My top 5 favorite Young Adult books in 2010
As Easy As Falling Off the Face of the Earth by Lynne Rae Perkins
When sixteen year old Ry heads off to camp, he gets more than he bargained for. The conductor on the train told everyone to stay on board; they would only be stopped for a short while. When Ry hops off to get better cell phone reception, the train leaves him stranded in Montana. So begins the very funny and entertaining story of Ry’s quest to return home to Indiana. If you are looking for a down to earth, heartwarming and just plain funny story, this book is for you. My favorite of the year!
Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve
Enter the world of post-apocalyptic London. Fourteen year old Fever Crumb is bald, orphaned and the only female member of the Order of Engineers. She is taught to disregard all emotion and concentrate on rational thought. When she must leave the Order to assist on a top-secret archeological dig, her adventure begins. I was pulled into Fever’s steampunk world and can’t wait to read about her further adventures. Although this book is Reeve’s prequel to his Hunger City Chronicles, you do not need to have read them first to enjoy it.
Matched by Ally Condie
Matched is the story of Cassia who lives in a perfectly ordered society. Everything is decided for her. The Society tells her what to wear, what occupation she is suited for, who she will marry and when she will die. But on Cassia’s matching day, she sees someone else’s face. Does she dare to defy authority and fall in love with someone other than her chosen mate? Matched is the first book in a trilogy and my favorite dystopian novel of the year. Would you trade your freedom of choice to live in a “perfect” society?
The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Tired of all the vampires and werewolves? Want a scary book to read in the dark of the night? It is 1943 and World War II is raging. Thirteen year old Max and his family leave London for the safety of the coast. Strange things begin to occur at the new house where the previous owner’s son died mysteriously. Part mystery and part horror, the imagery was haunting. The author’s description of the backyard graveyard where the statues appear to move and change expression was creepy!
Plain Kate by Erin Bow
An orphan girl and a talking cat! This dark fantasy is hard to define which is why I liked it so much. Young Kate lives in a deeply superstitious village where she carves wooden talisman that the townspeople believe will protect them from evil. Her father dies and leaves Kate alone and destitute. Left with no choice, she makes a bargain with a mysterious stranger to trade her shadow for her heart’s desire. This book is not for the faint of heart as many horrific things occur. You will want Kate to survive and find her place in the world. The ending left me teary-eyed.