NECBA Fall 2010 Top Ten List

First started in 1996 these lists are our bi-annual attempt to identify as many high-quality titles as possible from among the numerous new middle-grade and young-adult fiction books.

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Devaney, Doak & Garrett Booksellers
193 Broadway
Farmington, Maine 04938-1932
(207) 778-3454

"The plot twists and tightens as one exit after another is cut off, and a flashlight shines on the character of one inmate after another, the hopeless prospects of kids sucked into the criminal justice system. Readers won't want to put the book down "
Watt Key
Published by: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Edition: Hardcover (ISBN #9780374308636)

"Funny, authentic, heart-rending & compelling."
Kenneth Oppel
Published by: Scholastic Press
Edition: Hardcover (ISBN #9780545229258)

"This, the last of the Wee Free Men series, is bittersweet. … Dark characters and more mature themes (domestic violence) add to the sense this is a slightly different Pratchett. Of course, even a slightly different Pratchett is still head-and-tails a"
Terry Pratchett
Published by: HarperCollins
Edition: Hardcover (ISBN #9780061433047)

"A small but potent book. … The story of Salva is one of courage, perseverance, love, faith, generosity. … It’s an amazing and inspiring story. "
Linda Sue Park
Published by: Clarion Books
Edition: Hardcover (ISBN #9780547251271)

"A genius is not just someone with a very high IQ, which he has, but someone who has accomplished something outstanding and contributed something to the world. This he achieves, in a very teen way. But what sets this story apart are his friends. Co"
Jennifer Roy
Published by: Cavendish Square Publishing
Edition: Hardcover (ISBN #9780761457169)

"At the heart of this series is an exploration of two issues, the power and nature of the human will and the power and nature of privacy. … Emotionally riveting, structurally complex, and brilliantly executed."
Patrick Ness
Published by: Candlewick
Edition: Hardcover (ISBN #9780763647513)

"This story asks a lot of questions and provokes a lot of thought about where our society is going today, and it does so with heartwarming family values, believable characters and loads of hope."
Diane Stanley
Published by: HarperCollins
Edition: Hardcover (ISBN #9780061239052)

"If Goldilocks had found a pile of middle grade galleys on the table at the Bear's house, rather than bowls of porridge, the returning bear family would have found her engrossed in Touch Blue rather than sleeping upstairs."
Cynthia Lord
Published by: Scholastic Press
Edition: Hardcover (ISBN #9780545035316)

"This dynamic reimagining of the Irish mythos in modern-day Chicago is loaded with convincing romantic tension, intelligent, three dimensional characters, and atmospheric power."
Kersten Hamilton
Published by: Clarion Books
Edition: Hardcover (ISBN #9780547330082)

"Powerful & un-put-down-able…. Kids like Kyle are found in every high school... He gets by without causing enough trouble or getting good enough grades to be noticed. When he meets the wrong person who shows him a different world, everything changes."
10) You
Charles Benoit
Published by: HarperTeen
Edition: Hardcover (ISBN #9780061947049)

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