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Leslie
I’ve been an avid reader for as long as I can remember. My mother would often find me curled up in a corner, avoiding chores with a book–or two. When I was growing up, there wasn’t a large selection of YA books. I had children’s books and adult literature to choose from. I’ve come to love YA fiction as an adult and read almost nothing else when I read for pleasure–any genre will do.
Bridget Jones for teenagers! Georgia Nicolson is laugh-out-loud funny, chronicling her coming-of-age experiences in a diary with hilarious detail. She and her friends are completely clueless about boy…
Gene Luen Yang's simple artwork and poignant writing style combine to tell the little-known story of the Chinese Boxer Rebellion in a unique and moving way. This story is violent, but Yang's gift of s…
Death Coming Up the Hill is the work of a brilliant writer, but it is not at all pretentious. Chris Crowe's lovely novel in verse gives voice in a real, stark way to the worries of a young man fa…
Russell Freedman is known for his brilliant biographies, which are both informative and accessible. Becoming Ben Franklin is another feather in Freedman's cap. The story is well-researched, …
Jacqueline Woodson's prose and Emily Dickinson's poetry blend perfectly in this beautiful, sweet story of hope, friendship, and family. Readers who enjoy thinking characters will love Frannie, who doe…
Conspiracy Girl is a quirky cause-and-effect story that will engage middle readers who loved If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Billed as a graphic novel, it's really more like an advanced pictur…
Lauren Oliver has created an intriguing new dystopian setting with Delirium. Her characters are believable, and her writing is sublime. The idea that love is a disease from which all people need …
From the moment I picked up The Chronicles of Chrestomanci I found myself wondering where Diana Wynne Jones has been all my life. As a lover of young adult fantasy, I now realize there has b…
I have very mixed feelings about this book. The artwork is fantastic, and the story is a delightful trip down memory lane. Having grown up in California myself, I loved the visual imagery and relived …
One can't help comparing Gone to Lord of the Flies (see publisher's note), but there's a lot more to this exciting story than kids left alone and turning violent. Throw in a little…
Sarah Dessen masterfully weaves romance and friendship through stories of young people struggling with modern-day issues. Her writing is believable and real, without superfluous drama or angst.  …
I could not put this book down! Laini Taylor is a master storyteller--her writing is gorgeous and her plotline unique. Her characters are complex and relatable. The worlds she has created are believab…