Booktalks at East Side!

Huge thanks to Mr. Miller at East Side Middle School for inviting me to meet and talk with his sixth graders. (And thanks again for lunch!) Here’s a list of the books I spoke about:

Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler’s Shadow by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements

The Rag and Bone Shop by Robert Cormier

Forged by Fire by Sharon Draper

Rash by Pete Hautman

Born to Rock by Gordon Korman

Give a Boy a Gun by Todd Strasser

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

And a special note to Zack: I did not find anything definitive about the number of dogs on a sled team, but it is not unusual to have an odd number.

Thanks again for the invite–I look forward to seeing you all again soon!

Teen Top Ten Announced!

Teen readers across the country voted “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” by J.K. Rowling as their favorite book to take the #1 spot on the annual Teens’ Top Ten. The vote took place during Teen Read Week, October 15-21, 2006, and gave teens an opportunity to voice their choice of the best new young adult books.

The rest of the story (ranked in order):

2. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

3. Eldest by Christopher Paolini

4. Rebel Angels by Libba Bray

5. Peeps by Scott Westerfeld

6. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

7. Poison by Chris Wooding

8. Captain Hook: The Adventures of a Notorious Youth by J.V. Hart

9. If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where’s My Prince? by Melissa Kantor

10. Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin

Interested in being a part of the Teens’ Top Ten? Final nominations for the 2007 Teens’ Top Ten vote will be posted in April at Voting will take place during Teen Read Week October 14-20, 2007. Get reading!