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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Best books for teens 2011

The Kirkus Reviews just posted their top 30 best books for teens. Talk about a freak out for me.  I try so hard to stay on top of the best of the best when it comes to YA Lit, yet I've only read 9 of the books on the list while I've never even heard of 17 books of them. Here is the first 12 on the list. Go to Kirkus Reviews for the other 18.

by Kendare Blake
by Vera Brosgol
by Mike Mullin
by Libba Bray
by Sepetys Ruta
by Larry Dane Brimner
by Tim Wynne-Jones
by Karen Blumenthal
by Steve Brezenoff
by Sophie Flack
by Franny Billingsley

This is the first 12 books on their list.  Hop over to the Kirkus Reviews Website for the full list.


  1. Between Shades of Gray is one of my favorite YA books and one I think most adults should read anyway. It's extremely educational on a segment of World War II history that I'm not sure many people are aware of. Such an incredible book from the author and I can't wait to read more from her.

    Excellent selections for your list, and I now realize I've got to add several here to my reading list this year! :)

  2. This looks like a great list of books. I have Smoke and Bone on the shelf.

  3. I haven't read any of them! My problem with all the Best Of lists at the end of the year is that I rarely read books the same year they are released - I'm always playing catch-up!

    Will have to look for some of these.



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