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So Many YA Books–How to Choose?

on December 12, 2008

I was at the bookstore yesterday and wandering through the children’s/YA section. I have to say–it was a bit overwhelming. Stacks of Twilight books (and series), and stacks of  books by authors I didn’t know, and titles I hadn’t heard too much about.

Now, don’t get me wrong, it is a very positive thing that the YA book section has exploded in the last few years–especially because I write for tweens–BUT….the problem is that with so many books…how do you know what is good? How do you know what to buy as a gift for a teen? And how do you know what to use in a classroom setting or with students?

Two of my favorite resources have just come out with their best books of 2008. Both of these resources are great to use when heading off to a bookstore or library!

Kirkus Best Teen Books 2008

School Library Journal Best Books 2008

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