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Librarians' Choice 2001 - Books for Teens

YA 2001 Favorites: Fiction

cover of The Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants

The Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants
Ann Brashares
Four close friends, separated for the summer, stay connected through a pair of jeans they mail back and forth to one another. The "magical" pants come to represent the bonds of friendship and arrive just as each girl needs the strength to cope with a personal crisis. A fresh, absorbing look at friendship.

In the Shadow of the Alamo
Sherry Garland
In 1835, when young Lorenzo Bonifacio is conscripted into the Mexican army to fight the Americans in Texas, his family follows along to offer support. They suffer through an exhausting march, harsh battles and life-altering experiences. An out-of-the ordinary historical which offers an alternate perspective of the battle for Texas.

The Two Princesses Of Bamarre
Gail Carson Levine
Princess Meryl has always protected her younger sister, Addie. When Meryl falls ill with the mysterious "Gray Death," Addie vows to find a cure - even if means battling ogres, demons, and dragons.

Touching Spirit Bear
Ben Mikaelsen
Convicted for severely beating a classmate, Cole Matthews elects to take his chances with "Circle Justice", a system based on Native American traditions, instead of going to jail. The verdict is banishment to a remote Alaskan island for one year. There, a horrifying encounter with a rare white spirit bear, has a profound effect on Cole, forcing him to reevaluate his life.

Cirque du Freak: A Living Nightmare
Darren Shan
A tattered advertisement for a traveling freak show tempts Darren and his friends to sneak out for a midnight performance. Through a series of mishaps stemming from an encounter with one of the performers (the sinister Mr. Crepsley), Darren is forced to become a vampire's assistant.

Non-Fiction

Blizzard!: The Storm That Changed America
Jim Murphy
974.71041 qM978 2000
In March 1888, the northeastern United States was hit with an enormously destructive snowstorm. Murphy uses newspaper articles, eyewitness accounts, and photographs to describe the storm and explain how it changed the science of weather prediction.

cover of Kissing: The Complete Guide

Kissing: The Complete Guide
Tamar Schreibman
394 S378 2000
A fun and informative guide to the subject of kissing, that covers the history of kissing, great movie kisses, kissing horror stories, kissing "factoids", and more!

Short Takes: Fast Break Basketball Poetry
Charles R. Smith, Jr.
811.54 qS6442s 2001
Energetic poems accompanied by striking photographs celebrate the power, speed, and rhythm of a basketball game.

Stick Figure: A Diary of My Former Self
Lori Gottlieb
616.85262 G686Zg 2000
Gottlieb offers readers an honest and compelling account of her battle to overcome anorexia.

Teen Astrology: The Ultimate Guide to Making Your Life Your Own
M.J. Abadie
133.5 A116 2001
A how-to guide for teens interested in learning how to use astrology to understand themselves and take charge of their lives.