YA Wednesday: The Bella Twins and Walt Whitman

John Green, on Paper Towns winning the top spot on YALSA's Teens Top Ten List for 2009,
"You're telling me that, in a popularity contest, my book about Walt Whitman beat out Stephenie Meyer's book about hot vampires?"
From this video (and, originally from this video.)

The remaining 2009 Teens Top Ten:

2. Breaking Dawn, Stephenie Meyer

3. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins

4. City of Ashes, Cassandra Clare

5. Identical, Ellen Hopkins

6. The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman

7. Wake, Lisa McMann

8. Untamed, P.C. and Kristin Cast

9. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, E. Lockhart

10. Graceling, Kristin Cashore

Quick links...
School Library Journal remembers Norma Fox Mazer, author of The Missing Girl, After the Rain and Up in Seth's Room.

Bookninja ponders the real motivations behind the vampire craze, "a quiet but profound sexual revolution and a new acceptance of freakiness in mainstream American life."

In The New Yorker, Rebecca Mead takes readers inside an editorial pitch meeting at Alloy Entertainment, home of Gossip Girl, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and The Vampire Diaries, which, incidentally, was first pitched way back in 1989 as "Anne Rice for teens."

TemptedHON Speaking of vampires, the next installment in P.C. and Kristin Cast's House of Night series, Tempted comes out next week. Happy reading.--Heidi

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