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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 Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow

Some of the best teen novels involve the themes of empowerment, whether it’s physical or emotional empowerment or a combination of the two. In The Berlin Boxing Club (2011) by Robert Sharenow, 14-year-old Karl Stern is a non-athletic teenage boy … Continue reading

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Top 10 List: Best YA Books of 2010: Split

Split by Swati Avasthi. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2010. 288 p. Plot Summary: Two brothers, separated for some years due to an abusive home life, try to learn to live together. Jace Witherspoon hasn’t seen his older brother Christian … 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: Blindsided

Blindsided by Priscilla Cummings. 2010: Dutton Children’s Books, 2010. 226 p. Summary: Although she has her whole life ahead of her, teenaged Natalie feels as if her world is shrinking and fading, because she’s going blind, although she’s still in … Continue reading

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