In addition

At Good Comics for Kids, Snow Wildsmith rounds up graphic novels recognized on other American Library Association lists like “Best Books for Young Adults” and “Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers.”

One, the “Death and Dying” category in “Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults,” reminds me to ask a question: where’s Cyril Pedrosa’s Three Shadows (First Second) on any of these lists? I didn’t think it was a perfect book, but it was packed with sensitivity, ambition and craft, and it was a noble attempt at spinning a new fable.

5 Responses to In addition

  1. Karen says:

    Although Three Shadows was nominated and enjoyed by most committee members, our charge is to select titles that are popular with teens aged 12-18. We felt that Three Shadows was, despite it’s obvious merit, far more a book for adults and didn’t have the widespread appeal to the teen audience.

    Karen Brooks-Reese
    Chair, PPYA 2009

  2. davidpwelsh says:

    I can see that. Thanks for taking the time to respond!

  3. Robin B. says:

    We actually reached much the same decision on Great Graphic Novels for Teens — as our charge is graphic novels for teens, we also felt that Three Shadows, while brilliant and undoubtedly enjoyed by some teens, was truly intended for adults. That’s one of the charges of the committee that often keeps what the committee undoubtedly feel are excellent titles off the list — they they’re not really for teens.

  4. davidpwelsh says:

    I was just reading an interview with Mark Siegel at Robot 6 (, and he describes it as a book for adults, too, so it’s unanimous! (And I’m sure savvy librarians will recommend it to comics-loving teens anyways, whether it’s on the list or not, so…)

  5. Eva says:

    This may also help explain why Life Sucks ended up on a couple of the YALSA lists. While I know quite a few adults who weren’t in love with the title, I haven’t met a single teen who didn’t love it. One even ran to give it to her sister, squeee-ing that it was better than Twilight. Since I needed it for for my committee work, I hadn’t donated it to the collection yet — coming to my read-and-review sessions was the only way these kids could get their hands on it. Many of the teens in my library, boys and girls, dragged their friends along to my read-and-review sessions just so they could all read that book.

    That’s what makes these lists so special. They’re lists of books that are great for teens. Not necessarily also great for fanboys or for middle-aged women (I did the math. I’m middle-aged. Sigh.), or for people who know and remember 20 years worth of continuity, but they are great for teens.

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