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All In The Family: The List

Wowza!  A few days back, I asked folks to share their favorite "strong family" YA books.  The response has been more than I could've expected, so I'm posting the list today.  It's just too wonderful to wait.  Thanks to everyone for sharing.  More than 30 YA librarians and avid readers from across the country suggested books. 

The novel mentioned the most was DAIRY QUEEN by Catherine Murdock.  I recently read DQ for the first time, and I must say, I'm now an official Schwenk family fan.  Honestly, I'm still rolling over Dad messing up his hip with the manure spreader.  Lived it!  I've read reviews and blogs lately that suggest THE SWEETHEART OF PROSPER COUNTY for folks who like DAIRY QUEEN.  *does trucker pump with right arm*  That's just plain awesome.

Another book that received several mentions is Sarah Dessen's LOCK and  KEY.  I have to say I'm putting it to the top of the to-be-read list. 

Here is the complete list in no particular order:

DAIRY QUEEN   by Catherine Murdock
LOCK and KEY  by Sarah Dessen
TEN CENTS A DANCE   by Christine Fletcher
IF I STAY   by Gail Forman
SWEET THANG by Allison Whittenburg
THE OUTSIDERS by S.E. Hinton
SAVING FRANCESCA  by Melina Marchetta
WHICH MOTHER IS MINE?  by Joan Oppenheimer
HONEY, BABY, SWEETHEART  by Deb Caletti
TALL GRASSES  by Sandra Dallas
SUMMER SISTERS  by Judy Blume
THE PRESIDENT'S DAUGHTER  by Ellen Emerson White
HURT GO HAPPY by Ginny Rorby
THE SUMMER I TURNED PRETTY by Jenny Han
HARRY POTTER (series)  by J.K. Rowling  (in particular Ron's family and the family of friends) 
HOPE WAS HERE  by Joan Bauer  (Also one of my favorites)
THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD by Zora Neale Hurston  (Love it.  Taught it.  Janie's grandmother is one of my favorite characters in all of literature.  Read her dialogue. Truly powerful)
STORY OF A GIRL by Sara Zarr  (Another personal favorite, and the birthday gift I give to my friend's daughters when they turn 14) 

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(Anonymous)
Aug. 26th, 2009 09:49 am (UTC)
Great list -- family is so important.
My favorites from your list : The Outsiders and Sweet Thang (very underrated but such a great find).
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