Y2C2's Favorite Books of 2011-2012

As selected by:

Anna, Ajax, Edward, Emma, Fiona, Griffin, Hunter, Jack, Jeanette, Kate, Katie, Madelyn, Matthew, Melissa,

Rachel, Robert, Serelle, Stephanie, Taylor aaaaaaaand Willem

 

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Pie

The #1 Favorite Book

PIE, by Sarah Weeks

When Alice's Aunt Polly passes away, she takes with her the secret to her world-famous pie-crust recipe. Or does she? In her will, Polly leaves the recipe to her extraordinarily surly cat Lardo. . .and then leaves Lardo in the care of Alice. Suddenly Alice is thrust into the center of a piestorm, with everyone in town trying to be the next pie-contest winner, including Alice's mother and some of Alice's friends. The whole community is going pie-crazy, and it's up to Alice to discover the ingredients that really matter.

 

 

 

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The rest of the favorites, in alphabetical order:

 

The Bad Apple

THE BAD APPLE (Merits of Mischief #1), by T.R. Burns

 

Twelve-year-old Seamus Hinkle is a good kid with a perfect school record-- until the day he accidently kills his substitute teacher with an apple. Seamus is immediately shipped off to a detention facility-- only to discover that Kilter Academy is actually a school to mold future Troublemakers, where demerits are awarded as a prize for bad behavior and each student is tasked to pull various pranks on their teachers in order to excel. Together with new friends Lemon and Elinor, Seamus rises to the top of his class while beginning to discover that Kilter Academy has some major secrets and surprises in store.

 

 

 

The Case of the Deadly Desperados

THE CASE OF THE DEADLY DESPERADOS, by Caroline Lawrence

 

When twelve-year-old P.K. (Pinky) Pinkerton's foster parents are murdered by Whittlin' Walt and his gang of ruthless desperados, Pinky goes on the run. He's forced into hiding with Ma's priceless last possession: the deed to a large amount of land and silver mines in the Nevada Mountains. But relying on disguises will only keep Pinky hidden for so long, and the desperados are quickly closing in. This thrilling high-speed chase through the Wild West will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page.

 

 

 

 

The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman

THE FINGERTIPS OF DUNCAN DORFMAN, by Meg Wolitzer

 

At first glance, Duncan Dorfman, April Blunt, and Nate Saviano don't seem to have much in common. Duncan is trying to look after his single mom and adjust to life in a new town while managing his newfound Scrabble superpower-- he can feel words and pictures beneath his fingers and tell what they are without looking. April is pining for a mystery boy she met years ago and striving to be seen as more than a nerd in her family of jocks. And homeschooled Nate is struggling to meet his father's high expectations for success. When these three unique kids are brought together at the national Youth Scrabble Tournament, each with a very different drive to win, their paths cross and stories intertwine. . . and the journey is made extraordinary with a perfect touch of magic.

 

 


 

Floors

FLOORS, by Patrick Carman

 

The Whippet Hotel is a unique place, full of strange and mysterious people. Each floor has its own quirks and secrets. Leo should know most of them-- he is the maintenance man's son, after all. But a whole lot more mystery gets thrown his way when a series of cryptic boxes are left for him-- boxes that lead him to hidden floors, strange puzzles, and unexpected alliances. Leo had better be quick on his feet, because the fate of the building he loves is at stake-- and so is Leo's own future!

 

 

 

 

 

The Girl Behind the Glass

THE GIRL BEHIND THE GLASS, by Jane Kelley

 

Eleven-year-old twins Hannah and Anna agree about everything-- especially that they don't want to move to the creepy old house on Hemlock Road. But as soon as they move in, the twins start disagreeing for the first time in their lives. In fact, it's almost as though something or someone is trying to drive them apart. While Anna settles in, Hannah can't ignore the strange things that keep happening. Why does she sense things that no one else in the family does? Is the house haunted? Is Hannah crazy? Or does something in the house want her as a best friend-- forever?

 

 

 

 

The Great Wall of Lucy Wu

THE GREAT WALL OF LUCY WU, by Wendy Wan-Long Shang

 

Lucy Wu, aspiring basketball star and interior designer, is on the verge of having the best year of her life. She's ready to rule the school as a sixth grader and take over the bedroom she has always shared with her sister. In an instant, though, her plans are shattered when she finds out that Yi Po, her beloved grandmother's sister, is coming to visit for several months-- and is staying in Lucy's room. Lucy's vision of a perfect year begins to crumble, and in its place come an unwelcome roommate, foiled birthday plans, and Chinese school with the awful Talent Chang.

 

 

 

 

Juniper Berry

 

 

JUNIPER BERRY, by M.P. Kozlowsky

 

Juniper Berry's parents are the most beloved actor and actress in the world, but Juniper can't help but feel they haven't been quite right lately. And she and her friend Giles are determined to find out why. On a cold and rainy night, Juniper follows her parents as they sneak out of the house and enter the woods. What she discovers is an underworld filled with contradictions: one that is terrifying and enticing, ruled by a creature both sinister and seductive, who can sell you all the world's secrets. For the first time, Juniper and Giles have a choice to make. And it will be up to them to confront their own fears in order to save the ones who couldn't.

 

 

 

 

Mr. and Mrs. Bunny-- Detectives Extraordinaire!

MR. AND MRS. BUNNY-- DETECTIVES EXTRAORDINAIRE!, by Polly Horvath

 

In this hilarious mystery, meet a girl whose parents have been kidnapped by disreputable foxes, and a pair of detectives that also happen to be bunnies! When Madeline gets home from school one afternoon to discover that her parents have gone missing, she sets off to find them. So begins a once-in-a-lifetime adventure involving a cast of quirky and unforgettable characters. There's Mr. and Mrs. Bunny, who drive a smart car, wear fedoras, and hate marmots; the Marmot, who loves garlic bread and is a brilliant translator; and many others.

 

 

 

One Dog and His Boy

ONE DOG AND HIS BOY, by Eva Ibbotson

 

All Hal had ever wanted was a dog. "Never!" cries his mother. "Think of the mess, the scratch-marks, the puddles on the floor." But on the morning of Hal's 10th birthday, the unbelievable happens. He's allowed to choose a dog at Easy Pets, a rent-a-pet agency (a fact his parents keep from him). The moment he sees the odd-looking terrier, he knows he's found a friend for life. But no one tells Hal that Fleck must be returned. When Hal wakes up on Monday morning, Fleck is gone. If dog and boy are to stay together they'll have to run away. . .
 

 

 

 

The Unwanteds

THE UNWANTEDS, by Lisa McCann

 

Every year in Quill, thirteen-year-olds are sorted into categories: the strong, intelligent Wanteds go to university, and the artistic Unwanteds are sent to their deaths. Alex tries his hardest to be stoic when his fate is announced as Unwanted, even while leaving behind his twin, Aaron, a Wanted. Upon arrival at the destination where he expected to be eliminated, however, Alex discovers a stunning secret-- behind the mirage of the "death farm" there is instead a place called Artime. There, each child is taught to cultivate their creative abilities and learn how to use them magically. But it's a rare occurrence for twins to be separated, and as Alex and Aaron's bond is stretched, a threat arises for the survival of Artime that will pit brother against brother in an ultimate, magical battle.

 

 

 

Wild Wings

WILD WINGS, by Gill Lewis

 

The majestic Osprey is an endangered bird that hasn't been seen in Scotland for years, so when Iona McNair locates an Osprey nest, she's desperate to keep the bird safe from poachers. She shares her secret with her classmate Callum, and the two become friends as they work to save the Osprey, who they've named Isis. They're able to get the bird tagged by a preservationist, but after Isis flies to Africa for the winter, her signal becomes stagnant, then lost. Spurred by a promise to Iona, who has fallen ill, Callum is determined to track and save Isis, and a leap of faith and the magic of e-mail connects him with a girl in Gambia who can help him make good-- in more ways than one.

 

 

 

 

Wildwood

WILDWOOD, by Colin Meloy

 

Prue McKeel's life is ordinary. At least until her baby brother is abducted by a murder of crows. And then things get really weird. You see, on every map of Portland, Oregon, there is a big splotch of green on the edge of the city labeled I.W. This stands for Impassable Wilderness. No one's ever gone in-- or at least returned to tell of it. And this is where the crows take her brother. So begins an adventure that will take Prue and her friend Curtis deep into the Impassable Wilderness. There they uncover a secret world in the midst of violent upheaval, a world full of warring creatures, peaceable mystics, and powerful figures with the darkest intentions.

 

 

 

 

Wonder

WONDER, by R.J. Palacio

 

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school-- until now. He's about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you've ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is, Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances? With wonderfully realistic family interactions, lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels.

 

 

 

 

 

Wonderstruck

WONDERSTRUCK, by Brian Selznick

 

Ben and Rose secretly wish their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he has never known. Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his mother's room, and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out alone on desperate quests to find what they are missing. Set fifty years apart, these two independent stories-- Ben's told in words, Rose's in pictures-- unfold and ultimately intertwine in a surprising way.

 

 

 

 

 

You'll Like it Here (Everybody Does)

YOU'LL LIKE IT HERE (EVERYBODY DOES), by Ruth White

 

While Meggie and David Blue are from another planet, they're a lot like Earth kids, with similar hopes and dreams, and can't wait to grow up. BUT they also have grossly unique qualities, such as blue streaks in their hair and language skills that sound like nothing on this planet. The story takes these alien kids, along with their mother and grandfather, by accident, to a far planet in which the society is not only oppressive but hostile to individual freedom. People are kept submissive through drugs and brainwashing. The Blues, who have spent time in free societies, recognize the upside-down-ness of this world. They're almost helpless to do anything, but do what they can, plan their escape, and vow to help others.

 

 

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