 1463537891
Source: a book from the author in exchange for an honest review

The Odd Job SquadThe best way to get even is to get Odd... Thirteen-year-old Ander Cartwright is an expert on two subjects: fortune cookies and payback. Especially payback. When he’s not struggling with algebra, Ander leads an anonymous revenge club that operates within the walls of Marina Middle School. Got a beef with a classmate? Email Ander’s crew and, if your case if legit, they’ll get even on your behalf. It’s not easy to right wrongs and fly under the radar at the same time. That’s why Ander developed three simple rules designed to help him and his friends stay incognito. But when Ander spots the opportunity to settle a score of his own, he ignores the rules, setting off a chain of events that threatens to blow his cover, and it’ll take all the butt-kicking, detention-dodging skill the guys can muster to keep a lid on their secret.

I finally finished this book! Hooray! Starting another school year has been busier and more hectic than I thought it would be, which has put a major damper on my reading for fun. The Odd Job Squad is a middle grades book set in your typical middle school. There are nerdy characters, jocks, vicious socialites in the making, and bullies. Your average middle school population.

I really thought this one was pretty cute. Not fluffy marshmallow and pink bunny kind of cute, but a good clean MG read. There was enough suspense to keep the pages turning. Unlike most MG books, there isn't an overwhelming sense of good overcoming evil. Yes, the Odd Job Squad is all about settling the score for the underdog, but some scores aren't really settled. There were several layers that added to this story that really made it better than the typical fluff read.

The characters weren't overly developed. Ander and Shooter are the more developed off the group. Ander moves from an immature, self-absorbed 8th grader to someone that thinks of others before himself. Shooter is a little more complicated. The reader doesn't get much of a sense of what she was like before the story actually begins, so it's safe to assume we meet her in the middle of her transformation. She has serious life issues that cause her to reflect on her life and the role her friends play in it. It's a pretty deep event for a MG book, but it is handled with delicacy that I think most kids will be able to relate with. If you're expecting a deep, complicated set of characters, you aren't going to find it in The Odd Job Squad. But then again, I haven't found too many MG books that have complicated characters.

The plot was fast paced. It starts off with one of the "getting even" events and keeps going from there. There is plenty to keep a younger reader interested. I honestly (I hate to admit this) did not see one of the events coming in the book. It caught me completely off guard. That's a major plus for this story because I'm really good at guessing plots. The conflict with Stacia (antagonist) is well developed. She is diabolical and the epitome of what I hated in middle school. I knew my own Stacia.   I think young readers will be able to relate to this conflict (and the desire to get even) very well! As an adult, I was able to relate. 

Currently, I'm reading Alan Sitomer's Nerd Girls aloud to my 7th grade students. They love it. It's funny, suspenseful, and full of the getting even with the bully drama that middle schoolers love. I won't let anyone borrow my copy of the book because it won't be there for our read alouds. I'm going to offer up The Odd Job Squad as an alternative. I think the kids that are enjoying Nerd Girls will enjoy The Odd Job Squad as well. I've noticed them checking out my "What I'm Reading" wall with the synopsis of this book, so it should go over well.

Middle school teachers and students would enjoy this book and should check it out. It's worth the read.

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Mythological Mondays 9/5

It's been a while since I've participated in Mythological Mondays-- an awesome weekly meme hosted by Bonnie at A Backwards Story to bring attention to all things mythology related. 


As I was surfing NetGalley for new books, I came across this little number by Esther Friesner. She is the author of the Helen of Troy books Nobody's Princess and Nobody's Prize


Spirit's Princess (Princesses of Myth)Himiko the beloved daughter of a chieftain in third century Japan has always been special. The day she was born there was a devastating earthquake, and the tribe's shamaness had an amazing vision revealing the young girl's future—one day this privledged child will be the spiritual and tribal leader over all of the tribes. Book One revolves around the events of Himiko's early teen years—her shaman lessons, friendships, contact with other tribes, and journey to save her family after a series of tragic events. Once again, Esther Friesner masterfully weaves together history, myth, and mysticism in a tale of a princess whose path is far from traditional.
I don't know much about Japanese mythology, but this one sounds good!

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