Saturday, January 05, 2013

The Best of 2012: Young Adult

Some of the many items [old and new] enjoyed by Burbank Public Library staff during 2012, recommended for your consideration:

It’s that time of year again when I am called to name that one book--Voilà! that I can hail as my favorite read of 2012, and once again it simply isn’t obvious to me which is my absolute number one pick. So, I’ll write about several titles that I thoroughly enjoyed, that moved me, and that continued to grow in my estimation long after I finished them, and maybe one of them will rise to the top!

My short list of favorites includes:

The Storyteller, by Antonia Michaelis
Code Name Verity, by Elizabeth Wein
Tiger Lily, by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Froi of the Exiles (part two of a series), by Melina Marchetta
Bitterblue (part three of a series), by Kristin Cashore
All five books had in common their ability to make me care deeply about the characters--enough to cry or at least get teary-eyed--and while I never thought of myself as a person who even liked a three-hankie book, something about these titles gripped me and wouldn’t let go. Three of the titles--Code Name Verity, Froi, and Bitterblue--address the ravages of war and its aftermath; The Storyteller heartbreakingly depicts the toll of sexual abuse on a family and community; while Tiger Lily is the artful narration by Peter Pan’s Tinker Bell of the tragically thwarted love between Peter and Tiger Lily.

Nope, I can’t choose between them! You can’t compare apples to oranges, and these were all distinctive books. Choose the one that suits your mood, and read, read, read!

Anarda W., young adult librarian, Buena Vista branch

NOTE: These are all books that were previously reviewed on the BPL Young Adult blog. Here are the links, if you want to know more:

For The Storyteller, reviewed by Anarda

For Tiger Lily, reviewed by Sara

For Code Name Verity, reviewed by Anarda

For Bitterblue, reviewed by Melissa

And for Froi of the Exiles, see Melissa's earlier post on this blog.

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