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Strike Three You're Dead by Josh Berk. Grades 5-8 How many of you are Phils fans? How cool would it be to sit in the announcer's booth and broadcast a game? Lenny gets just that chance, but things take a turn when the Phillies' new hotshot rookie pitcher drops dead on the mound! The official cause of death is a heart attack, but Lenny's sure there's more to it. Can he and his two best friends figure out what really happened?—Lauren Strohecker, McKinley Elementary School, PA #sljbookhook

Strike Three, You're Dead (Lenny and the Mikes, #1) / Josh Berk "Dreaming of becoming a sports announcer, die-hard baseball fan Lenny Norbeck wins an amateur announcer contest that awards him the opportunity to broadcast one inning of a Phillies game, but before his turn to announce, things go horribly wrong when a promising young pitcher dies on the mound under suspicious circumstances."

Strike Three, You're Dead by Josh Berk (An Edgar Award Finalist) - a humorous sport and mystery book that is the first in a series

"Strike Three, You're Dead" by Josh Berk. Lenny Norbeck and his friends The Mikes set out to investigate the suspicious death of a young pitcher at a Phillies game.

Strike Three, You're Dead (Lenny & the Mikes) by Josh Berk,http://www.amazon.com/dp/0375870083/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_sGQHtb1009BTH6BV

Strike Three, You're Dead by Josh Berk. "Lenny Norbeck and his friends, The Mikes, set out to investigate the suspicious death of a young pitcher at a Phillies game." Betsy recommends. Realistic | Sports | Mystery | Grades 5-6

KISS THE BOOK: Strike Three You're Dead by Josh Berk -- ADVISABLE Lenny is obsessed with the Phillies! They are his favorite team. When he wins a contest to be a "guest announcer" he cannot believe his luck, because it'll be Rookie R. J. Weather's first big league game. But before Lenny's big chance, one of the players ends up dead. Now, Lenny feels it's up to him and the 2 Mikes to solve the mystery. Are these middle schoolers ready to go to bat as detectives?

Strike Three, You're Dead (Lenny & the Mikes): Josh Berk: 9780375870088: Amazon.com: Books

Strike Three, You're Dead (Lenny & the Mikes). Length 272 pages. Creator: Josh Berk. Before Lenny gets to do his inning, a young, promising pitcher fresh out of the minors literally drops dead on the mound. He gets a lot of practice sitting with his best friends, Mike and Other Mike, watching Phillies games from their lawn couch—a sweet outdoor TV arrangement Mike's dad hooked them up with. But he'd make a heck of an announcer. An Edgar Award FinalistLenny Norbeck is a die-hard...

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The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black Gr 9&up Waking in a bathtub after a party, Tana discovers that she survived a mass murder. In the nick of time with a toothy nick to her leg, Tana escapes and frees two prisoners: her ex and a vampire. Now the trio of “infected” humans and mysterious vampire must head to a Coldtown, a quarantined zone of lawless vampires and the humans that loathe and love them.—Adrienne L. Strock, Chicago Public Library #sljbookhook

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Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Books of 2013 and Buzzfeed's 21 Best YA Books of 2013 - The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

HORROR: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown / Holly Black (2013) Tana wakes from a party to find almost all the other people there dead. She tries to find her way to safety in a world full of vampires and other monsters. Watch the book trailer at www.blackholly.com/thecoldestgirlincoldtown.html and get hooked.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown | Holly Black - Vampires | Paranormal | Urban Fantasy | Supernatural | Dystopia | Young Adult

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown | Holly Black -- FIC BLA. YALSA's 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults. How one very ordinary girl saved herself and so many others by showing mercy, being true to her humanity, and remembering that mistakes can make us instead of break us.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown - Holly Black. I usually hate vampire books, this one I like so far.

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Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis. Gr 3-6 Timmy may think he's the operator of the best detective agency around, but if it wasn't for his sidekick—a 1,500-pound polar bear—he wouldn't get anything done right.—Marie Drucker, Malverne Public Library, NY #sljbookhook

Meet Timmy Failure, the founder, president, and CEO of the best detective agency in town, probably the nation. And his lazy sidekick, Total, a 1,500-pound polar bear.

Eleven-year-old Timmy Failure is the clueless, comically self-confident CEO of a budding investigative empire, while his impressively lazy business partner is a very large polar bear named Total.

Resolving to earn so much money that his mother will no longer stress out over the bills, eleven-year-old Timmy Failure launches a detective business with a lazy polar bear partner named Total but finds their enterprise "Total Failure, Inc." challenged by a college-bound spy and a four-foot-tall girl whom Timmy refuses to acknowledge.

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis. Eleven-year-old Timmy Failure, despite his unfortunate name, is convinced that he and his business partner, a very large polar bear, run the very best detective agency in town. For fans of the Wimpy Kid.

Katherine says: A hilarious book with heart (and polar bears) for ages 7-10. Timmy Failure, a lovable cross between Nate the Great and Charlie Brown, brings a welcome subtlety to the Wimpy Kid/Big Nate genre. In other words, we think you'll like it.

It would be a TOTAL FAIL if you didn't read this book. Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis (if I read the kids' books, then I can officially like or dislike; and put on children's book list).

Mistakes Were Made - Timmy Failure series - Stephan Pastis - 11 year old Timmy is the founder, president & CEO of his very own detective agency. Humorous series which will appeal to Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans.

Take eleven-year-old Timmy Failure — the clueless, comically self-confident CEO of the best detective agency in town, perhaps even the nation. Add his impressively lazy business partner, a very large polar bear named Total. Throw in the Failuremobile — Timmy’s mom’s Segway — and what you have is Total Failure, Inc., a global enterprise destined to make Timmy so rich his mother won’t have to stress out about the bills anymore.

If your children love the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, you'll want to keep them reading with other books they will love just as much. (And are about the same reading level.) So I've gathered a book list of some other favorites that are similar and just as appealing. Happy reading!

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Jinx by Sage Blackwood Gr 4-7 Young Jinx is an orphan with a curse. But he also has a gift: He can tap into the ancient magic of nature and life itself and discover their mysterious secrets. This will come in handy when he must help save not only other children with curses but also his wizard teacher.—Marie Drucker, Malverne Public Library, NY #sljbookhook

Jinx by Sage Blackwood Ages 8 to 12 In the Urwald, you don't step off the path. Trolls, werewolves, and butter churn–riding witches lurk ami...

In the Urwald, you don’t step off the path. Trolls, werewolves, and butter-churn riding witches lurk amid the clawing branches, eager to swo...

"Jinx" by Sage Blackwood, Grades 4-6, *First in trilogy. A young boy named Jinx encounters magic and danger as he grows up in the deep, dark forest known as the Urwald and discovers that the world beyond - and within - the Urwald is more complex than he could imagine.

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Jinx by Sage Blackwood was meant for me. The cover and synopsis drew me to it hard enough to buy it even though I don't usually buy books by authors whose work I don't already trust. This time it paid off and paid off well. Synopsis (from Goodreads): In the Urwald, you don’t step off the path. Trolls, werewolves, and butter-churn riding witches lurk amid the clawing branches, eager to swoop up the unwary. Jinx has always feared leaving the path—then he meets the wizard Simon Magnus. Jinx knows that wizards are evil. But Simon’s kitchen is cozy, and he seems cranky rather than wicked. Staying with him appears to be Jinx’s safest, and perhaps only, option. As Jinx’s curiosity about magic grows, he learns to listen to the trees as closely as he does to Simon’s unusual visitors. The more Jinx discovers, the more determined he becomes to explore beyond the security of well-trod paths. But in the Urwald, a little healthy fear is never out of place, for magic—and magicians—can be as dangerous as the forest, and soon Jinx must decide which is the greater threat A story about a young boy receiving a magical education (sort of), a cranky wizard who hides too much, a quest, a journey, and an evil wizard to defeat, this book has it all. Including werebears. The prose is pithy and full of the sort of observations I love when reading. It sucked me in from the beginning, but the characters and story are what made me not want to leave and had me savoring every word. There is also some truly great dialogue. Simon has exactly the sort of sarcastic sense of humor I enjoy the most and it is a wonderful delight when Jinx picks this up from his mentor and develops one as well. Jinx is a wonderful hero. He is smart, brave, loyal, and not such a great student of magic. I loved how often he failed at things and how he would try harder to succeed next time. I also enjoyed how his attitude changed over the course of the novel from child full of wide eyed wonder to slightly surly pre-adolescent full of attitude and a desire to not follow directions. How absolutely perfect is that? The villain of the story is creepy enough to make the reader wary, but not enough to terrify.  Any reader who loves tales of magic and wonder will enjoy this one. I was sad at the end of the book because I didn't want to leave the Urwald or Jinx and Simon behind. I really hope the author writes more stories from this world just because I want to know more.

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One Came Home by Amy Timberlake Gr 5-7 Georgie is sure her older sister Agatha has run away with a group of people following the passenger pigeon migration. And though no one else believes her, Georgie is determined to find Agatha even if it means traveling the Wisconsin frontier of the 1870s by herself. Good thing 13-year-old Georgie is an expert with a shotgun.—Marie Drucker, Malverne Public Library, NY #sljbookhook

In the town of Placid, Wisconsin, in 1871, Georgie Burkhardt is known for two things: her uncanny aim with a rifle and her habit of speaking her mind plainly. “An adventure, a mystery, and a love song to the natural world. . . . Run out and read it. Right now.”—Newbery Medalist Karen Cushman A Newbery Honor Book An ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book An Edgar Award Finalist

In the town of Placid, Wisconsin, in 1871, Georgie Burkhardt is known for two things: her uncanny aim with a rifle and her habit of speaking her mind plainly. But when Georgie blurts out something she shouldn't, her older sister Agatha flees, running off with a pack of "pigeoners" trailing the passenger pigeon migration. Georgie goes on an adventure to find her sister.

One Came Home: * * * * * 1871; Passenger pigeons; Frontier life; Historical fiction; Mystery; Sisters;Wisconsin In the town of Placid, Wisconsin, in 1871, Georgie Burkhardt is known for two things: her uncanny aim with a rifle and her habit of speaking her mind plainly. But when Georgie blurts out something she shouldn't, her older sister Agatha flees, running off with a pack of "pigeoners".

One Came Home: Is the story of young Georgie Burkhardt a sharpshooting, plain talking heroine who heads out to solve the mystery of her missing sister, who everyone else believes, is dead. Set in 1871 Wisconsin during one of the largest wild pigeon migrations recorded in U.S. history, Georgie sets off on the adventure of her life to prove her sister is alive. A good historical novel, appropriate for grades 6 and up.

JAN 2013. When Georgie blurts out something she shouldn't, her sister Agatha flees with a pack of "pigeoners" trailing the passenger pigeon migration. When the sheriff returns to town with a body wearing Agatha's blue-green ball gown, everyone assumes the worst. Except Georgie, who sets out to find Agatha. Even with determination and her trusty Springfield single-shot, Georgie isn't prepared for what she faces on the western frontier.

The year is 1871. Georgie Burkhardt is living in Placid Wisconsin, when her older sister disappears. Armed with her rifle, (she is has a reputation for having great aim) she sets out to find Agatha, who was last seen traveling with "pigeoners," who were tracking the passenger pigeon migration. This book is great for readers who are interested in the "Wild West," or "Great Frontier." http://bark.cwmars.org/eg/opac/record/3296998?query=one%20came%20%20home;qtype=title;locg=1

One Came Home: Amy Timberlake: In the town of Placid, Wisconsin, in 1871, Georgie Burkhardt is known for two things: her uncanny aim with a rifle and her habit of speaking her mind plainly. But when Georgie blurts out something she shouldn't, her older sister Agatha flees, running off with a pack of "pigeoners" trailing the passenger pigeon migration. And when the sheriff returns to town with an unidentifiable body—wearing Agatha's blue-green ball gown—everyone assumes the worst. Except Georgie.

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Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan Gr 6&Up Aside from the occasional surprise birthday party, is lying ever the right thing to do, even to civil service authorities? Surprisingly, the correct answer just might be YES.—Cheryl Preisendorfer, Twinsburg City Schools, OH #sljbookhook

Top pick of many book lists. The story follows an extraordinarily odd, but extraordinarily endearing, girl protagonist who suddenly loses her adoptive family. Her journey to find a surrogate family delves into the foster care system and quirky families. If you liked "Wonder", this book will appeal.

In the tradition of Out of My Mind, Wonder, and Mockingbird, this is an intensely moving middle grade novel about being an outsider, coping with loss, and discovering the true meaning of...

In the tradition of Out of My Mind, Wonder, and Mockingbird, this is an intensely moving middle grade novel about being an outsider, copi...

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Title: Counting by 7s Author: Holly Goldberg Sloan Genre: Contemporary, Middle Grade, PoC Publisher: Dial Publication Date: August 29 2013 Hardcover: 384 Pages In the tradition of Out of My Mind, Wonder, and Mockingbird, this is an intensely moving middle grade novel about being an outsider, coping with loss, and discovering the true meaning of …

Diversity is a constant, important topic in the children’s book world. Do today’s titles adequately reflect the variety of our nation? Has publishing moved beyond the multicultural trend of the 1990s...

I am celebrating the characters in middle grade and young adult novels who make strong impressions. When you read a lot of novels, there is the wonderful opportunity to "meet" many incredible characters. First, it was these 25 boys that I wanted to highlight. Now, it's time for the girls! These are the female characters who…

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Stronger than Steel by Bridget Heos; photographs by Andy Comins. Gr 4&Up Have you ever seen a “spider goat?” What do you think it looks like? Actually, it looks the same as a regular goat on the outside, but on the inside the spider goat has one tiny spider gene that allows the females to produce spider silk proteins in their milk that can be used to make rope that’s so strong it can stop a fighter jet!—Alison O'Reilly, Cutchogue New Suffolk Free Library, NY #sljbookhook

On #Earth Day, here's a fascinating #science #book exploring new ways to solve health issues in humans and other animals as well as in the foods we eat. Stronger than Steel: Spider Silk DNA and the Quest for Better Bulletproof Vests, Sutures and Parachute Rope ($18.99, Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Ages 10 and up) http://wp.me/p1Qy0V-4CM

Stronger than steel : spider silk DNA and the quest for better bulletproof vests, sutures, and parachute rope / Bridget Heos "An introduction to the field of genetics is told through the story of Randy Lewis and his work with golden orb weaver spiders as well as his subsequent creation of artificial spider silk that can be used to save and improve lives."

Stronger Than Steel: Spider Silk DNA and the Quest for Better Bulletproof Vests, Sutures, and Parachute Rope (Scientists in the Field Series) by Bridget Heos

Stronger Than Steel: Spider Silk DNA and the Quest for Better Bulletproof Vests, Sutures, and Parachute Rope (Scientists in the Field Series) by Bridget Heos. $13.67. Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children (February 26, 2013). Author: Bridget Heos. Series - Scientists in the Field Series. 80 pages. Reading level: Ages 10 and up

Stronger Than Steel: Spider Silk DNA and the Quest for Better Bulletproof Vests, Sutures, and Parachute Rope (Scientists in the Field Series) by Bridget Heos. $13.67. 80 pages. Reading level: Ages 10 and up. Series - Scientists in the Field Series. Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children (February 26, 2013). Author: Bridget Heos

Stronger Than Steel: Spider Silk DNA and the Quest for Better Bulletproof Vests, Sutures, and Parachute Rope (Scientists in the Field Series): Bridget Heos, Andy Comins: 9780547681269: Amazon.com: Books

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Stronger Than Steel: Spider Silk DNA and the Quest for Better Bulletproof Vests, Sutures, and Parachute Rope (Scientists in the Field Series) by Bridget Heos. $13.67. Author: Bridget Heos. Reading level: Ages 10 and up. Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children (February 26, 2013). Series - Scientists in the Field Series. 80 pages

Stronger Than Steel: Spider Silk DNA and the Quest for Better Bulletproof Vests, Sutures, and Parachute Rope (Scientists in the Field Series) by Bridget Heos book review. Click to read the full review of Stronger Than Steel: Spider Silk DNA and the Quest for Better Bulletproof Vests, Sutures, and Parachute Rope (Scientists in the Field Series) in New York Journal of Books. Review written by Renee Hand.

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Lexicon by Max Barry. Gr 9-12 When she shows an unusual aptitude for persuasion, 16-year-old Emily Ruff is recruited to become a “poet”, an operative who controls the actions of others by using powerful word combinations.—Angela Carstensen, SLJ's Adult Books 4 Teens Blog #sljbookhook

Lexicon, by Max Barry (The Penguin Press), shortlisted in the ALA Reading List Adrenaline genre, and winner of the Alex Award in fiction.

Lexicon (Max Barry, Penguin Press). A cerebral thriller set in Virginia where an elite organization of manipulators of consciousness known as “The Poets” use the language of coercion to control those around them. The book opens with someone being stabbed in the eye and takes off from there. LEXICON is not only a librarian favorite, Lev Grossman loves it too!

2014 Alex Award recipient (which is given to the best adult books that appeal to teen audiences).

Lexicon / Max Barry. 2014 Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences

Check out Dayna's review of Max Barry's LEXICON http://lazyday.ca/lexicon-max-barry-dayna/

Alex Award Winner! Lexicon: A Novel written by Max Barry

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Slated by Teri Terry. Gr 7&Up Kyla is sixteen years old, but she’s only been awake for the last nine months. Before that she was Slated—her mind was wiped clean of everything she’d ever done, everyone she ever knew, every thought she’d ever had. And yet she keeps having nightmares, and pieces of memories have been coming back to her. When her mind was wiped clean, the process didn't go exactly as expected.—Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library #sljbookhook

Dystopic. If you liked Hunger Games, then... Read more at The Guardian. http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2013/jul/29/review-slated-teri-terry

Slated by Teri Terry. Many reviewers claim this trilogy really is as good as The Hunger Games. The other two in the series are 'Fractured' and 'Shattered'.

Slated - Teri Terry - SLATED, Teri Terry’s debut novel, is gripping, packed with mystery and suspense. The story is sinister and scary and the pacing great. SLATED is the first in a trilogy with FRACTURED, book two, set for release April 2013 – can’t wait!

Slated and Fractured (#2) by Teri Terry - Kyla’s memory has been erased, her personality wiped blank, her memories lost for ever. She’s been Slated. The government claims she was a terrorist and that they are giving her a second chance - as long as she plays by their rules. But echoes of the past whisper in Kyla’s mind. Someone is lying to her, and nothing is as it seems. Who can she trust in her search for the truth?

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Slated by Teri Terry Kyla’s memory has been erased, her personality wiped blank, her memories lost for ever. She’s been Slated. The government claims she was a terrorist, and that they are giving her a second chance – as long as she plays by their rules. But echoes of the past whisper in Kyla’s mind. …

 A Clean Slate  review by Maryom In the not-too-distant future, young terrorists and troublemakers are given a new start in life by having their minds wiped clean of everything, being 'slated'. This is what has happened to Kyla - although 16, she has no recollection of her life up to now. All her memories of family and home, even of why the government decided she needed this 'therapy', have gone - except maybe in her dreams. She has a new family - 'mum' and 'dad', a sister who has also been slated, a growing romantic relationship with fellow 'slated' boy Ben - but no one she feels she can trust and she soon discovers that a word in the wrong place can have devastating consequences. As her memories start to come back, Kyla has to decide who is safe to trust. You know a book is good when you pick it up just to have a look and maybe a sneaky read of a few pages, and then find you can't put it down! That's what happened to me with Slated. Teri Terry's début novel is completely stunning. Set in a chilling dystopian world where anyone who questions the government's actions conveniently disappears, taken away by the 'men in grey', there are echoes of Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia throughout. Telling the story from the point of view of Kyla with her 'clean slate' memory enables the author to explain and experience this world through her main character's eyes. Kyla is wary, certainly more wary than the other 'slated' teens she meets, but still naive. The 'normal' kids at school understand the unwritten rules of society much better. As Kyla's doubts and fears grow, the reader shares them - though I sometimes felt one step ahead of her about who was or was not trustworthy. My only possible criticism is with the ending which left me wanting more! Obviously there are backstories still be be explored - not only Kyla's but her parents' as well - and more story to come. Hopefully there's not too long to wait for it. I suspect that Hunger Game fans will just love this new series by Teri Terry! Maryom's review - 4.5 stars (but only because this is not the end of the story) Publisher - Orchard Books Genre - Teenage Dystopian Thriller Reviews for books two and three Fractured and Shattered

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Lincoln's Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin Gr 6&Up The job of the Secret Service now is to protect the president, but do you know how it first began? Tracking down criminals who spread counterfeit money all across the U.S.! When one of the country's best counterfeiters gets caught and tossed in jail, his gang comes up with the perfect plan to set him free... steal Abraham Lincoln's body and hold it hostage until he's released!—Lauren Strohecker, McKinley Elementary School, PA #sljbookhook

Lincoln's Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin. A true crime thriller -- the first book for teens to tell the nearly unknown tale of the brazen attempt to steal Abraham Lincoln's body!

Top 10 Narrative Nonfiction Books for Kids in Middle School: Lincoln’s Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin

Lincoln's Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin. $11.55. Publication: January 1, 2013. Reading level: Ages 10 and up. 224 pages. Publisher: Scholastic Press (January 1, 2013). Save 32%!

Lincoln's Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin. $11.55. 224 pages. Publisher: Scholastic Press (January 1, 2013). Reading level: Ages 10 and up. Publication: January 1, 2013. Save 32%!

Lincoln's Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin. $11.55. Reading level: Ages 10 and up. Publisher: Scholastic Press (January 1, 2013). 224 pages. Publication: January 1, 2013

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Lincoln's Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin. $11.55. 224 pages. Publication: January 1, 2013. Publisher: Scholastic Press (January 1, 2013). Reading level: Ages 10 and up. Save 32% Off!

Lincoln's Grave Robbers. October 1875, Ben Boyd,master counterfeiter,was arrested.The gang wanted his realese by stealing Lincoln's body and holding it for ransom.Read and find out about the conspirators,double agents and the early days of the secret service.This is a book for you if you like a crime thriller.

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Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo Gr 4-6 What do you suppose happens when a squirrel gets sucked into a vacuum cleaner? He gets super powers, of course! Then he becomes best friends with Flora, the girl who rescued him. But will his newfound abilities be enough to save him from his arch-nemesis (who also happens to be Flora's mother)?—Lauren Strohecker, McKinley Elementary School, PA #sljbookhook

Newberry Award Winner: Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures: Kate DiCamillo, K.G. Campbell:

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Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo - It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, is the just the right person to step in and save him. #WbWBeachReads

Holy unanticipated occurrences!  Last week I was distracted from a good book (Peter and the Starcatchers) by a better book.  Okay, it wasn't unanticipated because it happens to me quite often, but that is Flora Buckman's favorite line from her favorite comic, which guides her when she discovers a squirrel with super powers.  Yes, you read that right.  A squirrel with super powers.  Bet you didn't anticipate that, did you! In Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures there are many unanticipated occurrences and it all begins with a vacuum cleaner, a squirrel and a natural born cynic named Flora.  There is a wacky cast of characters including a self absorbed romance writer, an air head neighbor, an emotionally traumatized great-nephew next door and a sad, sad father.  They all tip toe right up to the line of being too wacky but only cross the line a little and in such silly ways I loved them for it.  In fact, I won't even try to give you a plot synopsis because honestly, it's a simple and predictable plot but a joy to read and discover on your own. Kate DiCamillo books are always wonderful read alouds, but this one is just BEGGING for a dramatic reading.  I gave it to my brilliant eight year old for Christmas and we've had a terrific time either reading alone or together.  This is a great book for sitting close on the sofa so you can both see the pictures but leave plenty of room for dramatic gestures which you'll probably find necessary as you read.    The illuminations (illustrations) are basic yet expressive and they really enhance the humor.  Honestly, it's hard to capture the funny wonderfulness of Flora and Ulysses in a review.  You have to read it for yourself.  :) Click here to learn more about Flora and Ulysses.

Yes, I get super excited when I learn about new books. It is almost like the feeling when you wake up the morning of your birthday. I still get super excited when it is my birthday. If you know me in real life, you are totally nodding your head right now. :) On Monday, the American Library Association announced the 2013 Newbery Medal winner at its convention in Philadelphia. The winner is Flora and Ulysees. Have you read this book? Since it came out in September, im sure most of you have not. Well, get to your nearest bookstore or amazon shopping cart and cha-ching! It is so cute. It is about a 10 year old who can't imagine her life without comic books. You might also learn about a flying squirrel who is the next Langston Hughes. I suggest this novel for upper elementary. The reason I do not go into to much detail about the plot and such is well because I like readers to create their own "summary". That is what I love about books we can all learn something new. Anywho...sorry for the birdwalk. Do your students love quirky, silly, light-hearted books? If so, this one is for them! This one is  for surezzzz going on my read-aloud list. Do you have a read-aloud list? As you might know, I LOVE books. There are so many I want to share with my students or kids I tutor. The list goes on for days. Now, I have a pretty incredible memory, but sometimes I cant think of that one book I want to read.  Problem Solved- I have started a Read-Aloud list. Everytime, I hear of a book that would excite kids I add it to my list. I create a new list each year. As we all know children have different strengths and interests so a new list each year is the way to go. Before a book can be added to my list there are a few prerequisites. 1. I have to read it before it can be added to list 2. My students must not know a lot about the book. (I like sharing new books) 3. Grade/age appropriate 3a. Shares common interests- Student can relate to topic. 4. We can create wonderful engaging book conservations Thank you reading. Please grab my copy of "Read-Aloud List". Click here or on the picture for your free copy. Post on instagram when you have started listing your wishes and tag @ramonarecommends Clip Art- Melonheadz Font- KG Fonts Border-Borders by Kelly B and Background Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Designs What is your favorite read aloud? Share below in comments. I love learning about new chapter books and pictures books. Come link-up and share what is going on in your classroom or TpT store with...

The Fourth of July is almost upon us, and what's more American than SUPER HEROES! So, without further ado, I bring you the first book I've ever heard of featuring a Superhero squirrel. Happy Independence Day, Americans! Happy Wednesday, everyone else! Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo My rating: 4 of 5 stars Even though Middle Grade is a little, well, young for me, I'd still like to read all the Newbery Award Winners. I have maybe 20 left to go, and in the past few years, I've slacked a bit. So I grabbed this one from the library, figuring I could listen to it with my son in the car. I wasn't expecting much, even though I've read and enjoyed many of DiCamillo's novels. Like a lot of books I read, I didn't read the back before starting the book. So I was a bit startled when I realized the book was about a superhero squirrel. That's right. A squirrel who is also a (suspected) superhero. At least our other title character, Flora, would like to believe when the magically blessed Ulysses enters her life. Ulysses isn't your average superhero. His feats of strength include lifting a vacuum cleaner over his head for no apparent reason. His arch nemesis is a romance writer. He vanquishes nothing more than a large cat. And he is more concerned with giant (and gianter) doughnuts than saving the world. But he may just be able to save Flora. With wit and humor, DiCamillo proves that superheroes come in all shapes and sizes, and that even when broken, we can still shine (much like a headless shepherdess lamp).

DiCamillo, Kate Flora and Ulysses, 233 pgs. 2013 Candlewick Press $17.99.  Language: G (0 swears); Violence: PG; Mature Content: G.   10-year-old Flora rescues a squirrel who has had a run-in with a vacuum, only to find that now the squirrel has super powers.  She names him Ulysses, takes him home and hopes that the squirrel, like her comic-book hero Incandesto, can save the day.  But when her mother thinks Ulysses is sick, Flora has to be the hero and save her new friend.   This 2014 Newbery Award winner, beautifully illustrated by K.G. Campbell is delightfully funny with a terrific cast of characters.  Flora is a spunky girl who is brave, capable and loyal. This book will be a great read-aloud for younger elementary, and enjoyed as an independent read through middle school.  EL, MS - ESSENTIAL - -Lisa Librarian

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Undertown by Melvin Bukiet Gr 5–8 What lies beneath your feet? You think just the ground? Guess again—especially if you live in a big city. When Timothy and Jessamyn play a prank on their parents, it backfires and leads them on an underground adventure in the sewers of Manhattan where they meet a goulish cast of characters including rats as big as dogs.—Karen Alexander, Lake Fenton High School, Linden, MI #sljbookhook

Middle schoolers Timothy Murphy and Jessamyn Hazard careen downhill on a sailboat which was being towed through Manhattan and fall into the sewers, where they meet interesting characters before being caught by the evil "queen" of this underground society. 11/2013

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Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George. Gr 4-6 Princess Celie lives in a magical castle that changes every Tuesday, adding new rooms for guests or a new tower or even a new wing! Celie is trying to compile an atlas of the castle, which comes in handy when her parents are missing, enemies threaten, and the castle's secrets may save the day.—Beth L. Meister, Milwaukee Jewish Day School, WI #sljbookhook

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MySF Short Short Reviews maps out the ever-changing house of Princess Cecelia in Jessica Day George's delightful "Tuesdays at the Castle".

Lizzy's Book Review: Tuesday's at the Castle by Jessica Day George...Castle Glower has always decided who the next reigning king will be. It simply moves the future king’s room next to the throne room. That’s because Castle Glower has a life and magic all its own. If it likes you it might make your room more comfortable or move you to a desirable location in the castle. If it doesn't like you, then it may make your furniture smaller or it could order the doors in your room to disappear...

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The Vengekeep Prophecies by Brian Farrey. Gr 4-7 Jaxter Grimjinx was born into a family of thieves, but he's so clumsy that his first big robbery lands his whole family in jail. The Grimjinxes are released when a prophecy woven into a tapestry predicts that they will save the city of Vengekeep from a variety of disasters. Can Jaxter and his friend Callie save their home city from a magic tapestry gone wrong?—Beth L. Meister, Milwaukee Jewish Day School, WI #sljbookhook

A magical tapestry prophesies doom for the town of Vengekeep, and to everyones surprise twelve-year-old Jaxter Grimjinx and his family of con artists appear to be the towns saviors.

"A magical tapestry prophesies doom for the town of Vengekeep, and to everyone's surprise twelve-year-old Jaxter Grimjinx and his family of con artists appear to be the town's saviors"-- Provided by publisher. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2014-2015, 4-6 Nominee.

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The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen. Gr 5–8 Sage is taken from his orphanage by Lord Conner, a nobleman who wants to train him and two other boys to pretend to be their country's missing prince. The boy who succeeds will rule—under the guidance of Lord Conner. But Sage has his own secrets and his own talents .—Beth L. Meister, Milwaukee Jewish Day School, WI #sljbookhook

The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy, #1) by Jennifer Nielsen. Fantasy section under N. In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king's long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage.

The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy #1) by Jennifer A. Nielsen. In the country of Carthya, a devious nobleman engages four orphans in a brutal competition to be selected to impersonate the king's long-missing son in an effort to avoid a civil war.

The False Prince: Book 1 of the Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A. Neilsen - Fiction Gr. 5-8 Starred Reviews from Publishers Weekly -- Publishers Weekly Best Children's Fiction

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The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen Series: The Ascendance Trilogy #1 Published by Scholastic on 2012 Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, General, Family, Orphans & Foster Homes, Fantasy & Magic Pages: 342 Buy on Amazon Goodreads THE FALSE PRINCE is the thrilling first book in a brand-new trilogy filled with danger and deceit and hidden identities that will have readers rushing breathlessly to the end. In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king's long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner's motives are more than questionable, …

Review by Curry The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen Genre: Adventure, Young Adult Rating: Y-11 Content: Violence involving children Let me just start off by saying that this is a 5 STAR book for me! Here’s the summary: Summary: In a faraway land, civil war is brewing. To unify his kingdom’s divided people, A nobleman named Conner devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the King’s long-lost son and install him on the throne. Four orphans are forced to compete for the role including a clever and defiant boy named Sage. Sage know that Conner’s motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword’s point - he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. His rivals will be devising their own plots as well, so Sage must trust no one and keep his thoughts hidden. Personal Review: For all of you that have not read this book yet, you are lucky. I only say that because you do not have to wait for the 2nd and 3rd books to come out like I had to. I LOVE THIS BOOK! It was torture to wait, but I did it and it was worth it. There are many reasons why I love this book but the main reason is because of Sage, the main character. He is brilliant and so fun to read about. There are times when you think “Why are you doing this?!” But then it all makes sense and I learned to fully trust him. This book has everything; an intriguing plot, great characters, humor, suspense and just a touch of romance. I think that I will go re-read it now. Peace! - Curry If you liked this you may also like: The Runaway King by Jennifer Nielsen Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

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More Than This by Patrick Ness. Gr 9&Up Seth decides to commit suicide and is dead by page 9. You would think the book is over at that point, but instead we follow him into what comes next. But what is it? Heaven? Hell? Purgatory? Something else? How is it possible? And why does it look like his distant past?—Carol Edwards, Denver Public Library, CO #sljbookhook

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More Than This By: Patrick Ness F NES A boy named Seth drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him. But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. How is that possible? He remembers dying, his bones breaking, his skull dashed upon the rocks. So how is he here? And where is this place?

More Than This by Patrick Ness. A boy drowns - but then he wakes. How is that possible? And where is he? It looks like the English town where he lived but everything has changed. Seth begins a search for answers, hoping that he might not be alone, that there might be more than just this. . .

YA Sci-Fi. Horror. Read the review at The Book Smugglers. http://thebooksmugglers.com/2013/09/book-review-more-than-this-by-patrick-ness.html

More Than This by Patrick Ness. In simple terms, young adult matrix. So good! #book #bookclub #read

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More Than This by Patrick Ness (14+) - Seth drowns. He remembers his bones breaking, his skull dashed on the rocks, losing his life to the pounding sea. But then he wakes, naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. How is that possible? And where is he? It looks like where he lived as a child, but overgrown and completely abandoned. And what are these agonizing memories that seem more real than the world around him? Is this hell? Or is there more than this?

prettybooks: Book Review: More Than This by Patrick Ness @ Pretty Books Rating: ★★★★A boy called Seth drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him. But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. How is that possible? He remembers dying, his bones breaking, his skull dashed upon the rocks. So how is he is here? And where is this place? It looks like the suburban English town where he lived as a child, before an unthinkable tragedy happened and his family moved to America. But the neighbourhood around his old house is overgrown, covered in dust and completely abandoned. What’s going on? And why is it that whenever he closes his eyes, he falls prey to vivid, agonizing memories that seem more real than the world around him? Seth begins a search for answers, hoping that he might not be alone, that this might not be the hell he fears it to be, that there might be more than just this… Continue to the (spoiler-free) review.

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Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz Gr 10&Up Rudy is a lonely boy with a dying little brother. He lives on an island where all the residents are hoping to find magic fish. Magic fish that heal their dying loved ones. Then Rudy meets a fish-boy named Teeth who changes his life.—Eden Rassette, Kenton County Public Library, KY #sljbookhook

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A clash of reality and magic. Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz is a book of unraveling secrets that Rudy, a teenage boy, is left to uncover. Exciting and unpredictable, this book was a good summer read. Note: Young Adult Suggestive LGBT

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Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle Gr 4–6 Show tunes, bright lights, stardom! Nate has always known that he was destined for Broadway—the only problem is he lives in Jankberg, PA. Luckily Nate has Libby, his best friend and conspirator. Libby is also the brains behind a daring plan to get Nate to New York in time for him to audition for the role of Elliot in E.T. Broadway musical. And that's just the beginning of his adventure.—Ragan O'Malley, Saint Ann's School, Brooklyn, NY #sljbookhook

Sprout's Bookshelf: Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle - this debut novel for older chapter book readers is a great choice for anyone who's ever felt out of place. Nate's finally found his calling and his ticket out of Jankburg, PA - Broadway! But will Nate have what it takes to see his name in lights at last?

Better Nate Than Ever / Tim Federle "An eighth-grader who dreams of performing in a Broadway musical concocts a plan to run away to New York and audition for the role of Elliot in the musical version of "E.T.""

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Better Nate Than Ever. Ages: 9-12. Lexile: 930. Nate has always dreamed of staring in a Broadway musical and now is his chance. There is an open casting for the musical E.T. in New York City. Nate (with the help of some friends) comes up with a plan, to runaway from home and audition for this play. But it isn't all fun and games. New York City is a big and scary place for someone from small town Pennsylvania. Follow Nate on his big adventure.

Thirteen-year-old Nate wants change. In "Better Nate Than Ever" by Tim Federle, Nate can't wait escape a small town in Pennsylvania where he questions his sexuality and faces bullying from classmates. With the help of his friend Libby, he hops on a Greyhound bus to audition for an open casting call for E.T.: The Musical in NYC. The trip isn't what he expected but due to the help of a supportive aunt and Nate's determination and positive attitude, he finds his way.

Ms. Wray Young Adult fiction. Young boy, questioning, and in love with the idea of the Big Boradway Musical, runs away to New York for an open casting call for a new musical… and falls in love with New York City. A real feel good book. For anyone who loves the Big Apple. There is a new sequel, Five, Six Seven, Nate! Likely worth a try as well... Learn more at The Book Smugglers: http://thebooksmugglers.com/2014/01/book-review-better-nate-than-ever-by-tim-federle.html

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In Better Nate Than Ever, a small-town eighth grader runs away from home to crash an audition for E.T.: The Musical. Nate Foster has big dreams. His whole life, he's wanted to star in a Broadway show. (Heck, he'd settle for seeing a Broadway show.)

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A Little Book of Sloth by Lucy Cooke Gr 1–5 Author Lucy Cooke is a National Geographic Explorer which means she is always on the go...except when she is around the adorable, slow paced sloths! Flip through the pages to see how sloths really do look like Wookies and Ewoks and how sloths choose their perfect stuffed animals. Resources and videos at: http://www.slothville.com —Caitlin Augusta, Stratford Library, CT #sljbookhook

A Little Book of Sloth by Lucy Cooke: Cozy up with adorable baby sloths in this irresistible photographic picture book. Hang around just like a sloth and get to know the delightful residents of the Avarios Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica, the world’s largest sloth orphanage. You’ll fall in love with bad-boy Mateo,...

#973 A Little Book of SlothA Little Book of Sloth is a photographic picture book by Lucy Cooke, of baby sloths from Avarios Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica. The book is available on March, 5, 2013.  Admittedly, I normally don’t think sloths are that cute and this is my first post about them, but the cover and other page excerpts on Amazon, look pretty cute.

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A Little Book of Sloth. Produced by: Lucy Cooke.(Photographer). You’ll fall in love with bad-boy Mateo, ooh and ahh over baby Biscuit, and want to wrap your arms around champion cuddle buddy Ubu! Cozy up with adorable baby sloths in this irresistible photographic picture book. From British filmmaker and sloth expert Lucy Cooke comes a hilarious, heart-melting photographic picture book starring the laziest—and one of the cutest—animals on the planet. Length 64.

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Far Far Away by Tom McNeal Gr 7 & Up "Listen if you will" to a modern take on an ancient tale, brought to life by the ghost of Jacob Grimm. This ghost can only be heard by 15-year-old Jeremy Johnson Johnson, who will need his assistance to escape from his own type of fairy tale that includes dungeons, deceit, trickery, and poison. Can a ghost, an unlikely candidate to help, really save Jeremy from becoming an unhappy ending?—Megan Egbert, Meridian Library District, ID #sljbookhook

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Far Far Away by Tom McNeal. Great spin off of Grimm Fairy Tale with a teen who talks and hears Jacob Grimm who is there to protect Jeremy, but from what.... good read" sounds good

This modern day story of suspense reads like a fairy tale. Jeremy Johnson Johnson (his real name) lives in the town of Never Better and helps to run the Two-Book Bookstore, where there are only two titles for sale. The ghost of Joseph Grimm, one half of the Brothers Grimm, is his closest companion and protector. Meanwhile the nefarious Finder of Occasions watches and waits. Robin

Far Far Away by Tom McNeal. A young adult fantasy. The head of our children's department says "I loved this tale of the ghost of Jacob Grimm and a boy in need of a fairy tale intervention. Some characters were more believable than others but the premise was interesting and the twists were sufficiently twisted."

'Far Far Away' by Tom McNeal: After his mother left and his father became a recluse, Jeremy Johnson Johnson (whose mother and father both had the same last name) was left to support the family, but he's been aided by the ghost of Jacob Grimm, one half of the infamous Brothers Grimm writing duo, and when provocative local girl Ginger Boultinghouse takes an interest in Jeremy (and his unique abilities), a grim chain of events is put into motion.

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4 of 5 stars ** I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **With out a doubt this book surprised me. In the beginning I was a little confused as to if there was a true plot or just a quaint story about some teenagers with strange names and quirky personalities. But as I got a little further in I started to realize that it was really an extended version of a fairy tale told Brother Grimm style. Having the book narrated by Jacob Grimm himself was really a stroke of genius and I for one found it to be wildly amusing. It holds true to Brother Grimm style by being fantastically dark, tense and unpredictable. Once my attention was captured I just couldn’t put it down because I had to know how it would end. I also appreciated the back round history that was included about the Grimm boys as well. Since I didn’t look up any of the facts for myself I couldn’t say if it was correct or not but no matter because it added to the story two fold.I also give high kudos to the writing style of this author. I find most often that young adult books are simplistic in their language and structure however this book amped up the intensity with depth and challenging vocabulary which took it to a whole new level. I have to admit I had to even look up a few words which gave this book a little more pizzazz in my eyes. I for one will look forward to the next book written by Tom McNeal anticipating the new craziness he will deliver. View all my reviews

4/5 stars At first I thought Far Far Away (Goodreads | Amazon) was a cute borderline middle grade book about a lonely outcast boy with a ghost best friend.  But I was wrong.  Far Far Away is something more complicated than that, toeing the line between young adult and middle-grade, but not quite either.  The early parts of the books are sweet and oozing with sentimentality, the latter parts drip with creepiness.  This book is like a good old-fashioned fairytale, seems like it's for children but the longer you look at it the creepier it gets. Jeremy Johnson Johnson lives in a strange little town Never Better.  As if his mother skipping town and his father never leaving the house didn't make him enough of an outcast, Jeremy can also hear ghosts.  Luckily for him, the ghost is the famous Jacob Grimm--yes of the Grimm Brothers--who keeps him company and gives him encouragement.  The relationship between Jeremy and his ghost is sweet and believable.  They need each other and care about each other.  Nobody else can hear Jacob except Jeremy and nobody understands Jeremy but Jacob.  In each other they find solace and a place to belong. Things start to change for Jeremy when he's befriended by Ginger.  She is everything Jeremy is not, loud, boisterous, full of life and popular.  But despite stereotypes, Ginger has a kind and caring soul.  What might have originated as pity, grows into friendship and maybe even first love.  It has all the stumbling tenderness and sweetness of first love.  Best of all it builds slowly and is never quite defined. But this book takes a turn for the creepy.  I cannot say more about that because it involves spoilers, but just remember this is a fairytale, specifically modeled after the type of tale the Grimm Brother's told. This book, narrated through the eyes of Jacob Grimm, is original and unique.  It's hard to define the genre as middle grade, young adult or even adult because it's the story of a boy but told through the eyes of a very old ghost.  In some ways like fairytales themselves, it's ageless.  It's about both of them discovering themselves, finding freedom in being themselves and their adventures in a town that doesn't quite seem to be real.  This is another recent read that falls into more of a magical realism than fantasy category, which is a fictional resurgence that I can get behind.  The juxtaposed otherness of Never Better, yet it's similarity to every small town, create an delightfully creepy atmosphere that could be anywhere, real or not, and anytime.  That backdrop and the fairytale-esque story combine to create an enjoyable and creepy read.

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Gr 9&Up Cath is famous on the Internet for her stories inspired by beloved children's series, Simon Snow (think Harry Potter). She's got thousands of adoring fans online, but it's time to face the real world: she's off to college and she's not sure she's up for the challenge. It's hysterical, endearing, and you won't want it to end.—Alison Tran, Mission Viejo Library, CA #sljbookhook

YA Book Review: Fangirl. Trust me, no one is sadder than I am that this book didn’t work for me. I mean, really, it had a lot of makings for a Lauren book. Stand Alone - 3 Stars.

Fangirl Rainbow Rowell book cover. Nice example of incorporating male and female characters in with text. Could do something similar for my design concepts. (viewed 21/05/15 -)

Best Fiction for Young Adults: "Feeling cast off when her twin sister outgrows their shared love for a favorite fictional character, Cath, a dedicated fan-fiction writer, struggles to survive on her own in her first year of college while avoiding a surly roommate, bonding with a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words, and worrying about her fragile father."

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell - I can't get enough of this book right now! The 21 Best YA Books Of 2013. My favorite book

The 21 Best YA Books Of 2013 Whether you're actually a young adult or not, these books captivated us in 2013. Ranked in no particular order. http://picturesfunnys.blogspot.com/

Fan-fiction fans will appreciate Rainbow Rowell's YA novel Fangirl, a rom-com novel about a young woman starting college who must decide if she's ready to leave her fangirl days behind and start living and writing her own story. For the first time in her life, she's dealing with strange roommates, love interests, being away from her dad and twin sister, and a professor who finds her favorite genre deplorable.........On my To Read list!

"Best of" Books is a bloghop hosted by Diane Estrella at That's What I'm Here For Picking the 5 best YA books I have read this year is no easy task, there were so many good books to chose from.  These are the ones I finally picked: Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein I loved Code Name Verity and was hesitant about this second WWII novel, but Elizabeth is genius and has written one of the most gripping novels about a young American female pilot who finds herself in Ravensbrück Concentration Camp.  Rose Under Fire is definitely my favorite book of 2013. Read my review here Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell This was just such a fun novel to read, yet it opens up lots of questions about the legality/legitimacy of fan fiction.  When twin Cath gets to college, she has a hard time making real friends and leaving the world of fanfiction writing behind, while her sister Wren has no problem leaving it behind for campus partying.  Both girls have reasons to escape life, but both have some coming of age work to do.  Fangirl is a novel very much of today. Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner This is an edgy novel set in a Nazi-like dystopian 1950s England.  Standish Treadwell, 15, is a severely dyxlectic teen, with one brown and one blue and naturally, the brunt of bullying at school by both teachers and students.  But when he befriends Hector, a new boy, things change. Read my review here The Archived by Victoria Schwab This first novel in a forthcoming series introduces us to a library of a different kind - a place where the dead are archived to preserve their stories.  But sometimes they wander out of the archive and it is the job of Keepers to return them to the library.  That's what MacKenzie Bishop, 15, does.  She is the youngest Keeper ever and has some real conflicts of interest that interfere with her Keeper duties.  Great science fiction, and I can't wait to read Book 2. Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz Imagine surviving 1 ghetto, 10 concentration camps and 2 death marches.  In the novel based on a true story, this is exactly how Yanek Gruener spent his adolescence and survived to talk about it.  Despite the horrors witnessed by Yanek, there are some read heartwarming moments in his young life.  A definite must for fans of historical fiction. Be sure to visit the following blogs to see what their Best of 2013 YA books choices are:

End of the year reflection and favorite book lists... I've loved the books I've had the chance to enjoy this year. I adored the opportunities to interview favorite author and illustrator heroes. I appreciated consistency and embraced memes when choosing what to write on the blog this year. I found that some of my first…

Pick of the Day: Fangirl

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Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang. Gr 8&up This two-volume graphic novel about the Boxer Rebellion is about a piece of history that's often overlooked. Boxers tells the story of a young Chinese peasant who becomes instrumental in the uprising against Westerners invading China at the turn of the last century, while Saints focuses on a young Chinese girl who was converted to Christianity by the foreign missionaries. Who's right? Who's wrong?—Allison Tran, Mission Viejo Library, CA #sljbookhook

Boxers & Saints / Gene Luen Yang ; color by Lark Pien. These two graphic novel volumes tell the stories of Little Bao and Vibiana, two Chinese youth on opposing sides of the Boxer Rebellion at the turn of the 20th century. When the two finally meet in an epic clash of opponents, you'll be on the edge of your seat. #graphicnovels

BOXERS (BOXERS AND SAINTS) by Gene Luen Yang. China,1898. Bands of foreign missionaries and soldiers roam the countryside, bullying and robbing Chinese peasants. Little Bao has had enough. Harnessing the powers of ancient Chinese gods, he recruits an army of Boxers - commoners trained in kung fu who fight to free China from "foreign devils." http://vapld.aquabrowser.com/?q=isbn:9781596433595

China, 1898. Bands of foreign missionaries and soldiers roam the countryside, bullying and robbing Chinese peasants. Little Bao has had enough. Harnessing the powers of ancient Chinese gods, he recruits an army of Boxers--commoners trained in kung fu--who fight to free China from "foreign devils." Against all odds, this grass-roots rebellion is violently successful. But nothing is simple.

China,1898. Bands of foreign missionaries and soldiers roam the countryside, bullying and robbing Chinese peasants. Little Bao has had enough. Harnessing the powers of ancient Chinese gods, he recruits an army of Boxers - commoners trained in kung fu who fight to free China from "foreign devils."

Boxers by Yang, Gene Luen & Lark Pien - GRA YAN Available from the AIC Library Graphic Novels collection. China,1898. Bands of foreign missionaries and soldiers roam the countryside, bullying and robbing Chinese peasants. Little Bao has had enough. Harnessing the powers of ancient Chinese gods, he recruits an army of Boxers - commoners trained in kung fu who fight to free China from "foreign devils."

'Boxers' (Boxers & Saints, Vol. 1) by Gene Luen Yang. China,1898. Bands of foreign missionaries and soldiers roam the countryside, bullying and robbing Chinese peasants. Little Bao has had enough. Harnessing the powers of ancient Chinese gods, he recruits an army of Boxers, commoners trained in kung fu who fight to free China from "foreign devils." But nothing is simple. Little Bao is fighting for the glory of China, but at what cost? (Young Adult Graphic Novel) 11/20/13

China,1898. Bands of foreign missionaries and soldiers roam the countryside, bullying and robbing Chinese peasants. Little Bao has had enough. Harnessing the powers of ancient Chinese gods, he recruits an army of Boxers - commoners trained in kung fu who fight to free China from "foreign devils." Little Bao is fighting for the glory of China, but at what cost? So many are dying, including thousands of "secondary devils" - Chinese citizens who have converted to Christianity.

Boxers (Boxers & Saints). Harnessing the powers of ancient Chinese gods, he recruits an army of Boxers - commoners trained in kung fu who fight to free China from .foreign devils. Used Book in Good Condition. Chinese citizens who have converted to Christianity. But nothing is simple. Gene Luen Yang, Lark Pien. Bands of foreign missionaries and soldiers roam the countryside, bullying and robbing Chinese peasants. China,1898. Little Bao is fighting for the glory of China, but at what...

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Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett Gr K to 2 Getting a great book for your birthday can be awesome! Funny animals, brave battle scenes, heroic quests? Yes! But when Alex gets a boring book from a well-meaning aunt, he is not going to put up with it. Using his great imagination and a small pencil, Alex rewrites the story...and this book will never be the same.—Natasha Forrester, Capitol Hill Library, OR #sljbookhook

Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka. Alex, whose birthday it is, hijacks a story about Birthday Bunny on his special day and turns it into a battle between a supervillain and his enemies in the forest--who, in the original story, are simply planning a surprise party. (Children's Book)

Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett, illustrated by Matthew Myers | 20 Of The Best Children’s Books Of 2013

I absolutely love the idea of this! // Jon Scieszka, Mac Barnett, and Matthew Myers 'Battle' It Out in New Picture Book

Iowa Goldfinch Award 2015-2016 | Battle Bunny: Jon Scieszka, Mac Barnett, Matthew Myers: Alex changes a sappy book into his own adventure story. This book is so much fun.

Battle Bunny written by Jon Scieszka and Marc Barnett and illustrated by Matthew Myers http://julianaleewriter.com/writing-challenges/picture-books-1414/battle-bunny/

Picture book. Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett, illustrated by Matthew Meyers. When Alexander gets a saccharine book for his birthday, he wields a pencil and starts making some hard-core revisions to the text until they suit his more action-packed taste. A subversive and clever book that will be an elementary teacher's dream come true for introducing the effects of word choice and the editing process. Recommended by The PlanetEsme Plan.

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