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Thursday, April 30, 2009

The 2009 List: Middle Grade and Young Adult Books

I won't repeat all of the notes, but I do want to include the link to Worldcat for library users.

This is an interesting collection of titles. These are the books we are more likely to remember as independent readers. The characters are more fully developed and, at the time we read these books, we were probably trying to figure out who we were going to be, too. Great memories, good friends ... timeless classics.

Middle Grade/Young Adult - Nonfiction

Middle Grade/Young Adult - Fiction

Alabama Moon by Watt Key (recommended by Susan Dee, Susan)

The Alex Rider Collection by Anthony Horowitz (recommended by Sarah Mulhern)

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look (recommended by Sarah Mulhern)

by Enid Blyton (recommended by PaperTigers)

Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Coffer (recommended by Book Dads and Paper Tigers); see also: The Legend of Spud Murphy

Beastly by Alex Flinn The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg (recommended by Donalyn Miller)

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo (recommended by Kristen Norris, Annabet

Blood on the River by Elisa Carbone (recommended by Stephanie Stafford)

Blood Red Horse by K.M. Grant The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg (recommended by Donalyn Miller)

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (recommended by Alice Audrey)

Broken Glass by Sally Grindley (recommended by Marjorie)

Canyons by Gary Paulsen (recommended by PaperTigers); see also: Hatchett

Chess Rumble by G. Neri (recommended by Donalyn Miller)

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson (recommended by Sarah Mulhern)

Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis (recommended by rockinglibrarian)

Chronicles of Prydain series by Lloyd Alexander (recommended by Sarah Campbell)

Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper (recommended by rockinglibrarian)

The Desperado who Stole Baseball by John H. Ritter (recommended by Cathy Miller)

Diamond Willow by Helen Frost (recommended by Sarah Mulhern)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney (recommended by Sarah Mulhern)

Discworld series by Terry Pratchett (recommended by John E Simpson @Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes (recommended by PaperTigers)

Don’t Die, My Love by Lurlene McDaniel (recommended by Sarah Mulhern)

Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick (recommended by Donalyn Miller, Sarah Mulhern)

Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis (recommended by Keisa Williams)

Enders series by Orson Scott Card (recommended by Sarah Campbell)

Epic by Conor Kostick (recommended by Donalyn Miller)

Eragon Series by Christopher Paolini (recommended by Paper Tigers)

Everlost by Neal Shusterman (recommended by Donalyn Miller)

Feed by M. T. Anderson (recommended by Book Dads)

Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson (recommended by Donalyn Miller)

Flying Solo by Ralph Fletcher (recommended by Sarah Mulhern)

Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick (recommended by Cherie Saylor Garrett)

The Ghost’s Grave by Peg Kehret (recommended by Cherie Saylor Garrett)

The Giver by Lois Lowry (recommended by Donalyn Miller)

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (recommended by J Foster)

Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins (recommended by Book Dads)

Half Magic by Edward Eager (recommended by Martha)

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling (recommended by Alice Audrey, Book Dads, Paper Tigers)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (recommended by Stephanie Stafford, Book Dads, Paper Tigers)

Hatchett by Gary Paulsen (recommended by PaperTigers); see also Canyons

H.I.V.E.: The Higher Institute for Villainous Education by Mark Walden (recommended by Donalyn Miller)

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (recommended by Book Dads)

Holes by Louis Sachar (recommended by Cherie Saylor Garrett and Kristen Norris)

House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros (recommended by Cathy Ikeda)

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (recommended by Donalyn Miller)< I Am a Taxi by Deborah Ellis (recommended by Marjorie)

I Am Jack by Susanne Gervay (recommended by Marjorie)

I Never Said I Wasn’t Difficult by Sara Holbrook (recommended by Donalyn Miller)

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke (recommended by Donalyn Miller)

King Dork by Frank Portman (recommended by Book Dads)

Knight’s Castle by Edward Eager (recommended by PaperTigers)

The Knight’s Tales and The Squire Tales series by Gerald Morris (recommended by rockinglibrarian)

The Library of Babel by Jorge Luis Borges (recommended by John E Simpson @Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast)

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer (recommended by Donalyn Miller)

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (recommended by Donalyn Miller)

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (recommended by Stephanie Stafford and Charlotte)

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow (recommended by Sarah Campbell)

The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd (recommended by Donalyn Miller)

Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore (recommended by Carol Rasco and PaperTigers)

Love That Dog by Sharon Creech (recommended by Donalyn Miller)

Marley: A Dog Like No Other by John Grogan (recommended by Sarah Mulhern)

Mick Harte was Here by Barbara Park (recommended by Cherie Saylor Garrett)

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo (recommended by Kristen Norris)

Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller by Sarah Miller (recommended by Donalyn Miller)

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart (recommended by Donalyn Miller and Sarah Campbell)

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton (recommended by Paper Tigers)

Owls in the Family by Farley Mowat (recommended by Cherie Saylor Garrett)

Palindromania by Jon Agee (recommended by Donalyn Miller)

Part of Me by Kimberly Willis Holt (covered in Jules’ Post at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast)

The Pathfinder by James Fenimore Cooper (recommended by PaperTigers)

Peak by Roland Smith (recommended by Donalyn Miller)

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall (recommended by Sarah Campbell)

Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan (recommended by rockinglibrarian)

The Railway Children by E. Nesbit (recommended by Martha)

Rickshaw Girl (recommended by Paper Tigers)

Savvy by Ingrid Law (recommended by Donalyn Miller)

The Schwa Was Here by Neal Shusterman (recommended by Donalyn Miller)

A Series of Unfortunate Events (series) by Lemony Snicket (recommended by Paper Tigers)

The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs by Betty G. Birney (recommended by Cathy Ikeda, Susan)

Skeleton Creek by Patrick Carman (recommended by Donalyn Miller)

Skellig by David Almond (recommended by Donalyn Miller)

Somewhere in the Middle by Wayne E. Popelka (recommended by Cherie Saylor Garrett)

Soup and Me by Robert Newton Peck (recommended by Cherie Saylor Garrett)

Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner (recommended by Sarah Mulhern at The Book Chook, Susan)

Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls (recommended by Cherie Saylor Garrett)

Swallows and Amazons (Godine Storyteller) Arthur Ransome (recommended by PaperTigers) see also: Swallowdale

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo (recommended by Stephanie Stafford, Cherie Saylor Garrett and Kristen Norris)

Tangerine by Edward Bloor (recommended by Donalyn Miller)

Thief of Always by Clive Barker (recommended by Cherie Saylor Garrett)

Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements (recommended by Donalyn Miller)

Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde (recommended by John E. Simpson @Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast)

The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo (recommended by Cherie Saylor Garrett)

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (recommended by Book Dads)

The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex (recommended by Donalyn Miller)

Twilight by Stephanie Mayer (recommended by Sarah Mulhern, Book Dads)

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt (recommended by Cherie Saylor Garrett)

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (recommended by Donalyn Miller, Book Dads)

The Underneath by Kathy Appelt (recommended by Sarah Mulhern and Donalyn Miller)

Under the Blood Red Sun by Graham Salisbury (more appropriate than the Tuscan Sun!) (recommended by Donalyn Miller)

The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg (recommended by Donalyn Miller)

Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor (recommended by Donalyn Miller)

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech (recommended by J Foster)

The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Peter Sis (recommended by Donalyn Miller)

The Warrior Heir by Cinda Chima Williams (recommended by Donalyn Miller)

The Watsons Go to Birmingham ~ 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis by (recommended by J Foster and Lori Johnson)

Weasel by Cynthia Defelice (recommended by Cherie Saylor Garrett)

Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt (recommended by J Foster and Lori Johnson)

When Zachary Beaver Came to Town by Kimberly Willis Holt (recommended by Lori Johnson)

The White Giraffe by Lauren St. John (recommended by Susan Dee, Susan)

The Wolves in the Wallsby Neil Gaiman (recommended by Donalyn Miller)

The Word Eater by Mary Amato (recommended by Donalyn Miller)


Two days ago: Adult, Toddler, and Preschool Books
Yesterday: Picture Books & Easy Readers
Tomorrow: Read alikes and Booklists

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