Sunday, January 24, 2010

Unsung YA

Taking a page from YAnnabe and others, some favorite overlooked YA. Follow the link to see other bloggers' far more detailed lists.

Diary of a Chav, Grace Dent
Climbing the Stairs, Padma Venkatraman
Gamma Glamma, Kim Flores
Fact of Life #31, Denise Vega
The Kayla Chronicles, Sherri Winston
The Primrose Way, Jackie French Koller
Not a Swan, Michelle Magorian
Trouble, Gary Schmidt
The Seventh Raven, Peter Dickinson
The Pistachio Prescription, Paula Danziger
The Brightest Light, Colleen O'Shaughnessy McKenna
The Dancing Meteorite, Anne Mason
Sister to the Wolf, Maxine Trottier
In Lane Three, Alex Archer, Tessa Duder
Children of the River, Linda Crew
The Amethyst Road, Louise Spiegler
Just Jane, William Lavender
Tomorrow, the River, Dianne Gray
Jim Thorpe, Original All-American, Joseph Bruchac
Who's Your Daddy?, Lynda Sandoval
Honey Blonde Chica, Michele Serros
Looking for Alibrandi, Melina Marchetta
Carpe Diem, Autumn Cornwell

12 comments:

susan said...

I liked Kayla ok. Wanted to like it more. Will have to check out your recommendations.

Anastasia said...

Have I heard of any of these No. Do I want to read at least five of them? Yes! :D

Kelly said...

Wow, a ton of titles I haven't heard of yet! Thanks for joining in with your list. :)

Melissa Walker said...

All new to me too!

Erin said...

Oh my goodness, someone else who loves both _Not a Swan_ and _In Lane Three, Alex Archer_! I love Michelle Magorian and Tessa Duder so much that I've ordered other books of theirs directly from the UK and NZ.

Sarah Rettger said...

I've felt that way about a lot of books, Susan.

I'm sure I'll have the same reaction when I go through everyone else's lists - so far I haven't had a chance to do more than bookmark them for future reading.

Erin, I had to order Songs for Alex from Canada because it was never released in the US, and I *had* to find out what happened. My local library gets all the credit for introducing me to Duder and Magorian in the first place. (along with my middle school quasi-memorization of My Sister Sif!)

Erin said...

Yea, I'm the same way--I read Duder and Magorian in my local library first.

And I also loved My Sister Sif!

Which, btw, is why the new library trend for hyper-assertive weeding upsets me. Yes, it probably does improve overall circulation, but how are nerdy kids going to discover obscure out-of-print books (and become the people who agitate for them to be brought back into print) if libraries don't have them?

I know it probably makes me a bad librarian that I feel this way, but what the hell--I never actually went to library school anyway.

Anonymous said...

Looking for Alibrandi, Melina Marchetta

Loved this! Movie wasn't too bad either. Also loved 'Finnikan of the Rock'.

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Susan T. said...

I've been meaning to read Honey Blonde Chica forever. Thank you for the reminder!

Kelly said...

Sarah, I'm planning a giveaway on my blog for the top 12 most obscure unsung YA picks. Not a Swan made the list, but I'm having a little bit of trouble tracking down a copy. Do you happen to have a copy you'd be willing to part with?

Sarah Rettger said...

Glad to hear it, Susan! (There's a sequel, Scandalosa, that I haven't read yet... one of these days.)

Sorry, Kelly, but I discovered it at my library. I think it's also been released under the title A Little Love Song, if that helps. (Side rant: why is so little of Michelle Magorian's work in print in the US? Come on, Harper Kids!)