Monday, July 29, 2013

Tomorrow is Paperback Book Day!: Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults

Tomorrow is Paperback Book Day, which marks the anniversary of Penguin published its first book in 1935. With a such a subject as paperbacks, this is obviously a day we need to celebrate over multiple days! Today, we'll look at some titles on the YALSA list of Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults. Every year, the committee chooses 4 topics and puts together a list of books that fit the topic, are popular with teens, and are available in paperback. Out of all the books on the list, they also choose a top 10 list. This is the Top Ten List for 2013.


Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg. This takes the classic Jane Austen story and sets in a modern elite high school, with Lizzie Bennett as the scholarship student and people looking from prom dates instead of marriage proposals.

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson. Rory starts boarding school in London when a Jack the Ripper copy cat serial killer starts his dastardly deeds. Rory's the only one who can see the prime suspect-- something that leads her into dealing wiht London's own Ghost police. The first in the Shades of London trilogy, follow it with The Madness Underneath.

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart. Disgusted by certain aspects of her elite boarding school, Frankie infiltrates the all-male Order of the Basset Hounds. Despite the fact her father and boyfriend are members, Frankie's supposed to pretend she doesn't know it exists. Instead, she makes it do her bidding without their knowledge.

Struts & Frets by Jon Skovron. If Sammy's band wins the Battle of the Bands, the prize is a recording contract. But in addition to making sure the band is ready, Sammy also has to deal with his grandfather's dementia and the fact that his best friend wants to be his girlfriend.


Drama by Raina Telgemeier. Callie loves working backstage, even when it means trying to create a world-class set on a budget of nothing. Her theater friends sometimes offer an escape from the confusing world of boys, but sometimes theater just makes boys that much more confusing.

First Crossing: Stories About Teen Immigrants edited by Donald R. Gallo. This anthology contains 11 short stories about immigrant experiences. Authors include Pam Munoz Ryan, Lensey Namioka, and David Lubar.

The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens by Brooke Hauser. THe International High School at Prospect Heights, in Brooklyn, is a school just for recent immigrants who are learning English. Hauser follows several students during their first year at the school and in the US.


Heist Society by Ally Carter. When a group of paintings is stolen, there's only one suspect, Kat's father. The only way to save him is to find the paintings and steal them back. Kat's been raised in a family of art thieves, but this time she's in charge with her own crew, and they're about to pull of the most daring heist in history. The start of a series, you'll want to read Uncommon Criminals next.

The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen. Jessica was a track star-- until she loses her leg in a bus accident. Jessica now has to figure out a life without running, while trying to navigate the world without her leg.

Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy by Bil Wright. Carlos knows he's fabulous and talented. He's excited to get a job at the Macy's makeup counter, sure he's on his way to makeup artist fame, but the competition is fiercer than he imagined.

What are your favorite paperbacks?

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1 comment:

  1. I can't believe I JUST discovered this blog...where have I been? Under a rock?


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