YALSA creates list of “Chronicles of Narnia” read-a-likes

Contact: Nichole Gilbert


For Immediate Release

December 6, 2005

YALSA creates list of “Chronicles of Narnia” read-a-likes

CHICAGO - The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest growing division of the American Library Association (ALA), has developed a list of recommended reading for teens and tweens to coincide with the release of the movie “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.”

The movie, which opens December 9, is based on the C.S. Lewis book, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” and is being released by Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media on the 55th anniversary of the publication.

“P roviding teens with a booklist for the Chronicles of Narnia series is a logical way to extend the movie experience while also encouraging reading,” said YALSA President Pam Spencer Holley. “Thanks to the help of a dedicated group of YALSA members, we are able to provide these specialized booklists.”

The individual titles selected for this list are:

Black, Holly.
Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale.

Black, Holly.
Valiant: A Modern Tale of Faerie.

Brennan, Herbie.
Faerie Wars.

Brennan, Herbie.
The Purple Emperor: Sequel to Faerie Wars.

Carroll, Lewis.
Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass .

Funke, Cornelia.

Funke, Cornelia.

Juster, Norton.
Phantom Tollbooth .

McKinley, Robin.
Blue Sword

McKinley, Robin.
The Hero and the Crown

For a complete list that also includes series titles and annotations for each title, please visit the YALSA Web site at

YALSA's Booklist Task Force developed the list: Chair, Sarah Dentan; Catherine Andronik; Patricia Foster; Marilyn Heath; Gayle Keresey; Nicole Mills; Melissa Moore; Mary Peterson; and Maria Scinto. YALSA, through its joint efforts with Walden Media to promote reading, also has provided recommended reading lists for other upcoming films including “Hoot” and “How to Eat Fried Worms.”

YALSA is the world leader in selecting books, videos, and audiobooks for teens. On January 23, at the Youth Media Awards Press Conference at ALA's Midwinter Meeting, YALSA will announce the 2006 winners of its three literary awards: the Alex Awards for adult books with teen appeal, the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime contribution to young adult literature, and the Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in young adult literature. For more information about these awards or for additional lists of recommended reading, go to
www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists. For more information about YALSA, please contact us via e mail,
yalsa@ala.org; or by phone at 1-800-545-2433 ext. 4390.

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