Part IV: Young Adult Nonfiction, Graphic Novels, and Fiction Novels
Earlier this month, the Book Industry Guild of New York hosted their 25th annual show in New York City. This show is a celebration of the printer’s art. These Young Adult winners are also among the best-reviewed new books of the season.
This week, feast your eyes on these nonfiction, fiction, and graphic novels. Since 1993, the group has donated all the books from the show to the Literacy Assistance Center of New York.
Hardover Young Adult Nonfiction
The Cowgirl Way by Holly George-Warren. Published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children.
The tagline reads, "Hats Off to America’s Women of the West," and it truly is an overdue commemoration of womens’ contributions to the American Western experience. Readthatagain.com highly recommended this book, describing it as, “A wonderful book examining cowgirls as an American cultural icon, including profiles of country singers and screen stars as well as actual, rootin'-tootin' cowpunchin' rodeo riders and pioneer gals like Annie Oakley and Calamity Jane. The book is brief and concise, but packed with great anecdotes and profiles, as well as a trove of gorgeous western memorabilia and vintage photographs.”
Graphic Novel Young Adult
Smile by Raina Telgemeier. Published by Graphix/Scholastic.
The New York Times raved, “There are comic-style books aimed at older teenagers on every conceivable subject, but Smile is unusual. It’s a fictionalized memoir (some names and details have been changed), but also the equivalent of a Judy Blume novel: younger readers can turn to it for understanding and comfort. It hits home partly because there is nothing else out there like it.”
Meanwhile by Jason Shiga. Published by Amulet Books/Abrams.
The blog at the School Library Journal described this as, “Simple enough in its concept and art that a ten-year-old would feel confident picking it up, yet jam packed with an insane degree of whimsy and darkness, the book isn’t afraid to trust the brains, and the decisions, of its audience. Meanwhile is hoping that you’re gonna be a pretty smart cookie if you pick it up.”
Hardcover Young Adult Fiction
The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell. Published by Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins.
The tagline reads, "Meet Carrie before Sex and The City." The Los Angeles Times reported, “This is not ‘Li'l Carrie.’ It's not dumbed-down ‘Sex and the City.’ It's an origin story. An addictive, ingenious origin story.”
She’s So Dead To Us by Kieran Scott. Published by Simon & Schuster BFYR.
When having money is all that matters, what happens when you lose it all? The blog Linus’s Blanket wrote, “Scott has written a thoroughly engaging novel exploring the ins and out of the in crowd and what happens when you and your family no longer belong.”