Time’s 100 Best YA

Monster

Walter Dean Myers “The movie is more real in so many ways than the life I am leading. No, that’s not true. I just desperately wish this was only a movie.” Monster is on Time’s Best 100 YA list, which is how I finally came to reading this book. I am disappointed I have put […]

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Lord of the Flies

William Golding “I know there isn’t no beast—not with claws and all that, I mean—but I know there isn’t no fear, either.” Piggy paused. “Unless—” Ralph moved restlessly. “Unless what?” “Unless we get frightened of people.” I was so excited to see Lord of the Flies on Time’s Best 100 YA List, not only because […]

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The Princess Bride

Abridgment by William Goldman, the original author is S. Morgenstern ‘‘I am your Prince and you will marry me,’’ Humperdinck said. Buttercup whispered, ‘‘I am your servant and I refuse.’’ ‘‘I am your Prince and you cannot refuse.’’ ‘‘I am your loyal servant and I just did.’’ ‘‘Refusal means death.’’ ‘‘Kill me then.’’ I have […]

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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Kate Dicamillo “Open your heart. Someone will come. Someone will come for you. But first you must open your heart.”  I am familiar with Kate Dicamillo’s work but never put aside the time to actually read anything. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is on Time’s Best 100 YA list for a good reason, it […]

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Bridge to Terabithia

Katherine Paterson “We need a place,” she said, “just for us. It would be so secret that we would never tell anyone in the whole world about it.” … She lowered her voice almost to a whisper. “It might be a whole secret country,” she continued, “and you and I would be the rulers of […]

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Harriet the Spy

Louise Fitzhugh “When suddenly Harriet leaped to her feet as though she had just then remembered, and screamed, “I’ll be damned if I’ll go to dancing school.” “Harriet!” Mrs. Welsch was appalled. “How dare you use words like that at the table.” “Or any other place, dear,” interjected Mr. Welsch calmly.” Another book of Time’s […]

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Looking for Alaska

John Green “‘Don’t you know who you love, Pudge? You love a girl who makes you laugh and shows you porn and drinks with you. You don’t love the crazy, sullen bitch.’ And there was something to that, truth be told.” John Green knows how to pull you in and twist your heart. I am […]

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