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Books and Authors I Want Need to Read

Something new for 2009: a list with authors whose books I’ve never read and children’s books I haven’t personally seen, but want to read, potentially review, and maybe personally own. This is a twist on the TBR pile, in that these aren’t books sitting on our shelves or that we’ve been asked to review. They are books I want to actively seek out.

Full credit for the idea goes to Jocelyn (Teen Book Review), and her Books I Covet page and Jen Robinson’s “Reviews that Made Me Want the Book.” This is a page that will change over time. As I find books of interest, I’ll add them. As books are reviewed, I’ll line them out (but not erase).

Anything by …

Picture Books

All in a Day written by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Nikki McClure. Over at 7Imp, Jules had a lovely review.

Bats at the Library by Brian Lies. This is a children’s picture book that Jen Robinson reviewed.

She Touched the World: Laura Bridgman Deaf – Blind Pioneer by Sally Hobart Alexander and Robert Alexander. Bill reviewed this book on Literate Lives. Here’s his review.

What’s So Bad about Being an Only Child written by Cari Best, illustrated by Sophie Blackall. We have an only child, and Jennifer at Jean Little Library offers some thoughts on why we ought to consider sharing this one.

You and Me: Our Place written by Leonie Norrington, illustrated by Dee Huxley. Susan (Book Chook) sent me the suggestion for my Diversity Rocks! Challenge. Here’s her review.

Picture Books for Older Kids

A Mighty Fine Time Machine by Suzanne Bloom. Over at Young Readers, Becky characterized this book like this: “I love the language. It is so expressive. So intelligent. I’m not sure intelligent is the right word. Is there a word that means clever but that also means really, really fun?” Makes it a must read. Here’s her full review.

Almost Astronauts: Thirteen Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone. Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rhutan had a great review and some history in their Bookends blog post about this book.

Walking to School written by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Michael Dooling. Three trusted sources: review by Shelly Burns (Write for a Reader) at the Well-Read Child, Mary Lee’s review at A Year of Reading, Sarah’s review at the Reading Zone.

Illustrated Chapter

My Secret War Diary by Flossie Albright: My  History of the Second World War, illustrated by Marcia Williams.  Carrie wrote about this one at 5 Minutes for Book

Middle Grade and YA

Chickadee Court Mystery Series by Martha Freeman. Like Bill at Literate Lives, I had not heard about this series. We love mysteries, especially those with a twist.

Heart of a Shepherd by Roseanne Parry. Shelf Elf grabbed me in her review with this: “Heart of a Shepherd touches on many themes, but I think more than anything, it’s a story about spirit: the human spirit, the spirit we can find in the land, and religious faith too…It’s like icing on the cake that Rosanne Parry really knows how to write too. Her style is clear and poetic all at once, the way a hymn or a folk tale can seem simple but every word is just the right one, from beginning to end.”

Jane Austen Ruined My Life by Beth Patillo. The title is a grabber for me, since I love Victorian lit. Lisa’s review for 5 Minutes for Books tipped it over the top.

M+O 4EVR by Tonya Cherie Hegamin. I think Lee Wind has some of the most thoughtful, dead-on review of YA. Just like others, in this review, he seems to channel his audience.

Letters from a Slave Girl by Mary E. Lyons. Natasha has an incredible review at Maw Books. Wow!

Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork. Sara Lewis Holmes reviewed this, and she had me with the first sentence: “How many YA novels have you read with a voice that comforts you?”

The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon. I love books where you see the world through a character’s eyes, and this sounds like a very powerful story. I found it thanks to Black-eyed Susan’s review for the Diversity Rocks Book Challenge.

A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park. I like historical fiction, and Jenny Schwartzberg’s review at Jenny’s Wonderland of Books sounded all the right notes to grab me: “My nephew raved about it on the phone to his father.”

Secrets of Greymoor by Clara Gillow Clark. Colleen Mondor reviewed this over at Chasing Ray. She grabbed me with the comparison to my beloved Nancy Drew (the old ones!), but then she said that the mystery is overplayed by the “real” story of the book. Intriguing.

Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris by R.L. LaFebers. I heard about this book at Jean Little’s Library. I admit that I have never picked up a Harry Potter book, but I do love Skulduggery Pleasant.

Up and Down the Scratchy Mountains by Laurel Snyder. It’s a must-read from the Cybils MG Novels nomination list.

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