Wow, 2010 flew by quickly! Did you all finish the YA Through the Decades Challenge? I had a great time discovering both established and recent classic young adult novels and reflecting on how the market for this audience has expanded by leaps and bounds over the last several decades.
First up, the prizes! For challenge finishers, I have a couple books to give away. Comment on this post with a link to your progress on the challenge, or just list the books you read over the past year. Remember, you were supposed to read at least one book aimed at teen readers from each decade (up to 1930s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and 00s). From those who completed the challenge, I will pick three random winners for each of the three books listed below! I’ll accept entries until Jan. 24. Open to international readers, too.
- Forever by Judy Blume (1975)
- A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L’Engle (1980)
- Fifteen by Beverly Cleary (1956)
Here’s what I ended up reading for the challenge:
- up to 1930s: Sue Barton, Student Nurse by Helen Dore Boylston
- 1940s: Seventeenth Summer by Maureen Daly
- 1950s: Fifteen by Beverly Cleary
- 1960s: The Pigman by Paul Zindel
- 1970s: The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
- 1980s: Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
- 1990s: If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson
- 2000s: Lots! But I’ll call Uglies by Scott Westerfeld my official selection
I hope those of you who participated enjoyed reading for the challenge. While I won’t be hosting the challenge again, I encourage everyone to continue to explore older YA titles.
For the second decade of the challenge, I will be giving away a brand new copy of the 2010 Simon Pulse edition of Seventeenth Summer by Maureen Daly. This new edition of the classic YA book will be released on April 27.
1. To enter, post a link to any reviews you’ve done for the challenge (any decade!) to the comments on this post or send me an e-mail.
2. Any reviews posted between February 8 and April 23 count.
3. One entry per person, regardless of the number of reviews.
4. Deadline for entries is April 23 at 11:59 p.m. PST.
It’s never too late to join the challenge and enter the contest!