Friday, December 14, 2012

Our Top 10 in 2012: Maria Marks Her Favorites

Maria, our most decorated (Printz committee, Newbury committee, Capitol Choices? She's done it) librarian, has picks that carry weight! Take a look at her top ten:

Small town Evie goes to New York City where she becomes part of the 1920’s scene with speakeasies, flappers , the supernatural and ultimately on the trail of a serial killer.  Libba Bray at her best.  One of the best books of 2012 with sequels to follow.

Art and glass, a near nickel piercing, cockroaches, almost kiss, a broken nose, etc.  all elements in Lucy’s life.  Curious?  Graffiti Moon is worth a read.

 It’s John Green.  Need I say more, ok I will.  Cancer and teens- a bad combination  BUT in the hands of an expert is sheer great literature:  honest, painful with a bit of humor..  For the smart reader.

Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson
As the title states the voices of the various characters rich and poor come through so realistically you feel as you are on the fated ship. 

Kill Switch by  Chris Lynch
All David wants to do is spend the last summer before going away to college with his grandfather.  But dear old Da who suffers from dementia starts talking about the “job” he used to hold and people start to show up to keep him quiet, David starts wondering what is true and was is part of Da’s imagination.

Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick
Arn, a kid in Cambodia is separated from his brother and taken to a labor camp by the Khmer Rouge where all he endures is misery.  He sees others taken away from the camp never to return and that’s when he decides that  to be invisible is best if he is to survive.  Gripping, sad, brutal and unforgettable. 

Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Auggie born with a big facial deformity has been home schooled and now is entering 5th grade.
Will he survive the taunts, stares, bullying he encounters?  Will he make friends?  This book will stay with you well after you’ve reached the end.  A little masterpiece.

A global thriller:  top scientists/inventors, experienced spies, top  notched espionage, ingenious plots all here  not in a fictional 007 novel but in a real “truth is scarier than fiction” book – the story of the atomic bomb.    

Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip – Sonnenblick, Jordan
Peter Friedman loves baseball.  He is looking forward to becoming his high school’s star pitcher when an injury ruins his arm.  Will he ever be able to play again?  This is more than a baseball story but an intergenerational one done with care and warmth.

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