Category: Selection Book

Explode in an Hour: Indi Reviews

You better cook it right, or the finished soup really will explode in an hour. Good luck! Now, our Indi Reviews.

Kelly – “Things I Can’t Explain” by Mitchell Kriegman, writer of “Clarissa Explains It All” TV show, Nickelodeon, 1991-1994

Karl goes 40 days without Facebook for Lent, he learns tatting, the wonders of Coursera, and promotes his new podcast “In the Praise of Good Friends

Jenny – “Rain Reign” by Ann M. Martin, listed on the OLA 2017 Children’s Sequoyah Masterlist

Adrienne – When Slack and Litsy update their iPhone/iPad apps their notice to consumers is very entertaining

 

Best of 2013 List of Lists

If you aren’t familiar with Largehearted Boy now is the time to become so. Each year he puts together a list of “Best of” lists. I searched and found all the links that lead to “Best of” list for “children”, “teen”, or “young adult”. The below list was made just before the holidays so make sure you check Largehearted Boy’s website for the latest updates and other “Best of” lists ranging from nonfiction to adult books. Also check his site for daily free music downloads.

From Largehearted Boy’s Best Books of 2013 List, Children and Young Adult

The Book Diaries (best children’s picture books)

Brain Pickings (best children’s, illustrated, and picture books)

BuzzFeed (best children’s books)

Canadian Children’s Literature Awards (children’s books)

Cate’s Book Nut Hut (top children’s books)

Chicken Spaghetti (list of children’s book lists)

The Children’s Book Review (best books for kids)

Christchurch Kids Blog (best children’s books)

Columbus Dispatch (best children’s books)

Flowering Minds (best children’s picture books)

Guardian (best children’s literature)

Horn Books (children’s books)

Huffington Post (best children’s picture books)

Independent (best children’s books)

Independent (best illustrated children’s books)

Iowa Public Radio (children’s books)

Kirkus (best children’s books)

KPCC (best children’s books)

The Library Ninja! (best children’s picture books)

Meridian Magazine (children’s fiction)

Nerdy Book Club (children’s and young books)

New York Times (best illustrated children’s books)

New York Times (notable children’s books)

New Zealand Listener (best children’s books)

Newsday (top children’s books)

Omnivoracious (best children’s books)

Parents (best children’s books)

Publishers Weekly (best children’s fiction)

Publishers Weekly (best children’s nonfiction books)

Publishers Weekly (best children’s picture books)

Random Musings of a Bibliophile (best children’s picture books)

Readings (best children’s picture books)

ReadKiddoRead (children’s books)

Redeemed Reader (favorite children’s picture books)

Spectator (children’s books)

Stories with Ms. Jenna (best children’s picture books)

Summer Edward (top children’s and YA books)

Tablet (best Jewish children’s books)

TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award (Canadian children’s books)

Teaching Authors (favorite children’s picture books)

Telegraph (best young children’s books)

Walk the Ridgepole (favorite children’s picture books)

Wall Street Journal (best children’s books)

Bookworld (best kids books)

The Children’s Book Review (best books for kids)

Globe and Mail (best kids books)

Metro (best kids’ books)

Mingling with Words (favorite kids books)

St. Louis Public Library (staff’s best kids’ books)

Stories with Ms. Jenna (best middle grade books)

The Observer (best fiction for 8- to 12-yearolds)

The Gluten-Free Girl (best cookbooks for kids)

Choose the Last Book of December

You, yes, you can decide what our final book of 2010 will be. Your choices are below, and you can only vote once. These titles were selected by Cathie Sue, Emily and myself as books we really want to read. So vote and tell your friends even if they don’t listen to the podcast to vote and we will read and discuss the book for our December podcast.

Vote below the book and annotations

You by Charles Benoit

This wasn’t the way it was supposed to go.

You’re just a typical fifteen-year-old sophomore, an average guy named Kyle Chase. This can’t be happening to you. But then, how do you explain all the blood? How do you explain how you got here in the first place?

There had to have been signs, had to have been some clues it was coming. Did you miss them, or ignore them? Maybe if you can figure out where it all went wrong, you can still make it right. Or is it already too late? Think fast, Kyle. Time’s running out. How did this happen?

You is the riveting story of fifteen-year-old Kyle and the small choices he does and doesn’t make that lead to his own destruction.

In his stunning young-adult debut, Charles Benoit mixes riveting tension with an insightful—and unsettling—portrait of an ordinary teen in a tale that is taut, powerful, and shattering. (HarperTeen)

Half-World by Hiromi Goto

Melanie Tamaki is an outsider.

Unpopular and impoverished, she is the only child of a loving but neglectful mother. She barely copes with surviving school and life. But everything changes on the day she returns home to find her mother is missing, lured back to Half World by a vile creature calling himself Mr. Glueskin. Soon Melanie embarks on an epic and darkly fantastical journey to Half World to save her mother. What she does not yet realize is that the state of the universe is at stake….

Award winning author, Hiromi Goto’s novel is an adventurous, genre-bending fantasy of shape-shifting characters, tortured half lives, and redemption. (Penguin)

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris until she meets Etienne St. Claire: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he’s taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home. (Amazon.com)


Kneebone Boy by Ellen Potter 

Life in a small town can be pretty boring when everyone avoids you like the plague. But after their father unwittingly sends them to stay with an aunt who’s away on holiday, the Hardscrabble children take off on an adventure that begins in the seedy streets of London and ends in a peculiar sea village where legend has it a monstrous creature lives who is half boy and half animal. . . .

In this wickedly dark, unusual, and compelling novel, Ellen Potter masterfully tells the tale of one deliciously strange family and a secret that changes everything. (Feiwel & Friends)


Fat Vampire: A Never Coming of Age Story by Adam Rex

Doug Lee is undead quite by accident—attacked by a desperate vampire, he finds himself cursed with being fat and fifteen forever. When he has no luck finding some goth chick with a vampire fetish, he resorts to sucking the blood of cows under cover of the night. But it’s just not the same.

Then he meets the new Indian exchange student and falls for her—hard. Yeah, he wants to bite her, but he also wants to prove himself to her. But like the laws of life, love, and high school, the laws of vampire existence are complicated—it’s not as easy as studying Dracula. Especially when the star of Vampire Hunters is hot on your trail in an attempt to boost ratings. . . .

Searing, hilarious, and always unexpected, Fat Vampire is a satirical tour de force from one of the most original writers of fiction today (Balzar + Bray)

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Donna Jo Napoli website

SurLaLune Fairy Tales

Bearskin and Other Tales

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Best and worst read in 2010

Emily

Best

  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
  • For the Win by Cory Doctorow
  • Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
  • Fire by Kristen Cashore

Worst

  • Geek Charming by Robin Palmer
  • Vamped by Lucienne Diver
  • The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer

Adrienne

Best

  • Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
  • Lost Conspiracy by Frances Hardinge
  • Willoughby and the Lion by Greg Foley
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Worst

  • Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
  • This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer
  • Hate List by Jennifer Brown

Cathie Sue

Best

  • The Last Book in the Universe by Rodman Philbrick
  • The Young Man and the Sea by Rodman Philbrick
  • Trickster by Matt Dimbicki
  • Foiled by Jane Yolen
  • Christopher Farnsworth by Blood Oath (adult)
  • Ship Breaker byPaolo Bacigalupi

Worst

  • Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick

Karl

Best

  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore (highly recommended – best female character in YFic. Better than Katniss, even!)
  • What It Is by Lynda Barry (highly recommended – great graphic memoir and creativity exercise book)

Worst

  • Swoon by Nina Malkin
  • Geek Charming by Robin Palmer


Recommendations

Karl: Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom and other books by Cory Doctorow, all available as free e-books at http://www.craphound.com
62 Projects to Make With a Dead Computer and Other Discarded Electronics by Randy Sarafan
http://www.instructables.com (see my library Instructable at http://www.instructables.com/id/Get-Any-Information-You-Could-Possibly-Need/)

Cathie Sue: @cathiesue on Twitter
@booktalker Nancy Keane on Twitter, website, Booktalks Quick and Simple, on iTunes
WorldCat app

Adrienne: The Magicians by Lev Grossman –  2010 Alex Award Selection