About a week ago, NPR published their list of the top 100 Young Adult (YA) books. When they did, my twitter feed exploded with tweets from various authors and literary publishers over some questions that arose from this year’s list.
For those who aren’t familiar with the list, here’s a little how it works. This year there were 235 books in the running. 100 were chosen by public voters, not a committee. Since the list is made up of books and not authors, an author can get more than one book in the top 100. Also, the list is not comprised of books from 2011-2012 only. Rather, it consists of the top 100 YA books in time. Any book that is suited for YA audiences can make it, regardless of publishing date and genre. For further clarification, don’t limit YA strictly to teen audiences, but rather for the 13-23 ish age range. The Harry Potter series took the number 1 slot followed by The Hunger Games. To Kill a Mockingbird was third. Popular authors represented are Robin McKinley, Sarah Dessen, J. R.R. Tolkien, Tamora Pierce, John Knowles, and Stephanie Meyers, to name a few.
Now, based on the list and the discussions/debates surrounding the list, I’ve developed a few questions for you, the readers. Please, leave at least 1 comment answering at least 1 question, leaving a thought, or writing a question of your own. Next week, I’ll write a follow up blog discussing the answers as well as some of my own thoughts.
1. What is the place and role of MODERN YA books? Note: the word modern as used here means books written within the past 15 years or so. This does not include books like To Kill a Mockingbird, A Separate Peace, LOTR, etc. It does include books like Harry Potter, Twilight, 13 Reasons Why, etc…
2. There has been some discussion on the fact that many of the top 100 books have a female author. Does this make a difference? Is there a reason behind it? Should/how can this change?
3. What are some pros and cons for YA books, especially modern YA books, in and out of the classroom? (Ex. PRO: Encourages reading. CON: Simplistic in style.)
Remember, comment and include at least 1 answer, thought, or question.