Tue
Jul 24 2012 5:36pm

Best YA of All Time?

Someone Like You by Sarah DessenWe have a bit of a YA Crush here at H&H, so we were delighted to learn that NPR is putting together a list of the Top 100 YA Novels OF ALL TIME

The epic nomination list includes novels and series from lots of authors we’ve covered, including Sarah Dessen, John Green, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Richelle Mead, Gabrielle Zevin, J.K. Rowling, P.C. and Kristin Cast, Suzanne Collins, Cassandra Clare, Julie Kagawa, Scott Westerfeld, and more.

While we don’t dispute the inclusion of any of these on the list, it’s amazing to think of Anne of Green Gables, published in 1908, alongside today’s vampire novels. But then again, maybe Anne herself wouldn’t find it so anachronistic:

“Isn’t it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive—it’s such an interesting world. It wouldn’t be half so interesting if we knew all about everything, would it? There’d be no scope for imagination then, would there?”

We’ll be heading over to cast our votes, but tell us—what YA makes the top of your list?

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8 comments
Evangeline Holland
1. EvangelineHolland
I didn't recognize 90% of the titles...I guess the comment at NPR over some of my beloved YA novels from my youth now being classified as MG makes sense, but it's still a bit sad.

I'd add Lois Duncan, Caroline B. Cooney, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Joan Lowry Nixon, and a few others to that list.
Heather Waters (redline_)
2. redline_
@EvangelineHolland -- There are a *lot* of newer titles on there, it's true.

Lois Duncan wasn't on the list?! And aww, Caroline B. Cooney, yeah...
Jennifer Proffitt
3. JenniferProffitt
I was glad to see Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith on there. I credit that book for my love of secret admirers and the hate-turning-to-love trope that are now in every one of my favorite romance and Young Adult books.

Also, was so glad we could vote for 10 books, I don't think I could have done less than that!
Janga
4. Janga
I was surprised by how many I had read (70) given the number of recent books on the list. I found it hard to narrow my vote to ten, but I was glad they counted series as one. That definitely made it easier.
Scotmegh
5. Scotmegh
I was reallt happy to see Paul Zindel's The Pigman on there! That was an old favourite of mine :) As others said a lot of newer titles and it's a shame about Lois Duncan not being on there, I loved reading her books - Stranger with my Face was probably my favourite!
Christine Kennedy
6. ctine
It was so hard to only pick 10! I started voting and had 10 by the 'E's. Really had to think about what I considered the best. I was also glad to see series counted together. YA has really come into its own and been better defined recently, so it wasn't as surprising to me to see so many recent titles, but I was happy to see Dianna Wynne Jones, Robin McKinley, Susan Cooper, Megan Whalen Turner and Tamora Pierce on the list.
Scotmegh
7. pamelia
Cat Valente's "The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland..." is fantastic if you haven't checked it out.
I was surprised to see some "adult" books (LOTR, Dune) on the list, but then again I read those in junior high so there you go!
Janga
8. Janga
I don't think of To Kill a Mockingbird as a YA book either, but it was always the book mentioned most often when I assigned literacy autobiographies to my students. It was particularly popular with the boys.
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