Challenges

Challenges for 2020


ALA YA Award Books Challenge isn't hosted by anyone this year, but I am doing it for myself. 
  • Michael L. Printz Award (Best YA literature of the year)--“Dig,” written by A.S. King
  • Schneider Family Book Awar(Teen living with a disability)--“Cursed," written by Karol Ruth Silverstein
  • Alex Awards (10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences)--“A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World,” By C.A. Fletcher; “Do You Dream of Terra-Two?” By Temi Oh; “Dominicana,” By Angie Cruz; “Gender Queer: A Memoir,” By Maia Kobabe; “High School,” By Sara Quin and Tegan Quin; “In Waves,” By AJ Dungo, Published by Nobrow; “Middlegame,” By Seanan McGuire; “The Nickel Boys,” By Colson Whitehead; “Red, White & Royal Blue” By Casey McQuiston; “The Swallows,” By Lisa Lutz
  • Margaret A. Edwards Award (Author who has made a significant contribution to YA or Children's Lit)--Steve Sheinkin Most Dangerous
  • Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature (LGBT)--“When Aidan Became a Brother,” written by Kyle Lukoff and “The Black Flamingo,” written by Dean Atta
  • YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults--“Free Lunch,” written by Rex Ogle
  • Coretta Scott King Author Award (African American Author)--“New Kid,” written by Jerry Craft
  • Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award (African American New Talent)--“Genesis Begins Again,” written by Alicia D. Williams
  • Pura Belpre (Latino Author)--““Sal and Gabi Break the Universe,” written by Carlos Hernandez
  • American Indian Youth Literature Award (given in even years)--“Hearts Unbroken,” written by Cynthia Leitich Smith (Muscogee)
 This challenge is hosted by Tara at Popsugar.celebrity
  1. The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys (world leader)
  2. I'm Not Dying with You Tonight by Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal (upside down cover image)
  3. All the Walls of Belfast by Sara J. Carlson (20 letters in the title)
  4. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Great first line)
  5. The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee (written by a woman of color)
  6. Heroine by Mindy McGinnis (more than 4 stars rating on Goodreads)
  7. Don't Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno (set in a country starting with C--Cuba)
  8. Know My Name by Chanel Miller (recommended by an online book club)
  9. The Burning by Jane Casey (set in a city that has held the Olympics--London)
  10. Birthday by Meredith Russo
  11. The Second Midnight by Andrew Taylor (Three word title)
  12. Cursed by Karol Ruth Silverstein (on a subject I know nothing about)
  13. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (a book I meant to read in 2019)
  14. Deposing Nathan by Zack Smedley (by an author in his 20s)
  15. Children of the Stars by Mario Escobar (published in 2020)
  16. The Alice Network by Kate Quinn (passes the Bechdel test)
  17. The Shape of Family by Shilpi Somaya Gowda (a woman in STEM)
  18. Hour of the Assassin by Matthew Quirk (unrelated movie has the same title)
 This challenge is hosted by Bev at My Reader's Block
  1. The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys
  2. I'm Not Dying with You Tonight by Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal
  3. All the Walls of Belfast by Sara J. Carlson
  4. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  5. The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee
  6. Heroine by Mindy McGinnis
  7. Don't Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno
  8. Know My Name by Chanel Miller 
  9. The Burning by Jane Casey
  10. Butterfly Yellow by Thanhhà Lại
  11. Birthday by Meredith Russo
  12. The Second Midnight by Andrew Taylor
  13. There's Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon
  14. How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  15. Cursed by Karol Ruth Silverstein
  16. Home Truths by Susan Lewis
  17. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  18. Deposing Nathan by Zack Smedley
  19. Sorry for Your Loss by Jessie Ann Foley
  20. Children of the Stars by Mario Escobar
  21. Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain by Zaretta Hammond


This challenge is hosted by Hibernator's Library
  1. January--Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  2. February--How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  3. Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain by Zaretta Hammond
    This challenge is hosted by Lori at Escape with Dollycas. 
    US States
    1. Alabama--Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
    2. California--Know My Name by Chanel Miller 
    3. Florida--Don't Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno
    4. Georgia--The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee
    5. Illinois--Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
    6. Maryland--I'm Not Dying with You Tonight by Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal
    7. New York--How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
    8. Ohio--Heroine by Mindy McGinnis 
    9. Pennsylvania--Know My Name by Chanel Miller 
    10. Tennessee--Birthday by Meredith Russo
    11. Texas--The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys
    12. Virginia--Hour of the Assassin by Matthew Quirk
    13. Washington, DC--Hour of the Assassin by Matthew Quirk
    14. West Virginia--Deposing Nathan by Zack Smedley
    15. Wisconsin--All the Walls of Belfast by Sara J. Carlson
      Countries outside the US
      1. Argentina--Children of the Stars by Mario Escobar
      2. Belgium--The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
      3. Cuba--Don't Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno
      4. Czech Republic--The Second Midnight by Andrew Taylor
      5. France--Children of the Stars by Mario Escobar
      6. Germany--The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
      7. Ghana--Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
      8. Spain--The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys
      9. United Kingdom--All the Walls of Belfast by Sara J. Carlson
      10. Việt Nam--Butterfly Yellow by Thanhhà Lại

        This summer challenge is hosted by Sue at Book by Book.


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        Challenges for 2019


        ALA YA Award Books Challenge isn't hosted by anyone this year, but I am doing it for myself. Winners announced Monday, January 28, 2019.


        Michael L. Printz Award (Best YA literature of the year)
        Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

        Schneider Family Book Award (Teen living with a disability)
        Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro

        Alex Awards (10 best adult books that appeal to ten audience (Pick one of ten) 
        The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir

        Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

        The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After by Clemantine Wamariya & Elizabeth Weil

        Margaret A. Edwards Award (Author who has made a significant contribution to YA or Children's Lit) (Pick one book by that author)
        Feed, M.T. Anderson


        Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature (LGBT)

        Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender
        William C. Morris Award (First YA novel by an author) 
        Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram


        YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award


        Coretta Scott King Author Award (African American Author) 
        A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 by Claire Hartfield


        Coretta Scott King / John Steptoe Award (African American New Talent)

        Monday's Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson

        Pura Belpre (Latino Author)

        Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
        Asian / Pacific American
        Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram


        1. Daughter of Moloka'i by Alan Brennert
        2. Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan
        3. Immoral Code by Lillian Clark
        4. Nothing is Forgotten by Peter Golden
        5. The Rent Collector by Camron Wright
        6. Less by Andrew Sean Greer
        7. Swing by Kwame Alexander
        8. Let's Go Swimming on Doomsday by Natalie C. Anderson
        9. The Eighth Sister by Robert Dugoni
        10. The Island of the Sea Women by Lisa See
        11. Internment by Samira Ahmed
        12. Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson
        13. White Rose by Kip Wilson
        14. Before She Was Found by Heather Gudenkauf
        15. There There by Tommy Orange
        16. If You're Out There by Katy Loutzenhiser
        17. Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
        18. American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson
        19. Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen
        20. The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
        21. How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee

        This challenge is hosted by Ginger Mom and Company
        B--Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol
        C--The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell
        D--Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich
        E--Escape from Syria by Samya Kullab
        F--The Fire Priest by Stephen Murdoch
        G--Grand Theft Horse by G. Neri
        H--Hero Dogs by Wilma Melville and Paul Lobo
        I--Immoral Code by Lillian Clark
        J--Jackpot by Nic Stone
        K--Kate, Who Tamed the Wind by Lou Garton Scanlon
        L--Learning Supercharged by Lynne Schrum
        M--Mr. Wolf's Class by Aron Nels Steinke
        N--Not Light, But Fire by Michael R. Kay
        O--On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden
        Q--Quince by Kit and Emma Steinkellner and Sebastian Kadlecik 
        R--The Rent Collector by Camron Wright
        S--Swing by Kwame Alexander
        T--The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O'Neill
        V--Very, Very, Very Dreadful by Albert Marrin
        W--The Widows by Jess Montgomery
        X--X O, Ox: a Love Story by Adam Rex
        Y--Your Alien by Tammi Sauer
        Z--The Z was Zapped by Chris Van Allsburg



        This challenge is hosted by Kristin at Lukten av Trykksverte
        1. The Fire Priest by Stephen Murdoch
        2. Escape from Syria by Samya Kullab
        3. Tea Dragon Society by Katie O'Neill
        4. Grand Theft Horse by G. Neri
        5. Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell
        6. Quince by Kit and Emma Steinkellner and Sebastian Kadlecik
        7. As the Crow Flies by Melanie Gillman
        8. The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
        9. Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
        10. On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
        11. American Road Trip by Patrick Flores-Scott
        12. Not Light, But Fire by Michael R. Kay
        13. The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees by Don Brown
        14. Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
        15. Within These Lines by Stephanie Morrill
        16. Daughter of Moloka'i by Alan Brennert
        17. Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan
        18. Immoral Code by Lillian Clark
        19. The Rent Collector by Camron Wright
        20. Less by Andrew Sean Greer
        21. Swing by Kwame Alexander
        22. Let's Go Swimming on Doomsday by Natalie C. Anderson
        23. The Eighth Sister by Robert Dugoni
        24. The Island of the Sea Women by Lisa See
        25. Internment by Samira Ahmed
        26. There There by Tommy Orange
        27. If You're Out There by Katy Loutzenhiser
        28. Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
        29. American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson
        30. The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
        31. How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee
        32. In the Land of Invisible Women by Qanta A. Ahmed
        33. Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender
        34. Monday's Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson
        35. The Woman in the White Kimono by Ana Johns
        36. With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
        37. Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
        38. I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn
        39. The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante
        40. Nowhere Boy by Katherine Marsh
        41. Side by Side by Anita Kushwaha
        42. Pride by Ibi Zoboi
        43. Hum if You Don't Know the Words by Bianca Marais
        44. Lives Laid Away by Stephen Mack Jones
        45. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
        46. Beyond the Point by Claire Gibson
        47. Miracle Creek by Angie Kim
        48. Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams
        49. My Sister, the Serial Killer by Okinkan Braithwaite
        50. So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
        51. Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin
        52. New Kid by Jerry Craft
        53. A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 by Claire Hartfield
        54. Boots on the Ground: America's War in Vietnam by Elizabeth Partridge
        55. The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis
        56. Maybe He Just Likes You by Barbara Dee
        57. Grenade by Alan Gratz
        58. They Called Us Enemy by George Takei
        59. Jackpot by Nic Stone
        60. The Toll by Neal Shusterman
        61. Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory
        62. The Guardians by John Grisham
        63. Wild and Crooked by Leah Thomas
        64. Odd Child Out by Gilly MacMillan
        65. Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
        66. Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

        This challenge is hosted by Lori at Escape with Dollycas. 
        US States
        1. Arizona--There There by Tommy Orange
        2. Arkansas--They Called Us Enemy by George Takei
        3. Alabama--The Guardians by John Grisham
        4. California--The Fire Priest by Stephen Murdoch
        5. Connecticut--American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson
        6. Florida--A Family of Strangers by Emilie Richards
        7. Georgia--Nothing is Forgotten by Peter Golden
        8. Hawai'i--Daughter of Moloka'i by Alan Brennert
        9. Idaho--Let's Go Swimming on Doomsday by Natalie C. Anderson
        10. Illinois--If You're Out There by Katy Loutzenhiser
        11. Indiana--If You're Out There by Katy Loutzenhiser
        12. Iowa--Before She Was Found by Heather Gudenkauf
        13. Kansas--Very, Very, Very Dreadful by Albert Marrin
        14. Kentucky--Wild and Crooked by Leah Thomas
        15. Louisiana--Hero Dogs by Wilma Melville and Paul Lobo
        16. Maryland--Monday's Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson
        17. Massachusetts--Things You Carry in a Fire by Katherine Center
        18. Michigan--Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
        19. Mississippi--On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
        20. Missouri--Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman
        21. Nebraska--Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman
        22. Nevada--November Road by Lou Berney
        23. New Jersey--Nothing is Forgotten by Peter Golden
        24. New Mexico--American Road Trip by Patrick Flores-Scott
        25. New York--Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol
        26. North Carolina--We'll Fly Away by Bryan Bliss
        27. Ohio--The Widows by Jess Montgomery
        28. Oklahoma--Hero Dogs by Wilma Melville and Paul Lobo
        29. Oregon--Immoral Code by Lillian Clark
        30. Pennsylvania--Pretty in Punxsutawney by Laurie Boyle Crompton
        31. South Carolina--Nothing is Forgotten by Peter Golden
        32. Tennessee--Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
        33. Texas--Grand Theft Horse by G. Neri
        34. Utah--A Family of Strangers by Emilie Richards
        35. Virginia--Miracle Creek by Angie Kim
        36. Washington--American Road Trip by Patrick Flores-Scott
        37. Washington, DC--The Accidental Further Adventures of the 100-Year-Old Man by Jonas Jonasson
        38. West Virginia--Law and Addiction by Mike Papantonio
        39. US Virgin Islands--Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender
        Countries outside the US
        1. Afghanistan--Beyond the Point by Claire Gibson
        2. Australia--The Lost Man by Jane Harper
        3. Austria--Heist Society by Ally Carter
        4. Belgium--Nowhere Boy by Katherine Marsh
        5. Brazil--The Toll by Neal Shusterman
        6. Bulgaria--Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward
        7. Burkina Faso--American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson
        8. Cambodia--The Rent Collector by Camron Wright
        9. Canada--Anne of Green Gables: Graphic Adaptation by Mariah Marsden
        10. China--Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
        11. Congo--The Accidental Further Adventures of the 100-Year-Old Man by Jonas Jonasson
        12. Costa Rica--A Family of Strangers by Emilie Richards
        13. Denmark--The Accidental Further Adventures of the 100-Year-Old Man by Jonas Jonasson
        14. Dominica--American Kingpin by Nick Bilton
        15. Egypt--Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman
        16. El Salvador--The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante
        17. France--The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
        18. Germany--The Grand Escape by Neal Bascomb
        19. Greece--The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees by Don Brown
        20. Holland--Anne Frank: The Graphic Adaptation adapted by Ari Folman
        21. Hong Kong--Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
        22. Hungary--Nowhere Boy by Katherine Marsh
        23. India--Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
        24. Indonesia--The Accidental Further Adventures of the 100-Year-Old Man by Jonas Jonasson
        25. Iraq--Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward
        26. Iran--Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
        27. Ireland--The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan
        28. Italy--Less by Andrew Sean Greer
        29. Japan--The Woman in the White Kimono by Ana Johns
        30. Jordan--The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees by Don Brown
        31. Kenya-The Accidental Further Adventures of the 100-Year-Old Man by Jonas Jonasson
        32. Kuwait--Beyond the Point by Claire Gibson
        33. Lebanon--Escape from Syria by Samya Kullab
        34. Macedonia--Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward
        35. Marshall Islands--The Toll by Neal Shusterman
        36. Martinique (French Caribbean)--The Guardians by John Grisham
        37. Mexico--Less by Andrew Sean Greer
        38. Morocco--Less by Andrew Sean Greer
        39. Nigeria--My Sister, the Serial Killer by Okinkan Braithwaite
        40. North Korea--The Accidental Further Adventures of the 100-Year-Old Man by Jonas Jonasson
        41. Okinawa--Grenade by Alan Gratz
        42. Philippines--Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
        43. Poland--Nothing is Forgotten by Peter Golden
        44. Russia--The Accidental Further Adventures of the 100-Year-Old Man by Jonas Jonasson
        45. Saudi Arabia--In the Land of Invisible Women by Qanta A. Ahmed
        46. Singapore--How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee
        47. Somalia--Let's Go Swimming on Doomsday by Natalie C. Anderson
        48. South Africa--Hum if You Don't Know the Words by Bianca Marais
        49. South Korea--The Island of the Sea Women by Lisa See
        50. Sub-Sahran Africa (non-specific country)--The Toll by Neal Shusterman
        51. Sweden--The Accidental Further Adventures of the 100-Year-Old Man by Jonas Jonasson
        52. Syria--Escape from Syria by Samya Kullab
        53. Tanzania--The Accidental Further Adventures of the 100-Year-Old Man by Jonas Jonasson
        54. Thailand--The Suspect by Fiona Barton
        55. Turkey--The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees by Don Brown
        56. United Kingdom--The Adults by Caroline Hulse
        57. USA--The Fire Priest by Stephen Murdoch
        58. Vietnam--The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

        This challenge is hosted by Sue at Book by Book.
        1. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
        2. A Family of Strangers by Emilie Richards
        3. The Suspect by Fiona Barton
        4. Hum if You Don't Know the Words by Bianca Marais
        5. Big Little Lies by Lorraine Moriarty
        6. Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
        7. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
        8. Beyond the Point by Claire Gibson


        This challenge is hosted by Doing Dewey
        1. Hero Dogs by Wilma Melville and Paul Lobo
        2. Very, Very, Very Dreadful by Albert Marrin
        3. Grand Theft Horse by G. Neri
        4. The Grand Escape by Neal Bascomb
        5. Anne Frank: The Graphic Adaptation adapted by Ari Folman
        6. Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
        7. Learning Supercharged by Lynne Schrum
        8. Making Thinking Visible by Ron Ritchhart
        9. Not Light, But Fire by Michael R. Kay
        10. Summarization in all Subjects by Rick Wormeli
        11. The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees by Don Brown
        12. Visible Learning for Literacy by Fisher, Frey, and Hattie
        13. Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson
        14. Onward: Cultivating Resilience in Educators by Elena Aguilar
        15. In the Land of Invisible Women by Qanta A. Ahmed
        16. American Prison by Shane Bauer
        17. Don't Ditch that Tech by Matt Miller, Nate Ridgway, and Angelia Ridgway (for work)
        18. In Pain: A Bioethicist's Personal Struggle with Opioids by Travis Rieder
        19. So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
        20. A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 by Claire Hartfield
        21. Boots on the Ground: America's War in Vietnam by Elizabeth Partridge
        22. EduProtocols: Book 2 by Marlena Hebern and Jon Corippo
        23. Lost Child by Torey Hayden
        24. American Kingpin by Nick Bilton
        25. They Called Us Enemy by George Takei
        26. Body Leaping Backwards: Memoir of a Delinquent Girlhood by Maureen Stanton
        27. Lit Up: One Reporter. 3 Schools. 24 Books that Can Change Lives by David Denby
        28. Say Nothing: a True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Redden Keefe

        This challenge is hosted by Girlxoxo
        JANUARY – New to You Author (Read a book by an author whose writing you’ve never read before.)
        FEBRUARY – Cover Love (Read a book with a cover that really caught your eye.)
        MARCH – Royalty, Kingdoms, Empires, Governments (Read a book in which the character is involved in a ruling or governing body in some way.)
        APRIL – Crack the Case (Read a mystery, detective story, true crime, cozy mystery, or book involving a puzzle to solve.)
        MAY – One Sitting Reads (Read something that is short enough you could get through it in one sitting- try a graphic novel, comic book, short story, essay, or short collection of poetry.)
        JUNE – Diversify Your Reading (Read a book with a character (or written by an author) of a race, religion, or sexual orientation other than your own or read about a culture you want to learn more about.)
        JULY – Through The Years (Read a book involving time travel, a book with a ‘time’ setting such as The Great Gatsby (20s), read a historical fiction/nonfiction, or choose a book published in your birth year.)
        AUGUST – Mode of Transportation (Read a book where the mode of transportation plays a role in the story (ex. Murder on the Orient Express or The Boys in the Boat)
        SEPTEMBER – Animal, Number, Color, Name (One of those things needs to be in the title of the book you choose (ex. Water for Elephants, Red Queen, Fahrenheit 451, Rebecca, Harry Potter)
        OCTOBER – Tricks and Trades (Read a book set in a theater, an amusement park, a circus, or a book involving magic, illusions, or characters with special powers.)
        NOVEMBER – Seasons, Elements, and Weather (Embrace a winter wonderland setting, pick a beach read, or read about a natural disaster. As long as a season, element, or the weather plays a key role in the story or is part of the title, it counts. (ex. Little Fires Everywhere, The Snow Child, On The Island)
        DECEMBER – Last Chance (Finally read that one book that you’ve been meaning to get to all year long.)

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        Challenges for 2018


        ALA YA Award Books Challenge isn't hosted by anyone this year, but I am doing it for myself. Winners announced Monday, February 12, 2018.
        • Michael L. Printz Award (Best YA literature of the year) 
        We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
        • Schneider Family Book Award (Teen living with a disability) 
        You're Welcome Universe by Whitney Gardner
        • Alex Awards (10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences) (Pick one of ten) 
        • Margaret A. Edwards Award (Author who has made a significant contribution to YA or Children's Lit) (Pick one book by that author)
        The First Part Last by Angela Johnson (I read this years ago)
        • Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature (LGBT) 
        The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater
        • William C. Morris Awar(First YA novel by author) 
        The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
        • YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults 
        • Coretta Scott King Author Award (African American Author) 
        Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson
        • Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award (African American New Talent) 
        The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore
        • Pura Belpre (Latino Author) 
        Lucky Broken Girl written by Ruth Behar


        Big Book Summer Challenge is hosted by Sue at Book by Book.
        Non-Fiction Reading Challenge. This challenge is hosted by Katie at Doing Dewey.
        1. Motor Girls: How Women Took the Wheel and Drove Boldly into the Twentieth Century by Sue Macy 
        2. Isaac the Alchemist: Secrets of Isaac Newton, Reveal'd by Mary Losure
        3. The Whydah: A Priate Ship Feared, Wrecked, and Found by Martin W. Sandler
        4. Bound by Ice: A True North Pole Survivor Story by Sandra Neil Wallace
        5. Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team by Steve Sheinkin
        6. How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoir of a War Child by Sandra Uwiringiyimana
        7. A Dog in the Cave: the Wolves Who Made Us Human by Kay Frydenborg
        8. Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World by Sarah Prager
        9. The March Against Fear: the Last Great Walk of the Civil Rights Movement and the Emergence of Black Power by Ann Bausum
        10. Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience During World War II by Albert Marrin
        11. Locked Up for Freedom: Civil Rights Protesters at the Leesburg Stockade by Heather E. Schwartz
        12. Poison: Deadly Deeds, Perilous Professions, and Murderous Medicines by Sarah Albee
        13. Alice Paul and the Fight for Women's Rights by Deborah Kops
        14. Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman
        15. The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui
        16. Tears of Salt by Pietro Bartolo
        17. Promise Me, Dad by Joe Biden
        18. The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater
        19. Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card by Sara Saedi
        20. The Art of Coaching by Elena Aguilar
        21. Shake Up Learning by Kasey Bell
        22. Ditch that Textbook by Matt Miller
        23. Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess
        24. Blended Learning by Catlin Tucker
        25. All 4s and 5s by Andrew Sharos
        26. EduProtocol by Marlena Hebern and Jon Corippo
        27. Spinning by Tillie Walden
        28. The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil
        29. Ditch that Homework by Matt Miller and Alice Keeler
        30. Empower by John Spencer and AJ Juliani
        31. Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
        32. Inquiry Mindset by Trevor MacKenzie and Rebecca Bathurst-Hunt
        33. Intention: Critical Creativity in the Classroom by Amy Burvall and Dan Ryder
        34. Calypso by David Sedaris
        35. BlackkKlansman by Ron Stallworth
        36. A Hope More Powerful than the Sea by Melissa Fleming
        37. Hero Dogs by Wilma Melville and Paul Lobo
        38. Picking Cotton by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton with Erin Torneo
        39. Spectacle by National Geographic
        40. The Splendor of Birds by National Geographic
        41. The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll
        42. On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder
        43. National Geographic's Field Guide to the Birds of North America by Jon L. Dunn and Jonathan Alderfer
        44. Hey Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
        45. Journeys of a Lifetime by National Geographic
        46. The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner
        47. Educated by Tara Westover
        48. Becoming by Michelle Obama
        49. Feminist Fight Club by Jessica Bennett

        Literary Escapes Challenge. This challenge is hosted by Lori at Escape with Dollycas.
        1. Alabama--Until Friday Night (Field Party #1) by Abbi Glines
        2. Alaska--Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp
        3. Arizona--Code of Honor by Alan Gratz
        4. California--Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience During World War II by Albert Marrin
        5. Colorado--BlackkKlansman by Ron Stallworth
        6. Connecticut--The History of Jane Doe by Michael Belanger
        7. Delaware--Promise Me, Dad by Joe Biden
        8. Florida--Blackout by Alex Segura
        9. Georgia--Locked Up for Freedom: Civil Rights Protestors at the Leesburg Stockade by Heather E. Schwartz
        10. Hawai'i--Becoming by Michelle Obama
        11. Idaho--Educated by Tara Westover
        12. Illinois--The Moment Before by Jason Makansi
        13. Indiana--Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
        14. Louisiana--Hero Dogs by Wilma Melville and Paul Lobo
        15. Massachusetts--The Whydah: A Priate Ship Feared, Wrecked, and Found by Martin W. Sandler
        16. Michigan--American Street by Ibi Zoboi
        17. Minnesota--Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone
        18. Mississippi--The March Against Fear: the Last Great Walk of the Civil Rights Movement and the Emergence of Black Power by Ann Bausum
        19. Missouri--The Moment Before by Jason Makansi
        20. Nevada--The Quiet You Carry by Nikki Barthelmess
        21. New Jersey--You Bring the Distant Near by Mitlali Perkins
        22. New York--Patina (Track #2) by Jason Reynolds
        23. North Carolina--Calypso by David Sedaris
        24. Ohio--Not that I could Tell by Jessice Strawer
        25. Oklahoma--Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team by Steve Sheinkin
        26. Oregon--Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson
        27. Pennsylvania--Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team by Steve Sheinkin
        28. Rhode Island--She Loves You, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah by Ann Hood
        29. South Carolina--Geekerella by Ashley Poston
        30. Tennessee--The Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard
        31. Texas--Disappeared by Francisco X. Stork
        32. Utah--Educated by Tara Westover
        33. Washington--After Nightfall by AJ Banner
        34. Washington, DC--Alice Paul and the Fight for Women's Rights by Deborah Kops
        35. Wisconsin--This is How it Always is by Laurie Frankel

        Literary Voyage Around the World. This challenge is hosted by Myra at Gathering Books

        1. Algeria--The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzie Lee
        2. Bosnia--Testimony by Scot Turow
        3. Brussels--How to Walk Away by Katherine Center
        4. Burundi--How Dare the Sun Rise by Sandra Uwiringiyamana
        5. Canada--The Fashion Committee by Susan Juby
        6. China--Don't Tell Me You Are Afraid by Giuseppe Catozzella
        7. Cuba--Refugee by Alan Gratz
        8. Democratic Republic of Congo--How Dare the Sun Rise by Sandra Uwiringiyimana
        9. Egypt--In a Perfect World by Trish Dollar
        10. Ethiopia--Don't Tell Me You Are Afraid by Giuseppe Catozzella
        11. France--The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee
        12. Germany--Refugee by Alan Gratz
        13. Ghana--Solo by Kwame Alexander
        14. Greece--The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee
        15. Haiti--Hero Dogs by Wilma Melville and Paul Lobo
        16. India--You Bring the Distant Near by Mitlali Perkins
        17. Ireland--Girl Unknown by Karen Perry
        18. Italy--Tears of Salt by Pietro Bartolo
        19. Jordan--A Hope More Powerful than the Sea by Melissa Fleming
        20. Lebanon--The Moment Before by Jason Makansi
        21. Libya--Don't Tell Me You Are Afraid by Giuseppe Catozzella
        22. Malawi--The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil
        23. Mexico--Disappeared by Francisco X. Stork
        24. Mozambique--The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil
        25. Netherlands--Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman
        26. North Pole/Russia--Bound by Ice: A True North Pole Survivor Story by Sandra Neil Wallace
        27. Norway--Beartown by Fredrik Backman
        28. Poland--The War Within These Walls by Aline Sax and Caryl Strzelecki
        29. Rwanda--Small Country by Gail Faye
        30. Saudi Arabia--A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena
        31. Slovakia--The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
        32. Somalia--Don't Tell Me You Are Afraid by Giuseppe Catozzella
        33. South Africa--The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil
        34. Spain--The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee
        35. Sweden--A Hope More Powerful than the Sea by Melissa Fleming
        36. Switzerland--The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzie Lee
        37. Syria--The Moment Before by Jason Makansi
        38. Tanzania--The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil
        39. United Kingdom--Isaac the Alchemist: Secrets of Isaac Newton, Reveal'd by Mary Losure
        40. United Sates of America--Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines
        41. Viet Nam--The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui

        Monthly Motif Reading Challenge is hosted by Kimberly Lynn at Girlxoxo

        JANUARY – Diversify Your Reading

        FEBRUARY – One Word

        MARCH – Travel the World

        APRIL – Read Locally


        MAY- Book to Screen


        JUNE- Crack the Case

        JULY – Vacation Reads

        AUGUST- Award Winners

        SEPTEMBER- Don’t Turn Out The Light

        OCTOBER- New or Old

        NOVEMBER- Family

        DECEMBER- Wrapping It Up

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        Challenges for 2017 (wow it's been 5 years since I've done an official challenge!)

        ALA YA Award Books Challenge hosted by Anne at My Head is Full of Books.

        1. Michael L. Printz Award (Best YA literature of the year) March: Book Three by John Lewis

        2. Schneider Family Book Award (Teen living with a disability) When We Collided by Emery Lord

        3. Alex Awards -10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences (Pick one of ten) In the Country We Love by Diane Guerrero 
          4. Margaret A. Edwards Award (Read one book by the winning author who has made a significant contribution to YA or Children's Lit) Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen

          5. Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature (LGBT) If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

          6. William C. Morris Award (First YA novel by author) The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

          7. YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults March: Book Three by John Lewis
            8. Coretta Scott King Author Award (African American Author) March: Book Three by John Lewis

            9. Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award (Afrian American New Talent) The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon.

            9. Pura Belpre (Latino Author) No YA winner this year


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            The Read My Own Damn Books Challenge hosted by Estella at Estella's Revenge. I hope to read 25 books off of my TBR shelf this year. Estella isn't letting herself purchase any books until she's read a bunch of the ones already in her house. I don't know if I can commit to that :-)
            1. Rani Patel in Full Effect by Sonia Patel
            2. Night of Many Dreams by Gail Tsukiyama
            3. Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds
            4. March: Book One by John Lewis
            5. March: Book Two by John Lewis
            6. March: Book Three by John Lewis
            7. Still Life by Louise Penny
            8. The Golden Son by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
            9. Diamond Boy by Michael Williams
            10. Depraved Heart by Patricia Cornwell
            11. My Sister Rosa by Jusine Larbalestier
            12. The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan
            13. Rules of the Lake by Irene Ziegler
            14. If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
            15. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
            16. We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
            17. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
            18. Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham
            19. Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
            20. How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less by Sarah Glidden
            21. Bang by Barry Lyga
            22. Rolling Blackouts: Dispatches in Turkey, Syria, and Iraq by Sarah Glidden
            23. Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin
            24. The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian
            25. The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck
            26. Cracker: the Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata
            27. Tasting the Sky by Ibtisam Barakat
            28. The Street of a Thousand Blossoms by Gail Tsukiyama
            29. Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
            30. The Perfect Horse by Elizabeth Letts
            31. President's Day by Seth Margolis
            32. Projekt 1065 by Alan Gratz
            33. Bone Box by Faye Kellerman
            34. The Lines we Cross by Randa Abdel-Fattah
            35. Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton
            36. Bernie Sanders Guide to Political Revolution by Bernie Sanders
            37. I am not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez
            38. The Atlas of Forgotten Places by Jenny D. Williams
            39. Rooster Bar by John Grisham
            40. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
            41. The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe
            42. Far From the Tree by Robin Belway
            43. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
            44. The Inner Life of Animals by Peter Wohlleben
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            The Travel the World in Books Challenge hosted by Tanya at Mom's Small Victories. My goal isn't specific, but I will read as many books set outside the United States as I can. I will post my reading on my 2017 Google Map.
            1. Afghanistan--A House Without Windows by Nadia Hashimi
            2. Armenia--The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian
            3. Australia--Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung
            4. Austria--The Perfect Horse by Elizabeth Letts
            5. Boliva--An Uninterrupted View of the Sky by Melanie Crowder
            6. Bosnia--The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan
            7. Canada--Still Life by Louise Penny
            8. China (Hong Kong)--Night of Many Dreams by Gail Tsukiyama
            9. Columbia--In the Country We Love by Diane Guerrero
            10. Czech Republic--The Perfect Horse by Elizabeth Letts
            11. Democratic Republic of Congo--City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson
            12. Denmark--The Boys Who Challenged Hitler by Phillip Hoose
            13. France--The Baker's Secret by Stephen P. Kiernan
            14. Germany--The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck
            15. India--The Golden Son by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
            16. Iraq--Rolling Blackouts by Sarah Glidden
            17. Israel--How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less by Sarah Glidden
            18. Japan--The Street of a Thousand Blossoms by Gail Tsuykiyama
            19. Jordan--Tasting the Sky by Ibtisam Barakat
            20. Kenya--City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson
            21. Mexico--Take the Bai Road by Erika Mitchell
            22. North Korea--Bai Tide by Erika Mitchell
            23. Palestine--Tasting the Sky by Ibtisam Barakat
            24. Poland--The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe
            25. Russia--The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian
            26. South Africa--Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
            27. South Korea--Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin
            28. Spain--In the Country We Love by Diane Guerrero
            29. Switzerland--Projekt 1065 by Alan Gratz
            30. Syria--Rolling Blackouts by Sarah Glidden
            31. Turkey--Rolling Blackouts by Sarah Glidden
            32. Uganda--The Atlas of Forgotten Places by Jenny D. Willams
            33. United Kingdom--In this Grave Hour by Jacqueline Winspear
            34. Vietnam--Cracker: the Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata
            35. Zimbabwe--Diamond Boy by Michael Williams
            36. Unnamed African country--President's Day by Seth Margolis
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            The goal is to read at least one book set in each of the 50 US states and the District of Columbia. The Literary Escapes Challenge is hosted by Escape with Dollycas. I'll post my reading on my 2017 Google Map.
            1. Alabama--March: Book One by John Lewis
            2. California--When We Collided by Emery Lord
            3. Connecticut--The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian
            4. Florida--Rules of the Lake by Irene Ziegler
            5. Georgia--If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
            6. Hawai'i--Rani Patel in Full Effect by Sonia Patel
            7. Illinois--Phantom Limbs by Paula Garner
            8. Indiana--Holding up the Universe by Jennifer Nevin
            9. Maine--The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck
            10. Maryland--Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman
            11. Massachusetts--Depraved Heart by Patricia Cornwell
            12. Mississippi--March: Book Three by John Lewis
            13. Missouri--Another Man's Ground by Claire Booth
            14. New York--Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds
            15. North Carolina--Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen
            16. Ohio--Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
            17. Tennessee--March: Book Two by John Lewis
            18. Utah--Wild Bird by Wendelin Van Draanen
            19. Washington--The Right Side by Spencer Quinn
            20. Washington, DC--Take the Bai Road by Erika Mitchell
            21. Wisconsin--Amin'a Voice by Heta Khan
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            Challenges for 2012:

            ALA YA Award Books Challenge hosted by Anne at My Head is Full of Books. I am going to read one book in each category.
            1. Michael L. Printz Award Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
            2. Schneider Family Book Award Close to Famous by Joan Bauer
            3. Alex Awards The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
            4. Margaret A. Edwards Award honors an author for significant and lasting contribution to YA Lit 
            (Pick one book by this author)
            5. Mildred L. Batchelder Award for an outstanding YA book translated from a language other than English and subsequently published in the United States.
            6. Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy by Bil Wright
            7. William C. Morris Award Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
            8. YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults 
            9. Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults (pick one)


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            The Alex Award Challenge is hosted by Bonnie at The Story Girl and I am going to read 1 to 3 books.
            1. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
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            The Chris Crutcher Challenge is hosted by Anne at My Head is Full of Books and has no time limit and the goal is to read all of the books by Chris Crutcher.
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            The Dystopia 2012 Challenge is hosted by Bonnie at Bookish Ardour. I am going to read 5 books.
            1. When She Woke by Hillary Jordan
            2. Divergent by Veronica Roth
            3. Article 5 by Kristen Simmons
            4. Eden's Root by Rachel Fisher
            5. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
            6. Unwind by Neal Shusterman
            7. Unwholly by Neal Shusterman
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            I am hosting the Middle East Reading Challenge. I am going to read at least 5 books.
            1. Guantanamo Boy by Anna Perera (not for location, but for the subject matter)
            2. A Short History of Africa by Gordon Kerr (not the whole book, but much of it is northern Africa)
            3. Olives by Alexander McNabb
            4. Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
            5. Bras, Boys and Blunders: Juliet and Romeo in Bahrain by Vidya Samson (Bahrain)
            6. The Woman Who Fell from the Sky by Jennifer Steil (Yemen)
            7. Shake Off by Mischa Hiller (Syria)
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            The Non-fiction/Non-Memoir Challenge is hosted by Julie of My Book Retreat. I am going to read 5 books.
            1. Dewey by Vicki Myron
            2. A Short History of Africa by Gordon Kerr
            3. Between a Rock and a Hot Place: Why Fifty is not the new Thirty by Tracey Jackson
            4. The Good News Club by Katherine Stewart
            5. Gang Leader for a Day by Sudhir Vankatesh
            6. Wheelchair Warrior by Melvin Juette and Ronald J Berger
            7. Talking Back to Facebook by James P. Steyer
            8. Visit Sunny Chernobyl by Andrew Blackwell
            9. Whatever it Takes by Paul Tough
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            The War Through the Generations: 1914-1918 Challenge is hosted by Anna (Diary of an Eccentric) and Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit). I am going to read 3 books.
            1. My Brother's Shadow by Monika Schroder
            2. An Unmarked Grave by Charles Todd
            3. The Invisible Wall by Harry Bernstein
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            The What's in a Name 5 Challenge is hosted by Beth at Beth Fish Reads.
            1. A topographical feature: Desert Angel by Charlie Price
            2. Something you'd see in the sky: The Fault in our Stars by John Green
            3. Creepy crawly: Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol
            4. Type of house: Guantanamo Boy by Anna Perera (prison)
            5. Something you'd carry in your pocket, purse or backpack: Gun Games by Faye Kellerman (gun)
            6. Something you'd find on a calendar: Deadline by Chris Crutcher
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            Winter Olympics 2014 is hosted by Tanya of GirlXOXO and runs until 2014. I have taken on a huge challenge and will read a book from every country that won a medal in the 2000 Olympics

            1. Germany--My Brother's Shadow by Monika Schroder (author and setting)
            2. Russia--Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol (author)
            3. USA--Dewey by Vicki Myron (author and setting)
            4. Poland--The Baggage Handler by Colin Browne (one of the main characters is Polish)
            5. Australia--Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley (author and setting)
            6. France and Great Britain--An Unmarked Grave by Charles Todd
            7. China--Cinder by Marissa Meyer
            8. Japan--Flying the Dragon by Natalie Dias Lorenzi
            9. Canada--Visit Sunny Chernobyl by Andrew Blackwell



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            Challenges for 2010