In April 2009, the ALA released its new selection of 25 nominated books. Teenagers now have 25 weeks to read the 25 books and review them. Then, in October, they will vote for the top ten books of the year.
This list is excellent because it gives us a starting point for selecting the next great books we want to read. Have a look at the blurbs for these popular books HERE.
Will Stephanie Meyer be number one for a second year with her fantastic conclusion to the Twilight series - Breaking Dawn? To be honest, I can't see how any book has a fighting chance against this book. Twilight is a phenomenon and just around the time the judging will be done, the next movie will be coming out. Anyway, maybe Suzanne Collins could sneak from behind to win with her bestselling Hunger Games. If I had to choose between the two, it would be very, very difficult. Maybe another writer will surprise us. Clare hit #6 with City of Bones last year so maybe she can climb up the list with City of Ashes. Who knows? Also, I'm very curious about this book called Truancy. The 15-year-old New York student/writer (now 18), Isamu Fukui, actually has two books nominated so it must be a popular series. It will be interesting to see who makes the top ten.
THE NOMINEES ARE...
Absolutely Maybe Yee, Lisa.
Bloodline Moran, Katy
Breaking Dawn Meyer, Stephenie
City of Ashes Clare, Cassandra
Daughter of the Flames Marriott, Zoё
Eternal Smith, Cynthia Leitich
Evermore Noёl, Alyson
Flygirl Smith, Sherri L.
Geek Charming Palmer, Robin
Graceling Cashore, Kristin
Identical Hopkins, Ellen
Impossible Werlin, Nancy
Living Dead Girl Scott, Elizabeth
Melting Stones Pierce, Tamora
Paper Towns Green, John
Runemarks Harris, Joanne
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks Weingarten, Lynn
The Graveyard Book Gaiman, Neil
The Hunger Games Collins, Suzanne
The Knife of Never Letting Go Ness, Patrick..
Truancy Fukui , Isamu
Truancy: Origins Fukui , Isamu
Untamed Cast, Kristin & P.C
Wake McMann, Lisa
Wherever Nina Lies Weingarten, Lynn