PW Best Books 2006.
I know lots of people think the end-of-year booklists are lame, but I love 'em.
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, by M.T. Anderson -- The most impressive book I've read this year. While it won't be everyone's cuppa, it's an achievement-and-a-half on M. T. Anderson's part.
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, by Kate DiCamillo, illus. by Bagram Ibatoulline -- Ah, yes. The Bunny Book, as some have taken to calling it. Personally, I liked it a whole lot, but I very much understand why others did not.
Saint Iggy, by K.L. Going -- Yeah. I don't really understand why this is on the list. Or the starred reviews. Someone who really really liked it, please explain. Because I felt "eh" at best.
Fly by Night, by Frances Hardinge -- Fab. Fabbity-fab. Super. Pure enjoyment.
Incantation, by Alice Hoffman -- Liked it enough that I'm planning on giving her other YA books a try.
Firestorm, by David Klass -- What I said about Saint Iggy, but quadrupled. Someone who liked this book, please pipe up. Because, wow. I was not a fan.
Keturah and Lord Death, by Martine Leavitt -- Super. Romantic and sad and thoughtful and, again, romantic.
Fairest, by Gail Carson Levine -- Haven't read it yet, but planning on it.
Sold, by Patricia McCormick -- Haven't read it yet because I'm scared. I have it at home, though. Baby steps.
Clementine, by Sara Pennypacker, illus. by Marla Frazee -- Haven't even read ABOUT it. Oh, wait. I recognize the cover. Still haven't read it, though.
The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak -- Must. Read. Soon. Or. Be. Branded. The. Most. Losery. Loser. In. The. World.
My comments, obvs, not PW's -- you can read theirs (and look at the rest of the lists) here.