Jellicoe Road (2006) by Melina Marchetta
Do I seriously need to tell anyone about these books? In a recent Literary Smackdown at the Keshen Goodman branch, HP beat out Twilight as the better and more enduring series. I believe the winning debaters were right.
Would You? (2008)
This was one of my first introductions to YA lit and I went in expecting very little. This book kept me up way past my bedtime, because I couldn’t possibly go to sleep without knowing what would happen to the sisters. It’s a heartbreaker and as much as I *swore* that it was not gonna make me cry, once I turned the last page I sat and bawled my eyes out.
Artemis is a great character and these books are just pure fun and entertainment. As much as I admire Artie, and as fond as I am of the Elf Captain, Holly, my favourite character would be Mulch, the super stealthy dwarf robber who tunnels through rock and dirt by gulping it in and, well, expelling it in great bursts of air!
Another strong female lead, Frankie is smarter, funnier, and way more clever than the boys she attends school with. The fun is in proving it.
A great dystopic series that comments on consumerism, our fascination with celebrity and beauty, and our growing dependence on technology and gadgets. It’s also a rollicking adventure.
Georgia consistently makes me laugh out loud in a way no book has ever managed. Her relationship with her insufferably embarrassing parents, the way she devolves into complete teenager self-focus and drama queen-ishness, and that she visits a guy who has selflessly offered his services as a practice snogger (for a small fee for his time): it’s all awesome.
Written in free verse, Porter’s book won a slew of awards for its story of a young Saskatchewan girl, badly hurt in the accident that scared her father off, and the giant of a man her mother hires from the local psychiatric hospital to help them work the farm. It’s a beautiful story of fear, anger, heartbreak, discrimination, and acceptance.