Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults

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YALSA is proud to announce its 2008 list of Popular paperbacks for Young Adults (PPYA). The list, drawn from 189 official nominations, is arranged by the following four topics: Sex is ...; What Makes a Family?; Magic in the Real World; and Anyone Can Play.

"Teens love to read thematic lists. This year's lists will be popular with a wide range of teen readers," said J. Marin Younker, committee chair. "There is everything from the hot topic of sex to an update of the well-read PPYA sports list from 1999. Also added to the mix are titles about the many forms of family and books for the obsessed fantasy fan. Enjoy!"

Sex Is ...

This list suggests fiction and nonfiction books for teens about our favorite taboo subject: sex. Committee chair Kristin Fletcher-Spear says, "Teens have always been and will always be interested in sex. This list explores teens' favorite obsession:' Barnes, Derrick. The Making of Dr. Truelove. Simon Pulse, 2006.

ISBN13: 978-1-4169-14396; $7.99. Behrens, Andy. All the Way. Puffin, 2007. ISBN13: 978-0-14-240833-9; $7.99.

Blume, Judy. Forever. Simon Pulse, 2007. ISBN13: 978-1-4169-3400-4; $8.99.

Brian, Kate. The Virginity Club. Simon Pulse, 2005. ISBN13: 978-1-4169-0346-8; $5.99.

Burgess, Melvin. Doing It. Henry Holt, 2006. ISBN13: 978-0-8050-8079-7; $6.95.

Cabot, Meg. Ready or Not. HarperTeen, 2007. ISBN13: 978-0-06-072452-8; $6.99.

Davidson, Dana. Played. Jump at the Sun, 2007. ISBN13: 978-0-7868-3691-8; $8.99.

Ha, Thu-Huong. Hail Caesar. PUSH, 2007. ISBN13: 978-0-439-89026-7; $7.99.

Hartinger, Brent. The Order of the Poison Oak. HarperTeen, 2006. ISBN13: 978-0-06-056732-3; $6.99.

Kazumi, Maki. Desire. Digital Manga Publishing, 2004. ISBN13: 978-1-56970-979-5; $12.95.

Klause, Annette Curtis. Blood and Cbocolate. Laurel-Leaf, 1999. ISBN13: 978-0-440-22668-0; $6.50.

Levithan, David and Rachel Cohn. Nick & Norab's Infinite Playlist. Knopf, 2007. ISBN13: 978-0-375-83533-9; $8.99.

The Little Black Book for Girlz: A Book on Healthy Sexuality. Annick Pr., 2006. ISBN13: 978-1-55037-954-9; $8.95.

Lockhart, E. Fly on the Wall: How One Girl Saw Everything. Delacorte, 2007. ISBN13: 978-0-385-73282-6); $8.99.

Medina, Nico. The Straight Road to Kylie. Simon Pulse, 2007. ISBN13: 978-1-4169-3600-8; $8.99.

Pardes, Bronwen. Doing it Right: Making Smart, Safe, and Satisfying Choices About Sex. Simon Pulse, 2007. ISBN13: 978-1-4169-1823-3; $14.99.

Ruditis, Paul. Rainbow Party. Simon Pulse, 2005. ISBN13: 978-1-4169-0235-5; $12.95.

Scott, Elizabeth. Bloom. Simon Pulse, 2007. ISBN13: 978-1-4169-2683-2; $8.99.

Wallington, Aury. Pop! Razorbill, 2006. ISBN13: 978-1-59514-092-0; $8.99.

Watase, Yuu. Absolute Boyfriend, Volume 1. VIZ, 2006. ISBN13: 978-1-4215-0016-4; $8.99.

What Makes a Family?

Does a family have to be blood or legally related? Can a tribe or a gang be a family? This list offers fiction and nonfiction titles about all kinds of families. Committee chair Dr. Allan O'Grady Cuseo says, "This list highlights a wide variety of family experiences." Alvarez, Julia. Finding Miracles. Laurel-Leaf, 2006. ISBN13: 978-0-553-49406-8; $6.50.

Bauer, Cat. Harley, Like a Person. Knopf, 2007. ISBN13: 978-0-375-83735-7; $8.99.

Cohn, Rachel. The Steps. Aladdin, 2004. ISBN13: 978-0-689-87414-7; $4.99.

Ferris, Jean. Of Sound Mind. Sunburst, 2004. ISBN13: 978-0-374-45584-2; $6.95.

Frost, Helen. Keesha's House. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2007. ISBN13: 978-0-374-40012-5; $8.

Headley, Justina Chen. Nothing but the Truth (And a Few White Lies). Little, Brown, 2007. ISBN13: 978-0-316-01131-0; $7.99.

Johnson, Angela. The First Part Last. Simon Pulse, 2004. ISBN13: 978-0-689-84923-7; $5.99.

Kantor, Melissa. If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where's My Prince? …