Musings on the Teens Top Ten

Before I post about TTT, I just wanted to remind anyone who has not done so to register for midwinter and to secure housing. I plan to come early and stay over a day or so and get to see some of Denver since most of what I get to see are the insides of the meeting halls.

Now to the TTT:

Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray
Extras by Scott Westerfeld
Before I Die by Jenny Downham
Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson

In some ways, this list is so emblematic of YA. It has books for younger teens and older ones (Wimpy Kid versus Twisted) and boys and girls and all that jazz. I am happy to see lots of fantasy here, as there has been in the past. Is this a trend? Is it holding? Is there some reason for it?

I have been speaking to various groups of teachers here in Texas lately, and when I share the TTT lists they react as if I have shown them the path to the Holy Grail. I hope more and more librarians reach out to educators and share this wealth with them.

I hope to see some of you next week in Nashville at the Symposium.

About Teri Lesesne

I am a professor of YA lit in the department of library science at SHSU in Texas. I am an active YALSA member, an author of two professional books, a blogger, and a grandmother of 6. I am on the Printz 2010 Committee and the YALS Editorial Board currently. I have also served on the QP, Edwards, and Odyssey Committees.

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