Thursday, October 24, 2013

Who's On Top: Children's Books

Top 5 Children’s Books:
Picture Book:
1. PETE THE CAT AND HIS MAGIC SUNGLASSES, by Kimberly and James Dean
2. THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT, by Drew Daywalt
3. GOODNIGHT, GOODNIGHT, CONSTRUCTION SITE, by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld
4. LLAMA LLAMA AND THE BULLY GOAT, by Anna Dewdney
5. PETE THE CAT: I LOVE MY WHITE SHOES, by Eric Litwin
Spotlight:
PETE THE CAT: I LOVE MY WHITE SHOES
by Eric Litwin

Pete the Cat goes walking down the street wearing his brand new white shoes. Along the way, his shoes change from white to red to blue to brown to WET as we steps in piles of strawberries, blueberries and other big messes! But no matter what color his shoes are are, Pete keeps movin' and groovin' and singing his song...because it's all good.

Ages: 3 - 7



Middle Grade:
1. WONDER, by R. J. Palacio
2. WILD BORN, by Brandon Mull
3. TREASURE HUNTERS, James Patterson and Others
4. THE SON OF SOBEK, by Rick Riordan
5. STAR WARS: JEDI ACADEMY, by Jeffrey Brown
Spotlight:
TIMMY FAILURE
by Stephan Pastis

Meet "detective" Timmy Failure, star of the kids’ comedy of the year. Created by New York Times best-selling cartoonist Stephan Pastis.

Take eleven-year-old Timmy Failure — the clueless, comically self-confident CEO of the best detective agency in town, perhaps even the nation. Add his impressively lazy business partner, a very large polar bear named Total. Throw in the Failuremobile — Timmy’s mom’s Segway — and what you have is Total Failure, Inc., a global enterprise destined to make Timmy so rich his mother won’t have to stress out about the bills anymore. Of course, Timmy’s plan does not include the four-foot-tall female whose name shall not be uttered. And it doesn’t include Rollo Tookus, who is so obsessed with getting into "Stanfurd" that he can’t carry out a no-brainer spy mission. From the offbeat creator of Pearls Before Swine comes an endearingly bumbling hero in a caper whose peerless hilarity is accompanied by a whodunit twist. With perfectly paced visual humor, Stephan Pastis gets you snorting with laughter, then slyly carries the joke a beat further — or sweetens it with an unexpected poignant moment — making this a comics-inspired story (the first in a new series) that truly stands apart from the pack.


Young Adult:
1. CONFESSIONS, THE PRIVATE SCHOOL MURDERS, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
2. THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, by John Green
3. DIVERGENT, by Veronica Roth
4. THE BOOK THIEF, by Markus Zusak
5. INSURGENT, by Veronica Roth
Spotlight:
CONFESSIONS, THE PRIVATE SCHOOL MURDERS
by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

Wealthy young women are being murdered, and the police aren't looking for answers in the right places. Enter Tandy Angel. Her first case was the mystery of her parents' deaths. Now she's working to exonerate her brother of his girlfriend's homicide. And danger just got closer.One of the recent victims was a student at Tandy's own elite school. She has a hunch it may be the work of a serial killer... and Tandy perfectly fits the profile of the killer's targets. Can she untangle the mysteries in time? Or will she be the next victim? James Patterson keeps the confessions coming as Tandy delves deeper into her own tumultuous history and the skeletons in the Angel family closet.


Series:
1. HEROES OF OLYMPUS. by Rick Riordran
2. THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS , by Cassandra Clare
3. THE HUNGER GAMES, by Suzanne Collins
4. PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS, by Rick Riordan
5. DIARY OF A WIMPY KID, by Jeff Kinney
Spotlight:
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.

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

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