Saturday, 22 May 2010

Nerds Heart YA 2010: the shortlist is here


Finally the shortlist is ready! I'm in the first bracket and the books I will read are
Shine, Coconut moon by Neesha Meminger and Skunk Girl by Sheba Karim. They're both about ethnic minorities in America written by two women with similar backgrounds as their characters.
Shine, Coconut moon is about an Indian American girl.

While the second one, Skunk Girl is about a Pakistan American girl
My bracket seems to go perfectly with my resolution of reading more multicultural books. It'll be interesting to compare the two, and see how they deal with similar themes of identities and prejudices. I'm really looking forward to starting reading.

I've hardly heard of any of the books in the list, but I'm very excited to read all the reviews and decision. As usual I expect them to add buckets to my wish list!
Here are all the books in the tournament:

Donut Days - Lara Zielin

Me, Just Different – Stephanie Morrill

Pure – Terra Elan McVoy

The World is Mine – Lyah B. LeFlore

Gringolandia – Lyn Miller-Lachmann

Wanting More – Rukhsana Khan

Devil’s Kiss – Sarwat Chadda

Jumped – Rita Williams-Garcia

Guantanamo Boy – Anna Perera

Shine, Coconut Moon – Neesha Meminger

Skunk Girl – Sheba Karim

Last Night I Sang to the Monster – Ben Alire-Saenz

The Rock and the River – Kekla Magoon

Purple Heart – Patricia McCormick

Alligator Bayou – Donna Jo Napoli

A Wish After Midnight – Zetta Elliot

Medina Hill – Trilby Kent

Lost – Jacqueline Davies

In the Path of Falling Objects – Andrew Smith

Funny How Things Change - Melissa Wyatt

Blessing’s Bead – Debby Dahl-Edwardson

The Blonde of the Joke – Bennett Madison

Say the Word – Jeannine Garsee

In Mike We Trust – P E Ryan

Evil? – Timothy Carter

Beautiful – Amy Reed

Tilmon County Fire – Pamela Ehrenberg

The Vast Fields of Ordinary – Nick Burd

Once You Go Back – Douglas A. Martin

Anything but Typical – Nora Raleigh Baskin

Border Crossing – Jessica Lee-Anderson

Rowan the Strange- Julie Hearn


I recently picked up Guantanamo Boy from the library, but haven't got to it yet.I'm glad it made the list.
Do you know any of the others?

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5 comments:

Amanda said...

I have Shine, Coconut Moon on my shelf and am really looking forward to it!

Nymeth said...

Your books sound great! I've seen reviews of Shine, Coconut Moon, but not of The Slunk Girl. Looking forward to yours.

Jodie said...

Hahaha they will be asking if you want half fare on the bus next ;) Yay I'm so jazzed that you're judging NHYA this year and glad you like your book choices (I have Shine on my own bookshelves). Have fun reading.

T.V and Book Addict said...

Oh gosh all of those sound great. I've heard of many of them already and they're definitely on my tbr list. I hope to read Shine, Coconut Moon soon! ;)

Susan said...

I'm super excited about being a part of Nerds Heart YA, too. I haven't heard of most of the books, so it will be interesting to check them all out. I just read SHINE, COCONUT MOON, but my library didn't have SKUNK GIRL. I wonder how the two compare?