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Keeping Up With YA: MLA Handouts 2011

This past week I presented a talk on "Keeping up with YA" for the Missouri Library Association Conference. I'm all about sharing resources with other librarians and readers, so I'm posting a copy of my handouts here on the blog. The first list is the books I booktalked, the next additional reading suggestions in each genre. These lists in no way cover everything, but are supposed to be a starting point for books to know for 2011.

Award Buzz
Billingsley, Franny. Chime. ISBN: 0803735529
King, A.S. Everybody Sees the Ants. ISBN: 0316129283
Schmidt, Gary D. Okay for Now. ISBN: 0547152604
Selznick, Brian. Wonderstruck. ISBN: 0545027896
Sepetys, Ruta. Between Shades of Gray. ISBN: 0399254129
Taylor, Laini. Daughter of Smoke and Bone. ISBN: 0316134023

Beam, Chris. I Am J. ISBN: 0316053619
Nelson, Blake. Recovery Road. ISBN: 0545107296
Marcus, Kimberly. Exposed. ISBN: 0375866930
Polisner, Gae. The Pull of Gravity. ISBN: 0374371938
Walker, Melissa. Small Town Sinners. ISBN: 1599905272
Wealer, Sara Bennett. Rival. ISBN: 0061827622
Various. Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories. ISBN: 0062060988

Magical Realism
Asher, Jay & Mackler, Carolyn. The Future of Us. ISBN: 1595144919
Hodkin, Michelle. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. ISBN: 1442421762
Martin, C. K. Kelly. My Beating Teenage Heart. ISBN: 0375868550
Suma, Nova Ren. Imaginary Girls. ISBN: 0525423389

Angleberger, Tom. Darth Paper Strikes Back. ISBN: 1419700278
Bray, Libba. Beauty Queens. ISBN: 0439895979
Harris, Carrie. Bad Taste In Boys. ISBN: 0385739680
Herbach, Geoff. Stupid Fast. ISBN: 1402256302
Schreiber, Joe. Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick. ISBN: 0547577389

Forman, Gayle. Where She Went. ISBN: 0525422943
Griffin, Paul. Stay With Me. ISBN: 0803734484
Hautman, Pete. The Big Crunch. ISBN: 0545240751
Leavitt, Lindsey. Sean Griswold’s Head. ISBN: 1599904985
Perkins, Stephanie. Lola and the Boy Next Door. ISBN: 0525423281
Sales, Leila. Past Perfect. ISBN: 1442406828

Carson, Rae. The Girl of Fire and Thorns. ISBN: 0062026488
Chima, Cinda Williams. The Gray Wolf Throne. ISBN: 1423118251
Dixon, Heather. Entwined. ISBN: 0062001035
Murdock, Catherine Gilbert. Wisdom’s Kiss. ISBN: 0547566875
Paolini, Christoher. Inheritance. ISBN: 0375856110
Ursu, Anne. Breadcrumbs. ISBN: 0062015052

Cabot, Meg. Abandon. ISBN: 0545284104
Coakley, Lena. Witchlanders. ISBN: 1442420049
Dolamore, Jaclyn. Between the Sea and Sky. ISBN: 1599904349
Fallon, Leigh. Carrier of the Mark. ISBN: 0062027875
Fitzpatrick, Becca. Silence. ISBN: 1442426640
Hawkins, Rachel. Demonglass. ISBN: 1423121317
Stiefvater, Maggie. The Scorpio Races. ISBN: 054522490X

Science Fiction
Mafi, Tahereh. Shatter Me. ISBN: 0062085484
McEntire, Myra. Hourglass. ISBN: 1606841440
Revis, Beth. Across the Universe. ISBN: 1595143971
Ryan, Amy Kathleen. Glow. ISBN: 0312590563
Sheehan, Anna. A Long, Long Sleep. ISBN: 0763652601

DeStefano, Lauren. Wither. ISBN: 1442409053
Lu, Marie. Legend. ISBN: 039925675X
McCafferty, Megan. Bumped. ISBN: 0061962740
McMann, Lisa. The Unwanteds. ISBN: 1442407689
Oliver, Lauren. Delirium. ISBN: 0062112430
Roth, Veronica. Divergent. ISBN: 0062024027
Young, Moira. Blood Red Road. ISBN: 1442429984
Zevin, Gabrielle. All These Things I’ve Done. ISBN: 0374302103

Black, Holly. Red Glove. ISBN: 144240339X
Halliday, Gemma. Deadly Cool. ISBN: 0062003313
Harrington, Kim. Clarity. ISBN: 0545230500
Hilmo, Tess. With a Name Like Love. ISBN: 0374384657
Johnson, Maureen. The Name of the Star. ISBN: 0399256601
Wells, Robison. Variant. ISBN: 0062026089

Brewer, Heather. First Kill. ISBN: 0803737416
Jones, Carrie & Wedel, Steven E. After Obsession. ISBN: 1599906813
Maberry, Jonathan. Dust & Decay. ISBN: 1442402350
McMann, Lisa. Cryer’s Cross. ISBN: 1416994815
Ness, Patrick. A Monster Calls. ISBN: 0763655597
Yancey, Rick. The Isle of Blood. ISBN: 1416984526
Yovanoff, Brenna. The Space Between. ISBN: 1595143394

Brown, Jennifer. Bitter End
Cohen, Joshua. Leverage
Elkeles, Simone. Chain Reaction
Flack, Sophie. Bunheads
Goodman, Shawn. Something Like Hope
Halpern, Julie. Don’t Stop Now
Hubbard, Kirsten. Like Mandarin
Kelly, Tara. Amplified
Keplinger, Kody. Shut Out
Littman, Sarah Darer. Want to Go Private
Martinez, Jessica. Virtuosity.
McCall, Guadalupe Garcia. Under the Mesquite
Northrop, Michael. Trapped
O’Roark Dowell, Frances. Ten Miles Past Normal
Reed, Amy. Clean
Schroeder, Lisa. The Day Before.
Sloan, Goldberg Sloan. I’ll Be There
Violi, Jen. Putting Makeup On Dead People
Wunder, Wendy. Probability of Miracles
Zarr, Sara. How to Save a Life

Fantasy & Paranormal
Childs, Tera Lynn. Sweet Venom
Cremer, Andrea. Wolfsbane
Cypess, Leah. Nightspell
Faegen, Trinity. The Mephisto Covenant
Flinn, Alex. Cloaked
Goodman, Alison. Eona
Hand, Cynthia. Unearthly
Hieber, Leanna Renee. Darker Still
Hill, C.J. Slayers
Houck,Colleen. Tiger’s Curse Jay, Stacey. Juliet Immortal
Kittredge, Caitlin. Iron Thorn
Lo, Melinda. Huntress
Mahoney, Karen. Iron Witch
Mantchev, Lisa. So Silver Bright
Okorafor Nnedi, Nnedi Akata Witch
Oliver, Lauren. Liesel & Po
Plum, Amy. Die for Me
Pon, Cindy. Fury of the Phoenix
Porter, Sarah. Lost Voices
Schwab, Victoria. The Near Witch
Willingham, Bill. Down the Mysterly River

Derting, Kimberly. Desires of the Dead
Healey, Karen. Shattering
Lee, Y.S. The Agency
Patrick, Cat. Forgotten
Strieber, Whitley. Melody Burning
Wynne-Jones, Tim. Blink & Caution.

Bick, Ilsa J. Ashes
Blake, Kendare. Anna Dressed In Blood
Griffin,Adele. Tighter
Oppel, Kenneth. This Dark Endeavor
McNeil, Gretchen. Possess
Riggs, Ransom. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Woods, Elizabeth. Choker

Science Fiction/Dystopian
Aguirre, Ann. Enclave
Clare, Cassandra. Clockwork Prince
Condie, Ally. Crossed
Grant, Sara. Dark Parties
Westerfeld, Scott. Goliath
Reeve, Phillip. Web of Air
Starmer, Aaron. The Only Ones
Various. Corsets & Clockwork: 13 Steampunk Romances
Various Steampunk!: An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories


  1. Sarah, you did an amazing job at MLA! I came home to my little library and started going through my YA collection and ordering new books. I've made it to your past two programs at MLA (2010 and 2011) and they were both awesome! Thanks for posting the list here.

  2. Thanks Rachael! If you're in Springfield for MLA next year, be sure to stop by and see my library-I'll give you a tour! And I'm glad I could help with your book orders-I love talking books!:)

  3. Thank you for sharing this list! This is great.

  4. Thanks, Sarah! It was a terrific talk (and great fun). I love the list and have been tracking down some of the books.

  5. Thanks for presenting, Sarah! You did a great job of covering so many titles and got me excited for some I haven't picked up yet. I'll definitely be sharing the list with our library staff.

  6. Thanks for sharing your lists!

  7. Thank you so much for this list! I found some books that I don't have in my library and that the kiddos would really like!

  8. I'm so honored that The Pull of Gravity made it onto your list. I didn't even know that you read it? You were one of the early bloggers I followed when I first learned about the whole YA blogger world. Means a lot to me to show up here.


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