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After I finished The Silver Star I was looking for something else to capture me and make me want to put life on hold while I read, so I checked out a link I received last week on the 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels. I discovered, to my horror, that I'd only read sixteen of their best 100. Of course this list, like most lists, is very subjective so I shouldn't be upset because it did even have some of my favorites on it like, The False Prince or Cinder, but I was still surprised to realize that I hadn't even read half of their top 100. In an effort to boost my spirits I checked out the list for middle grade and was happy to discover I had a much better score, 32 out of 100, but that was still dreadfully low. Admittedly I'd never heard of several of their top middle grade picks: Misty of Chincoteague, Poppy,or The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles, I was disappointed that this list also failed to mention a few of my favorites: Rules by Cynthia Lord, By the Great Horn Spoon by Sid Fleishman and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo.
After seeing both of these lists, it reaffirms what Gene Roddenberry said when fans gave him a lot of grief about whether a child should be on board a U.S.S. Enterprise in Star Trek TNG: “You are all under the impression I write for you, but I write for me and I like the character…” I may not be Gene Roddenberry, but I will keep this in mind as I write and as I read.
With that thought in mind what middle grade or Y.A. books would be on your top 100 list?