Another list!

I just found out, via the lovely Elise Broach, that Magic or Madness is on the Bank Street best teen books of 2005 list. The list also includes Laurie Halse Anderson’s Prom, E. Lockhart‘s The Boyfriend List and Laura Whitcomb’s A Certain Slant of Light all of which I adored. There are quite a few books on it I haven’t heard of which is always cool. More books to read!

If I wasn’t lazy I’d go through all the various best of lists and see if there’s any book that’s on every list. Maybe Prom, maybe Mary E. Pearson’s A Room on Lorelei Street? Has anyone else figured it out?

MorM has now been on five best books of 2005 list. Not bad, eh? I always welcome champagne-drinking excuses! Afterall that’s why I became a writer in the first place . . .


  1. Rebecca on #

    Congratulations! That’s awesome. I really need to read Prom. I’ve read Speak and Catalyst which are awesome. Haven’t heard of the others though. Hmm. Searching best of lists is good idea….

  2. Little Willow on #


    I feel like calling it MorM from now on. (The question is, will it come to me when I call it?)

    Please tell Elise that I enjoyed Shakespeare’s Secret.

  3. Rebecca on #

    barnes and noble has magic lessons. hehehe.

  4. Justine on #

    Rebecca: Prom‘s awesome. Not as intense as Speak, but still excellent.

    Barnes and Noble has been very good to me.

    Little Willow: I always call it MorM. I’m an Oz we never say five syllables if we can avoid it!

  5. Rebecca on #

    i know someday i’ll read prom. it’s just a matter of when. 🙂

    so, i see that you and scott will be at the TLA conference in April 2007!!! i plan on being there too, if it’s the sort of thing anybody can go to. this is so awesome!! i can’t wait!!!

  6. Jenny D on #

    congratulations! and i am so going the next time i feel the extravagant book-buying frenzy coming upon me to the bank st. bookstore which is my very favorite of all my local bookstores & buying all of the ones i haven’t read off that list that are even vaguely my kind of thing, thanks for the rec…

  7. Little Willow on #

    I love multisyllabic words. FUN FUN FUN!

    Someone ought to take a picture of a GloWorm reading Morm in the morn.

  8. marrije on #

    congratulations! wow, that’s quite a number of lists…

    in other news: i had a dream last night that scott’s big news was he was going to be a talkshow host, like oprah. you were both very excited about it.

  9. Justine on #

    Rebecca: Yup, we’re definitely going to be there. I’m not sure how the con registration works. I do know most of those things you can pay for a single day. There’s also a possibility we might do a bookshop signing while in San Antonio. But it’s all up in the air at the moment.

    Jenny D: It’s a fab bookshop, isn’t it? We should get up there and say hi. But, you know, it’s so far above fourteenth street . . .

    Rachel: Ta!

    Little Willow: feel free!

    Marrije: That’s hilarious but sadly not prescient.

  10. innle on #

    Huzzah! That’s fantastic, well done.

  11. Little Willow on #

    My beloved GloWorm is in storage.

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