Thank you, YALSA! Lips Touch has been named to YALSA's Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults of 2009. Yippeeee!! (YALSA is the Young Adult Library Services Association, the YA branch of the American Library Association) As ever, I [heart] librarians:-)
The complete list is here:
Brennan, Sarah Rees. Demon's Lexicon. Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing/Margaret K. McElderry. 2009.
Griffin, Paul. The Orange Houses. Penguin/Dial Books. 2009.
Herlong, M.H. The Great Wide Sea. Penguin/Viking. 2008.
Jinks, Catherine. The Reformed Vampire Support Group. Harcourt/ Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2009.
Napoli, Donna Jo. Alligator Bayou. Random House / Knopf. 2009.
Small, David. Stitches: A Memoir. W.W. Norton & Co. 2009.
Stead, Rebecca. When You Reach Me. Random House / Wendy Lamb Books. 2009.
Stork, Francisco X. Marcelo in the Real World. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Books. 2009.
Taylor, Laini. Lips Touch: Three Times. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine. 2009.
Walker, Sally M. Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland. Lerner/Carolrhoda Books. 2009.
I've read three of those, besides my own, and haven't heard of some of them, but I am going to request them at the library and hope for some fabulosity. I've been on a bit of a book bummer lately -- you know, when you read a slew of "meh" books in a row and temporarily forget the feeling of pure reading enchantment? I need to read something awesome. Any suggestions?
Oh, and not to neglect my other new book-child, I'm very pleased that School Library Journal gave a *starred review* to the audiobook of Silksinger. Yay! I also received my German edition in the mail recently, so cool to see :-) They used Jim's cover art, so I won't post a pic here (lazy), but it's called SeidenSanger (with an oomlot over the a. I like oomlots. I wish we had them. In fact, I like the word "oomlot". A lot. I kind of want to get a pet just to name it Oomlot. I've always thought "Shwa" would be a good name for a pet too. And on its tag, you could have just an upside down 'e'? Dorky, I know. Anyway, I think it would be fun to start dressing up English with some cute accent marks. I would do it now, here, to make my point, except that I am too lazy to look up the keyboard codes. Lazy, plus I should get back to work.)
Happy weekend! I'll leave you with this very short (9 seconds) and random video of Kiefer Sutherland behaving in an un-Jack Bauer-like way: