Monday, March 2, 2009


The cover illustration cracked me up a little. Or the crack did. But just a little.

In the YA room of a library is an interesting site to visit.


Anonymous said...

HA! Got it, Avid. Anyway, I've a rather large collection of YA books( many from the 1920's-60's )and most of 'em rare. The majority being mystery/adventure. More on this, later.

R.L. Bourges said...

Don't know Jenny Davis' work but wiki says her novel is on the AMerican Library Association's list of Top 100 banned books?! Whaa? (Now I want to read it, for sure!)

There's some Jane Austen titles in there I didn't even know existed: Emma, for e.g. I see (good ol' wiki again) Miss Austen started her novel by deciding to write about a heroine whom no-one but herself would much like.

Hm...sounds like a character I'm writing up right now.

The Empress's Tomb - I'm totally out of the loop on YA books. Someone mentioned Nancy Drew the other day. Add the Hardy Boys, Jules Vernes and la Comtesse de S├ęgur and that's about it for me.

have a good one, A R.

Marianna said...

hmmm interesting cover :-) Hope it is educating and not only...entertaining :-)

have a great week!

take care
peace and love

Anonymous said...

The first book is one I would have been dying to read at age 14, but too embarrassed to be seen even looking at it.

Barbara said...

Here's a question that arose at our recent couples book club meeting: How does a book get classified as "YA"? Our book "The Book Thief" by Zusak was quite an adult story, but was located in the YA area of most libraries.

Anonymous said...

When I requested 10 copies of 'the Book Thief' from our library for our reading group, the librarian (who obviously hadn't read it) raised an eyebrow and pointed out to me that it was a CHILDREN'S book, and was I SURE I wanted to order 10 copies?

The group had a really good discussion about it.

I'll be checking out 'teensreadtoo' because my teens don't and I am desperately trying to find a book to hook them back in!

Anonymous said...

Barbara brings up a good question in how these things are classifed. A lot of the later Nancy Drew books, I wouldn't have recommended for the 9-12 set, especially the old "Case Files" stories. But that's just one example. Or is it because the kids that DO read, are trying to grow up too fast and have the book materiel to match?

Avid Reader said...

Since I had parents who didn't believe in censorship and several older siblings who read everything they could get their hands on --I read LOTS of things that were totally inappropriate. When you're a pre-teen and reading inappropriate material a lot of it doesn't register as "a good thing to try" Growing up in a city where we had to shoo the junkies off our stoop rather than 'shoo the chickens off the porch'... I didn't experiment with drugs or have teen sex --maybe because I read about that stuff at an early age I was less curious.
And sex and drugs were everywhere -- The sheltered kids seemed to be the wildest.

Anonymous said...

I hear you Avid. And the sheltered still get a slap on the wrist, most times.

Mickey,Georgia , Tillie said...

Interesting thoughts on YA books :)
However they are classified as YA, I hope there are lots of books with good role models for the young adults.
Must check out that website now ;)

My Classic Fiction Book List -Partial List

  • Austen, Jane: (Complete Works)
  • Balzac: Cousin Bette/ Eugenie Grandet / Cousin Pons
  • Best Russian Short Stories
  • Boyle, TC: Short Works
  • Brennan, Maeve : Short Works, 1 Novella
  • Bronte, Emily, Ann, Jane (Complete Works)
  • Brookner, Anita ( Complete Works)
  • Cather, Willa (Complete Works)
  • Chekov: Short Works
  • David Copperfield (Dickens)
  • Dickens:A Tale of Two Cities
  • Dickens:Great Expectations
  • Dickens:Nicholas Nickelby
  • Dickens:Our Mutual Friend
  • Dickens:The Old Curiosity Shop
  • Doyle, Roddy (some novels, memoir)
  • Drabble, Margaret (4 Novels)
  • Drieser, Theodore (Complete Works)
  • Fitzgerald, F.Scott (Most Novels & short works)
  • Hardy, Thomas (Complete Works)
  • Hemingway, Short stories
  • Hemingway: The Old Man in the Sea
  • Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises
  • Hugo: Les Miserables/Hunchback Of ND
  • James, Henry: Daisy Miller
  • James, Henry: In The Cage
  • James, Henry: Portrait of a Lady
  • James, Henry: The Golden Bowl
  • James, Henry: What Maisy Knew
  • James, Henry: Wings of a Dove
  • James, Henry:The Ambassadors
  • James, Henry; The Bostonians
  • Kerouac: Dharma Bums
  • Kerouac: On The Road
  • Kerouac: The Subterraneans
  • Kerouac: Tristessa
  • Lardner,Ring:Short Works
  • Larsen: Quicksand
  • Lewis, Sinclair: Arrowsmith
  • Lewis, Sinclair: Free Air
  • Lewis, Sinclair: Main Street
  • Lewis, Sinclair: The Job
  • MacGill, Patrick (Complete works)
  • Mackin, Walter (novels)
  • Maupassant: Short Works, novels
  • McGahern, John (novels of)
  • McNulty, John (Short Works)
  • Norris, Frank: McTeague
  • O'Brien, Edna (3 Novels)
  • O'Donnell, Paeder : Novels of
  • O. Henry
  • Potok, Chaim (4 novels/1 non fiction)
  • Salinger, JD : Nine Stories
  • Salinger: Franny & Zooey
  • Salinger: Raise High the Roofbeams
  • Salinger: The Catcher in the Rye
  • Sinclair, Lewis: Dodsworth
  • Sinclair, Lewis: Elmer Gantry
  • Sinclair, Upton: King Coal
  • Sinclair, Upton: The Jungle
  • Steinbeck, John: Sweet Thursday
  • Steinbeck: Winter of our Discontent
  • Steinbeck: Cannery Row
  • Steinbeck: East of Eden
  • Steinbeck: The Grapes of Wrath
  • Theroux, Paul (3 Novels )
  • Toibin, Colm: (Novels of)
  • Tolstoy: Anna Karenina
  • Tolstoy: Short Works
  • Turgenev (2 novels)
  • Twain: T Sawyer, Life on the Mississippi
  • Vonnegut: Early Works (1950s-60s)
  • Wharton, Edith: Novels of/Short Stories
  • Women & Fiction (Edit. Cahill)
  • Zola, Emile ( 10 novels)