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Blue Ribbons are chosen annually by the Bulletin staff and represent what we believe to be the best of the previous year's literature for youth. See the Blue Ribbon Archive for other lists from 1990 through the present. Please feel free to copy, download, or link to these lists. We ask only that you cite the source.

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2002 Blue Ribbons

Ah, the Blue Ribbons process: always familiar, yet always filled with surprises. This year's proceedings can probably best be summed up in one word: diversity. Not just in the books, though there's a fair amount there as well, but in the opinions. Through a combination of finesse and argument, we've boiled down those diverse opinions to this list of books; they've withstood the rigors of the process and still retained enough magic, humor, general excellence, or all of the above to remind us hard-bitten souls of the power of this literature. We hope you and your patrons find these powerful, too.

Deborah Stevenson, Editor

(Other books we enjoyed and remain unreconciled to the exclusion thereof are discussed at the Blue Ribbon dissents here.




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