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Your favorite baseball book in YA lit?

  • Heat by Mike Lupica (30%, 13 Votes)
  • My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger (23%, 10 Votes)
  • Mexican WhiteBoy by Matt de la Pena (21%, 9 Votes)
  • Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally (12%, 5 Votes)
  • Samurai Shortstop by Alan Gratz (9%, 4 Votes)
  • Summerland by Michael Chabon (5%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 43

Start Date: April 6, 2015 @ 12:20 am
End Date: No Expiry

Your favorite real woman from history as depicted in YA lit?

  • Anastasia Romanov from Anastasia’s Secret by Susanne Dunlap (26%, 9 Votes)
  • Mary Tudor from Mary, Bloody Mary by Carolyn Meyer (21%, 7 Votes)
  • Cleopatra Selene from Cleopatra’s Moon by Vicky Alvear Schecter (21%, 7 Votes)
  • Anne Boleyn from Tarnish by Katherine Longshore (18%, 6 Votes)
  • Annie Sullivan from Miss Spitfire by Sarah Miller (12%, 4 Votes)
  • Himiko from Spirit’s Princess by Esther Friesner (2%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 34

Start Date: March 30, 2015 @ 12:19 am
End Date: No Expiry

What's your favorite basketball novel in YA lit?

  • The Crossover by Kwame Alexander (42%, 25 Votes)
  • Boy21 by Matthew Quick (32%, 19 Votes)
  • Ball Don't Lie by Matt de la Pena (10%, 6 Votes)
  • Slam by Nick Hornby (7%, 4 Votes)
  • Travel Team by Mike Lupica (5%, 3 Votes)
  • The You-Know-Who Girls: Freshman Year by Annameekee Hesik (4%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 59

Start Date: March 22, 2015 @ 8:40 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Which first line from YA lit compels you to find out what's coming next?

  • “As my bare feet sank into the wet earth, I tried not to think about the dead bodies buried beneath me.” (Unbreakable by Kami Garcia) (21%, 34 Votes)
  • “The P-38 WWII Nazi handgun looks comical lying on the breakfast table next to a bowl of oatmeal.” (Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick) (19%, 31 Votes)
  • “They took me in my nightgown.” (Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys) (19%, 31 Votes)
  • “Here is the boy, drowning.” (More Than This by Patrick Ness) (11%, 17 Votes)
  • “They say that just before you die your whole life flashes before your eyes, but that’s not how it happened for me.” (Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver) (10%, 16 Votes)
  • “‘If I was going to kill the Prophet,” I say, not even keeping my voice low, “I’d do it in Africa.’” (The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams) (8%, 13 Votes)
  • “There is one mirror in my house.” (Divergent by Veronica Roth) (6%, 9 Votes)
  • “I don’t feel the presence of God here.” (Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn) (6%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 159

Start Date: March 16, 2015 @ 12:35 am
End Date: No Expiry

What’s your favorite YA book that features social media or current technology?

  • TTYL by Lauren Myracle (45%, 32 Votes)
  • The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler (27%, 19 Votes)
  • Gimme a Call by Sarah Mlynowski (14%, 10 Votes)
  • My Life Undecided by Jessica Brody (10%, 7 Votes)
  • The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise (4%, 3 Votes)
  • Hung Up by Kristen Tracy (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 71

Start Date: March 9, 2015 @ 12:24 am
End Date: No Expiry


  1. Alissa Alissa

    Here’s an idea for a poll:

    What (fictional) book within a book do you most want to read?

    For example, Hogwarts a History (from Harry Potter) or An Imperial Affliction (from The Fault in Our Stars)

  2. Hi.
    One idea I had for a poll (I’m new to the site so sorry if it has been used before) is the best/worst first impressions. For explain: The Secret Like of Prince Charming by Deb Caletti, so the main character Quinn opens the bathroom door to Jake, and Jake is naked and going to the bathroom while Quinn is in her PJs because its quite early in the morning. The next morning when they see each other he says to her “This is what I look like with clothes on.” Or maybe Remy and Dexter in This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen. I though the meeting of Sam and Jase was cute in My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick.

    Also, I couldn’t help but notice that some books repeat themselves in the polls a lot. I’ve seen a lot of Harry Potter, Hunger Games, The Fault in our Stars (actually… anything John Green), Anna and the French Kiss, The Knife of Never Letting Go. These are great books and obviously well known, but there are great books out there that aren’t as well known but still great. When you put Hunger Games in a poll or Harry Potter, many people know them so a lot of people will vote for them because people don’t know the other choices and it seems that the other choices don’t get a chance.

    Comments are closed on some of the polls I’ve seen, but for the best boyfriend poll I thought of Ethan of Beautiful Creatures, or for the best friend poll I thought of Melina Marchetta books, like one time a character (Jude) in Jellicoe Road, when asked who those group of people were he responded: They’re my best friends. I’m going to know them until the day I die. I was sad that they weren’t included, but I did like the choices of Adam, Sam, and Xander in the boyfriend poll, but then Etienne won, again.

    Wow this is really long, still, I can’t wait for more polls to come out!

    • Hi Sarah,

      Thanks for the first impressions poll idea! I’ll see if we can come up with something good.

      And the reason that big titles like Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and the other titles you mentioned keep showing up is because when we don’t include them, we get a lot of comments asking why we’ve omitted them! I agree with you that they sort of spoil polls because you know they’re going to win, but that popularity also means that people protest when we don’t include them.

      We only have one poll open at once; you can vote in it in the sidebar on the right. We post the poll (and a recap of the previous week’s poll) on the blog every Monday, so keep an eye out for future questions!

      — Gretchen

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