Today, I'm taking parts of the School Library Journal's best of 2011 list. For the complete list, which includes picture books, middle grade fiction and nonfiction. and teen books you can find it here. Like the Kirkus Review post earlier this month, this list is culled from a journal librarians use to read reviews of books for purchasing. Unlike Kirkus, this journal focuses only on children and teen material. It's emphasis is on school libraries, not public libraries, but it is still a valuable source for teen librarians like myself!
Without further ado, here are the teen books they felt were the BEST!
Flip by Martyn Bedford
Chime by Franny Billingsley
Anya's Ghost by Vera Brogsol
Outlaw by Stephen Davies
My Name is Not Easy by Debby Dahl Edwardson
Stay with Me by Paul Griffin
Why We Broke up by Daniel Handler
Paper Covers Rock by Jennifer Hubbard
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
The Queen of Water by Laura Resau
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan
White Crow by Marcus Sedgwick
Between the Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Blink & Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones
How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr
There's only a couple more lists to go until the big booklists that are released from YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) in mid-January. FYI: the YALSA ones are my favorite lists of all.
Are you making your reading list for winter break? Try one of the above books and let us know what you think! Also, stop in one of the library branches and pick up your "What's on Your Reading Playlist" teen reading program log to win some great prizes just for reading!