Richie Partington wrote a wonderful article about a group of kids from Petaluma California who travelled to San Antonio to share their observations about the books they read with the BBYA Committee. Sometimes it is easy to lose the teen perspective in all of the lists. However, anyone who has attended the BBYA sessions with kids present know that teens are quick to share their responses to the books, both positive and negative.
As a side note, the Quick Picks Committee elicits responses from reluctant readers as books are considered for nomination. If you want to see what books reluctant readers found engaging enough to read, visit the QP site: http://www.ala.org/ala/yalsa/booklistsawards/quickpicks/06qp.htm
Posted by Teri Lesesne