Lisa Ann Sandell
Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
The Book of Joby
Mark J. Ferrari
For the 2009 READ & REVIEW CHALLENGE, you need to:
So come on, tell us, who did YOU want to be?
These chapters are broken up by the occasional mini essay or editorial on a variety of topics from “pink books” to graphic novels.
Within chapters are, and this was the best part, full page reviews for each novel/series with the occasional author bio/review.
Each book was classified with its country of origin and reading age:
Y = Young Reader
YA = Young Adult
A = Adult
but then goes on to show the primary audience and the audience who may be interested. For example: a book marked YA/A indicates a YA novel that may be of interest to an adult reader.
In between these reviews were shorter topical lists (“grand love stories”, “extraordinary international lives”, “recent Australian YA books with Shakespearean connections”) with shorter paragraph reviews.
This format made this book not only extremely easy to read and navigate, but also quite pleasing to look at.
SELECTION OF BOOKS:
Here’s where the list book can potentially fall down. You don’t want a generic list of books which you’ve seen a hundred times, but at the same time, you don’t want a list so out there that it’s unrecognisable or unrelatable.
Right Book, Right Time: 500 Great Reads for Teenagers focuses mainly on recent YA novels which, considering the discerning teen audience, is probably a good idea. However, it still includes (in the topical lists mostly) more traditional or enduring teenage and children’s’ classics. The range of books was impressive and very well selected, catering for all tastes and interest. 5/5