the answer to the question: which two teen books were named by teens as influential?

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

A few days ago I made reference here to books that appeared on lists prepared for me by the twenty-four uber-talented teen writers selected for the National YoungArts program, being held this week in Miami.  I'd asked the young writers for the names of books that had changed their idea of story, on the one hand, and their idea of language, on the other.  Only two had been published for teens. 

I then asked you, my faithful blog readers, what you thought those two titles might be. 

The first, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, was guessed by many of you.  The book that did not appear in your comments was the second—Maggie Stiefvater's Scorpio Races.  I'm spending some time thinking about all this—and I'll be reporting back on my thoughts as they come into clearer focus.

Thanks to all of you for playing along with me.  I'll post another contest soon, so that that promised copy of Small Damages finds its proper home.


Liviania said...

Oh, The Scorpio Races is just brilliant - and so well written - but I never would've guessed it. (Perhaps the confluence of really recent + genre?)

Serena said...

I have not read Scorpio Races, but agreed, The Book Thief is wonderful.

Jeannine Atkins said...

Interesting! I guess I must read The Scorpio Races! Thanks for keeping us pondering.

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