From Joan Kaywell, of the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (aka: ALAN):
"Hi Fellow YA Lovers,
Every decade, Dr. Ted Hipple would ask YA enthusiasts, what their favorite YA books were for the last decade. He would compile the list and publish the results in THE ALAN REVIEW. Given that he was my mentor, I figured I'd follow the tradition. So, here's my request:
Please e-mail me at kaywell AT usf DOT edu your response to this question:
In your opinion, what are the 10 best YA books published between 1999 and 2009 with 1 being your favorite and so on? Please list title and author and identify your primary role in how you made your selections as (choose only one) either a secondary teacher, a university professor, an author, a media specialist, or a parent.
When Ted asked me for my recommendations for 1990-1999, this is how it looked:
TOP TEN NOVELS OF THE 90'S (Joan F. Kaywell, university professor)
1. Ironman by Chris Crutcher (1995)
2. Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher (1993)
3. The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis (1995)
4. Good Moon Rising by Nancy Garden (1996)
5. Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey by Margaret Peterson Haddix (1996)
6. Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse (1997)
7. All But My Life by Gerda Weissmann Klein (1995 in paper, 1957)
8. Push by Saphire (1996)
9. When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago (1993)
10. Make Lemonade by Virgina Euwer Wolff (1993)
The deadline for your nominations to be included is April 15, 2010.
I would appreciate your copying, pasting, and sending my message to all YA enthusiasts you know. PLEASE only respond one time. Thanks tons. I hope to have this published in the summer 2010 issue of THE ALAN REVIEW. If you are not a member of the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE and would like to join, go to www.alan-ya.org for more information on how to become a member.
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