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What's on Your List?

My post-ALA library-reserve frenzy just now has me thinking...what books are on your list of Books No Self-Respecting Children's Book Author Should Miss? No, wait, that sounds weighty and intimidating. Plus it begs for long lists of the classics we've all read a hundred times. More recent books, I guess I mean. Breathtaking books like WALK TWO MOONS or ultra-fun ones like THE ANYBODIES (which, I grant you, I have a little bias about because the author is a good friend of mine, but I would love it regardless, for its quirkiness and the originality of the voice, plus it takes a couple of pot shots at Little House which absolutely crack me up, especially since I suspect they were at least in part a snarky jab at me and my Little House editor, who also edited the ANYBODIES.)

Books you checked out of the library and liked so much you had to go buy them.

That kind of list. What's on yours?


All three of the Gregor the Overlander series (so far -- I know there's another in the works). They're by Suzanne Collins.

Jean Ferris's Once Upon a Marigold. Transparent writing.

A Wreath for Emmett Till by Marilyn Nelson (won a Printz honor and a Coretta Scott King honor)

Olive's Ocean by Kevin Henkes

Holes by Louis Sachar

Because of Winn Dixie by Kate Di Camillo

Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman

I'm sure I'm missing some. And I notice that two of mine are on AnneMarie's list too.
Must add The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, which I read yesterday. Spectaculr and good fun.

October 2010



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