Friday, March 1, 2013

Who's On Top 2/25 - 3/2/13: Children's Books

Time to turn our eyes toward the what is hot in the world of Children's litature.
In the spotlight:
Children's Picture Books: Sendak's tribute to his brother Jack.
Children's Middle Grade: Four young girls are whisked away to Never Land.
Children's Series: A series of books of young Demigods looking for adventure.
Young Adult: In a dystopian world Beatrice must chose the path her life will follow. But she has a secret that could that could either saves those she loves or destroy them all.

Spotlight
Children's Picture Books:
My Brother's Book
By: Maurice Sendak

Fifty years after Where the Wild Things Are was published comes the last book Maurice Sendak completed before his death in May 2012, My Brother's Book. With influences from Shakespeare and William Blake, Sendak pays homage to his late brother, Jack, whom he credited for his passion for writing and drawing. Pairing Sendak's poignant poetry with his exquisite and dramatic artwork, this book redefines what mature readers expect from Maurice Sendak while continuing the lasting legacy he created over his long, illustrious career. Sendak's tribute to his brother is an expression of both grief and love and will resonate with his lifelong fans who may have read his children's books and will be ecstatic to discover something for them now. Pulitzer Prize–winning literary critic and Shakespearean scholar Stephen Greenblatt contributes a moving introduction.


Children's Middle Grade:
In A Blink
By: Kiki Thorpe With Illustrated By Jana Christy

The Disney Fairies star in a magical all-new early chapter book series for kids ages 6 to 10—The Never Girls!

The smell of salt water, a gust of seabreeze, and the bell-like ringing of a fairy's laugh are the only hints that something magical is happening to Kate, Mia, Lainey, and Gabby. In a blink of an eye, the four friends are whisked out of their ordinary lives to the most wonderful place of all—Never Land, home to fairies, mermaids . . . and now four lost girls. The girls don't want to leave right away, but Queen Clarion and Tinker Bell have figured out a way for them to get home. Will Kate, Mia, Lainey, and Gabby's fantastic adventure end before it's barely begun?


Children's Series:
Heroes Of Olympus (The Lost Hero)
By: Rick Riordan

Jason has a problem.
He doesn't remember anything before waking up on a school bus holding hands with a girl. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper. His best friend is a kid named Leo, and they're all students in the Wilderness School, a boarding school for "bad kids", as Leo puts it. What he did to end up here, Jason has no idea—except that everything seems very wrong.
Piper has a secret.
Her father, a famous actor, has been missing for three days, and her vivid nightmares reveal that he's in terrible danger. Now her boyfriend doesn't recognize her, and when a freak storm and strange creatures attack during a school field trip, she, Jason, and Leo are whisked away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood. What is going on?
Leo has a way with tools.
His new cabin at Camp Half-Blood is filled with them. Seriously, the place beats Wilderness School hands down, with its weapons training, monsters, and fine-looking girls. What's troubling is the curse everyone keeps talking about, and that a camper's gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist they are all—including Leo—related to a
god.


Young Adult:
Divergent
By: Veronica Roth

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is--she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Top 5 List
Children's Picture Book:
1. Emeraldalicious – By: Victoria Kann
2. My Brother's Book – By: Maurice Sendak
3. This Is Not My Hat – By: Jon Klassen
4. Tea Time With Sophia Grace And Rosie – By: Sophia Grace Brownlee and Rosie McClelland. Illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas
5. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site – By: Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld

Children's Middle Grade:
1. Wonder – By: R. J. Palacio
2. The One And Only Ivan – By Katherine Applegate
3. Lego Ninjago Character Encyclopedia – By Claire Sipi
4. In A Blink – By: Kiki Thorpe With Illustrated By Jana Christy
5. I Funny – By: James Patterson And Chris Grabenstein

Children's Series:
1. Beautiful Creatures – By: Kami Garcia And Margaret Stohl
2. The Hunger Games – By: Suzanne Collins
3. Diary Of A Wimpy Kid – By Jeff Kinney
4. Big Nate – By: Lincoln Peirce
5. Heroes Of Olympus – By: Rick Riordan

Young Adult
1. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower – By: Stephen Chbosky
2. The Fault In Our Stars – By: John Green
3. Divergent – By: Veronica Roth
4. Looking For Alaska – By John Green
5. Insurgent – By Veronica Roth

Disclaimer: All Blurbs come from Goodreads.com, all list com from NYTimes.com

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