In the past few years, I’ve been paying attention to the Young Reader’s Choice Awards books — I’ve found some wonderful books that have been nominated in the past, from Sarah Dessen’s Along for the Ride to Alexander Gordon Smith’s Lockdown to Reina Telgemeier’s Smile.
What are the YRCA’s, you might ask? This is from the official website:
The Pacific Northwest Library Association’s Young Reader’s Choice Award is the oldest children’s choice award in the U.S. and Canada. The award was established in 1940 by a Seattle bookseller, the late Harry Hartman, who believed every student should have an opportunity to select a book that gives him or her pleasure.
The nominations are picked by kids and divided into three categories — Junior, Intermediate, and Senior. The only thing I don’t agree with, that they’ve changed this year around, is including ANY books in a series. I would much prefer the first book in a series being nominated since it could confuse readers who don’t do the research before picking up their next read. Though, I think that the books listed are a great way to choose a book from a different age range — especially if you’re a strict middle grade reader, or a strict YA reader. You can find some great reads from this selection!
Out of the junior nominees, I’ve only read two — Wonderstruck, which is AWESOME (much better than Hugo Cabret, in my opinion) and Darth Paper Strikes Back, the second book in the Origami Yoda series (a great series!). I do really want to try out the Wendy Mass series, and I plan to start trying out the 39 Clues series one of these days, too!
The only book I’ve read in this category is This Dark Endeavor, which was crazy good — if you love the Frankenstein story, you will love this one! I do have a copy of Legend and Between Shades of Gray, both of which I’ve heard are good. And I do love Rick Riordan, even if I haven’t read the series nominated!
Surprise, surprise, this is probably the category where I’ve read the MOST books — and that’s only 4, so not that many! LOVED Divergent, even if I’m on the fence about the second book; Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is quite unique with some very spooky pictures; What Happened To Goodbye is wonderful (as are most Sarah Dessen books); and I can’t recommend Ready Player One enough — especially the audiobook! I do have Ruby Red on my shelf to read (and have heard great things about it!) and I’m very intrigued by Tiger’s Curse!
Have you read any of these books? What do you think of the nominee selection?