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2015 Young Adult Reading Challenge
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Thomcat
Posted 2015-01-09 9:17 AM (#9232)
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Last year finished strong, with five challenge readers completing the course. Going to relax the rules a little this year - read 12 books (new authors, or at least new to their Young Adult works) and write 6 reviews.

More information on the Challenge Page, questions and comments here.
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Posted 2015-01-09 10:18 AM (#9234 - in reply to #9232)
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Great to see this one back again this year!  There are more a than a few folks waiting for it to pop back up that will be very happy.  You can add the Winston Science Fiction Series to your list of resources for YA books.  It's a great list for old school juvenile book fans.

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Thomcat
Posted 2015-01-11 9:03 PM (#9256 - in reply to #9234)
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Added the Winston list, and thank you for the banner.

First book add request - The Painted Boy by Charles de Lint (publisher Viking Juvenile, 2010)

Good luck to all Challenge participants!
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Badseedgirl
Posted 2015-01-14 8:37 AM (#9286 - in reply to #9232)
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I'm back. I plan to organize my novels better this year.
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Thomcat
Posted 2015-01-23 11:11 AM (#9352 - in reply to #9232)
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Just want to highlight some new books in this category, recently added to Worlds Without End

Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories - https://www.worldswithoutend.com/novel.asp?id=10972
The Night Calls series from author Katharine Eliska Kimbriel - https://www.worldswithoutend.com/author.asp?ID=2785
Tron: A Novel - https://www.worldswithoutend.com/novel.asp?id=10952
The Kraken Wakes by John Wyndham - https://www.worldswithoutend.com/novel.asp?id=10951
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Badseedgirl
Posted 2015-01-25 7:17 AM (#9357 - in reply to #9232)
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I'll add painted boy today. p.s. like the new photo.
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Badseedgirl
Posted 2015-01-25 1:32 PM (#9359 - in reply to #9232)
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The Painted Boy is in, Admin and Thom. I will add cover art when I get home tonight, around midnight, sorry can't do it sooner, but book itself is in.
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Thomcat
Posted 2015-01-27 3:04 PM (#9374 - in reply to #9359)
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Thank you guys - that makes #12 on my Young Adult list.
The Painted Boy by Charles de Lint - https://www.worldswithoutend.com/novel.asp?id=11003

Another recent addition that makes the grade is:
Invitation to the Game - https://www.worldswithoutend.com/novel.asp?id=10996
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dustydigger
Posted 2015-02-01 3:15 AM (#9430 - in reply to #9232)
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Hey,it may be a ''puff'' for Baen Books itself,but they have a really fun list of their publications that they would approve for young people. All the Heinlein juveniles are there,masses of Eric Flint,David Weber etc,and many others not perhaps on the higher literary plane,but Baen books are great fun. Check out - baen.com/ya_list.asp
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mooncrumble
Posted 2015-02-07 3:22 PM (#9551 - in reply to #9232)
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Please consider adding Red Rising and Golden Son by Pierce Brown to the list. I read the first last year and am currently reading the second. They won't work for me for this challenge, but other folks may like them and I'll write a review.
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Badseedgirl
Posted 2015-02-09 7:57 AM (#9571 - in reply to #9232)
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Mooncrumble I will add your books today or tomorrow. Sorry I was slow responding.
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Badseedgirl
Posted 2015-02-12 10:46 AM (#9615 - in reply to #9551)
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I have these in the database
Red Rising
Golden Son

They sound interesting and I am going to try and squeeze one in this year if possible. My book list is getting sort of long these days, I"m sure everyone has experienced that pain before.

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mooncrumble
Posted 2015-02-14 11:28 AM (#9634 - in reply to #9615)
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Thanks so much! I'll try and post a review in the next week or so. These are books that really need to be read in sequence, so if you do read one, start with Red Rising.

Too many books on the list.. Never had that trouble...
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Badseedgirl
Posted 2015-02-14 11:39 AM (#9635 - in reply to #9232)
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I don't know about everyone else, but since I did this challenge last year, my ability to dip into the Locus YA awards has been shallow this year. It seems the same authors get nominated/win each year. I've been forced to slip over to David Brin's list to fill in my YA challenge out. Thom you are an avid YA reader, how are you handling this situation?

Brin's list did open up a whole new list or options for me, and I am using that to fill in my slots.
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Posted 2015-02-14 3:01 PM (#9636 - in reply to #9232)
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Badseedgirl, I think I know what you mean, but I also seems like you think that you can ONLY add from the awards or lists. I don't read the challenge that way at all. I read it as any new to you author.
I didn't join this challenge this year because there's not that many new to me YA authors that I want to read. I have several YA book I want to read this year but they are almost all from authors that I have already read. I might be able to do the 3 author one this year.
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Posted 2015-02-28 10:00 PM (#9756 - in reply to #9636)
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Hey everyone, we just added the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult SF and Fantasy to the site!  This will be another great resource for the YA Reading Challenge.  Take a look and let us know what you think.

 

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Badseedgirl
Posted 2015-03-01 6:52 AM (#9768 - in reply to #9232)
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Well thank you. I was just fussing that it seems like the same authors win the awards each year. I just glanced over the list but there seems to be several different authors.
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dustydigger
Posted 2015-03-01 8:31 AM (#9769 - in reply to #9768)
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Thanks Dave for this new list! Lots of new intriguing titles here,I can see me mining it for several years of this challenge. Yes,I do expect it to last several years at least. There is some wonderful stuff for YAreaders these days,excellent tales with interesting characters,exciting plots - and none of the explicit sex,violence,orstrong language that are tediously prevalent in so much adult stuff.
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Thomcat
Posted 2015-03-20 10:05 AM (#9917 - in reply to #9232)
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Highlighting another series that is new to the site and good for Young Adults

Tales of the Otori - https://www.worldswithoutend.com/searchwwe.asp?st=Tales+of+t... is a series of historical fantasy novels by Gillian Rubinstein, writing under the Pen name Lian Hearn.
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Badseedgirl
Posted 2015-07-20 10:10 AM (#10996 - in reply to #9232)
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Guess who just finished this challenge? This is the first full challenge I have finished this year. Caves of Steel (Asimov), Little Brother(Doctorow) and Feed (Anderson) were my favorite by far of what I read.
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Thomcat
Posted 2016-01-01 10:11 AM (#12223 - in reply to #9232)
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Final state-of-the-challenge report - challenge clickable here: https://www.worldswithoutend.com/rollyourown.asp?ryo_id=70

9 of 15 participants fulfilled their challenge this year, and we collectively generated 60 reviews for the site. Over the course of the year, WWE doubled the number of young adult lists, adding the Winston and Andre Norton lists. It truly was a good year for Young Adult fiction!

Having hosted for two years, I will be stepping down as the host of this particular challenge. I wish you all luck in the new year with whatever you read.
--Thom
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