for Excellence in Young Adult Literature
Step from Heaven
by An Na - YA
"A Step from Heaven," tells the tale of Young Ju as she
grows from a toddler in Korea to a high-school graduate in California
desperately trying to be a 'true' American while her immigrant parents try to
make her stay close to her Korean heritage. Both intimate and universal, this powerful story
of Young Ju's coming of age is rooted in the conflict between her traditional
Korean immigrant family and the need to find her place in the United States.
Na was born in Korea and
grew up in San Diego. "A Step From Heaven" is her first novel.
Ropemaker by Peter Dickinson YA
protected from the fearsome Empire by an enchanted forest, the Valley is in
danger as the forest's power fades. Four brave souls must venture into the
Empire to find the mysterious magician who can save the Valley. Tilja, the
youngest, learns that only she, an ordinary girl with no powers, has the ability
to protect her group and their quest from the Empire's sorcerers.
Believer by Virginia Euwer Wolff
In this second novel of
Wolff's "Make Lemonade" trilogy, 15-year old Verna LaVaughn is visited
by Jody, a boy she knew as a child who comes back to the housing project where
she lives. Jody behaves as if he's in love with her, but Jody is wrestling with
questions of his own identity.
finds himself with a bunch of kids in wood shop in a school that's known as
Hopeless High. Will doesn't know what he's doing there--or maybe he just doesn't
want to admit the truth. No one knows why local teens are committing suicide,
either. The deaths all have one thing in common: beautifully carved wooden
tributes that appear just after--or just before--the bodies are found. Will's
afraid he knows who's responsible for the deaths.
to Heart: New Poems Inspired by Twentieth-Century American Art
Jan Greenberg - YA 811 HEA
Jan Greenberg invited poets to choose a 20th-century work of American art and
write a poem
"stimulated by it"; the result is Heart to Heart: New Poems Inspired
by Twentieth-Century American Art. Jane Yolen contemplates Grant Wood's American
Gothic, Angela Johnson one of Faith Ringgold's quilts, and Ronald Wallace two
diverse works by Alexander Calder. The volume pays homage to 47 different
paintings, sculptures and photographs.