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As of March 1, 2005, 34 books have been nominated for Popular Paperbacks for
Young Adults. New nominations are posted on the first of each month
throughout the year.

For information about Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults including policies
and procedures and the complete list of nominations, please visit the YALSA
PPYA website at:

Nominations from the field are encouraged. Books must fit the category
requirements, be available in paperback in 2005, and cannot have appeared on
PPYA lists during the last five years to be eligible for PPYA.

Thank you.

Walter M. Mayes
Chair, PPYA 2006
The Girlsí Middle School
Mountain View, CA

Books That Donít Make You Blush

Alcott, Louisa May. An Old-Fashioned Girl. 1996. Penguin. $5.99.
This turn-of-the-century American novel is about Polly, a poor farm girl
(14-adulthood), who visits her wealthy cousin and struggles to be a good
girl despite many wicked temptations. Themes of friendship, romance and

Bauer, Joan. Backwater. 2000. Putnam. $6.99. 0-698-11865-0.
Ivy wants to escape the family tradition of becoming a lawyer, and in the
process reunites with an estranged aunt and faces a treacherous blizzard.

Cappo, Nan Willard. Cheating Lessons. 2003. Simon Pulse. $4.99.
Bernadette's smart.  She's focused on her studies, she's a champion debator,
and she has a great memory.  To top it off, she's been named to her school's
quiz bowl team.  But all her intelligence isn't much help when she finds out
her teacher has cheated to get the team into the Classics Bowl.  What if
honesty isn't the best policy?

Cleary, Beverly. Fifteen. 1996. HarperTrophy. $5.99. 0380728044.
Set in 1959, this classic romance is sweet and funny with a very satisfying

Weaver, Will. Memory Boy. 2003. HarperTrophy. $5.99. 0-06-440854-x.
Worldwide ecological disaster + Miles's fantastic invention + family exodus
from the city + mass panic = adversity leading to strength

Criminal Elements

Foon, Dennis. Skud. 2004. Groundwood. $6.95. 0888995490.
Violence simmers as a jilted boyfriend teams up with a frustrated jock to
bully one of the weaker students in their senior class.

Gantos, Jack. Hole in My Life. 2004. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $8.00.
Author Jack Gantos tells the story of his own teen years, when he was
arrested and imprisoned for drug smuggling.

Mikaelsen, Ben. Touching Spirit Bear. 2002. HarperTrophy. $5.99.
Cole has been in loads of trouble before, but he always gets out of it. This
time, however, he's facing a prison sentence, unless he chooses an
alternative sentence based on the Native American concept of Circle Justice,
which will leave Cole alone on a remote Alaskan island for a year.

Myers, Walter Dean. Monster. HarperTempest. $6.99. 0-06-440731-4.
16-year-old Steve realizes the therapeutic value of writing when he decides
to write a screenplay of his murder trial while it's in progress.

Oates, Joyce Carol. Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang. 1994. $13.95.
As a blood sister, Maddy had sworn never to tell the inside
story of Foxfire, the girl gang that terrorized upstate New York during the
fifties. But tell she does, and once you hear their story you may find
yourself wondering if the Foxfire girls weren't avenging angels in disguise.


Anderson, Laurie Halse. Fever 1793. 2002. Aladdin. 0-689-84891-9.
Fourteen-year-old Matilda Cook struggles for survival along with fellow
Philadelphians when the Yellow Fever epidemic comes to town.

Gerritsen, Tess. Bloodstream. 1999. Pocket. $7.99. 0-671-01676-8.
Dr. Clare Eliot moved to Tranquility, Maine, to remove her teenage son from
bad influences, but something in town seems to be causing an epidemic of
violence among local youth.

Haddon, Mark. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. 2004.
Vintage. $12.00. 1-4000-3271-7.
Autistic math genius Christopher Boone takes it upon himself to solve the
mystery of his neighbor's murdered poodle.

Hopkins, Ellen. Crank. 2004. Simon Pulse. $6.99. 0-698-86519-8.
Kristina could stop using crank any time she wants.  She's not addicted.
But there's another side to Kristina--a side called Bree.  Bree is wild,
spontaneous, flirtatious.  And Bree is addicted to crank.

Stevens, J. B. The Big Empty. 2004. Razorbill (Penguin). $6.99.
After Starin 7 wiped out more than half of the population, teens from
different locations and circumstances struggle to survive.

Trueman, Terry. Inside Out. 2001. HarperTempest. $6.99. 0064473767.
Zach's inner demons come to life when he is trapped as a hostage in an
ill-fated robbery attempt.


Bending the Landscape: Fantasy. Ed. by Nicola Griffith and Stephen Pagel.
2004. Overlook Press. $15.95. 1-58567-576-8.
Fantasy short stories by authors known for both fantasy and/or GBLTQ

Bending the Landscape: Original Gay and Lesbian Writing: Science Fiction.
Ed. by Nicola Griffith and Stephen Pagel. 2000. Overlook Press. $16.95.
Science fiction short stories, published for adults, by a combination of
writers know for either genre or GBLTQ-themed writing.

Freymann-Weyr, Garrett. My Hearbeat. 2003. Puffin. $7.99. 0-14240-066-1.
A love triangle between a sister, a brother, and his (male)
best friend, concentrating on very intellectual characters who nevertheless
struggle with understanding their own hearts.

Garden, Nancy. Annie on My Mind. 1992. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $5.95.
Liza and Annie are in love - and in high school.  Liza must come to terms
with not only loving Annie, but being a lesbian.

Huegel, Kelly. GLBTQ*: The Survival Guide for Queer and Questioning Teens
*(Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning). 2004. Free Spirit.
$15.95. 1-57542-126-7.
A helpful look at the challenges and issues gay, lesbian, bisexual,
transgendered, and questioning teens face at school, at home, and with

Kannagi, Satoru and Odagiri, Hotaru. Only the Ring Finger Knows. 2004.
Digital Manga. $12.95. 1-56970-980-7.
High school junior Wataru doesn't much care about the school trend of
couples wearing matching rings until he discovers much-admired senior Kazuki
wears a ring that matches his own.  What can it mean?  A cheeseball romance
at heart, one of the shonen-ai/yaoi subgenres from Japan.

Lackey, Mercedes. Magic's Pawn : Last Herald Mage Trilogy Book 1. 1994. Daw
Books. $6.99. 0-88677-352-0.
A young exiles finds his destiny and comes of age among Valdemar's legendary
Herald-Mages, protectors of the land.

Levithan, David. Boy Meets Boy. 2005. Knopf. $8.95. 0375832998.
What a marvelous world it would be if the captain of the football team could
simply don his tiara to preside as homecoming queen, and no one would bat a
false eyelash! Meet charming Paul as he manages life at his fairy-tale high
school, and tell me you wouldn't die to go there!

Matthews, Andrew. The Flip Side. 2005. Laurel Leaf. $5.90. 0040238242.
Is he or isn't he? After Robert dresses as a girl to play Rosalind in the
school production, even he's not completely sure!

Myracle, Lauren. Kissing Kate. 2004. Puffin. $5.99. 0-14-240241-9.
Kate leaned in to kiss Lissa, and Lissa kissed her back. Now Kate is
pretending that Lissa doesn't exist, and Lissa is hurt and confused.

Not the Only One: Gay and Lesbian Fiction for Teens. Ed. by Jane Summer.
2004. Alyson. $13.95. 1-55583-834-0.
A collection of gay and lesbian stories by great authors.

Peters, Julie. Keeping You a Secret. 2005. Megan Tingley. $7.99. 0316009857.
Senior class president Holland has no reason to challenge the status quo at
her school, until she falls head over heels in love with a new transfer
student who is very openly gay.

Ryan, Sara. Empress of the World. 2003. Penguin. $7.99. 0-14-250059-3.
Nicola Lancaster finds herself falling for a girl she meets at a summer
program for gifted students...and she is not quite sure she expected it.

Sanchez, Alex. Rainbow Boys. 2003. Simon Pulse. $7.99. 0-689-85770-5.
The misadventures of three gay boys in various stages of Coming Out during
their senior year in high school.

Van Meter, Jen. Hopeless Savages: Ground Zero. Illus. by Christine Norrie
and Brian O'Malley. 2003. Oni Press. $11.95. 1-92999-852-X
Children of punk rockers Dirk Hopeless and Nikki Savage deal with romance
and life as the focus of a reality TV show.

Winick, Judd. Green Lantern: Brotherís Keeper. 2003. DC Comics. $12.95.
Judd Winick continues in his seemingly one-man mission to diversify
comics -- in this graphic novel, a longtime character and friend of Kyle
Rayner, a.k.a. The Green Lantern, is brutally gay-bashed and Kyle has to
deal with how to (and how to not) use his powers for either justice or

Woodson, Jacqueline. From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun. 2003. Scholastic.
$5.99. 0-590-45881-7.
When his mother becomes a lesbian, Melanin Sun has to deal.

Woodson, Jacqueline. The House You Pass on the Way. 2003. Penguin. $5.99.
When Staggerlee's cousin Trout comes to visit, Staggerlee begins to question
her sexual orientation.

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