Kirkus Best Children's Books 2006.
I really hate PDFs. Anyway.
The ones I've read:
The Pox Party: The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Vol. 1, by M. T. Anderson -- Yes, yes. It's a disturbing read and there are lots of big words. Not everyone will like it. But it's a fantabulous book.
The American Story: 100 True Tales from American History, by Jennifer Armstrong -- I've started using this book the same way I use my Durant books -- as a starting point for future reading. Love the illustrations, too.
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn -- Yum. It made me feel all mushy without BEING mushy. How did they do that?
An Abundance of Katherines, by John Green -- Another yum book, and one that spawned a new literary crush. I'm even thinking about making an "I Heart Hassan" t-shirt.
Black Duck, by Janet Taylor Lisle -- Bootleggers, dead bodies and a story that bounces back and forth in time. Of course I loved it.
King of Attolia, by Megan Whalen Turner -- Complex and nuanced and romantic. I'm not going to say this again (well, until I get around to doing my personal best-of list). If you haven't read this series, you're missing out in a big, big way. And no, it isn't necessary to read the others first, but you should.
Dairy Queen, by Catherine Murdock -- Hooray, Dairy Queen! Smart and funny and spirited. Loved it. Only thing it needs is a new cover.
King Dork, by Frank Portman -- Excellent crossover title to get adults reading teen lit. Still of the opinion that it will become a cult classic.
Larklight, by Philip Reeve -- Victorian Space Opera. Do you really need to know more?
Just in Case, by Meg Rosoff -- What if? What if, what if, what if? I dug it. Made me think of Holden, and not in a bad way.
Rules of Survival, by Nancy Werlin -- Nikki takes the cake when it comes to Scary Abusive Parents. She was so unpredictable that I shared the apprehension and fear that the kids did. Nancy Werlin didn't allow me to simply be an observer. Excellent.
There are loads more here.
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