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Hot Paperbacks for Teens aka “Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults”. What is this all about?. YALSA Committee 4 themes selected each year Nominations accepted from the field Youth Participation. Why use this list?. Annotated

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Hot Paperbacks for Teensaka“Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults”

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What is this all about?

  • YALSA Committee

  • 4 themes selected each year

  • Nominations accepted from the field

  • Youth Participation

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Why use this list?

  • Annotated

  • Easy to use- available on Internet

  • Free

  • Great for ordering

  • Quick & Easy Readers’ Advisory

  • Titles already read and grouped together by LST’s

  • Variety- reading level, age of characters, interest, format, age of titles

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How do I use these lists?

  • Bookmarks

  • Book Talks

  • Displays

  • Ordering

  • Programs

  • Readers’ Advisory

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2002 Lists

  • Flights of Fantasy

  • Lock it, Lick it, Click it: Diaries, Letters and Email

  • This Small World: a Glimpse of Many Cultures

  • I’ve Got a Secret

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Flights of Fantasy:Beyond Harry and Frodo

is a list born of love, created by fantasy enthusiasts. Readers will find a selection of titles, including classics and some unexpected surprises.

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Lost Years of Merlin

T.A. Barron

On a Pale HorseAnthony Piers

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War for the OaksEmma Bull

The Wizard's Tale

Kurt Busiek

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Seventh SonOrson ScottCard

Artemis Fowl

Eoin Colfer

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So you Want to Be a Wizard

Diane Duane

Jack of KinrowanCharles de Lint

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Pawn of ProphecyDavid Eddings


Neil Gaiman

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Howls’ Moving CastleDiana Wynne Jones

The Eye of the World

Robert Jordan

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The OathboundMercedes LAckey

A Wizard of Earthsea

Ursula K. Le Guin

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The Squire, His Knight

& His Lady

Gerald Morris

The Blue SwordRobin McKinley

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The Hounds of the Morrigan

Pat O’Shea

SabrielGarth Nix

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The DarkangelMeredith Pierce


Tamora Pierce

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The Perilous GardElizabeth Marie Pope

Carpe Jugulum

Terry Pratchett

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The Golden CompassPhilip Pullman

The Thief

Megan Turner

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Dragon’s BloodJane Yolen

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Lock it, Lick it, Click it: Diaries, Letters and Email

are stories told in the epistolary fashion. They cover a wide range of experiences, from historical to contemporary, including both the realistic and fantastic

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Mrs. Chippy’s

Last Expedition

Caroline Alexander

Go Ask AliceAnonymous

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The Black Book:

Diary of a Teenage Stud

Jonah Black

The Princess DiariesMeg Cabot

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P.S. Longer

Letter Later

Paula Danziger

Wurst Case ScenarioCatherine Clark

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The Life History of a Star

Kelly Easton

Breathing UnderwaterAlex Flinn

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The Diary of a Young GirlAnne Frank

Jazmin’s Notebook

Nikki Grimes

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Don’t You Dare Read This Mrs. DunphreyMargaret Haddix

Letters from Rifka

Karen Hesse

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Letters to Julia

Barbara Ware Holmes

Trial by “Jury” JournalKate Klise

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Last Days of SummerSteve Klueger

Wolf Tower

Tanith Lee

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The Secret Diary

of Anne Boleyn

Robin Maxwell

Letters from a Slave GirlMary E. Lyons

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Feeling Sorry for Celia

Jaclyn Moriarty

Sloppy Firsts Megan McCafferty

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Witch ChildCelia Rees

Within ReachMark Pfetzer

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Leslie’s Journal Allan Stratton

Angus, Thongs and

Full-Frontal Snogging

Louise Rennison

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Tru Confessions Janet Tashjian

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This Small World: a Glimpse of Many Cultures

These are tales of teens from across the globe, giving readers perspective and touching on the similarities we all share, the books take place in countries from Afghanistan to Siberia.

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Voices from the Field

Beth S. Atkin

Go and Come BackJoan Abelove

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Marisol and Magdalena

Veronica Chambers

The Forgotten FireAdam Bagdasarian

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Bound Feel and

Western Dress

Pang-Mei "Natasha" Chang

The BreadwinnerDeborah Ellis

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Endless Steppe Esther Hautzig

The Clay Marble

Minfong Ho

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Red Scarf GirlJi Li Jiang

The Color Of My Words

Lynn Joseph

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Ties That Bind, Ties That BreakLensey Namioka

Walk in My World

Mazer, Anne

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April and the Dragon Lady Lensey Namioka

The Baboon King

Anton Quintana

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Esperanza RisingPam Munoz Ryan

Pacific Crossing

Gary Soto

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HaveliSuzanne Fisher Staples

Shiva’s Fire

Suzanne Fisher Staples

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First They Killed My Father Loung Ung


Vineeta Vijayaraghavan

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The Friends

Kazumi Yumoto

Name Me Nobody Lois-Ann Yamanaka

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I’ve Got a Secret

Who isn’t curious about the secrets of others, or doesn’t have a secret or two of their own?

Teens will be captivated and inspired by the strength shown in the characters they meet in these books.

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Counterfeit Son Elaine Marie Alphin


Laurie Halse Anderson

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Eve Bunting

The Folk KeeperFranny Billingsley

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ShadowlandJenny Carroll

Driver’s Ed

Caroline B. Cooney

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FadeRobert Cormier

The Wanderer

Sharon Creech

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The Night I Disappeared Julia Reece Deaver


Sarah Dessen

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Eight SecondsJean Ferris

Split Image

Mel Glenn

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Anthony Horowitz

Among the HiddenMargaret Haddix

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M.E. Kerr

HeavenAngela Johnson

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Silent to the BoneE.L. Konigsburg

Swallowing Stones

Joyce MacDonald

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Night FlyingRita Murphy

Jade Green

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

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Hidden SecretsDavid Owens

The Dark Side of Nowhere

Neal Shusterman

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Rising Stars Michael J. Straczynski

Killer’s Cousin

Nancy Werlin

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Briar Rose – Jane Yolen