December 10, 2009

YA Through The Decades Challenge

Whitney of Youth Services Corner is hosting the YA through the Decades Challenge.

She says:

I only started reading YA literature a few years ago and tend to read current books. With the recent release of the Shelf Discovery by Lizzie Skurnick, which looks back at teen lit from decades past, I’ve been itching to read some older YA books. So, why not start a reading challenge?
There’s some debate about when YA lit first started. In Michael Cart’s “Naming Names” column from March 15, 2009’s Booklist, he lists The Outsiders (1967), Catcher in the Rye (1951), Seventeenth Summer (1942), Sue Barton Student Nurse (1936) and even Little Women (1868) as contenders for the first book for teen readers. For the purposes of this challenge, though, I’m defining early YA pretty broadly, in that the book should feature a teen point of view and be accessible to young people, even if it wasn’t published for teens.


1. Books should be considered YA or, for older books, should feature a teenaged main character or point of view. Let’s say from roughly ages 12-18.
2. Read at least one book from each decade: 1930s or earlier; 1940s; 1950s; 1960s; 1970s; 1980s; 1990s; 2000s. Re-reads are fine.
3. Sign up either by commenting or signing the Linky on the original challenge post. You can use the graphic on your blog to promote the challenge if you wish. You can start this challenge at any time during the year.


Post your reading list on your blog!
When you read a book for the challenge, post a review to your blog and comment on the main challenge page, send me a link, or comment on the periodic challenge posts. I will have prizes periodically for a random review!
That’s it! I will be reading my books in chronological order, starting with the oldest. As the host, I will post a mini-overview of the YA literature of the decade along with thoughts on my chosen book. The eight time periods will be spread out over the course of the year. Winners will be chosen for each of these posts.

Here are my ideas for books to read for the challenge:
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Nancy Drew Book by Carolyn Keene

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
Animal Farm by George Orwell

The Greengage Summer by Rumer Godden
The Once and Future King by T.H. White
On the Road by Jack Kerouac

Mr. and Mrs. Bo Jo Jones by Ann Head

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
Forever by Judy Blume

The Day They Came to Arrest the Book by Nat Hentoff
Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The Giver by Lois Lowry
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez
A Girl Named Disaster by Nancy Farmer
The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Max by James Patterson








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  1. This sounds like a great challenge, I'm joining in too :D

  2. Mr. and Mrs. Bo Jo Jones was the first "adult" book I ever checked out from my public library, and I still recommend it... as historical fiction!


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