Atta Way Matt!!! Best Book!!! Top Ten! He’s a Ten!


Hernandez and Hijuelos also were picked. Of course, Hernandez was picked. Soon it’ll be this Hernández!!!

Oh yeah, the white guy writing about Latinos won too.

2009 Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest-growing division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2009 Best Books for Young Adults selection list. The list of 86 books, drawn from 177 official nominations, is presented annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting.

The books, recommended for those ages 12-18, meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens. The list comprises a wide range of genres and styles, including contemporary realistic fiction that reflects the diversity of the teen experience, nonfiction that brings to teens an awareness of the world they live in and its history, and fantastical stories told in both narrative and graphic formats. The committee also selected a Top 10 list.

Click here to see the complete list.

Hernandez, David. Suckerpunch. HarpterTeen/HarperCollins. 2008. 978-0-06-117330-1 $16.99
The guilt that Marcus feels because he couldn’t keep his father from beating his brother Enrique compels him to go along when Enrique seeks answers – and maybe revenge.

Hijuelos, Oscar. Dark Dude. Simon & Schuster. 2008. 978-1-4169-4804-9 $16.99
Tired of taking abuse for being a light-skinned Cuban in his drug-infested Harlem neighborhood, Rico follows a friend to rural Wisconsin, where he struggles with his Latino identity.

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