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Awards Season

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I only managed to read one of the books that made YALSA's awards and runners-up this year, but just looking at the titles has expanded my to-read list. If you want quality reading, these awards are a good place to start.

2014 YALSA Award Winners
Young Adult Books Spotlight10

'Courtney Crumrin: The Final Spell' Review

The final volume of the Courtney Crumrin series sees Courtney fleeing from the other witches and warlocks -- including her beloved Uncle Aloysius. Along the way, she'll learn a lot not only about her own abilities, but about Uncle A's past.

'Rocket Girl: Times Squared' Review

In a future that was never supposed to happen, the cops of New York City are all teens, because no one trusts anyone over 30. One idealistic officer takes it upon herself to fix the past and let what was really supposed to happen come about, even if it means the destruction of her world.

'The Painted Boy' Review

Charles deLint blends Mexican, American, and Chinese folklore in this mythic YA novel set in the fictional border town of Santa del Vado Viejo, in which a teen boy who carries a powerful secret seeks to find his place in the world.

'Doll Bones' Review

This middle grade novel about three friends on a creepy quest will appeal to readers of all ages, including teens.

'Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer' (complete edition) Review

There is a plague of undead spreading across the land, and only enchanted wooden stakes can kill the vampires. In fact, only the enchanted wood that a puppet boy is made from will work, but fortunately, that puppet has good reason to want to kill vampires.

'Jex Malone' Review

Jessica, aka Jex, has a famous detective for a dad, and when she ends up having to spend the summer at his house, she and some neighbor girls decide to solve the one case he couldn't -- the same case that destroyed his marriage.

'The Boundless' Review

Kenneth Oppel manages to make a train voyage every bit as exciting as his previous airship adventures. There's a circus, a treasure, dastardly villains, a heist, clever disguises and more in a story that feels very Canadian but is accessible to readers from anywhere.

Dark but Lovely YA Novels

Some of the loveliest books are also the darkest and most depressing. If you can take the gloom and terrible things that happen, these books can a wonderful reading experience. But they're not for the faint of heart or the easily depressed, so keep that in mind if you pick one of these up.

'Drowned' Review

In a future world where only the tallest mountains are left above water, a young girl can't help but dream of something more. This dark but lovely novel opens a new post-apocalyptic series.

'Rain' Review

In book two of Amanda Sun's paper Gods series, protagonist Katie Greene has decided to stay in Japan to find out how she's connected to the descendants of the deity Amaterasu and the ink magic they wield.

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