Y2C2's Favorite Books of 2009-2010


As selected by:

AkiraAmanda Anna Elizabeth Ellie Emily Georgie Harry Ian

Jennie Jimmy Kaly Kohtaro Kylie Laura Lydia Maddie Madeleine

 Maxine Maya  Michael  Michelle Wa. Michelle Wo. Mihir  Olivia

Phoebe Shaela Tyler aaaaaaaaand.... Zoe!


Click on the picture of each book to find it in the library catalog.


Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

This year's winner:

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In the valley of Fruitless Mountain lives a girl named Minli. In the evenings, her father tells her tales of the Jade Dragon and the Old Man on the Moon, who knows the answers to all of life's questions. Inspired by these stories, Minli sets off on an extraordinary journey to find the Old Man on the Moon to ask him how she can change her family's fortune. She encounters an assorted cast of characters and magical creatures along the way, including a dragon who accompanies her on her quest.

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In a close second:

POWERLESS, by Matthew Cody

Twelve-year-old Daniel, the new kid in town, soon learns the truth about his nice--but odd--new friends: one can fly, another can turn invisible, yet another controls electricity. The superkids use their powers to secretly do good in the town, but the moment they turn 13, their abilities will disappear.


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The Owl Keeper

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Third-place winner:

THE OWL KEEPER, by Christine Brodien-Jones

Maxwell Unger loved the stories his Gran told him about the world before the Destruction—about nature, books, and the silver owls. According to Max’s Gran, in times of darkness the Owl Keeper would appear to unite owls and sages against the powers of the dark. Gran is gone now. Max is no longer brave. The forest is dangerous, the books Gran had saved have been destroyed, and the silver owls are extinct. At least that’s what the High Echelon says, but Max knows better.


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The Magician's Elephant

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When ten-year-old orphan Peter Augustus Duchene encounters a fortune teller in the marketplace one day and she tells him that his sister, who is presumed dead, is in fact alive, he embarks on a remarkable series of adventures as he desperately tries to find her. A haunting fable about trusting the unexpected and making the impossible come true.


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The other favorites, in alpha order:

Beryl: A Pig's Tale

BERYL: A PIG'S TALE, by Jane Simmons

When Beryl decides to look for a family that will love her just the way she is, from her pig nose to her curly tail, she bravely sets off on a journey that will ultimately change her life forever. Away from the cruel pigs on the farm where she grew up, Beryl finds her preconceived notions put to the test. And with the help of the many unlikely friends she meets, Beryl discovers that there just might be a place she could call home after all. If she could only get there . . .

The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity





THE CASE OF THE CASE OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY (Brixton Brothers #1), by Mac Barnett

Steve Brixton always wanted to be a detective. . . until he found out he already WAS one. Follow the thrilling story of Steve’s first case. Our hero has a national treasure to recover, a criminal mastermind to unmask, and a social studies report due Monday-- all while on the run from cops, thugs, and secret-agent librarians.





Everything for a Dog






Ann M. Martin tells the parallel stories of a stray dog, a boy dealing with unspeakable loss, and a boy whose most ardent wish is to own a dog. The main characters live very different lives, but they are fated to intersect in surprising ways. A powerful, heartfelt novel that is perfect for anyone who has ever longed for a dog, or loved one.




Extra Credit





EXTRA CREDIT, by Andrew Clements

Unless Abby Carson wants to repeat the sixth grade, she’ll have to take on an extra-credit project: find a foreign pen pal. Abby's first letter arrives at a small school in Afghanistan, from Sadeed Bayat. As letters flow back and forth, Abby and Sadeed discover that their letters are crossing more than an ocean. They are crossing a huge cultural divide and a minefield of different lifestyles and traditions. Their growing friendship displeases some people. Suddenly things are not so simple.


Falling In





FALLING IN, by Frances O'Roark Dowell

It’s actually not that great to hear constant buzzing in your ear. And when Isabelle starts listening to the buzz instead of, say, her boring teacher, strange things happen. She gets sent to the principal's office, but while awaiting her punishment, she tumbles into an adventure. When Isabelle shows up in fairy-tale land wearing her favorite high, pointy boots, the fairy-tale people start thinking that Isabelle is a witch— and not just any witch, but the witch!



The Mysterious Howling

THE MYSTERIOUS HOWLING (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #1), by Maryrose Woods

Of especially naughty children, it is sometimes said: “They must have been raised by wolves.” The Incorrigible children actually were. Luckily, Miss Penelope Lumley is no ordinary governess. Only fifteen years old and a graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, Penelope embraces the challenge of her new position. Though she is eager to instruct the children in Latin verbs and the proper use of globes, first she must eliminate their canine tendencies.



Out of My Mind





OUT OF MY MIND, by Sharon M. Draper

Eleven-year-old Melody has a photographic memory. Her head is like a video camera that is always recording. She's the smartest kid in her whole school—but no one knows it. If only she could speak up, if only she could tell people what she thinks and knows... but she can't, because Melody can't talk. She can't walk. She can't write. Being stuck inside her head is making Melody go out of her mind—that is, until she discovers something that will allow her to speak for the first time ever.



The Outlandish Adventures of Liberty Aimes


Liberty Aimes has spent all of her ten years captive in her parents' crooked house on Gooch Street. Her father is a crook who sells insurance, while her overweight mother sits at home in front of the TV. Liberty’s only knowledge of the outside world comes from the secret stash of children’s books she discovers beneath the floorboards. One day, Liberty enters her father’s forbidden basement laboratory. There she discovers a world of talking animals and magic potions. With the aid of one such potion, Liberty escapes into the world in search of her destiny.



The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis


Nothing ever happens in Fayette, South Carolina. That’s what Popeye thinks, anyway. But things start to look up when the Jewells’ Holiday Rambler makes a wrong turn and gets stuck in the mud, trapping Elvis and his five rowdy siblings in Fayette. Popeye has never met anyone like Elvis. He’s good at swearing, and he says “So what?” like he really means it. Then something curious comes floating down the creek— a series of boats with secret messages— and it sends Popeye and Elvis into the big world on the hunt for a small adventure.



When You Reach Me

WHEN YOU REACH ME, by Rebecca Stead

Miranda and her best friend, Sal, know how to navigate their New York City neighborhood. They know where it’s safe to go, like the local grocery store, and they know whom to avoid, like the crazy guy on the corner. But things start to unravel. Sal gets punched by a new kid for what seems like no reason, and he shuts Miranda out of his life. Then she begins receiving mysterious notes, and slowly realizes that whoever is leaving them knows all about her, including things that have not even happened yet. Each message brings her closer to believing that only she can prevent a tragic death. Until the final note makes her think she’s too late. . .


The Witch's Guide to Cooking with Children


When Sol and Connie Blink move to Grand Creek, one of the first people to welcome them is an odd older woman, Fay Holaderry, and her friendly dog, Swift, who carries a very strange bone in his mouth. Sol knows a lot more than the average eleven-year-old, so when he identifies the bone as a human femur, he and Connie begin to wonder if their new neighbor is up to no good. In a spine-tingling adventure, Sol and Connie discover that solving mysteries can be a dangerous game— even for skilled junior sleuths.





Perrot Memorial Library Youth Services Department, Old Greenwich, Connecticut