Every year, the editor’s at School Library Journal select the books that stand out from the thousands reviewed as “having distinctive voices, singular vision, and/or innovative approaches.” Here are 10 of them, available in the CA Library collection:
CASHORE, Kristin. Graceling. Harcourt. Tr $17. ISBN 978-0-15-206396-2. LC 2007045436.
In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.
COLLINS, Suzanne. The Hunger Games. Scholastic. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-439-02348-1.
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen accidentally becomes a contender in the annual Hunger Games, a grave competition hosted by the Capitol where young boys and girls are pitted against one another in a televised fight to the death.
DOCTOROW, Cory. Little Brother. Tor. Tr $17.95. ISBN 978-0-7653-1985-2.
After being interrogated for days by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, California, seventeen-year-old Marcus, released into what is now a police state, decides to use his expertise in computer hacking to set things right.
GAIMAN, Neil. Coraline: Graphic Novel. adapt. & illus. by P. Craig Russell. HarperCollins. Tr $18.99. ISBN 978-0-06-082543-0; PLB $19.89. ISBN 978-0-06-082544-7.
Coraline ventures through a mysterious door into a world that is similar, yet disturbingly different from her own, where she must challenge a gruesome entity in order to save herself, her parents, and the souls of three others.
LOCKHART, E. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. Hyperion. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-7868-3818-9.
Frankie Landau-Banks attempts to take over a secret, all-male society at her exclusive prep school, and her antics with the group soon draw some unlikely attention and have unexpected consequences that could change her life forever.
MURDOCK, Catherine Gilbert. Princess Ben: Being a Wholly Truthful Account of Her Various Discoveries and Misadventures, Recounted to the Best of Her Recollection, in Four Parts. Houghton. Tr $16. ISBN 978-0-618-95971-6.
A girl is transformed, through instruction in life at court, determination, and magic, from sullen, pudgy, graceless Ben into Crown Princess Benevolence, a fit ruler of the kindgom of Montagne as it faces war with neighboring Drachensbett.
MYERS, Walter Dean. Sunrise Over Fallujah. Scholastic. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-439-91624-0.
Robin Perry, from Harlem, is sent to Iraq in 2003 as a member of the Civilian Affairs Battalion, and his time there profoundly changes him.
PEARSON, Mary E. The Adoration of Jenna Fox. Holt. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-0-8050-7668-4.
In the not-too-distant future, when biotechnological advances have made synthetic bodies and brains possible but illegal, a seventeen-year-old girl, recovering from a serious accident and suffering from memory lapses, learns a startling secret about her existence.
PRATCHETT, Terry. Nation. HarperCollins. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-06-143301-6; PLB $17.89. ISBN 978-0-06-143302-3.
After a devastating tsunami destroys all that they have ever known, Mau, an island boy, and Daphne, an aristocratic English girl, together with a small band of refugees, set about rebuilding their community and all the things that are important in their lives.
WERLIN, Nancy. Impossible. Dial. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-8037-3002-1.
When seventeen-year-old Lucy discovers her family is under an ancient curse by an evil Elfin Knight, she realizes to break the curse she must perform three impossible tasks before her daughter is born in order to save them both.