Kerri asked our Roundtable guests what they are currently reading and what novel they would recommend to a young person.
Next week we’ll be featuring three great young adult authors on The Daily Circuit. Matt de la Pena, Gene Luen Yang and local author Carrie Mesrobian exemplify the kind of smart, insightful writing coming out of the genre today – they feature great writing and interesting characters that appeal to adult and young readers, alike.
The discovery of their books got us thinking: What other great YA books are out there? What do you think is the best YA book, new or old? We’ll compile your suggestions, create a poll grouping the top 10 suggestions and then ask you to vote for The Daily Circuit’s best YA book of all time.
Leave your choice in the comments section below and let the best book win!
The year end book lists are coming out. Here are 4 varied lists.
It’s hard to articulate just how much — and why — “The Goldfinch” held such power for me as a reader. Always a sucker for a good boy-and-his-mom story, I probably was taken in at first by the cruelly beautiful passages in which 13-year-old Theo Decker tells of the accident that killed his beloved mother and set his fate. But even when the scene shifts — first Theo goes to live with his schoolmate’s picture-perfect (except it isn’t) family on Park Avenue, then to Las Vegas with his father and his trashy wife, then back to a New York antiques shop — I remained mesmerized.
“Sea of Hooks” by Lindsay Hill tops the list.
On a small scale, Hill, a onetime banker and now a poet with six published books, has written a fragmented portrait of a man’s troubled childhood and lost adulthood — a spiritual biography that’s both tragic and comic, and provides moments of pure reading pleasure on every single page, not to mention a wallop of pathos. On a larger scale, it’s a moving and unforgettable novel.
Jill Lepore’s luminous story of the life of Benjamin Franklin’s sister is stitched together from fragments and scraps. There is no record of anything Jane Franklin might have thought or felt in her youth. Her brother does not mention her in his autobiography. Yet she emerges here as witty, curious and resilient in the face of unimaginable grief, largely from listless, sickly or lost children.
Forbes’ list of the 10 best books was alphabetical. “Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal” by Nick Bilton is one.
The founders of Twitter are idealists who talk about changing the way the world communicates, but the social network’s history is as rife with infighting, jealousy and backstabbing as any other company’s. From the Jack Dorsey creation myth to forgotten co-founder Noah Glass, Bilton takes a 360-degree view of Twitter’s path from afterthought to IPO.
“While staying close to the chronology of events, Mallon distinguishes his story from the library of books that have come before by shaping “Watergate” in his own inimitable way.” Read more →
Six teams of tough women on skates jostle competitively in Minneapolis’ flat track roller derby league, known as the North Star Roller Girls. The league is well into its 2013-14 season, and its next bout is this weekend at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Producer Melissa Townsend went to a recent roller derby bout and has Read more →
One of the many vignettes about garbage we discussed Friday with journalist and Minneapolis native Adam Minter was one about abandoned cars. We were discussing garbage, recycling, trash and scrap (listen to it here), the themes of Minter’s new book “Junkyard Planet.” It’s not a problem in the U.S. today, Minter says, because of the huge demand Read more →
Including a new history of the year Charles Lindbergh flew solo across the Atlantic. Read more →
During the 11 a.m. hour today, Tom Weber will have a conversation with journalist and Minneapolis native Adam Minter. We’re talking garbage, recycling, trash and scrap. It’s the theme of Minter’s new book “Junkyard Planet.” Part of the conversation will include how to reuse items we’d otherwise throw out. We asked you submit your best Read more →
This week, Adam Minter joins The Daily Circuit to talk about his new book, “Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion Dollar Trade.” Minter’s family owned a scrap yard during his childhood, which has led to a lifelong obsession with junk – but really, we thought, what’s so great about scrap metal anyway? It was an Read more →
“Non-left-wing parents need to understand that if they do not articulate their values on a regular basis, there is a good chance that after one year, let alone four years, at college, their child will adopt left-wing views and values.” Read more →