Everyone on Twitter’s doing it, so why can’t I?
1) Moon Unit Zappa
I read America The Beautiful, the semi-autobiographical story by Frank Zappa’s wild & crazy hippy daughter, ten years ago and laughed my butt off at her exploits trying to find love in LA. Moon has such an inspired voice! I wish she’d write again. This isn’t exactly YA material but it all rings true once you’re in your twenties.
2) Libba Bray
I know Libba Bray writes basically non-stop but it’s not fast enough!
The ladies at Lovestruck Literary demanded that I read The Reapers Are the Angels last year by Alden Bell and it knocked my socks off. Alden Bell sucks you into a post-zombie apocalypse world that is completely real and unforgettable and his female heroine is magnificent. Write! Write!
4) Jesse Karp
Those That Wake is a pretty ingenius sci-fi YA book told through the eyes of multiple main characters. Luckily Jesse has a short story being released in Feb 2012 in an anthology called Brave New Love.
I loved, loved, both The Opposite of Invisible and My Not-So-Still-Life and I can’t wait to read more about Gallagher’s gang of teens in Seattle.
6) Jenny Han
Is there anything Jenny Han can’t do? I’ve been hooked since The Summer I Turned Pretty. For anyone who’s ever said, “YA books don’t seem authentic to me,” I dare you to read Jenny’s work and not feel emotionally attached!
Jami Attenberg is a wry, savvy New Yorker. She’s the kind of writer you can imagine really wanting to hang out with late at night talking crap about boys. Instant Love was an awesome read and I haven’t had a chance to read her latest, The Melting Season yet but I’m saving it up, like the last unwrapped present on Christmas morning.
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler is one of the books that inspired me to start writing. Nothing, nothing, was a greater fantasy for me as a kid than running away to a museum with a suitcase, sleeping in a display at night and raiding the fountain for spare change with which to buy pudding at the cafeteria. Genius. I wish Ms. Konigsburg would find it in her heart to spin her magic just one more time for another book.
9) Lois Lowry
My all-time favorite. I got to meet Ms. Lowry way back in the day when I still went to public school in Massachusetts (fifth grade)! But wait, you’re saying! Lois Lowry writes the Anastasia books, which are for little kids, and I’m not a little kid! You are wrong, friends. Lois Lowry also writes books for older kids and adults that will rock you to your core. A Summer to Die, about a girl whose older sister is diagnosed with leukemia (based loosely on Lowry’s own childhood) and Autumn Street, about childhood memories during World War II will make even the most punk rock hipster cry, cry, cry.
10) J.K. Rowling
Duhhhh my life as a reader is pretty much on pause until Ms. Rowling pens her next book.