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Christie’s Top 10 YA Reads of 2013

When we talk about our top ten YA book picks of the year, it’s always hard to just pick top ten….  Everything is influenced in some way. I am chair of the Rainbow Project, which looks at books birth through 18 with GLBTQ content, and so I read (and have access to more) GLBTQ materials than others (Winger, Coda, Patomime). Because of factors in my life, I’m more aware of those titles. 
I’ve dealt with a lot of hardship and death in the past year, and I’ve tended to gravitate more towards the dystopias and gritty fantasies this year, instead of the more realistic fiction (Prophecy, Scarlet, The Madness Underneath).
I also am a compulsive series finisher, and was not disappointed
(The Clockwork Princess, Champion).
 And even though it wasn’t published in 2013,
I read The Perks of Being a Wallflower for the first time this year and it definitely makes my top ten this year.

What would be your top ten YA for 2013?

Karen’s Top 10 Posts for 2013

Ah, the end of the year. Time to reflect on all that we have accomplished in 2013 (or not).  Or, really, it’s time to go on vacation and I need a quick and easy post.  Plus, we have new followers (**waves hi**) and you may have missed these posts, which we really like and want to make sure you have seen.  So here are my Top 10 Posts for 2013 . . .

The one where I share what I wish my library patrons knew.

The one where author Kim Purcell tells us how we can help get teens involved by raising awareness about human trafficking.

The one where my friend and school librarian Amianne Bailey shared about how one book made a kid think differently about a nonverbal kid in her library and made our eyes leak.

The one where I discussed what it means to tell boys that they should only study boys and girls that they should only study girls, and maybe got a little ragey. Because feminism.

The one in our ongoing series on youth and poverty where I reflect on the fact that poverty doesn’t always look the way you think it does. As poverty is growing, we need to be aware and we need to work towards change.

The one where Heather reminded us all of the ways that teenagers are like cats.

The one in which author Mike Lancaster kindly opened up his life to us and shared what it was like to grow up watching Doctor Who for Doctor Who Week, it was such an amazing gift to be invited on this journey with him.

The ones where we discussed the implications of the newly proposed electronic badging process and then Christie got her snark on and proposed some other badges we could earn in part of our Things I Never Learned in Library School series.

The one where Jonathan Maberry helps me impress The Mr. and asks him, “Haven’t you learned that wives have superpowers?” Bam, take that Mr.

And the one where I discuss why The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa is more than just another vampire book because it is a reminder of the dangers of banning books.  Because education and the freedom to read are vitally important.