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|The Best YA-Crossover Titles of 2011 (so far):|
An SLJ Top Ten Back-To-School Adult Title "This adrenaline shot of uncut geekdom, a quest through a virtual world, is loaded with enough 1980s nostalgia to please even the most devoted John Hughes fans… sweet, self-deprecating Wade, whose universe is an odd mix of the real past and the virtual present, is the perfect lovable/unlikely hero."—Publishers Weekly, Pick of the Week
SLJ Top Ten Back-To-School Adult Title "To enter
the black-and-white-striped tents of Le Cirque des Rêves is
to enter a world where objects really do turn into birds and people
really do disappear…Debut novelist Morgenstern has written
a 19th-century flight of fancy that is, nevertheless, completely
believable. The smells, textures, sounds, and sights are almost
palpable. A literary Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, this read is completely
An SLJ Top Ten Back-To-School Adult Title "[An] almost unbearably suspenseful story of adventure and survival....as the story advances, a powerfully pervasive sense of melancholy takes hold of the reader, much as the tiger did young Jaffy, and one wonders if it will ever let go. Though Mr. Jamrach is based on a real historical figure, and Jaffy's voyage on that of the ill-fated whaler Essex, the story is entirely Birch's, and her principal characters are her own wonderful invention. She is, moreover, a brilliant stylist; reader her is like Christmas, every word being a gift to the reader." —Booklist (starred review)
SLJ Top Ten Back-To-School Adult Title "Poet Sandra
Beasley offers a memoir about living with severe allergies during
every stage of her life, including as a teen and college student.
'Despite living in a world in which just about everything seems
to want to kill her, she writes with a sense of humor that sustains
her insights and abundant research.'"
Told from a young girl's perspective, Marzena Sowa's memoir of a childhood shaped by politics feels remarkably fresh and immediate. Structured as a series of vignettes that build on one another, MARZI is a compelling and powerful coming-of-age story that portrays the harsh realities of life behind the Iron Curtain while maintaining the everyday wonders and curiosity of childhood.
SLJ Top Ten Back-To-School Adult Title �Enchanting,
ennobling, and powerfully engaging, Diffenbaugh�s artfully accomplished
debut novel lends poignant testimony to the multitude of mysteries
held in the human heart.��Booklist (starred review)
SLJ Top Ten Back-To-School Adult Title "A spectacular
mix of history and horror that expertly draws from numerous genres….Skillfully
mixing the strains of a dysfunctional family with the rising terror
of the supernatural, Grant has produced a mesmerizing page-turner
that brilliant depicts the claustrophobic fear of a young woman
grappling with the deadly secrets of the forest and the demonic
nightmare lurking within."—Publishers Weekly
Geographic, and New York Times bestselling author Caroline
Alexander, reveal the crucible of England's creation--the mysterious
Dark Ages--through a fascinating tale of war, religion, and an unprecedented
hoard of golden artifacts that promise to shed new light on the
Anglo Saxons in England.