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Popular Paperbacks: Boarding Schools to Summer Camps!

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How many of us have at one time spent time at summer camp? Archery, canoeing, arts and crafts, and summer romance are all hallmarks of the camp experience. YALSA’s Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults committee is looking for YOUR nominations for Boarding Schools to Summer Camps: leaving home to find yourself. PPYA describes this list as “books where the characters go to boarding school, study or work abroad, or participate in some other activity that takes them away from home for an extended period of time.” Boarding schools in particular seem to be a very popular setting for many YA novels, including The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart (a 2009 Printz Honor book), Marked by PC Cast, and Looking For Alaska by John Green (the 2006 Printz winner), to name only a few. There are many, many titles that fit this popular category. In fact, I’m betting that if you work at a library right now, in the dead heat of summer, many of those summer camp setting books or even the boarding school books are just about all checked out.

Raid your closets and scour your shelves for the next great book to nominate for this fun category. Remember, the only criteria for nominating a book for Popular Paperbacks is that the title be widely available in paperback. If it brings on feeling of reading euphoria, all the better!

The great thing about Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults (and all of YALSA’s lists and awards) is that anyone can suggest titles. You do not have to be a librarian. If you’re a teen reader, an adult reader, a teacher-librarian, a summer camp counselor, or just a fan of young adult literature, you can suggest a title for any PPYA list.

Still looking for more books to nominate? Check out more PPYA lists: I’m New Here Myself and Gowns, Greasepaint and Guitars.

— Sarah Wethern, currently reading Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield

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