A Year in Review: 2008-2009

Well, despite a slow last couple of months, my blog has reached it’s one year anniversary.  And I think the year has been rather successful.  I experimented with different styles of reviews, having polls, and the types of YA lit that I’ve read.  I have plenty more to do, and I am hoping to renew my efforts for year number 2.


For now, here’s a recap of all the books I’ve reviewed here on YA Lit, the Good, the Bad, the Ugly.

October 2008

Cut- Patricia McCormick

Out of the Dust– Karen Hess

Leaving Fischers- Margaret Haddix

A Hero Ain’t Nothing But A Sandwich– Alice Childress

Whale Talk– Chris Crutcher

Looking For Alaska- John Green

November 2008

Romiette and Julio– Sharon Draper

House of the Scorpion- Nancy Farmer

Seek- Paul Fleischman

Scorpions- Walter Dean Meyers

I am the Cheese- Robert Cormier

Twisted- Laurie Halse Anderson

Monster- Walter Dean Meyers


December 2008

Copper Sun– Sharon Draper


January 2009

I am the Messenger – Markus Zusak

Slam– Nick Hornby


February 2009

Maximum Ride– James Patterson

An Abundance of Katherines– John Green


March 2009

Boy Proof- Cecil Castellucci

Room in the Heart- Sonia Levitin

Confessions of an Not it Girl- Melissa Kantor

How Ya Like Me Now?– Brendan Halpin

Cuba 15- Nancy Osa

Bullyville- Francine Prose

Tangerine- Edward Bloor

Wintergirls- Laurie Halse Anderson

Beauty Shop For Rent- Laura Bowers


April 2009

The Battle of Jericho- Sharon Draper

Persepolis– Marjane Satrapi

A Step From Heaven– An Na

Kit’s Wilderness- David Almond

The White Darkness- Geraldine McCaughrean

American Born Chinese- Gene Luen Yang

Nation- Terry Pratchett


May 2009

The Chocolate War – Robert Cormier

Dead is the New Black- Marlene Perez

Jellicoe Road– Melina Marchetta

Tears of a Tiger– Sharon Draper

Being Nikki- Meg Cabot


June 2009

Ghostgirl– Tonya Hurley

Max- James Patterson


July 2009

The Hunger Games– Suzanne Collins

So Not The Drama- Paula Chase

Staying Fat For Sarah Byrnes- Chris Crutcher


August 2009

Ghostgirl:Homecoming- Tonya Hurley


September-October 2009

No new book reviews- though I did re-read Tears of A Tiger and Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes during these months.


I’ve made it through 45 reviews.  I hope to top that during my second year.  Stay tuned!



Completed the YA Book Challenge!!




 2009 Young Adult Book Challenge


Read 12 YA novels this year!

Click here to join.

My Read list:

1. Slam- Nick Hornby
2. Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports- James Patterson
3. Maximum Ride: The Final Warning- James Patterson (see above link)
4. An Abundance of Katherines- John Green
5.  Cuba 15– Nancy Osa
6. Bullyville– Francine Prose
7. Tangerine– Edward Bloor
8. Wintergirls- Laurie Halse Anderson
9. How Ya Like Me Now– Brendan Halpin
10. Beauty Shop for Rent– Laura Bowers
11. Boy Proof– Cecil Castellucci
12. Room in the Heart– Sonia Levitin
13. Confessions of a Not It Girl– Melissa Kantor

Room in the Heart- Sonia Levitin

Sonia Levitin creates a very realistic account of German occupied Denmark during World War II perhaps drawing on the fact that as a child she escaped Nazi Germany.  The story follows several characters, some Jewish, some not, and some Nazi sympathizers or soldiers themselves.  While a piece of historical fiction this book is also multi-genre- it consists of narrative writing, diary entries, and letters.  I feel that this story does a great job of showing how the German occupation affected average citizens.  This novel shows great examples of how every day people can make a big difference in other people’s lives.  This novel would be a great addition to a unit on the Holocaust in a history class, or just used as a novel study in a language arts class.  I think it is especially interesting because it is not set in Germany like most of the books written about the Holocaust.  This book could be used in classes from 7th to 10th grade, and because it follows characters of both genders will be able to identify with this book.


One of my favorite quotes that I think Levitin embodies in this novel:

“I want to focus not on the evil, but on the goodness that exists in this world.” page 285



Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People
Scholastic Book Club

Reading Plan for the Weekend 3/27-3/29

My plan for this weekend reading wise is to read:

“Room in the Heart” by Sonia Levitin 


“Confessions of a Not It girl” by Melissa Kantor

I would like to add a third book to at least start but I believe this is all I have out of the library at this point!  Even if I read both of these this weekend I will probably post one review today and the other around Monday sometime.  

Since I’ll be getting a new batch of books from the library this week does anyone have any suggestions?!