Cindy and Lynn's Top Ten Books for 2010

Lynn: I LOVE reading Top Ten lists and Best of the Year lists!  It doesn’t have to be books either, I’ll read the Top Ten Idiotic Quotes of the year, the Ten Best Websites to Waste Time On or even the Top Ten Places to Fall Off Mountains  – and I’m afraid of heights!  Anyway, we’ve been reading the lists and it’s quite an interesting set of choices this year!  Now it’s our turn to step up and pick our best.  Because I am constitutionally unable to stop with just 10 of anything, we’re going to post two sets of lists each.  Today we are posting our Top Ten Books in literary quality – our Printz-type picks and Newbery-type picks.  In our next post we’ll list our Top Ten Personal Favorites of the year.  The Focus Group wants to play too so we’ll be listing their favorites too.

Lynn’s Best Teen Books of 2010:

Aronson, Marc and Marina Budhos.  Sugar Changed the World:  A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom and Science. Houghton, 2010.

Bacigalupi, Paolo.  Ship Breaker. Little, Brown, 2010.

Bartoletti, Susan Campbell.  They Called Themselves the KKK:  The Birth of an American Terrorist Group. Houghton, 2010.

Green, John and David Levithan.  Will Grayson, Will Grayson.  Penguin/Dutton, 2010.

Hemphill, Stephanie.  Wicked Girls:  A Novel of the Salem Witch Trials.  HarperCollins, 2010.

Marchetta, Melina.  Finnikin of the Rock. Candlewick, 2010.

Nelson, Jandy.  The Sky is Everywhere. Penguin/Dutton, 2010.

Stroud, Jonathan.  The Ring of Solomon.  Hyperion, 2010.

Turner, Megan Whelan.  A Conspiracy of Kings. Harper/Greenwillow, 2010.

Yancey, Rick.  The Curse of the Wendigo.  S&S, 2010.

Cindy: Since my teen list would have a lot of Lynn’s titles on it, and since I am judging the LA Times Teen Lit Prize for 2010, I’m going to list my younger literary favorites instead, realizing that some of these are not eligible for the Newbery due to author citizenship. I agree with Lynn, it’s hard to limit to just ten. I think this is the first time she has restrained herself and stuck to the limit! 🙂 But, it’s my personal philosophy that there is no such thing as a void, so I’ll take up the slack and offer 11 top books for 2010:

Aronson, Marc.  If Stones Could Speak:  Unlocking the Secrets of Stonehenge.  National Geographic, 2010.

Boyce, Frank Cottrell. Cosmic.  Harper/Walden Pond, 2010.

Draper, Sharon.  Out of My Mind.  Atheneum, 2010.

Montgomery, Sy.  Kakapo Rescue:  Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot. Houghton, 2010.

Nelson, Marilyn. Snook Alone. Candlewick, 2010.

Reeve, Philip.  Fever Crumb.  Scholastic, 2010.

Sedgwick, Marcus.  Revolver.  Roaring Brook, 2010.

Sonnenblick, Jordan.  After Ever After.  Scholastic, 2010.

Wiles, Deborah.  Countdown.  Scholastic, 2010.

Williams-Garcia, Rita. One Crazy Summer. Amistad, 2010.

Wood, Maryrose.  The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 1: The Mysterious Howling. Harper/Balzer & Bray, 2010.

Lynn: I can’t restrain myself from posting two lists – but hey – I am sticking to ten in each!  This is a first for me.  I agree with Cindy on many books but we disagree on several so here are my Top Ten for Newbery-type books.  Besides this way I get the last word!

Appelt, Kathi.  Keeper.  Atheneum, 2010.

Aronson, Marc.  If Stones Could Speak:  Unlocking the Secrets of Stonehenge.  National Geographic, 2010.

Bond, Victoria and T. R. Simon.  Zora and Me. Candlewick, 2010.

Glidwitz, Adam.  A Tale Dark and Grimm.  Penguin/Dial, 2010.

McCaughrean, Geraldine.  The Death-Defying Pepper Roux.  Harper, 2010.

Montgomery, Sy.  Kakapo Rescue:  Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot. Houghton, 2010.

Nelson, Marilyn. Snook Alone. Candlewick, 2010.

Reeve, Philip.  Fever Crumb.  Scholastic, 2010.

Wiles, Deborah.  Countdown.  Scholastic, 2010.

Williams-Garcia, Rita. One Crazy Summer. Amistad, 2010.

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About the Author:

Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

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  1. Yay! I am glad someone else feels the need to make more than one Top Ten List of books. Of course, since I am not an Official Book Blogger, I didn’t feel the need to ACTUALLY make an official Best In Terms of Literary Quality list, and I skipped right to Personal Favorites, although I was still unable to stop with just one list….

    Still, a few of my Favorites are on your lists of Literary Quality too. And see, I wouldn’t have even thought of putting The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place on my Literary Quality list if I’d made one, though it’s definitely one of my favorites (HOW much do I love Miss Penelope Lumley? I can’t even begin), so shows what I know about Quality anyway.

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