Thursday, January 14, 2010

Goodreads members have spoken!

Goodreads members have spoken! Thousands of votes were cast in the first-ever Goodreads Choice Awards. A few books dominated their categories, such as The Girl Who Played with Fire in the Mysteries/Thrillers genre. But many races came down to a photo finish. Catching Fire narrowly edged out The Help to become the all-time favorite book of 2009. The zombies of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies put up a good fight, but were bitten back in the final days of voting by the vampires of Dead and Gone. Here are the winners in each category! See the full results »

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Goodreads Favorite of 2009
Catching Fire
by Suzanne Collins

The Help
by Kathryn Stockett
(Goodreads Author)

by Dave Cullen
(Goodreads Author)

The Girl Who Played with Fire
by Stieg Larsson

Dead and Gone
by Charlaine Harris

Science Fiction
by Scott Westerfeld

Chick Lit
The Last Song
by Nicholas Sparks

An Echo in the Bone
by Diana Gabaldon

Graphic Novel
by Neil Gaiman
(Goodreads Author)

Young Adult Fiction
Along for the Ride
by Sarah Dessen
(Goodreads Author)

Young Adult Series
Catching Fire
by Suzanne Collins

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
by Jeff Kinney

Picture Book
Blueberry Girl
by Neil Gaiman
(Goodreads Author)
illustrated by Charles Vess

Sunday, January 10, 2010


Once you learn to read, you will be forever free."
Frederick Douglass

Inspiring books I have read lately
"The Great Serum Race" by Debbie S Miller
A children’s book about the Iditarod Trail
The Iditarod Race in March is in commemoration
of the race in 1925 to carry Diphtheria vaccine to Nome Alaska to save children’s lives. Beautiful pictures by Jon Van Zyle a musher himself. Now at the library..
Also:"Secret Believers: What Happens When Muslims Believe in Christ" by Brother Andrew ( recommenced by an institute teacher)
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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

JanWhen You Reach Me

JanWhen You Reach Me
Ratings by: Jennifer
Language: 2

Violence: 1

Sexual Content: 1

Adult Themes:0

Title: When You Reach Me

Author: Rebecca Stead

Ratings Explanation

Language: Around 10 instances of profanity. “Hell” used a hand full of times.

Violence: Sal is punched in the stomach and nose. A man is hit and killed by a truck.

Sexual Content: An innocent kiss.


Sal and Miranda, Miranda and Sal. That’s how it always was, until one day it wasn’t anymore. Best friends since early childhood, Sal and Miranda are inseparable, but one day Sal gets punched by another boy on the way home from school and he walks out of Miranda’s life with no explanation. Then she starts receiving mysterious notes that seem to predict the future. The first note tells her that someone is coming to save her friend’s life, but which one of her friends is in danger? How do all of the dots connect? Filled with emotion, this realistic representation of a 6th grader’s life in 1979 New York City will touch the heart of all kinds of readers.

I heard Nancy Pearl review this book on NPR one morning, voicing her opinion that it should win the Newbery Medal. With such an enthusiastic endorsement I checked it out from the library and my 12-year-old promptly commandeered it and read it in a few hours. It took me longer, of course, as I have much less discretionary reading time than she, but it was worth every minute. I thoroughly enjoyed this exceptional book.

Categories: Grades 4-5, Grades 6-7, Grades 8-9