Fuse #8

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

PW Best Books of the Year List

Undoubtedly this is the only list you'll see where Clementine finds itself in the same category as Sold and The Book Thief. Perhaps PW should discover the wonderful world of teenagers in its spare time.


  • The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon, Mini Grey
  • Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship, Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff and Dr. Paula Kahumbu, photos by Peter Greste
  • Lilly's Big Day, Kevin Henkes
  • Jazz, Walter Dean Myers, illus. by Christopher Myers
  • John, Paul, George & Ben, Lane Smith
  • Flotsam, David Wiesner

  • The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, M.T. Anderson
  • The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Kate DiCamillo, illus. by Bagram Ibatoulline
  • Saint Iggy, K.L. Going
  • Fly by Night, Frances Hardinge
  • Incantation, Alice Hoffman
  • Firestorm, David Klass
  • Keturah and Lord Death, Martine Leavitt
  • Fairest, Gail Carson Levine
  • Sold, Patricia McCormick
  • Clementine, Sara Pennypacker, illus. by Marla Frazee
  • The Book Thief, Markus Zusak


  • Pick Me Up (DK)
  • Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini, Sid Fleischman
  • To Dance: A Ballerina's Graphic Novel, Siena Cherson Siegel, illus. by Mark Siegel


At 11:31 AM , Blogger Kelly Fineman said...

I'm shocked and appalled that PW doesn't recognize YA as its own category. Teens have as much in common with adults as they do with children. Having DiCamillo's bunny story in the same category as Sold or The Book Thief makes my head spin.

At 12:29 PM , Anonymous elizabeth fama said...

Not having a separate category doesn't bother me in the same way, even though I write YA. It bothers me more when YA gets overlooked completely as a children's genre.

At 11:16 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oy! Why don't they have a teen category? I always see juvenile novels split into AT LEAST three categories, if not four, but I tend to be satisfied when "best of" lists or "recommended holiday buys" are at least split into two, kids and teens, so that some well-meaning but clueless grandma doesn't give an 8 year old GOSSIP GIRL nor a 18 year old JUDY MOODY because she saw it on that list, and it was in the paper/magazine/article, dontchaknow! (The holiday shoppers who rarely read for themselves, let alone for kids, then find that ONE LIST and MUST BUY EVERYTHING ON IT in November/December... sigh.)

Edward, Edward, I'm not even going to send an "oy" in your direction. I'm simply going to continue telling people to get Four Dolls by Rumer Godden, The Doll Hospital by James Duffy, and Noelle of the Nutcracker by Pamela Jane and Jan Brett instead.

- Little Willow


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