Thursday, May 20, 2010

20 Underappreciated YA Contest Results and Poll!

Inspired by Elana Johnson's Spread the Awesome festival, we decided to hold a contest that would help generate a list of underappreciated YA titles. Please vote for your favorites in the sidebar (open until 5/2710) to help us pick the most underappreciate novels and help spread the word!

As promised, we also picked five contributors to win care packages with fabulous YA books and other sources of comfort to help destress from your own writing.

Drum roll please! Congratulations to...

Jemi Fraser
Amy (fairyqueen2098)
Kathleen (kapybara42)
Casey McCormick

Thank you to all who participated! The list of underappreciated YA books nominated is listed below. But don't forget to vote in the sidebar!

Happy Reading,
Martina & Marissa

Willow by Julia Hoban
The Emerald Tablet by P.J. Hoover
The Siren by Kiera Cass
Candor by Pam Bachorz
The Dust of 100 Dogs by A. S. King
Everlost by Neal Shusterman
Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore
Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
The Underneath by Kathi Appelt
Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeve
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff ***
The Enemy by Charlie Higson
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
The Blue Girl by Charles De Lint
Beautiful by Amy Reed
The Pricker Boy by Reade Scott Whinnem
Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan
All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab
Immortal by Gillian Shields
Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough
Huntress by L.J. Smith
The Only Alien on the Planet by Kirsten D. Randle
Boys That Bite by Mari Mancusi
Vampire Beach by Alex Duval
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
Dear Julia by Amy Bronwen Zemser
Ruined by Paula Morris
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
The Secret to Lying by Todd Mitchell
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Spells by Aprilynne Pike
Shadowed Summer by Saundra Mitchell
Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin
The Gone novels by Michael Grant
The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
Chloe Doe by Suzanne Phillips
Faery Rebel: Spell Hunter by RJ Anderson
The Tricksters by Margaret Mahy
Owl in Love by Patrice Kindl
Terry and the Pirates by Julian F. Thompson
Rats Saw God by Rob Thomas
Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer
Tell It to Naomi by Daniel Ehrenhaft
Alt Ed by Catherine Adkins
Zigzag by Ellen Wittlinger
The Gentleman Outlaw and Me-- Eli by Mary Downing Hahn
Dragon's Bait by Vivian Vande Velde
Birthmarked by Caragh O'Brien
The Boys of San Joaquin by D. James Smith
Chanters of Tremaris series by Kate Constable

*** This is correct in this list, but I mistyped it in the poll. My apologies to everyone!  Martina


  1. What an amazing list!! Geez, my to-read list just grew. I need another set of eyes.

    Congrats to the winners.
    Thanks, ladies.

  2. Wow, great list of books, and some I haven't read yet. I better correct that.
    Congrats to the winners.:)

  3. Thanks for the list. I love discovering new books to read and love. Can't wait to see the results.

  4. Congrats to the winners! I just cut-and-pasted all those books onto my TBR list. Now I'm off to the library...

  5. Congrats to the winners. It's a great list.

  6. Unfortunately I've only read one of those books and it was so long ago I don't know if it really was any good or not so it wouldn't be fair if I voted.

    Though I was tempted to vote for Vivian Vande Velde's book simply because I've read other works by her that I loved.

  7. I voted and thanks for putting together the list! Just a small correction. It's Meg Rosoff, not Meg Rossum as the author of HOW I LIVE NOW.

  8. Angiegirl (and all viewers) -- I'm SO sorry. This is my bad -- I hurriedly retyped the poll this morning because we had it in the post originally and it wasn't working. Unfortunately, blogger will not let me edit it now. I will go and add a note to the post so everyone (hopefully) sees the correction! Thanks for pointing this out!

  9. What an awesome list! I voted for all the books I've read on the list that are under-appreciated (is that allowed? Ha!). And YAY! for being a winner. I'm so excited. THANK YOU!!!!!

  10. I haven't read or heard of any of these except for The Outsiders of course. I want to copy this list and take it to the library!! Thank you! And I think it's awesome to do an underappreciated list. There are so many amazing books out there that aren't getting the hype and no one is reading.

  11. Woohoo! Thanks so much! I'm so excited :)

    This is a great book list - my wanna-buy-it list is growing!

    Thanks again :)

  12. YEEEE HA CASEY McCormick!!!

    You are always A WINNER girl!

    Have voted for mine.
    BTW - Just how many votes can we have Marissa/Martina?

  13. Vote away Ann Marie! :) So many good titles!


  14. Congrats to the winners! And I voted. :-)

  15. What a great list! So many I need to read.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and reading my article. Since you're a teacher, you might appreciate another one I have up right now at Viatouch

    Your posts are always so fun!

  16. We're so proud of you Julie! We're going to include you in our post tomorrow to celebrate your publication! The article is wonderful. Thanks for the other link, too :)

    Martina & Marissa

  17. I also am adding to my TBR list. I am sad to see OUTSIDERS though. Is it really under-appreciated? I thought it was a YA classic! and A SEPARATE PEACE too. I must be old, b/c those were the books you *had* to read in my YA days :) Definitely a good idea to promote so many good reads. Thanks!

  18. @janflora My school requires both a "A Separate Peace" and the "Outsiders" to be read. So, maybe it just depends where you are...?

  19. I'd like to recommend the two novels by Julie Bertagna: Exodus and Zenith. Aurora, the third in this trilogy, has yet to be released.

  20. Whatta list! I have some reading to do, methinks!!


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