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THE EXTRAORDINARY EDUCATION OF NICHOLAS BENEDICT by Trenton Lee Stewart. It's a prequel to his MYSTERIOUS BENEDICT SOCIETY series. And it's awesome!
#331 - December 29, 2012, 06:53 AM
PRUDENCE, THE PART-TIME COW, A CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK, IT'S YOUR FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL, BUSY BUS!, THE WAY THE COOKIE CRUMBLED
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J-Bert and Olmue: I'm glad to be in such great company! I'm already thinking--would it be weird o finish it and then immediately start reading it again? I don't think I've ever done that before.

I've er, done that lots of times! Especially if I wanted to study it in my mind and figure out what made a book great. :)
#332 - December 29, 2012, 07:28 AM

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Yeah. I borrowed the copy I'm reading from the library. I'm thinking I'm going to have to invest in a paperback copy and get out my highlighters!
#333 - December 29, 2012, 08:39 AM
ALIENS GET THE SNIFFLES TOO! Candlewick, 2017
LOUD LULA, Two Lions 2015
CALIFORNIA HISTORY FOR KIDS, CRP
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I'm reading Erin Moulton's TRACING STARS (just finished her excellent book, FLUTTER: THE STORY OF FOUR SISTERS). Our own Mike Jung's novel, GIRLS, GEEKS, AND SECRET IDENTITIES was my ten-year-old son's book from Santa. I get to read it as soon as he's finished. He's already halfway through -- and loving it! It's a welcome change from a steady diet of graphic novels at home (he's read some of them three or four times), and novels only at school.  Yay!
 
#334 - December 29, 2012, 09:59 AM

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I read Origami Yoda by Angleberger before Christmas and really enjoyed it. I'd recommend it to MG age boys. Girls would probably like it to.

Laurel  :xmastree
#335 - December 29, 2012, 02:13 PM

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Some of my most recent favorites : Michelle Paver's Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, East by Edith Pattou, the Sea of Trolls trilogy by Nancy Farmer and the Absolutely true diary of a part time Indian by Sherman Alexie.
#336 - December 30, 2012, 12:32 PM
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I finished Reached. Now I'm reading Rae Carson's Crown of Embers.
#337 - December 30, 2012, 12:36 PM

Has anyone else listened to the audio of The Graveyard Book? Neil Gaiman could make a living as a voice talent -- if he weren't already killing as a comic book and novel writer. This is not a book I would have normally picked up (I usually avoid paranormals as run the opposite direction from witches and goblins), but it's one of my favorite "reads" of 2012. It's interesting that it's targeted to such young readers. After all it opens with the MC's parents and sister getting slashed to death, and some of the vocabulary and much of concepts seem more appropriate to older readers -- including adults.
#338 - January 01, 2013, 08:59 PM
In Real Life, Tuttle Publishing, Fall 2014

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Oh my goodness just finished The Darkest Minds...AMAZING!

Brightly Woven was really good but this is even better.
#339 - January 06, 2013, 12:39 AM
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Agreed - the MYSTERIOUS BENEDICT SOCIETY books were great. I'll have to check out the prequel too.

Just finished: SERAPHINA by Rachel Hartman. Had high hopes for it based on what I'd heard. Even so, it exceeded my expectations. Great book.

Reading now: THE QUANTUM THIEF by Hannu Rajaniemi. An adult sci-fi novel. Steep learning curve. Not sure what to make of it yet.

On deck: ALCATRAZ VERSUS THE EVIL LIBRARIANS by Brandon Sanderson. I read the first chapter online and it looks funny.
#340 - January 06, 2013, 05:28 PM

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Tonight I'm starting The Raven Boys By Maggie Stiefvater. It's been staring at me for months but I made myself get other things done first! :)
#341 - January 07, 2013, 02:57 PM
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I've been on a tear lately, finishing several books. I enjoyed Janie Face to Face, the final book in the The Face on the Milk Carton series. It's a fun read and quite satisfying. I've also finished Not Exactly a Love Story by Audrey Couloumbis. It's really quite different and another fun read.
#342 - January 13, 2013, 03:32 PM

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Anthony, we all really enjoyed Alcatraz at our house. :)

Yesterday I read RJ Anderson's QUICKSILVER, which is a companion novel to ULTRAVIOLET, one of my recent favorites. I had to hold on to it until I finished because my girls also loved Ultraviolet, and kept trying to steal Quicksilver from me. Fast-paced, warm scifi. Plus, it was interesting to see some characters from Ultraviolet in a different light. Anything I say about Quicksilver is all kinds of spoilerish for Ultraviolet, though, so just read them both yourself. :)
#343 - January 13, 2013, 04:00 PM

I just picked up The Raven Boys today.  I'm so excited about it!   :yay
#344 - January 14, 2013, 03:10 PM
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Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd -- an anthology of short stories I learned about from this thread http://www.verlakay.com/boards/index.php?topic=65720.0.

Love it -- and appropriately, it's the first ebook I successfully downloaded from our federated library system. I can even follow most of it, even the gamer stuff which was never part of my particular universe.
#345 - January 14, 2013, 05:02 PM

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I finally read THE RAVEN BOYS. My plan now is...to re-read THE RAVEN BOYS! Absolutely wonderful, just amazing. (Also, the audiobook is excellent!)
#346 - January 16, 2013, 03:16 PM

Lwrites, I am enjoying The Raven Boys audiobook right now...chapter 6 and loving it!  It is a great way to get me to clean my house.  I listen to a book and I'm amazed how much cleaner things are.  I don't want to turn off the book so I keep finding things to clean.  As I was listening to the audiobook, I kept thinking that it sounded like the coach on Remember the Titans.  IT IS!  He does a great job. 
#347 - January 17, 2013, 12:41 PM
A neurtron walks into a bar and asks, "how much for a drink?" The bartender says, "no charge."
-Sheldon Cooper (Big Bang Theory)

Just finished John Grisham's The Racketeer last night -- it's about a small-town attorney who has been unjustly imprisoned for money laundering; he makes a deal to be let out by claiming he knows who killed a federal judge. A fun book, if one of Grisham's more insanely elaborate plots!
#348 - January 18, 2013, 03:41 PM
"This is your life and you be what you want to be.
Just don't hurt nobody, 'less of course they ask you."

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Egomaniacal moment: it's fun seeing my book in this thread. Thanks everyone!

I didn't read much at all from August through November, so it's been great to blaze through a handful of different books all in a row. Since Christmas I've read Doris Kearns Goodwin's TEAM OF RIVALS; James Swanson's MANHUNT: THE 12-DAY CHASE FOR LINCOLN'S KILLER; Anne Lamott's HELP THANKS WOW; Kenneth Oppel's SKYBREAKER; Ellen Potter's THE KNEEBONE BOY; Cherie Priest's CLEMENTINE and GANYMEDE; and Katherine Applegate's THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN. I liked them all for varied reasons, but THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN really floored me - it's phenomenally good.
#349 - January 18, 2013, 03:53 PM

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I'm reading A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY by John Irving. I think I'm as in love with little Owen as everyone in Irving's fictional town seems to be, and the use of all caps to accentuate the unnatural screech of Owen's voice makes me smile every time I see it.
#350 - January 18, 2013, 04:06 PM

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Just started our own Ellen Oh's Prophecy and loving it so far.

Recently finished both Crown of Embers and Days of Blood and Starlight. I am slavishly devoted to Laini Taylor and Rae Carson forevermore. They are deep fried awesome.

Oh! Oh! Let me also add: Seraphina! By Rachel Hartmann. FANFREAKINGTASTICAL!
#351 - January 20, 2013, 02:18 PM
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One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams Garcia
#352 - January 23, 2013, 11:48 AM
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I'm reading REUNITED by Hilary Weisman Graham (debut novel 2012)
#353 - January 23, 2013, 12:33 PM
CALL ME AMY (Luminis Books, 2013)
AMY'S CHOICE (Luminis Books, 2014)
ROLLER BOY (Fitzroy Books, 2018)
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Rules by Cynthia Lord

Side Effects by Amy Goldman Koss
#354 - January 28, 2013, 04:09 AM
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Jojocookie, I loved Rules! (And since this is ALA awards morning, I'm especially thinking of it, and how excited I was when it won a Newbery honor several years ago!) It's a great example of a realistic book that still has a lot of internal tension and a lot at stake.
#355 - January 28, 2013, 06:11 AM

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I'm actually reading a thriller, something I don't usually read. I'm enjoying parts of it--good scenes about relationships and caring. The violence is hard sometimes, but the action is captured very well. I thought I needed a break from YA and MG, and I did.

However, I just read a great YA ms and loved it. Hats off to my crit partner MelHig!
#356 - January 29, 2013, 09:41 AM

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I read THE FALSE PRINCE by Jennifer Nielson. Great read. I plan to buy a copy of it and the sequel to send to my niece and nephew.

I'm also reading WRITING IRRESISTIBLE KIDLIT by Mary Kole and it's excellent so far.
#357 - February 14, 2013, 09:22 AM
BOOK SCAVENGER, Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt 
THE UNBREAKABLE CODE, April 2017
UNLOCK THE ROCK, 2018
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I really liked The False Prince. And I'm looking forward to reading Mary Kole's book! She has some great insights that go beyond the same old stuff you hear everywhere.

Read and enjoyed The One and Only Ivan--I thought it was a great Newbery pick. It has a plot, both the writing style and content are aimed at the actual Newbery reader-aged kid, it's interesting to a kid and not just a middle-aged librarian, and it's a happy sort of book. Yay for this year!

Other good reads recently: Bomb (one of the ALA winners; good NF storytelling), Shadow and Bone (love the Russian undertones), and Quicksilver (companion sequel to Ultraviolet, by RJ Anderson--different and compelling). So, some really good ones.
#358 - February 14, 2013, 09:35 AM

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I'm reading SIEGE AND STORM (Leigh Bardugo's sequel to SHADOW AND BONE), and enjoying it tremendously so far!
#359 - February 14, 2013, 11:45 AM
THE CABINET OF EARTHS -- HarperCollins, 2012
A BOX OF GARGOYLES -- HC, 2013
THE WRINKLED CROWN -- HC, 2015
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KLM, I loved SERAPHINA, too---what a book!

Just read Lois Lowry's SON and am sorry it ended because I wanted to stay in that story.
#360 - February 14, 2013, 02:43 PM

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