Thursday, April 25, 2013

Who's On Top: Children's Books

This Week's Spotlight:
Picture Book:
The Dark 
by Lemony Snicket

Laszlo is afraid of the dark.

The dark lives in the same house as Laszlo. Mostly, though, the dark stays in the basement and doesn't come into Lazslo's room. But one night, it does.

This is the story of how Laszlo stops being afraid of the dark.

With emotional insight and poetic economy, two award-winning talents team up to conquer a universal childhood fear.

Middle Grade:
by Sheila Turnage

Newbery honor winner and New York Times bestseller.

A hilarious Southern debut with the kind of characters you meet once in a lifetime

Rising sixth grader Miss Moses LoBeau lives in the small town of Tupelo Landing, NC, where everyone's business is fair game and no secret is sacred. She washed ashore in a hurricane eleven years ago, and she's been making waves ever since. Although Mo hopes someday to find her "upstream mother," she's found a home with the Colonel--a café owner with a forgotten past of his own--and Miss Lana, the fabulous café hostess. She will protect those she loves with every bit of her strong will and tough attitude. So when a lawman comes to town asking about a murder, Mo and her best friend, Dale Earnhardt Johnson III, set out to uncover the truth in hopes of saving the only family Mo has ever known.

Full of wisdom, humor, and grit, this timeless yarn will melt the heart of even the sternest Yankee.

Young Adult:
by Kiera Cass

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself--and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

by Sherrilyn Kenvon

At fourteen, Nick Gautier thinks he knows everything about the world around him. Streetwise, tough and savvy, his quick sarcasm is the stuff of legends. . .until the night when his best friends try to kill him. Saved by a mysterious warrior who has more fighting skills than Chuck Norris, Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters: immortal vampire slayers who risk everything to save humanity.

Nick quickly learns that the human world is only a veil for a much larger and more dangerous one: a world where the captain of the football team is a werewolf and the girl he has a crush on goes out at night to stake the undead.

But before he can even learn the rules of this new world, his fellow students are turning into flesh eating zombies. And he's next on the menu.

As if starting high school isn't hard enough. . .now Nick has to hide his new friends from his mom, his chainsaw from the principal, and keep the zombies and the demon Simi from eating his brains, all without getting grounded or suspended. How in the world is he supposed to do that?

Top 5 Children's Book:
Picture Books:
1. Poems To Learn By Heart, by Caroline Kennedy
2. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, by Sheri Duskey Rinker and Tom Litchenheld
3. The Dark, by Lemony Snicket 
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 One And Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate
3. The Care And Keeping Of You 1, by Valorie Schaefer
4. The Care And Keeping Of You 2, by Cara Natterson
5. Timmy Failure, by Stephan Pastis

Young Adult:

1. The Fault In Our Stars, by John Green
2. Divergent, by Veronica Roth
3. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
4. Insurgent, by Veronica Roth
5. Looking For Alaska, by John Green

1. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
2. The Mortal Instruments, Cassandra Clare
3. Maximum Ride, By James Patterson
4. Beautiful Creatures, by Kami Garcia And Margaret Stohl
5. Diary Of A Wimpy Kid, By Jeff Kinney  

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