Y2C2's Favorite Books of 2010-2011



As selected by:

AjaxAnika Anna Carly Elizabeth Ellie Erika Gabriella Gigi  Harry

Hartley Hunter JJ Jenna Jennie Kate Lucy Lydia  Madelyn Maggie

 Maya  Nico Serelle Shani  Stephanie and last but not least, Willem



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


A Tale Dark and Grimm

This Year's Winner, by a Landslide!

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A TALE DARK AND GRIMM, by Adam Gidwitz

In this mischievous and utterly original debut, Hansel and Gretel walk out of their own story and into eight other classic Grimm-inspired tales. As readers follow the siblings through a forest brimming with menacing foes, they learn the true story behind (and beyond) the bread crumbs, edible houses, and outwitted witches. Hansel and Gretel learn to take charge of their destinies and become the clever architects of their own happily ever after.

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The Candymakers

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And in second place:


Four children have been chosen to compete in a national competition to find the tastiest confection in the country. Who will invent a candy more delicious than the Oozing Crunchorama or the Neon Lightning Chew? Logan, the Candymaker's son, who can detect the color of chocolate by touch alone? Miles, the boy who is allergic to merry-go-rounds and the color pink? Daisy, the cheerful girl who can lift a fifty-pound lump of taffy like it's a feather? Or Philip, the suit-and-tie wearing boy who's always scribbling in a secret notebook? This sweet, charming, and cleverly crafted story, told from each contestant's perspective, is filled with mystery, friendship, and juicy revelations.

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The Emerald Atlas

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In a close third:

THE EMERALD ATLAS (The Books of Beginning, #1), by John Stephens

Kate, Michael, and Emma have been in one orphanage after another for the last ten years, passed along like lost baggage. Yet these unwanted children are more remarkable than they could possibly imagine. Ripped from their parents as babies, they are being protected from a horrible evil of devastating power, an evil they know nothing about. Until now. Before long, Kate, Michael, and Emma are on a journey to dangerous and secret corners of the world. If an ancient prophecy is correct, what they do can change history, and it is up to them to set things right.


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The Search for WondLa

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When a marauder destroys the underground sanctuary that Eva Nine was raised in by the robot Muthr, the twelve-year-year-old girl is forced to flee aboveground. Eva Nine is searching for anyone else like her, for she knows that other humans exist, because of an item she treasures-- a scrap of cardboard on which is depicted a young girl, an adult, and a robot, with the strange word, "WondLa."

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Because of Mr. Terupt


It's the start of fifth grade for seven kids at Snow Hill School. There's Jessica, the new girl, smart and perceptive; Alexia, a bully, your friend one second, your enemy the next; Peter, class prankster and troublemaker; Luke, the brain; Danielle, who never stands up for herself; shy Anna, whose home situation makes her an outcast; and Jeffrey, who hates school. Only Mr. Terupt, their new and energetic teacher, seems to know how to deal with them all. He makes the classroom a fun place, even if he doesn't let them get away with much. . . until the snowy winter day when an accident changes everything-- and everyone.



Horton Halfpott

HORTON HALFPOTT: Or, The Fiendish Mystery of Smugwick Manor; or, The Loosening of M'Lady Luggertuck's Corset, by Tom Angleberger

This loopy novel begins when M'Lady Luggertuck loosens her corset (it's never been loosened before!), thereby setting off a chain of events in which all the strict rules of Smugwick Manor are abandoned. When, as a result of "the Loosening," the precious family heirloom, the Luggertuck Lump (quite literally a lump), goes missing, the Luggertucks look for someone to blame. Is it Horton Halfpott, the good-natured but lowly kitchen boy who can't tell a lie? Or it could be one of the other many colorful cast members in this silly romp of a mystery.


Inside Out and Back Again


For all the ten years of her life, Hŕ has only known Saigon: the thrills of its markets, the joy of its traditions, the warmth of her friends close by. . . and the beauty of her very own papaya tree. But now the Vietnam War has reached her home. Hŕ and her family are forced to flee as Saigon falls, and they board a ship headed toward hope. In America, Hŕ discovers the foreign world of Alabama: the coldness of its strangers, the dullness of its food, the strange shape of its landscape. . . and the strength of her very own family.


A Long Walk to Water

A LONG WALK TO WATER, by Linda Sue Park

Based on a true story, this novel is told in alternating sections, about a girl in Sudan in 2008 and a boy in Sudan in 1985. The girl, Nya, is fetching water from a pond that is two hours’ walk from her home: she makes two trips to the pond every day. The boy, Salva, becomes one of the "lost boys" of Sudan, refugees who cover the African continent on foot as they search for their families and for a safe place to stay. Enduring every hardship from loneliness to attack by armed rebels to contact with killer lions and crocodiles, Salva is a survivor, and his story goes on to intersect with Nya’s in an astonishing and moving way.



Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze


Loveable geek Milo Cruikshank finds reasons for frustration at every turn, like people who carve Halloween pumpkins way too soon (the pumpkins just rot and get lopsided) or the fact that the girl of his dreams, Summer, barely acknowledges his existence while next-door neighbor Hilary won't leave him alone. The truth is, ever since Milo's mother died, nothing has gone right. Nothing’s the same. Not his Dad. Not his sister. And definitely not him. In love with the girl he sneezed on on the first day of school and best pals with Marshall, Milo copes with being the new kid (again) as he struggles to survive a school year that is filled with reminders of what his life “used to be."



The Silver Bowl

THE SILVER BOWL, by Diane Stanley


Unwanted at home, Molly goes to work for the king of Westria as a humble scullery maid. She arrives at the castle with no education, no manners, and a disturbing secret: she sees visions, and those visions always come true. One day, while she's working in the king's great hall, young Prince Alaric passes by. Molly finds him unbearably handsome-- but also unbearably rude. One day, when Molly is polishing the king's great ceremonial silver hand basin, it warms to her touch, and then the visions appear. They tell the story of a dreaded curse that has stalked the royal family for years. As tragedy after tragedy strikes the royal family, Molly can't help but wonder: Will the beautiful Alaric be next? Together with her friends Tobias and Winifred, Molly must protect the prince and destroy the curse. Could a less likely champion be found to save the kingdom of Westria?



The Strange Case of Origami Yoda



Dwight, a loser, talks to his sixth-grade classmates via an origami finger puppet of Yoda. If that weren’t strange enough, the puppet is uncannily wise and prophetic. Origami Yoda predicts the date of a pop quiz, guesses who stole the classroom Shakespeare bust, and saves a classmate from popularity-crushing embarrassment with some well-timed advice. Dwight’s classmate Tommy wonders how Yoda can be so smart when Dwight himself is so clueless. With contributions from his puzzled classmates, he assembles the case file that forms this novel.





Touch Blue

TOUCH BLUE, by Cynthia Lord


Touch blue and your wish will come true. "Why take chances?" says eleven-year-old Tess Brooks. But Tess is coming to know that it’s not always that simple. The state of Maine plans to shut down her island’s schoolhouse, which would force Tess’s family to move to the mainland-- and Tess to leave the only home she has ever known. Fortunately, the islanders have a plan, too: increase the numbers of students by having several families take in foster children. So now Tess and her family are taking a chance on Aaron, a thirteen-year-old trumpet player who has been bounced from home to home. And Tess needs a plan of her own-- and all the luck she can muster.





True (...Sort Of)

TRUE (. . .SORT OF), by Katherine Hannigan

Delly Pattison likes surpresents (presents that are a surprise). The day the Boyds come to town, Delly's sure a special surpresent is on its way. But lately, everything that she thinks will be good and fun turns into trouble. Brud Kinney wants to play basketball like nothing anybody's ever seen. When the Boyds arrive, though, Brud meets someone who plays like nothing he's ever seen. Ferris Boyd isn't like anyone Delly or Brud have ever met. Ferris is a real mysturiosity (an extremely curious mystery). It's all true ( . . . sort of).


The Visconti House

THE VISCONTI HOUSE, by Elsbeth Elgar

Laura Horton is different. Not in any noticeable, first-glance kind of way; but inside, she’s equally uncomfortable around the snippy girls in her class and the strange boy, Leon, who just moved in nearby. She’d rather be writing or drawing or spending time with her free-spirited family in their eccentric old house. But Laura and Leon are more alike than they first realize. Try as she might to avoid him, Laura finds herself drawn to Leon’s quiet boldness as surely as she is driven to find out more about her home’s enigmatic former owner. Together they probe the mysteries of the Visconti House, making an exploration into the past that will change their lives forever.

What Happened on Fox Street

WHAT HAPPENED ON FOX STREET, by Tricia Springstubb


Mo lives on Fox Street with her dad and little sister, the Wild Child. Fox Street has everything: a piano player, a fix-it man, the city's best burrito makers, a woman who cuts Mo's hair just right, not to mention a certain boy who wants to teach her how to skateboard. Summers are Mo's favorite time, because her best friend, Mercedes, comes to stay. Most important, though, Fox Street is where all Mo's memories of her mother live. The idea of anything changing on Fox Street is unimaginable-- until it isn't. This is the story of one unforgettable summer-- a summer of alarming letters, mysterious errands, and surprising revelations-- and how a tuft of bright red fur gives Mo the courage she needs.



Perrot Memorial Library Youth Services Department, Old Greenwich, Connecticut