I shall keep this down to three, and those three shall be right off the top of my head:
The third book in D.M. Cornish's Monster Blood Tattoo series. (I thought it was going to be titled Factotum, but then I think I saw something about a series reboot in the States, so maybe it'll be called something else. (Question: HOW THE CRAP HAVE THESE BOOKS NOT CAUGHT ON HERE? ARE PEOPLE REALLY, TRULY UNAWARE OF THEIR UTTER AWESOMOSITY? Should 'awesomosity' have an 'e'? It didn't look right with an 'e'. Then again, it's not like it's a real word, so I guess I can spell it however the hell I want.)
Holden Caulfield is the embodiment of what we mean by the phrase “young adult” – too young to be a grown-up, but too wise to the world to be completely innocent. He’s caught in the in-between, and that in-between is what all young adult authors write about.
Be sure to nominate/vote for your favorite books of 2009 over at Teenreads.com by February 1. From that list, a list of five finalists will be compiled, and you'll be able to vote for the 2010 Teen Choice Book of the Year.
The director of instruction for the system, Jim Allen, explained:
“What we have asked is that this particular edition will not be taught,” Allen said from his office Wednesday morning. “I don’t want to make a big deal out of this. So we listened to the parent and we pulled it.”
Well, hoo boy: thatbackfired, for a couple of reasons -- first, the challenge procedure wasn't followed (according to their policy, there should have been a written complaint and a challenge committee formed), and second, not all parents in the area share the challenging parent's views. As this commenter at the Star-Exponent put it:
“How can you censor the thoughts and dreams of a young girl? Do you not think in the diaries of eighth-grade girls at (Culpeper Middle School) they aren’t talking about their bodies? Don’t you see this is a wonderful opportunity for our children to feel like they have something in common with Anne Frank as opposed to (MTV’s) Snookie from ‘Jersey (Shore)’?”
(I think there's a double negative in there, but I'm sure you get the gist...)