2007 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults

The Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults Committee, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest growing division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2007 selections finalized at the ALA Midwinter Meeting, held January 19-24 in Seattle. This year’s committee produced four lists of selected titles with the following topics: "Get Creative"; "Religion: Relationship with the Divine"; "What’s So Funny?"; and "I’m Not Making This Up: Addictive Nonfiction".

Get Creative: Committee chair Melissa Rabey says, “Creativity goes beyond a piano or a paintbrush—this list demonstrates that there is no limit on art and imagination".

Religion: Relationship with the Divine: There are many different paths that lead to a spiritual awakening; perhaps one of these will be right for you. Committee chair, Dr. Allan O’Grady Cuseo says, “An experience with the divine can certainly change your life. Whether you’ve found your path or are still searching, these books with diverse characters, formats, and insights, will surely please.

What’s So Funny?: Committee Chair Carlie Kraft Weber was unable to comment because she was too busy trying figure out why the chicken crossed the road.

I’m Not Making This Up: Addictive Nonfiction: "We don't need no stinking fiction!” says Committee Chair Marin Younkers. “Novels aren't the only stories that suck you in and take you on a journey. Read any one of these books for an eye-opening look at legends, life, history, and more.

Committee Chair, Diane Emge Colson, commented: “The unique quality of the Popular Paperbacks lists are their topical arrangement, perfect for connecting books with just the right readers. This year we have a fabulous choice of topics, with fiction ranging from the serious intimacy of religious belief to the wackiness of teen humor. We also have selected our best choices in nonfiction for young adults, and some wonderful books to inspire teen creativity.

The members of the 2006-2007 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adult Committee are: Diane Emge Colson, Chair, Alachua County Library District, Gainesville, FL; Alison Hendon, Administrative Assistant and committee member, Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, NY; Meghan L.F. Baranski, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, Topeka, KS; Karen Brooks-Reese, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh District Library Center, Pittsburgh, PA; Allan O’Grady Cuseo, Bishop Kearney High School, Rochester, NY; Elizabeth Elam, Prince Georges County Memorial Library, Hyattsville, MD; Kristin Fletcher-Spear, Foothills Branch Library, Glendale AZ; Nancy Reich, Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles, CA; Kathryn Olson, San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco, CA; Ann Perrigo, Allegan Public Library, Allegan, MI; Susan Person, Columbine Library, Littleton, CO; Melissa Rabey; Caryn Sipos, Tigard Public Library, Tigard, OR ; Carlie Kraft Webber, Bergen County Cooperative Library System, Hackensack, NJ.; J. Marin Younker, Seattle Public Library, Seattle, WA.

Get CreativeI'm Not Making This Up ,  Religion: Relationship with the Divine ,  What’s so Funny?

Get Creative
Fiction and nonfiction books to help teens tap into their creative juices.

Melissa Rabey, Chair
Karen Brooks-Reese
Diane Emge Colson
Elizabeth Elam
Kathryn Olson
Susan Person
Nancy Reich

Bang, Molly. Picture This: How Pictures Work. 2000. Seastar, $12.95. (1-58717-030-2). Creating a work of art can be as easy as using circles and triangles.

Barry, Lynda. One Hundred Demons. 2005. Sasquatch Books, $17.95. (1-57061-459-8). When you’ve got hundreds of demons, art can help you defeat them.

Carle, Megan and Jill. Teens Cook: How to Cook What You Want to Eat. 2004. Ten Speed Press, $19.95. (1-58008-584-9). Teen sisters cook it up!

Cirrone, Dorian. Dancing in Red Shoes Will Kill You. 2006. Harper Trophy, $7.99. (0-060-55703-6). Art, dance and censorship.

Frank, Hilary. Better Than Running at Night. 2002. Houghton Mifflin, $10.00. (0-618-25073-5). Freshman year at art school involves much more than line and perspective.

Gaines, Thom. Digital Photo Madness!: 50 Weird and Wacky Things to Do With Your Digital Camera. 2006. Lark, $9.95. (1-57990-624-9). Stop cutting off people’s heads!

Greenberg, Jan and Jordan, Sandra. Vincent Van Gogh: Portrait of an Artist. 2003. Yearling, $6.99. (0-440-41917-4). So why did this guy cut off his ear?

Grimes, Nikki. Bronx Masquerade. 2003. Puffin, $5.99. (0-14-250189-1). Bronx high school students discover their inner poets.

Hart, Christopher. Manga Mania: How to Draw Japanese Comics. 2001. Watson-Guptill, $19.95. (0-8230-3035-0). Learn ways to create your own manga.

Koja, Kathe. Straydog. 2004. Puffin, $5.99. (0-14-240071-8). Rachel’s writings give voice to a feral collie.

Lanier, Troy and Clay Nichols. Filmmaking for Teens: Pulling Off Your Shorts. 2005. Michael Wiese Productions, $18.95. (1-932907-04-1). A book for serious teen filmmakers but appealing to artists of all ages.

Lenhard, Elizabeth. Chicks With Sticks: It's a Purl Thing. 2006. Puffin, $6.99. (0-14-240695-3). Four girls learn how to knit, purl, and get along.

Monster Garage: How to Customize Damn Near Anything. Ed. by Lee Klancher. 2003. Motorbooks International, $19.95. (0-7603-1748-8). Make your car a work of art, inside and out.

Murillo, Kathy Cano. Crafty Chica’s Art de la Soul. 2006. HarperCollins, $19.95. (0-06-078942-5). Unleash your chica potential!

Myers, Walter Dean. Autobiography of My Dead Brother. 2006. Amistad, $6.99. (0-06-058293-6). When the pressure gets heavy, Jesse and C.J. find solace in creativity.

Nikolay, Megan. Generation T: 108 Ways to Transform a T-Shirt. 2006. Workman, $14.95. (0-7611-3785-8). Put new life in your old, boring T-shirts.

Okey, Shannon. Knitgrrl: Learn to Knit With 15 Fun and Funky Projects. 2005. Watson-Guptill, $9.95. (0-8230-2618-3). Hip knitting book for teens.

O'Neil, Dennis. The DC Comics Guide to Writing Comics. 2001. Watson-Guptill, $19.95. (0-8230-1027-9). Comic books are more than pretty pictures; learn how to make them fly.

Partridge, Elizabeth. Restless Spirit: The Life and Work of Dorothea Lange. 2001. Puffin, $11.99. (0-14-230024-1). The face of a nation reflected in the lens of her camera.

Salzman, Mark. True Notebooks: A Writer's Year at Juvenile Hall. 2004. Vintage, $13.95. (0-375-72761-2). Creative writing allows young men to look beyond the crimes they've committed.

Sonnenblick, Jordan. Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie. 2006. Scholastic, $5.99. (0-439-75520-4). When his little brother is diagnosed with leukemia, Steven copes by losing himself in his drums.

Talbot, Bryan. The Tale of One Bad Rat. 1995. Dark Horse Comics, $14.95. (1-56971-077-5). A girl and her rat escape abuse.

Todd, Mark and Watson, Esther Pearl. Whatcha Mean, What's a Zine? the Art of Making Zines and Mini-Comics. 2006. Graphia, $12.99. (0-618-56315-6). The Internet hasn't killed the printed zine.

Vitkus, Jessica. AlternaCrafts. 2005. Stewart, Tabori and Chang, $19.95. (1-58479-456-9). High-style low-budget projects.

Yazawa, Ai. Paradise Kiss, Vol. 1. 2002. Tokyopop, $9.99. (1-931514-60-7). Book smart Yukari finds her life turned upside-down when she agrees to model for fashion school students.

I'm Not Making This Up

Addictive nonfiction that's impossible to put down.

Marin Younker, Chair
Meghan L.F. Baranski
Diane Emge Colson
Kristin Fletcher-Spear
Melissa Rabey
Caryn Sipos
Carlisle Kraft Webber

Ahmedi, Farah with Ansary, Tamim. The Other Side of the Sky. 2006. Simon Spotlight, $12.95. (1-4169-1837-X). Farah lost her leg but gained her freedom.

Baskin, Julia. The Notebook Girls. 2006. Warner Books, $22.95. (0-446-57862-2). Before there was blogging, there was The Notebook.

Boese, Alex. Hippo Eats Dwarf: a Field Guide to Hoaxes and Other B.S. 2006. Harvest Books, $14.00. (0-15-603083-7). If you don’t give this book to five of your friends within three days, you’ll have bad luck for a week.

Capote, Truman. In Cold Blood. 1994. Vintage, $14.00. (0-679-74558-0). The crime that shocked a small town; the story that rocked the world.

Capuzzo, Michael. Close to Shore: The Terrifying Shark Attacks of 1916. 2002. Broadway Books, $14.95. (0-767-90414-1). The original shark tale that inspired Jaws.

Davis, James. Skateboarding is not a Crime: 50 Years of Street Culture. 2004. Firefly Books, $19.95. (1-55407-001-5). Bring your board.

Dee, Kool Moe. There’s a God on the Mic: The Fifty Greatest MCs. 2003. Thunder’s Mouth, $24.95. (1-56025-533-1). Kool Moe Dee knows it all. Do you agree?

DiClaudio, Dennis. The Hypochondriac’s Pocket Guide to Horrible Diseases You Probably Already Have. 2005. Bloomsbury, $14.95. (1-59691-061-5). Wash your hands!

Fleischman, John. Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science. 2004. Houghton Mifflin, $8.95. (0-618-49478-2). You need this book like a hole in the head.

Genat, Robert. Lowriders. 2001. Motorbooks International, $14.95. (0-7603-0962-0). All types of pimped-out lowriders in English and Spanish.

Nelson, Peter. Left for Dead: A Young Man’s Search for Justice for the USS Indianapolis. 2003. Random House, $8.95. (0-385-73091-8). It took 14 minutes for the ship to sink; it took 5 days for the Navy to notice.

Northcutt, Wendy. The Darwin Awards: Evolution in Action. 2002. Penguin Putnam, $12.00. (0-452-28344-2). Survival of the fittest; find out about the people who didn’t make the cut.

Owen, David. Hidden Evidence: Forty True Crimes and how Forensic Science Helped Solve Them. 2000. Firefly, $24.95. (1-55209-483-9). Everyone’s dying to learn about forensic science.

Palmer, Chris. Streetball: All the Ballers, Moves, Slams, and Shine. 2004. HarperInformation, $16.95. (0-06-072444-7). The NBA is all slick, streetball is all grit.

Roach, Mary. Stiff: the Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. 2004. W.W. Norton, $13.95. (0-3933-2482-6). Recycling is good.

Rothbart, Davy. Found: The Best Lost, Tossed, and Forgotten Items from Around the World. 2004. Fireside, $14.00. (0-7432-5114-8). Be careful what you leave behind.

Runyon, Brent. The Burn Journals. 2005. Vintage, $12.95. (1-4000-9642-1). Brent douses his bathrobe in gasoline and lights the match.

Satrapi, Marjane. Persepolis, Vol. 1: the Story of a Childhood. 2004. Pantheon Books, $11.95. (0-375-71457-X). Words and drawings tell the story of growing up during the Islamic revolution.

Sebold, Alice. Lucky. 2002. Back Bay, $11.95. (0-316-09619-9). An unsparing account of the author’s rape as a college freshman.

Shaw, Maria. Maria Shaw's Star Gazer: Your Soul Searching, Dream Seeking, Make Something Happen Guide to the Future. 2003. Llewellyn Publications, $17.95. (0-7387-0422-9). What’s your sign?

Silverstein, Ken. The Radioactive Boy Scout: the Frightening True Story of a Whiz Kid and His Homemade Nuclear Reactor. 2005. Villard, $13.95. (0-8129-6660-0). Does a house in your neighborhood glow in the dark?

Szpirglas, Jeff. Gross Universe: Your Guide to All Disgusting Things Under the Sun. 2006. Maple Tree Press, $9.95. (1-897066-39-2). Don’t look under the bed.

Tupac: Resurrection. Ed. by Jacob Hoye and Karolyn Ali. 2006. Atria Books, $18.95. (0-7431-7435-X). Do you really know Tupac?

Zailckas, Koren. Smashed. 2006. Penguin, $14.00. (0-14-303647-5). It’s bad when you’re on a first-name basis with Jack Daniels.

Zimmerman, Keith and Zimmerman, Kent. Mythbusters: The Explosive Truth Behind 30 of the Most Perplexing Urban Legends of All Time. 2005. Simon Spotlight, $15.95. (1-4169-0929-X). Don’t try this at home!

Religion: Relationship with the Divine
There are many different paths that lead to a spiritual awakening; perhaps one of these will be right for you.

Allan O'Grady Cuseo, Chair
Meghan L.F. Baranski
Karen Brooks-Reese
Kristin Fletcher-Spear
Alison Hendon
Ann Perrigo
Susan Person

Abrams, Judith Z. The Secret World of Kabbalah. 2006. Kar-Ben Publishing, $9.95. (1-58013-224-3). Red strings, astrology, Jewish mysticism…

Adelman, Penina, Feldman, Ali and Reinharz, Shulamit. The Jgirl's Guide: the Young Jewish Woman's Handbook for Coming of Age. 2005. Jewish Lights, $14.99. (1-58023-215-9). Growing up Jewish.

Bardi, Abby. The Book of Fred. 2002. Washington Square, $13.00. (0-7434-1194-3). Can Mary Fred exist in a Fred-free society?

Beale, Fleur. I am Not Esther. 2004. Hyperion, $6.99. (0-7868-1673-2). They can change Kirby’s name but they can’t make her believe.

Carlson, Melody. Finding Alice. 2003. Waterbrook Press, $19.99. (1-57856-773-4). Alice hears voices in her head, is one of them God’s?

Cooper, Ilene. Sam I Am. 2006. Scholastic, $5.99. (0-439-43968-X). Knocking over the "Hanukkah bush" begins the questioning.

Dayton, Anne and Vanderbilt, May. Emily Ever After. 2005. Broadway Books, $11.95. (0-385-51463-8). Can Emily’s Christian ideals survive New York City?

Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Leaving Fishers. 1999. Simon Pulse, $5.99. (0-689-86793-X). Joining the Fishers will make Dorry belong, but at what price?

Hautman, Pete. Godless. 2005. Simon Pulse, $7.99. (1-416-90816-1). What makes more sense – to worship a water tower or an invisible entity?

Heuston, Kimberley. The Shakeress. Penguin Puffin, $6.99. (0-14-240054-8). Orphaned Naomi joins a Shaker community but continues her spiritual search.

Jacobson, Jennifer Richard. Stained. 2006. Simon Pulse, $6.99. (1-4169-1337-8). Could Father Warren have anything to do with Gabe’s disappearance?

Kass, Pnina Moed. Real Time. 2006. Graphia, $7.99. (0-618-69174-X). Some people are willing to die for their religion, and they don’t care who dies with them.

Koja, Kathe. Buddha Boy. 2004. Puffin, $5.99. (0-14-240209-5). "Buddha Boy" teaches Justin about sacrifice, non-violence, and what matters most.

Littman, Sarah Darer. Confessions of a Closet Catholic. 2006. Puffin, $5.99. (0-14-240597-3). Trying to be like her best friend, Justine gives up being Jewish for Lent.

Nolan, Han. When We Were Saints. 2005. Harcourt, $6.95. (0-15-205322-0). If someone told you you were a saint, would you believe them?

Ravenwolf, Silver. Teen Witch: Wicca for a New Generation. 1998. Llewellyn, $12.95. (1-56718-725-0). An introduction to Wicca and the religion's principles.

Rinaldi, Ann. The Staircase. 2002. Harcourt, $6.00. (0-15-216788-9). Could Lizzy be the miracle her convent school is awaiting?

Roth, Matthue. Never Mind the Goldbergs. 2005. Push, $7.99. (0-385-51463-8). Can Hava’s Orthodox ideals survive Hollywood?

Rylant, Cynthia. God Went to Beauty School. 2006. HarperTempest, $4.99. (0-06-009435-4). God Wrote a Book. (No, not that one.)

Stolarz, Laurie Faria. Blue is for Nightmares. 2003. Llewellyn, $8.95. (0-738-70391-5). Stacey uses her Wiccan faith to solve a mystery.

Tezuka, Osamu. Buddha, Vol. 1: Kapilavastu. 2006. Vertical, Inc., $14.95. (1-932234-56-X). The first in an 8-volume graphic novelization of the life of Siddhartha, the prince who became Buddha.

Turnbull, Ann. No Shame, No Fear. 2006. Candlewick, $8.99. (0-7636-3190-6). In 1662 England, young Anglican William meets Quaker Susanna, and begins to question his own faith.

Wiesel, Elie. Night. 2006. Hill and Wang, $9.00. (0-374-50001-0). Teenager Elie and his family are taken to a concentration camp—how can God allow this?

What’s so Funny?

Slapstick, satire, scripts, suicides and swords: There's something here to make you laugh, whether your sense of humor is mainstream or morbid

Carlisle Kraft Webber, Chair

Elizabeth Elam

Alison Hendon

Allan O'Grady Cuseo

Kathryn Olson

Ann Perrigo

Nancy Reich

Marin Younker

Allen, Will. Swords for Hire. 2003. Centerpunch, $6.95 (0-9724882-0-0). Don’t trip over your sword.

Azuma, Kiyohiko. Yotsuba&!: Volume 1. 2005. A. D. Vision, Inc., $9.99 (1-4139-0317-7). Yotsuba is one strange girl!

Bauer, Joan. Thwonk. 2005. Penguin, $7.99. (0-14-240429-2). Be careful what you wish for.

Douglas, Lola. True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet. 2006. Razorbill, $6.99 (1-59514-093-X). Indiana or rehab? What would you choose?

Gaiman, Neil and Pratchett, Terry. Good Omens: the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch. 2006. HarperTorch, $7.99 (0-06-085398-0). Someone lost the Antichrist.

Goldschmidt, Judy. The Secret Blog of Raisin Rodriguez. 2006. Penguin, $5.99. (1-59514-071-9). A secret blog seemed like a good idea…

Groening, Matt. Simpsons Comics Barn Burner. 2005. HarperCollins, $14.95. (0-06-074818-4). D’oh!

Jones, Diana Wynne. The Tough Guide to Fantasyland. 2006. Puffin, $9.99 (0-14-240722-4). Stew: it’s what’s for dinner.

Korman, Gordon. No More Dead Dogs. 2000. Hyperion, $5.99 (0-7868-1601-5). Enough is enough!

Korman, Gordon. Son of the Mob: Hollywood Hustle. 2004. Hyperion, $5.99 (0-7868-0919-1). The Family follows Vince to La-La Land.

Limb, Sue. Girl, 15, Charming but Insane. 2005. Delacorte, $8.95 (0-385-73215-5). Never stuff your bra with minestrone.

Martinez, A. Lee. Gil's All Fright Diner. 2005. Tor, $6.99 (0-7653-5001-7). Don’t order the monster mash.

Moore, Christopher. Bloodsucking Fiends: a Love Story. 1995. HarperCollins, $12.95. (0-06-073541-4). Every vampire needs a sexy minion (Type O preferred.)

Parel, David. Bat Boy Lives!: The Weekly World News Guide to Politics, Culture, Celebrities, Alien Abductions, and the Mutant Freaks That Shape Our World. 2005. Sterling, $12.95. (1-4027-2823-9). Paris Hilton rejected by aliens? Who could blame ‘em?

Payne, C.D. Frisco Pigeon Mambo. 2000. Aivia Press, $12.95. (1-882647-24-6). Smoking and drinking pigeons on the run.

Rallison, Janette. Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Free Throws. 2006. Walker, $6.95. (0-8027-8898-X). Courts and crushes.

Rees, Douglas. Vampire High. 2005. Laurel Leaf, $5.00 (0-440-23834-X). This school really sucks.

Riley, Andy. The Book of Bunny Suicides. 2003. Penguin, $10.00. (0-452-28518-6). All bunnies were harmed in the drawing of this book.

Shusterman, Neil. The Schwa Was Here. 2006. Puffin, $5.99. (0-14-240577-9). Can you see me now?

Smith, Jeff. Out From Boneville. 2005. Graphix, $9.99. (0-439-70640-8). Here a Bone, there a Bone.

Vizzini, Ned. Be More Chill. 2005. Miramax, $7.99. (0-7868-0996-5). Jeremy’s thinking with more than his head.

Watterson, Bill. The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book. 1995. Andrews McMeel Publishing, $16.95. (0-8362-0438-7). A boy and his tiger: best friends forever.

Wilson, Daniel H. How to Survive a Robot Uprising. 2005. Bloomsbury, $12.95. (1-58234-592-9). Whatcha gonna do when the robots come for you?