Thursday, November 7, 2013

WHO'S ON TOP: CHILDREN'S BOOKS

Top 5 Children’s Books:
Picture Books:
1.The Day The Crayons Quit, by Drew Daywalt
2. Pete The Cat And His Magical Sunglasses, by Kimberly and James Dean.
3. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld
4. Click, Clack, Boo!, by Doreen Cronin
5. I’m A Frog, by Mo Willems
Spotlight:
The Very Fairy Princess Sparkles In The Snow
by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton

The Winter Wonderland Festival is just around the corner, and Gerry knows this is her moment to SHINE. She's the most enthusiastic singer around, so she's certain her music teacher will choose her to perform the solo. She takes every opportunity to show him her VERY best voice-during rehearsal, during lunchtime, and even during recess. When a professional singer is given the solo instead, Gerry is crushed...but as the snow begins to fall, she finds a way to get her SPARKLE back!

The mother-daughter team of Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton adds a sparkly seasonal story to their #1 New York Timesbestselling series.

Middle Grade:
1. Wonder, by R. J. Palacio
2. When Did You See Her Last?, by Lemony Snicket
3. Wild Born, by Brandon Mull
4. The Son of Sobek, Rick Riordan
5. The One And Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate
Spotlight:
Out Of My Mind
by Sharon M. Draper

Eleven-year-old Melody has a photographic memory. Her head is like a video camera that is always recording. Always. And there's no delete button. She's the smartest kid in her whole school—but no one knows it. Most people—her teachers and doctors included—don't think she's capable of learning, and up until recently her school days consisted of listening to the same preschool-level alphabet lessons again and again and again. If only she could speak up, if only she could tell people what she thinks and knows . . . but she can't, because Melody can't talk. She can't walk. She can't write.

Being stuck inside her head is making Melody go out of her mind—that is, until she discovers something that will allow her to speak for the first time ever. At last Melody has a voice . . . but not everyone around her is ready to hear it.

From multiple Coretta Scott King Award winner Sharon M. Draper comes a story full of heartache and hope. Get ready to meet a girl whose voice you'll never, ever forget.

Young Adult:
1. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
2. The Fault In Our Stars, by John Green
3. Confessions, The Private School Murders, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
4. Legend, by Marie Lu
5. Looking For Alaska, by John Green
Spotlight:
Legend
by Marie Lu

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths - until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family's survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias's death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.

Series
1, Divergent, by Veronica Roth
2, Heroes Of Olympus, by Rick Riordan
3. The Mortal Instruments, by Cassandra Clare
4. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
5. Percy Jackson And The Olympians, by Rick Riordan
Spotlight:
Allegiant
by Veronica Roth

One choice will define you.

What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?

The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.

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

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