Best Books for Young Adults

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2001 Selection(s)

145th Street Short Stories

by Walter Dean Myers. Delacorte Press, $15.95.

A collection of short stories about life on a block in Harlem.

A Dance for Three

by Louise Plummer. Delacorte Press, $15.95.

When fifteen-year-old Hannah becomes pregnant and her rich, popular boyfriend claims he is not responsible, Hannah and her mother must face the problems they refuse to admit they have.

A Year Down Yonder

by Richard Peck. Dial, $16.99.

Mary Alice is sent to live with her feisty grandmother during the Recession. She is reluctant to spend a year with her grandmother in her "hick" town but finds there are many lessons to be learned from her.

The Body of Christopher Creed

by Carol Plum-Ucci. Harcourt, $17.

Class freak, Christopher Creed is missing. What happened and why has his small town in an uproar, but where is Chris Creed's body?

Define "Normal"

by Julie Anne Peters. Little, Brown and Company, $14.95.

When she agrees to meet with Jasmine as a peer counselor at their middle school, Antonia never dreams that this girl with the black lipstick and pierced eyebrow will end up helping her deal with the serious problems she faces at home and become a good friend.

The Last Book in the Universe

by Rodman Philbrick. Blue Sky Press, an Imprint of Scholastic Inc., $16.95.

In this futuristic urban dystopia an epileptic gang member, together with an old man and an orphan, travels over hostile turf to visit his sister before she dies. A chance meeting with one of the genetically improved members of the ruling class causes major changes in society.

The Likes of Me

by Randall Beth Platt. Delacorte Press, $15.95.

In 1918, half-Chinese albino, Cordelia, runs away from the Pacific Northwest logging town where she lives with her father and step-mother, Babe, (aptly named after Paul Bunyon's ox) and begins a career as a side show act in a Seattle carnival.

Night Flying

by Rita Murphy. Delacorte Press, $14.95.

The relationships in this strong, unique family of women threaten to destroy them, but when Geoargia turns sixteen events happen that bring them together.

Perfect Family

by Jerrie Oughton. Houghton Mifflin, $15.

Welcome is 15 years old and living in a conservative North Carolina small town when she find herself pregnant, not by the boy of her dreams but by long time friend. She tells neither of the boys and leaves town to wait with relatives for the baby's arrival.

Savage Damsel and the Dwarf

by Gerald Morris. Houghton Mifflin Company, $15.

Lynett, a feisty young woman, journeys to King Arthur's court in order to find a knight to rescue her beautiful older sister, and she is joined in her quest by a clever dwarf and a bold kitchen knave, neither of whom are what they seem.