Thursday, May 9, 2013

Who's On Top: Children's Books


This Week's Spotlight:
Picture Books:
FANCY NANCY: FANCIEST DOLL IN THE UNIVERSE 
by Jane O'Connor. Illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser

Fancy Nancy is back in New York Times bestselling team Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser's picture book Fancy Nancy: Fanciest Doll in the Universe, about the love little girls feel for their favorite dolls--and their favorite sisters!

Fancy Nancy's sister, JoJo, can really be a pest sometimes . . . like when she put Easter-egg dye in the kiddie pool and dunked Frenchy in it! But this time she's done something really bad, and Nancy is livid--that's fancy for tres angry and upset. JoJo drew a tattoo on Nancy's precious doll, Marabelle Lavinia Chandelier! Even worse, it's in permanent marker. That means it will never come out! When Mom suggests a fancy doll party to make Nancy feel better, Nancy is excited to accept. But what if the doll drama isn't over?

Fans of Fancy Nancy and fancy parties alike will delight in this story of how younger siblings can get on your nerves sometimes, but it always works out in the end. As always, the central theme of all the Fancy Nancy books shines through, showing how Nancy empowers girls with knowledge through her fascination with do-it-yourself fun!



Middle Grade:
HOUSE OF SECRETS
by Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini. Illustrated by Greg Call

The Walker kids had it all: loving parents, a big house in San Francisco, all the latest video games . . . but everything changed when their father lost his job as a result of an inexplicable transgression. Now the family is moving into Kristoff House, a mysterious place built nearly a century earlier by Denver Kristoff, a troubled writer with a penchant for the occult.

Suddenly the siblings find themselves launched on an epic journey into a mash-up world born of Kristoff’s dangerous imagination, to retrieve a dark book of untold power, uncover the Walker family’s secret history and save their parents . . . and maybe even the world.



Young Adult:
THE ELITE 
by Kiera Cass

The hotly-anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestseller The Selection.

Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.


Series:
Crash
by Nicole Williams

Southpointe High is the last place Lucy wanted to wind up her senior year of school. Right up until she stumbles into Jude Ryder, a guy whose name has become its own verb, and synonymous with trouble. He's got a rap sheet that runs longer than a senior thesis, has had his name sighed, shouted, and cursed by more women than Lucy dares to ask, and lives at the local boys home where disturbed seems to be the status quo for the residents. Lucy had a stable at best, quirky at worst, upbringing. She lives for wearing the satin down on her ballet shoes, has her sights set on Juilliard, and has been careful to keep trouble out of her life. Up until now.

Jude's everything she needs to stay away from if she wants to separate her past from her future. Staying away, she's about to find out, is the only thing she's incapable of.

For Lucy Larson and Jude Ryder, love's about to become the thing that tears them apart.


Top 5 Children's Books:
Picture Books:
1. POEMS TO LEARN BY HEART, by Caroline Kennedy. Illustrated by Jon J Muth
2. THAT IS NOT A GOOD IDEA!, by Mo Willems
3. STEAM TRAIN, DREAM TRAIN, by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld
4. FANCY NANCY: FANCIEST DOLL IN THE UNIVERSE, by Jane O'Connor. Illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser
5. GOODNIGHT, GOODNIGHT, CONSTRUCTION SITE, by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld

Middle Grade:
1. WONDER, by R. J. Palacio
2. THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN, by Katherine Applegate
3. HOUSE OF SECRETS, by Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini. Illustrated by Greg Call
4. THE CARE AND KEEPING OF YOU 1, by Valorie Schaefer. Illustrated by Josee Masse
5. THE CARE AND KEEPING OF YOU 2, by Cara Natterson. Illustrated by Josee Masse

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

Series:
1. THE HUNGER GAMES, by Suzanne Collins
2. THE CRASH TRILOGY, by Nicole Williams
3. SHADOW FALLS, by C. C. Hunter
4. THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS, by Cassandra Clare
5. DIARY OF A WIMPY KID, written and illustrated by Jeff Kinney

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

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