Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults 2003

The annotated list of 2003 Popular Paperbacks is available on the YALSA For Members Only web site. (A username and password is required to access materials on this site.)

The Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults Committee, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2003 selections finalized at the ALA Midwinter Meeting, held January 25 – 27 in Philadelphia. This year’s committee produced four lists of selected titles. This year’s lists are: Lock it, Lick it, Click it: Diaries, Letters and Email; Flights of Fantasy: Beyond Harry and Frodo; This Small World: a Glimpse of Many Cultures; and I’ve Got a Secret.

Lock it, Lick it, Click it: Diaries, Letters and Email are 25 stories told in the epistolary fashion. They cover a wide range of experiences, from historical to contemporary, including both the realistic and fantastic. Gail A. Richmond chaired this committee.

Flights of Fantasy: Beyond Harry and Frodo is a list born of love, created by a team of fantasy enthusiasts. Readers will find a great selection of 25 titles, including classics and hopefully some unexpected surprises. Chair Emily Dagg said “This list does not attempt to represent every significant author…this is a mere smattering of our favorites.”

This Small World: a Glimpse of Many Cultures are tales of teens from across the globe. Designed to give readers perspective, the 22 books on this list take place in countries from Afganistan to Siberia. Bill Stack, chair, remarked “By showing amazing variety, the list is touching on the similarities we all share.”

I’ve Got a Secret is a list created to bring out the curiosity of readers. Who isn’t curious about the secrets of others, or doesn’t have a secret or two of their own? Though dark topics abound in these 25 books, readers will be captivated and inspired by the strength shown in the characters they meet on this list. When asked for a quote, chair Tricia Suellentrop whispered, “I’d love to comment…but it’s a secret.”

Committee chair, Dawn Rutherford, had this to say about this year’s lists: “I feel confident that teens will find these lists have much to offer, whether they are seeking a temporary escape or new ways to connect to the world around them.”

The members of the 2002-2003 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults committee are: Dawn M. Rutherford, chair, Young Adult Librarian, King County Library System, Seattle, WA; Emily Dagg, Teen Library Coordinator / Senior Young Adult Librarian, Denver Public Library, Denver, CO; Rhonda Roth Glazier, Emporia State University, William Allen White Library, Emporia, KS; Jonathan Hunt, Teacher, Golden View Elementary School, San Ramon, CA; Sally Leahey, Reference/Young Adult Services Librarian, McArthur Public Library, Biddeford, ME; Gay Ann Loesch, National Board Certified Teacher-Librarian, Independence High School, Charlotte, NC; Andrea R. Milano, Youth Librarian, Multnomah County Library, Hollywood Branch Library, Portland, OR; Michael G. Pawuk, Teen Librarian, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Brooklyn Branch, Brooklyn, OH; Tom K. Reynolds, Adult/Teen Librarian, Sno-Isle Regional Library System, Edmonds Branch, Edmonds, WA; Gail A. Richmond, Library Media Teacher, Scripps Ranch High School Library San Diego, CA; Lynn M. Rutan, Macatawa Bay School, Holland, MI; Amelia J. Shelley, Laramie County Library System, Cheyenne, WY; Bill Stack, Assistant Young Adult Coordinator, Queens Borough Public Library, New York City; Tricia Suellentrop, Young Adult Librarian, Johnson County Library, Overland Park, KS; Lisa Oldoski, administrative assistant, Puyallup Public Library, Puyallup, WA.

An annotated list is available on the YALSA Member’s Only Web site. For more information, contact the YALSA office by phone at 800-545-2433 x 4390 or e-mail, yalsa@ala.org.

Lock it, Lick it, Click it: Diaries, Letters and Email

Alexander, Caroline Mrs. Chippy's Last Expedition 0-06-093261-9

Anonymous, Go Ask Alice 0-689-81785-1

Black, Jonah The Black Book: Diary of a Teenage Stud 0-06-440798-5

Cabot, Meg The Princess Diaries 0-380-81402-1

Clark, Catherine Wurst Case Scenario 0-06-447287-6

Danzinger Martin, Paula Ann M. PS Longer Letter Later 0-590-21311-3

Easton, Kelly The Life History of a Star 0-689-85270-3

Flinn, Alex Breathing Underwater 0-06-447257-4

Frank, Anne The Diary of A Young Girl 0-553-29698-1

Grimes, Nikki Jazmin's Notebook 0-14-130702-1

Haddix, Margaret Peterson Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey 0-689-81543-3

Hesse, Karen Letters from Rifka 0-14-036391-2

Holmes, Barbara Ware Letters to Julia 0-06-447215-9

Klise, Kate Trial by Journal 0-380-81672-5

Kluger, Steve Last Days of Summer 0-380-79763-1

Lee, Tanith Wolf Tower 0-14-230030-6

Lyons, Mary E. Letters from a Slave Girl 0-689-80015-0

Maxwell, Robin The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn 0-684-84969-0

McCafferty, Megan Sloppy Firsts 0-609-80790-0

Moriarty, Jaclyn Feeling Sorry for Celia 0-312-28736-4

Pfetzer, Mark Within Reach 0-14-130497-9

Rees, Celia Witch Child 0-7636-1829-2

Rennison, Louise Angus Thongs and Full-frontal Snogging 0-06-447227-2

Stratton, Allan Leslie's Journal 1-55037-664-0

Tashjian, Janet Tru Confessions 0-590-96047-4

Flights of Fantasy: Beyond Harry and Frodo

Anthony, Piers On a Pale Horse 0-345-33858-8

Barron, T.A. The Lost Years of Merlin 0-441-00668-X

Bull, Emma War for the Oaks 0-7653-0034-6

Busiek, Kurt The Wizard's Tale 1-56389-589-7

Card, Orson Scott Seventh Son 0-8125-3305-4

Colfer, Eoin Artemis Fowl 0-7868-1707-0

de Lint, Charles Jack of Kinrowan 0-312-86959-2

Duane, Diane So You Want to Be a Wizard 0-15-216250-X

Eddings, David Pawn of Prophecy 0-345-33551-1

Gaiman, Neil Stardust 0-06-093471-9

Jones, Diana Wynne Howl's Moving Castle 0-06-441034-X

Jordan, Robert Eye of the World 0-8125-1181-6

Lackey, Mercedes The Oathbound 0-88677-414-4

LeGuin, Ursula K. A Wizard of Earthsea 0-553-26250-5

McKinley, Robin Blue Sword 0-14-130975-X

Morris, Gerald Squire, His Knight, & His Lady 0-440-22885-9

Nix, Garth Sabriel 0-06-447183-7

O'Shea, Pat The Hounds of the Morrigan 0-06-447205-1

Pierce, Meredith Ann The Darkangel 0-15-201768-2

Pierce, Tamora Alanna 0-614-28945-9

Pope, Elizabeth Marie The Perilous Gard 0-618-15073-0

Pratchett, Terry Carpe Jugulum 0-06-102039-7

Pullman, Phillip Golden Compass 0-345-41335-0

Whalen Turner, Megan The Thief 0-14-038834-6

Yolen, Jane Dragon's Blood 0-15-200866-7

This Small World: a Glimpse of Many Cultures

Abelove, Joan Go and Come Back 0-14-130694-7

Atkin, S. Beth Voices from the Fields 0-316-05620-0

Bagdasarian, Adam The Forgotten Fire 0-14-130694-7

Chambers, Veronica Marisol and Magdalena 0-7868-1304-0

Chang, Pang-Mei "Natasha" Bound Feet and Western Dress 0-385-47964-6

Ellis, Deborah The Breadwinner 0-88899-416-8

Hautzig, Esther The Endless Steppe 0-06-440577-X

Ho, Minfong The Clay Marble 0-374-41229-4

Jiang, Ji-Li Red Scarf Girl 0-0644-6208-0

Joseph, Lynn The Color of My Words 0-064-47204-3

Mazer, Anne Walk in My World 0-89255-249-2

Namioka, Lensey Ties That Bind, Ties That Break 0-4404-599-3

Namioka, Lensey April and the Dragon Lady 0-440-41599-3

Quintana, Anton The Baboon King 0-440-22907-3

Ryan, Pam Munoz Esperanza Rising 0-439-12042-X

Soto, Gary Pacific Crossing 0-15-259188-5

Staples, Suzanne Fisher Haveli 0-679-86569-1

Staples, Suzanne Fisher Shiva's Fire 0-06-440979-1

Ung, Loung First They Killed My Father 0-06-093138-8

Vijayaraghavan, Vineeta Motherland 1-56947-283-1

Yamanaka, Lois-Ann Name Me Nobody 0-7868-1466-7

Yumoto, Kazumi The Friends 0-440-41446-6

I’ve Got a Secret

Alphin, Elaine Marie Counterfeit Son 0-14-230147-7

Anderson, Laurie Halse Speak 0-141-31088-X

Billingsley, Franny Folk Keeper 0-689-84461-1

Bunting, Eve Blackwater 0-06-440890-6

Carroll, Jenny Shadowland 0-671-78791-8

Cooney, Caroline B. Driver's Ed 0-440-21981-7

Cormier, Robert Fade 0-440-21091-7

Creech, Sharon The Wanderer 0-06-441032-3

Deaver, Julia Reece The Night I Disappeared 0-7434-3979-1

Dessen, Sarah Dreamland 0-14-230067-5

Ferris, Jean Eight Seconds 0-14-230121-3

Glenn, Mel Split Image 0-06-000481-9

Haddix, Margaret Peterson Among the Hidden 0-689-82475-0

Horowitz, Anthony Stormbreaker 0-698-11934-7

Johnson, Angela Heaven 0-689-82290-1

Kerr, M. E. Gentlehands 0-06-447067-9

Konigsburg, E. L. Silent to the Bone 0-689-83602-3

McDonald, Joyce Swallowing Stones 0-440-22672-4

Murphy, Rita Night Flying 0-440-22837-9

Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds Jade Green 0-689-82002-X

Owen, David Hidden Secrets 1-55297-564-9

Schusterman, Neal The Dark Side of Nowhere 0-8125-6878-8

Straczynski, J. Michael Rising Stars 1-58240-161-6

Werlin, Nancy Killer's Cousin 0-440-22751-8

Yolen, Jane Briar Rose 0-7653-4230-8