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When You Reach the Best Novel Ever

It’s booktalking season for some librarians, including me, and so I’ve been re-reading and reviewing some of my favorite children’s novels. I’ve been thinking a lot (and discussing with my colleagues) about which ones “hold up well” with kids, especially … Continue reading

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Favorite Novel of 2011: Skippy Dies by Paul Murray

My favorite novel of 2011 is actually a 2010 novel, but I happened to read it in 2011, so I’m counting it as a 2011 novel. Obnoxious, I know. This has a few spoilers, so feel free to read this … Continue reading

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Favorite YA Novels of 2011: The Watch That Ends the Night by Allan Wolf

I thought I was suffering from Titanic burnout. I’ve seen the film several times, I’ve read a fair number of children’s books on the subject (my son owns them and has memorized them), and I’ve recently read and liked Gordon … Continue reading

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Top 10 List: Best YA Books of 2010: The Last Summer of the Death Warriors

The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork. Arthur A. Levine Books, 2010. 352 p. Summary: A tale of two very different boys who become best friends. Pancho Sanchez is an angry teen, and he should be: … Continue reading

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Top 10 List: Best YA Books of 2010: A Long Walk to Water

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park. Clarion Books, 2010. 121 p. Summary: You get two stories taking place in different years in Sudan. Nya is a young girl who spends literally all day walking to fetch water … Continue reading

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Top 10 List: Best YA Books of 2010: Yummy

Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri, illustrated by Randy DuBurke. 2010: Lee & Low Books. Graphic Novel, 95 p. Summary: This is a graphic novel based on the real life story of Robert “Yummy” Sandifer, … Continue reading

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Top 10 List: Best YA Books of 2010: Before I Fall

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. HarperCollins, 2010. 480 p. Summary: Samantha is an alpha female at T.J. high school: she has a boyfriend, three popular best friends, an attitude, nice clothes, and the best of everything. She’s killed in … Continue reading

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