This is the blog of children's book author and third grade teacher, Stacy Barnett Mozer. I blog about my own writing journey, the journey of other kidlit authors, my classroom, and talk about books. Thanks for stopping by. Your thoughts are always welcome (and encouraged).

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Favorite Books Read in 2009

This year I have met or connected with amazing kidlit people with great book recommendations. Here's a list of the best books I read in 2009 (in no particular order)

Young Adult Fantasy/Science Fiction
1. BEAUTIFUL CREATURES (2009) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
2. HUNGER GAMES (2008) and CATCHING FIRE (2009) by Suzanne Collins
3. GRACELING (2008) and FIRE (2009) by Kristin Cashore
4. THE MAZE RUNNER (2009) by James Dashner
5. GRAVEYARD BOOK (2008) by Neil Gaiman
6. SHIVER (2009) by Maggie Stiefvater
7. SILVER PHOENIX (2009) by Cindy Pon
8. ENDERS GAME (8th Printing 1994) by Orson Scott Card

Young Adult Realistic Fiction
1. PURGE (2009) by Sarah Darer Littman
2. HATE LIST (2009) by Jennifer Brown
3. ONCE WAS LOST (2009) by Sara Zarr
4. IF I STAY (2009) by Gayle Forman
5. LOOKING FOR ALASKA (2005) by John Green
6. THIRTEEN REASONS WHY (2007) by Jay Asher
7. EVERY SOUL A STAR (2008) by Wendy Mass

Middle Grade Favorites
1. PARIS PAN TAKES THE DARE (2009) by Cynthea Liu
2. THE DOG DAYS OF CHARLOTTE HAYES (2009) by Marlane Kennedy
3. YEAR OF THE DOG (2007) and YEAR OF THE RAT (2008) by Grace Lin
5. THE YEAR THE SWALLOWS CAME EARLY (2009) by Kathryn Fitzmaurice

What books are on your list?


  1. Recommend: A Bottle in the Gaza Sea by Valerie Zenatti (won Sydney Taylor Award for Teens last yr - I LOVED it.)

    YA - Jellicoe Road - Melina Marchetta (Printz winner)

    Red Glass - Laura Desau - beautifully written road trip with self discovery

  2. Thanks for the recommendations Sara. I'll look those up.

    I'm looking forward to reading Chasing Brooklyn, which comes out Jan. 4. You read an interview with the author, Lisa Schroeder.

    I also can't wait for the next book in the Hunger Game series and the sequels to many of the books on my favorite reads list.


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