Popular Paperbacks announces 2005 selections

Contact: Nichole Gilbert


For Immediate Release
January 21, 2005

Popular Paperbacks announces 2005 selections

CHICAGO - The Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults Committee, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2005 selections finalized at the ALA Midwinter Meeting, held January 14-18, in Boston.
This year's committee produced four lists of selected titles.
This year's lists are:
Read 'em and Weep; Own Your Freak; Gateway to Faerie; and All Kinds of Creepy.

Read 'em and Weep:
Get out your hankies!
Here are stories of teens struggling to overcome loss, love and life's disappointments.
Committee Chair Walter Mayes offers this list "for when teens want something heart-wrenching."

Own Your Own Freak: Feel like life has shut you out?
You're not the only one. Committee chair, self-proclaimed freak and freak advocate Michele Gorman says,
"If you've got it, flaunt it!"

Gateway to Faerie:
This list has retellings and original tales that capture the essence of the fantastical, magical world of faerie.
Eunice Anderson, committee chair, recommends teens to "leave reality behind and cross over into the place called Faerie."

All Kinds of Creepy:
Lots of things scare us...ghosts, vampires, serial killers and more.
The books collected on this list share one common theme: they are tales guaranteed to make your spine tingle!
Chair Sarajo Wentling wanted to comment but was too busy cowering under the table in fear.

Committee Chair Sally Leahey, commented, "I expect that this year's titles will be grabbed up by teens and librarians. The topics have wide appeal, and titles were chosen for their popularity to promote reading for enjoyment among teens.
Committee members did a terrific job of carrying on the tradition of the Popular Paperbacks Committee, which marks its 10th anniversary this year."

The members of the 2004-2005 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults Committee are:

Sally Leahey, chair, McArthur Library, Biddeford, Maine; Robin Doughty, administrative assistant and committee member, Roseville Public Library, Roseville, Calif.; Eunice Anderson, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Pennsylvania Avenue Branch, Baltimore; Kristin Brand, Pasco County Library System, New River Branch, Zephyrhills, Fla.; Paula Brehm-Heeger, Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County, Cincinnati; Robin Brenner, Cary Memorial Library, Lexington, Mass.; Janet Buttenwieser, King County Library System, Burien, Wash.; Allan Cuseo, Bishop Kearney High School Library, Rochester, N.Y.;
Diane Emge, Alachua County Library District, Gainesville, Fla.; Michele Gorman, Austin Public Library, Austin, Texas; Alison Hendon, Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Walter Mayes, Girls' Middle School, Mountain View, Calif.; Kevin Scanlon, Canton Public Library, Canton, Mich.;
Caryn Sipos, Three Creeks Community Library, Vancouver, Wash.;
and Sarajo Wentling, Hennepin County Library, Minnetonka, Minn.

A draft of the Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults list is available at
An annotated list will be available at the YALSA members' only Web site.
For more information, contact the YALSA office by phone at 1-800-545-2433, ext 4390, or email,