Okay, so technically it began yesterday. I was far too excited making my list of the 25 books I’m going to read by June 23 to make post. Now that I’ve gotten my first book out of the way, here’s the deal of how the challenge works:
In libraryland there are these committees of librarians from all over the country that pick books that they think are the best of the best. Seventeen of those awards are either for YA books or often include YA books. Every year, the challenge is to read just 25 of them (there are 95 individual books on the eligibility list this year!) by sometime in June for a chance to win a tote bag full of YA lit!
The SUPER COOL part is that you guys can do it, too! Anyone who doesn’t work for the American Library Association can participate for a chance to win. CLICK HERE if you want the full list of titles and the rules. I have been endeavoring to get most, if not all, of the books in our collection, so you might find that some of them don’t show up or are on order or are in processing. Cool your jets, guys! I’m working on it!
In the meantime, I finished Numero Uno of my list, the graphic novel Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson. It’s about a 12-year-old girl named Astrid who joins a roller derby camp for the summer, even though she can’t really skate and even though her best friend completely ditched her for dance camp with Astrid’s nemesis-since-second-grade Rachel. Roller Girl is also on the Texas Bluebonnet Award list for 2016, which means it’s about to be checked out A LOT, so if you’re interested in reading it, now is the time to check it out. Roller Girl is listed on the Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for 2016, and the Top Ten Popular Paperbacks for 2016.
Also, if I ever start rockin’ this look:
…please, someone stop me.
♥ Heather, Youth Services Librarian