One of the three themes for YALSA’s 2014 Popular Paperback for Young Adults (PPYA) list is “Conflicted: Life During Wartime.” It’s an exciting new path, as this is the first time the committee has ever compiled a war-themed list before. So what’s this list about, you ask? Well, a short answer is that it embodies all sorts of realistic fiction and nonfiction books that relate experiences of people affected by war in one way or another. A longer description would explain that the main character doesn’t have to be the one in a physical war, but rather the story could focus on how a brother, a sister, other kinfolk, or a family as a whole has been affected by someone’s experience from participating in a war. Or another take could be a personal account of the war experience and its effect on a person’s life and the way they see the world around them. Experiences could be regarded as emotional, physical, spiritual, psychological, and so on.
Some of the books that have been nominated for this category so far are:
- Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick
- Beyond Bullets: A Photo Journal of Afghanistan by Rafal Gerszak
- War Brothers by Sharon McKay
Visit the PPYA field suggestion form to suggest titles for the Conflicted: Life During Wartime list or for any of our other two lists, Humor Me: Funny, Fantastic and Witty Reads and GLBTQ: Books with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, Queer-questioning, Intersexed, Asexual individuals, and Their Allies.
â€“ Nicola McDonald, 2014 Popular Paperbacks committee member, currently reading The Bite of the Mango by Mariatu Kamara and Susan McClelland