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I love seeing well-read and worn library books on the shelves. Here’s 10 YA Books that are 10 years or older that still get checked out at my library:
- Does My Head Look Big in This by Randa Abdel-Fattah (This one, published in 2005, always goes out as soon as I include it in a display. I even ordered a second copy of it after noticing how much it’s checked out and how many holds it still gets. This fabulous cover is so eye-catching!)
“When sixteen-year-old Amal decides to wear the hijab full-time, her entire world changes, all because of a piece of cloth…
Sixteen-year-old Amal makes the decision to start wearing the hijab full-time and everyone has a reaction. Her parents, her teachers, her friends, people on the street. But she stands by her decision to embrace her faith and all that it is, even if it does make her a little different from everyone else.
Can she handle the taunts of “towel head,” the prejudice of her classmates, and still attract the cutest boy in school? Brilliantly funny and poignant, Randa Abdel-Fattah’s debut novel will strike a chord in all teenage readers, no matter what their beliefs” -Goodreads synopsis
2. TTYL by Lauren Myracle (The Internet Girls series, first published in 2005, is still one of the most popular series at my library. Each well-read paperback copy is meticulously taped back together until it can’t be taped any more. I’ve recently purchased the reissued and updated version and it’s already checked out a lot! I read this as a 13 year old and thought I was so cool. I’m happy it still finds readers.)
“ttyl and its sequels follow the ups and downs of high school for the winsome threesome, three very different but very close friends: wild Maddie (mad maddie), bubbly Angela (SnowAngel), and reserved Zoe (zoegirl). Through teacher crushes, cross-country moves, bossy Queen Bees, incriminating party pics, and other bumps along the way, author Lauren Myracle explores the many potholes of teenagedom with the unflinching honesty and pitch-perfect humor that made this series a staple of young adult literature.” -Amazon synopsis
3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (Need I say more? The Book Thief, published in 2005, has become a YA classic. It shows up every year on student reading lists and adults still check it out too.)
“It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .
Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist – books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau. This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.” -Goodreads synopsis
4. Monster by Walter Dean Myers (Another YA classic, published in 1999, continually finds readers. We have so many copies of this tattered and well-loved book at my library. I love when a teen reader mentions that they’ve read this book before so I can tell them about Myers many other books and authors like Jason Reynolds, Kwame Alexander, and Angie Thomas.)
“Sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon is on trial for murder. A Harlem drugstore owner was shot and killed in his store, and the word is that Steve served as the lookout.
Guilty or innocent, Steve becomes a pawn in the hands of “the system,” cluttered with cynical authority figures and unscrupulous inmates, who will turn in anyone to shorten their own sentences. For the first time, Steve is forced to think about who he is as he faces prison, where he may spend all the tomorrows of his life.
As a way of coping with the horrific events that entangle him, Steve, an amateur filmmaker, decides to transcribe his trial into a script, just like in the movies. He writes it all down, scene by scene, the story of how his whole life was turned around in an instant. But despite his efforts, reality is blurred and his vision obscured until he can no longer tell who he is or what is the truth. This compelling novel is Walter Dean Myers’s writing at its best.” -Goodreads synopis
5. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares (This is one of my absolute favorite series of all time. The first book, published in 2001, remains a favorite of many readers today. It’s a really good beginning book for YA readers. Parents who loved this book request this book a lot to share with their own teen readers.)
“Carmen got the jeans at a thrift shop. They didn’t look all that great: they were worn, dirty, and speckled with bleach. On the night before she and her friends part for the summer, Carmen decides to toss them. But Tibby says they’re great. She’d love to have them. Lena and Bridget also think they’re fabulous. Lena decides that they should all try them on. Whoever they fit best will get them. Nobody knows why, but the pants fit everyone perfectly. Even Carmen (who never thinks she looks good in anything) thinks she looks good in the pants. Over a few bags of cheese puffs, they decide to form a sisterhood and take the vow of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants . . . the next morning, they say good-bye. And then the journey of the pants — and the most memorable summer of their lives — begins.” -Goodreads synopsis
6. Born Confused by Tanuja Desai Hidier (Published in 2002, this is another book that shows up on a lot of school reading lists. I use it in a lot of displays in the teen section and it’s always one of the first ones to check out.)
“Dimple Lala doesn’t know what to think. Her parents are from India, and she’s spent her whole life resisting their traditions. Then suddenly she gets to high school and everything Indian is trendy. To make matters worse, her parents arrange for her to meet a “suitable boy.” Of course it doesn’t go well — until Dimple goes to a club and finds him spinning a magical web . Suddenly the suitable boy is suitable because of his sheer unsuitability. Complications ensue. This is a funny, thoughtful story about finding your heart, finding your culture, and finding your place in America.” -Goodreads synopsis
7. Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan (Levithan is an always popular author at my library and this is one of our most popular titles. Just last week a Teen Book Club member called this book published in 2003 their “favorite book for forever.”)
“This is the story of Paul, a sophomore at a high school like no other: The cheerleaders ride Harleys, the homecoming queen used to be a guy named Daryl (she now prefers Infinite Darlene and is also the star quarterback), and the gay-straight alliance was formed to help the straight kids learn how to dance.
When Paul meets Noah, he thinks he’s found the one his heart is made for. Until he blows it. The school bookie says the odds are 12-to-1 against him getting Noah back, but Paul’s not giving up without playing his love really loud. His best friend Joni might be drifting away, his other best friend Tony might be dealing with ultra-religious parents, and his ex-boyfriend Kyle might not be going away anytime soon, but sometimes everything needs to fall apart before it can really fit together right.
This is a happy-meaningful romantic comedy about finding love, losing love, and doing what it takes to get love back in a crazy-wonderful world.” -Goodreads synopsis
8. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen (All of Dessen’s books are popular at my library but Just Listen is the most requested. Published in 2006, Just Listen is still relatable and relevant. It’s also my favorite Dessen novel.)
“Last year, Annabel was “the girl who has everything” — at least that’s the part she played in the television commercial for Kopf’s Department Store.
This year, she’s the girl who has nothing: no best friend because mean-but-exciting Sophie dropped her, no peace at home since her older sister became anorexic, and no one to sit with at lunch. Until she meets Owen Armstrong.
Tall, dark, and music-obsessed, Owen is a reformed bad boy with a commitment to truth-telling. With Owen’s help, maybe Annabel can face what happened the night she and Sophie stopped being friends.” -Goodreads synopsis
9. Ball Don’t Lie by Matt de la Peña (I love booktalking this one at school visits and it always grabs some reluctant readers.)
“Sticky is a beat-around-the-head foster kid with nowhere to call home but the street, and an outer shell so tough that no one will take him in. He started out life so far behind the pack that the finish line seems nearly unreachable. He’s a white boy living and playing in a world where he doesn’t seem to belong.
But Sticky can ball. And basketball might just be his ticket out . . . if he can only realize that he doesn’t have to be the person everyone else expects him to be.
Matt de la Peña’s breakout urban masterpiece, Ball Don’t Lietakes place where the street and the court meet and where a boy can be anything if he puts his mind to it.” -Goodreads synopsis
10. Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr (Zarr is a favorite YA author for so many readers and Story of a Girl, published in 2007, is still constantly on hold and passed between readers. I like to think that this book is passed around in friend groups before it makes its way back to the library.)
“I was thirteen when my dad caught me with Tommy Webber in the back of Tommy’s Buick, parked next to the old Chart House down in Montara at eleven o’clock on a Tuesday night. Tommy was seventeen and the supposed friend of my brother, Darren.
I didn’t love him.
I’m not sure I even liked him.
In a moment, Deanna Lambert’s teenage life is changed forever. Struggling to overcome the lasting repercussions and the stifling role of “school slut,” Deanna longs to escape a life defined by her past. With subtle grace, complicated wisdom, and striking emotion, Story of a Girl reminds us of our human capacity for resilience, epiphany, and redemption.” -Goodreads synopsis
What’s your favorite YA book that’s at least 10 years old?