January Update 2011

Winter Break always leads to time for reading fascinating books.  I think it is also interesting how many books have book trailers now!  Including some in this post.

Historical Fiction:

On the Wings of Heroes by Richard Peck
World War II, family impacted when the son goes off to war.  I really enjoyed the father’s character into the book and all the pranks that were shared as well.

Camp X by Eric Walters
World War II, great suspense when brothers accidently wander into a secret training camp.

A Lion to Guard Us by Clyde Robert Bulla
Excellent adventure mixed in with quite the experience of early American settlers to new colonies.

Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate
Book in verse about Kek, a boy who is moved from Sudan to America, experiencing snow for the first time and worrying about what happened to his mother.  Touching, brilliant book.

Realistic Fiction:

Nora and the Texas Terror by Judy Cox
Touching story of a family that has a second family move in with them to help out in a dififcult economy.

Justin Fisher Declares War by James Preller
Justin Fisher is an endearing character who doesn’t know when he’s being a friend or a bully, reminded me of the book Talented Clementine but more mature with a male character.

Pies and Prejudice by Heather Vogel Frederick
I loved this continuing story from the Mother, Daughter Book Club series.  Touching and endearing.

Birthday Room by Kevin Henkes
Touching story of a boy who insists of visiting his uncle even though his mother is nervous about it.

Baby by Patricia MacLachlan
A little baby is left for a family to raise with a note which says that the mother will be back to get her as soon as she is able.  Touching, upsetting to read.

The Ghost, The White House, and Me by Judith St. George
Great realistic fiction with just a smidge of fantasy.  Character driven story with an aspiring writer who moves into the White House with her family and hears about ghosts who walk the halls.

The Fantastic Secret of Owen Juster by Barbara O’Connor
Great adventure with a boy who hears something fall off of a train as it goes by and goes exploring to discover what it could be.  Also I enjoyed his angst over deciding what to do with his frog after it doesn’t react well to being out of it’s pond.

As Simple As It Seems by Sarah Weeks
Touching story with a girl who has a difficult time losing a friend, pretending to be a ghost, and dealing with the effects of having Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

The PS Brothers by Maribeth Boelts
Two friends form a company called the PS Brothers, to scoop poop around their town and save up money to buy a dog of their dreams.

Livvie Owen Lived Here by Sarah Dooley
Quite an upsetting, worth every minute read book about a girl with autism and her accident burning down the family house and how they deal with several evictions from apartments since.

Fantasy/Science Fiction:

The Search for Wondla by Tony DiTerlizzi
This book was quite the saga following a girl who lived on a planet in an underground safe bunker raised by a robot and how she survives when her bunker comes under attack.

The Trouble with Chickens by Doreen Cronin
Hilarious humor book with a dog solving a mystery involving chickens.

The Magnificent 12, The Call by Michael Grant
Magical abilities, crazy adventures, jumping around in time, and humor mixed in throughout.

The Tilting House by Tom Llewellyn
Terrific quick read with fun “reveals” through the book explaining why a house tilts, rats talk, and how magical growing powder works.

A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
My favorite read of the year.  The very dark, bloody adventures of Hansel and Gretel in this masterful new retelling of fairy tales.

The Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud
Enjoyed reading the continued story of Bartimaeus, the djinn.  Such a great fantasy with hilarious footnotes.


An Abundance of Katherines by John Green, realistic fiction
Wonderful audiobook including a fun road trip adventure.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green/David Levithan, realistic fiction
Beautiful story about two very different teen boys with the same name and how they meet and impact one another’s lives.

The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger, graphic novel, adult
Fascinating story celebrating books but also warning to not get too lost in the books and lose the value of your life in the process.

Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld, Steampunk/Science Fiction
Excellent adventure following entertaining, energetic characters- sequel to Leviathan.

Children Make Terrible Pets-
Peter Brown
Hilarious story of a bear who wants to make a little boy she finds into a pet.

Call Number: E BRO

children make terrible pets


Dave the Potter – Artist, Poet, Slave by Laban Carrick Hill; Illus. by Bryan Collier
Excellent non-fiction biography about Dave the Potter and his fascinating life.

921 HIL

dave potter


The Tilting House by Tom Llewellyn
This is a quick, funny fantasy read revealing mysterious magical pieces through the whole story.

Call Number: FIC LLE

tilt house


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