Best of the Best
During the recent ALA Annual Conference, 100 "best of the best" young adult books were selected by YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association). The 100 books were from 1994 to 2003, and includes both fiction and nonfiction. The full list is here. (For some reason, I couldn't find it on the ALA website itself. If you can find the link, I'll edit this and add it)
I LOVE lists like these. I like them for collection development (do we have this book?), weeding information (in other words, if its on this list, don't), and as a personal and professional guide and benchmark. Have I read the books? Have I at least heard of the books?
My score: I've read 54 of the 100, and I'm happy to say that those 54 are fairly equally spread out for all 10 years and for fiction and nonfiction.