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Monthly Monday Poll: April 2017 – 1999 Was An Awesome Year for YA

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Last month, we got nostalgic about our most-loved YA fantasy from the 90s. In a result that should surprise no one, the opening volume of Harry Potter was the winner, with 34% of results. Runner-up with 26% was Megan Whalen Turner’s The Thief, so we’ve got a lot readers (myself included!) eager for the May release of the 5th book set in The Thief‘s world, Thick as Thieves. Fully 21% of you called foul on the feasibility of accurately listing and/or choosing actual favorites from the decade of YA fantasy that helped to provide the fertile ground from which grows the vivid genre (and genre-bending) work we enjoy in today’s YA. The next 3 results were quite close, with Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials at 7%, Garth Nix’s Abhorsen trilogy at 6%, and Neil Gaiman’s Stardust at 5%. 2% of us chose Diana Wynne Jones’ Dark Lord of Derlock. 

In the course of digging up 90s fantasy titles last month, I discovered that 1999 was a seriously *stellar* year in YA, giving us a bunch of standout titles still celebrated today. So we’re keeping the 90s theme going, and this time just focusing on this incredible list of books that ALL came out (in North America) in 1999. As always, let me know in the comments if there are titles I’ve missed!

What's Your Favorite YA Book Published in 1999?

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— Carly Pansulla, currently reading We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out by Annie E. Clark and Andrea Pino

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Carly Pansulla

Carly Pansulla is currently a high school librarian at the Carlyle Fraser Library in Atlanta, GA. She reads across genres, but has a soft spot for urban fantasy, character-driven sci-fi, historical fiction, and mysteries.


  1. Christina Burgess Christina Burgess

    So hard to choose! 1999 was a great year for YA lit.

  2. James W James W

    I was just the right age when Perks of Being A Wallflower came out.

    I don’t enjoy the epistolary style as much now as an adult, but then, I absolutely loved it. It also got me to read Ayn Rand (which I wouldn’t do now) and to listen to the Smiths (which I also wouldn’t do now).

    Maybe if I had been reading HP then, I would vote for Prisoner, but since I read Perks right when it was released, I gotta give it up. Sad that he never wrote another novel.

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