Thursday, April 18, 2013

Who's On Top: Children's Books


This Week's Spotlight:
Picture Book:
PRESS HERE
by Hervé Tullet

Press the yellow dot on the cover of this book, follow the instructions within, and embark upon a magical journey! Each page of this surprising book instructs the reader to press the dots, shake the pages, tilt the book, and who knows what will happen next! Children and adults alike will giggle with delight as the dots multiply, change direction, and grow in size! Especially remarkable because the adventure occurs on the flat surface of the simple, printed page, this unique picture book about the power of imagination and interactivity will provide read-aloud fun for all ages!(



Middle Grade:
NANCY CLANCY, SECRET ADMIRER
by Jane O'Connor. Illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser.

Nancy Clancy and her best friend, Bree, have love on the brain--after all, they're learning about the human heart in science class! But when the girls decide to play matchmaker, nothing works out as planned. So the big question is: Will love conquer all?







Series:
CITY OF BONES
by Cassandra Clare

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder -- much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing -- not even a smear of blood -- to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . .

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare's ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

Young Adult:
INSURGENT
by Veronica Roth

One choice can transform you--or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves--and herself--while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable--and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

"New York Times" bestselling author Veronica Roth's much-anticipated second book of the dystopian "Divergent" series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.



Top 5 Children Books:
Picture Book:
1. POEMS TO LEARN BY HEART, by Caroline Kennedy. Illustrated by Jon J Muth
2. THE DARK, by Lemony Snicket. Illustrated by Jon Klassen
3. GOODNIGHT, GOODNIGHT, CONSTRUCTION SITE, by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld
4. THIS IS NOT MY HAT, by Jon Klassen
5. PRESS HERE, by Hervé Tullet

Middle Grade:
1. WONDER, by R. J. Palacio
2. THE CARE AND KEEPING OF YOU 2, by Cara Natterson. Illustrated by Josee Masse
3. THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN, by Katherine Applegate
4. THE CARE AND KEEPING OF YOU 1, by Valorie Schaefer. Illustrated by Josee Masse
5. LEGO NINJAGO CHARACTER ENCYCLOPEDIA, by Claire Sipi

Series:
1. THE HUNGER GAMES, by Suzanne Collins
2. THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS, by Cassandra Clare
3. BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
4. DIARY OF A WIMPY KID, written and illustrated by Jeff Kinney
5. THE INFERNAL DEVICES, by Cassandra Clare

Young Adult:
1. THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, by John Green
2. THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER, by Stephen Chbosky
3. DIVERGENT, by Veronica Roth
4. INSURGENT, by Veronica Roth
5. LOOKING FOR ALASKA, by John Green

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

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