GoodReads Nominees for Best Young Adult Fiction

Join in voting on the 2013 Opening Round to select the Best Young Adult Fiction book on GoodReads.  In this first round, there are 15 novels to choose from:

14813667 Dare You To (Pushing the Limits, #2) The Distance Between Us

Ali’s Pretty Little Lies by Sara Shepard

Dare You To by Katie McGarry

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

Eleanor & Park Fangirl Game (Jasper Dent #2)

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Game by Barry Lyga

If You Find Me Just One Day (Just One Day, #1) The Moon and More

If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

Just One Day by Gayle Forman

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

Out of the Easy Perfect Scoundrels (Heist Society, #3) Rose Under Fire

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

This Is What Happy Looks Like Two Boys Kissing United We Spy (Gallagher Girls, #6)

This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

United to Spy by Ally Carter

Early Warning Confirmed

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The Annie E. Casey Foundation has a new report that updates research about 3rd grade reading levels.  It follows up the 2010 Early Warning: Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters report.  In this new research, it has been found that the issue may be even more urgent than previously realized.

You can read the entire document here in pdf format.  Here are some of the major findings:

  • Early-grade reading proficiency in the US continues to be unacceptably low for low-income students and students of color
  • The gap between struggling and fluent readers does not improve over time
  • There are strong correlations between failure to read proficiently and failure to graduate from high school
  • The issue is no longer just about breaking generational poverty cycles, but also about preventing new ones from forming due to downward mobility from the middle class