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I'm an elementary librarian in need of justifying the amount of books I reads aimed at eleven year-olds by organizing them on a nifty website.

Currently reading

The Hoboken Chicken Emergency
Daniel Pinkwater, Jill Pinkwater
Dinosaur Trouble
Dick King-Smith, Nick Bruel
Justin Case: School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters
Rachel Vail, Matthew Cordell
The Coming of the Dragon
Rebecca Barnhouse
The Boxcar Children Beginning: The Aldens of Fair Meadow Farm
Patricia MacLachlan
Les Miserables: Complete and Unabridged

Code Name Verity

Code Name Verity - Elizabeth Wein The wish is that everybook would be this good. And yep, I turned around and began it again.

If You Lived Here: Houses of the World

If You Lived Here: Houses of the World - Giles Laroche Clever and informative. How do I get a house on the ocean that will turn with the sun?

Question Boy Meets Little Miss Know-It-All (Richard Jackson Books (Atheneum Hardcover))

Question Boy Meets Little Miss Know-It-All - Peter Catalanotto Fun text, dreadful illustrations.

The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman

The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman - Meg Wolitzer This book entered my life in a timely manner, as I've been cheating my way through several games of Words with Friends. The type of sporting book I can really get behind.

The One and Only Ivan

The One and Only Ivan - Began almost too depressing to finish; then, wondrous events began to unfold. Kathi Appelt's THE UNDERNEATH meets CHARLOTTE'S WEB.

No Ordinary Day

No Ordinary Day - Deborah Ellis A book that tackles street children and leprosy and still manages to make you smiles between the tears.

Breaking Stalin's Nose

Breaking Stalin's Nose - Eugene Yelchin I try not to question "the committee's" choices but this book flew across the room when I finished. It reads like a short story which should be featured on NPR's selected shorts. NOT and early chapter book.Really, Schmidt and Ness didn't make the cut, but this got through?

Anya's Ghost

Anya's Ghost - Vera Brosgol Beware of sympathetic ghosts offering fashion and relationship advice.

With a Name like Love

With a Name like Love - Tess Hilmo Hilmo has a lovely gift with dialogue. Can't wait to read more.

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars - John Green Sometime you want another star or a star of a different color when the allowed maximum does not quiet do.

Beauty Queens

Beauty Queens - Libba Bray Had a good time with this book, but found fatigue setting in after awhile. Felt like I was reading about caricatures instead of characters. And although I whole-heartily endorse most of what Bray was preaching about gender roles and the media after so much it began to feel didactic.There was some great stuff here however. I would love to teach an older group of students about media literacy using this book.

Bone Dog

Bone Dog - Eric Rohmann What I though was going to be just one more dead dog book, turned out to be all kinds of fun.

Heaven to Betsy (Betsy-Tacy)

Heaven to Betsy - Maud Hart Lovelace, Vera Neville Betsy Ray lives the adolescence every girl wishes she had and all of us deserved.

A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness, Jim Kay Wow!

The Knife of Never Letting Go: bk. 1 (Chaos Walking)

The Knife of Never Letting Go - Patrick Ness All I can say is, if ruddy Aaron and Mr. Prentis Jr. can keep playing the resurection game, then I'd better be seeing more Manchee in the next book.

Press Here

Press Here - Hervé Tullet, Christopher Franceschelli This may rival CAN YOU MAKE A SCARY FACE as the best story timebook ever. Just did it with 5 different Kindergarten classes and it was an overwhelming hit. Some of them really thought they had the power to effect what would happen on the next page. Apparently Tullet has several other companion picture books coming out this year. Bring it on I say. Meta at it's best.