Y2C2's Favorite Books of 2012-2013

 

 

As selected by:

Artemis Caleb Charlotte H. Charlotte I. Cynthia Emma Fiona G.

 Fiona L. Griffin Jack Jessica Jojo Lindsay Kaya  Maggie Marcella

 Matthew Maya Natalie Nicholas  Robert Samantha AND Tim


 

 

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

 

 

Keeper of the Lost Cities

This year's winner, by a landslide:

 

KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES

by Shannon Messenger

Twelve-year-old Sophie has never quite fit into her life. She’s skipped multiple grades and doesn’t really connect with the older kids at school, but she’s not comfortable with her family, either. And Sophie has a secret-- she’s a Telepath, someone who can read minds. But the day Sophie meets Fitz, a mysterious (and adorable) boy, she learns she’s not alone. He’s a Telepath too, and it turns out the reason she has never felt at home is that, well. . . she isn’t. Fitz opens Sophie’s eyes to a shocking truth, and almost instantly she is forced to leave behind her family for a new life in a place that is vastly different from what she has ever known.

 

 

Three Times Lucky

 

In second place:

 

 

 

THREE TIMES LUCKY, by Sheila Turnage

 

Rising sixth grader Miss Moses LoBeau lives in the small town of Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, where everyone's business is fair game and no secret is sacred. She washed ashore in a hurricane eleven years ago, and she's been making waves ever since. Although Mo hopes someday to find her "upstream mother," she's found a home with the Colonel-- a café owner with a forgotten past of his own-- and Miss Lana, the fabulous café hostess. When a lawman comes to town asking about a murder, Mo and her best friend, Dale Earnhardt Johnson III, set out to uncover the truth in hopes of saving the only family Mo has ever known.

 

*    A Newbery Honor Book

 

 

 

A Tangle of Knots

A TANGLE OF KNOTS, by Lisa Graff

 

In a slightly magical world where everyone has a Talent, eleven-year-old Cady is an orphan with a phenomenal Talent for cake baking. But little does she know that fate has set her on a journey from the moment she was born. And her destiny leads her to a mysterious address that houses a lost luggage emporium, an old recipe, a family of children searching for their own Talents, and a Talent Thief who will alter her life forever. However, these encounters hold the key to Cady's past and how she became an orphan. If she's lucky, fate may reunite her with her long-lost parent. 

 

 

 

 

The rest of the favorites, in alphabetical order:

 

The Colossus Rises

 

THE COLOSSUS RISES (Seven Wonders, Book 1)

by Peter Lerangis

 

The day after 12-year-old Jack McKinley is told he has only months to live, he awakens on a mysterious island where a secret organization promises to save his life-- with one condition: he and his three friends must retrieve seven long-lost magical orbs from amid the ruins of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and only when they are combined can the friends' lives be saved. First stop: The Colossus of Rhodes. 
 

 

 

 

The Dogs of Winter

THE DOGS OF WINTER

by Bobbie Pyron

 

When Ivan's mother disappears, he's abandoned on the streets of Moscow, with little chance to make it through the harsh winter. But help comes in an unexpected form: Ivan is adopted by a pack of dogs, and the dogs quickly become more than just his street companions-- they become his family. Soon Ivan, who used to love reading fairy tales, is practically living in one, as he and his pack roam the city and countryside, using their wits to find food and shelter, dodging danger, begging for coins. But Ivan can’t stay hidden from the world of people forever. When help is finally offered to him, will he be able to accept it? Will he even want to? Based on a true story.

 

 

 

Doll Bones

DOLL BONES

by Holly Black

Zach, Poppy, and Alice have been friends forever. And for almost as long, they’ve been playing one continuous, ever-changing game of pirates and thieves, mermaids and warriors. Ruling over all is the Great Queen, a bone-china doll cursing those who displease her. But they are in middle school now. Zach’s father pushes him to give up make-believe, and Zach quits the game. Their friendship might be over, until Poppy declares she’s been having dreams about the Queen-- and the ghost of a girl who will not rest until the bone-china doll is buried in her empty grave. . .

 

 

 

The Golden Door

THE GOLDEN DOOR (The Three Doors Trilogy, Book 1)

by Emily Rodda

 

The walled city of Weld is under attack from ferocious flying creatures that raid in the night, bringing death and destruction. The Warden calls for Volunteers to find and destroy the Enemy sending invaders, and the heroes of Weld answer the call one by one, never to return. Rye is officially too young to go, but his brothers are among the lost and he must find them. What terrors await him beyond the Wall?

 

 

 

 

The High Skies Adventures of Blue Jay the Pirate

THE HIGH SKIES ADVENTURES OF BLUE JAY THE PIRATE

by Scott Nash

 

Captain Blue Jay, notorious and feared pirate of the skies, has a fondness for collecting treasure, especially eggs. Unfortunately, sometimes his treasure hatches, and this time the hatchling is the strangest one the Grosbeak has ever seen. No sailor is certain whether the chick is a young god or just an oversized bird who needs too much food, but one thing is clear: the winds over Thrushland are shifting, and dramatic changes are in store for all.

 

 

Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms

HORTEN'S MIRACULOUS MECHANISMS

by Lissa Evans

 

As if being small and having S. Horten as his name isn't bad enough, now 10-year-old Stuart is forced to move far away from all his friends. But on his very first day in his new home, Stuart is swept up in an extraordinary adventure: the quest to find his great-uncle Tony-- a famous magician who literally disappeared off the face of the earth-- and Tony's marvelous, long-lost workshop. Along the way, Stuart reluctantly accepts help from the annoying triplets next door, and encounters trouble from another magician who's also desperate to get hold of Tony's treasures.

 

 

Odessa Again

ODESSA AGAIN

by Dana Reinhardt

 

Fourth-grader Odessa Green-Light lives with her mom and her toad of a little brother, Oliver. Her dad is getting remarried, which makes no sense according to Odessa. If the prefix "re" means "to do all over again," shouldn't he be remarrying Mom? Meanwhile, Odessa moves into the attic room of their new house. One day she gets mad and stomps across the attic floor. Then she feels as if she is falling and lands. . . on the attic floor. Turns out that Odessa has gone back in time a whole day! With this new power she can fix all sorts of things--embarrassing moments, big mistakes, and even help Oliver be less of a toad. Her biggest goal: reunite Mom and Dad.

 

 

 

The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy

THE SINISTER SWEETNESS OF SPLENDID ACADEMY

by Nikki Loftin

 

Lorelei is bowled over by Splendid Academy--Principal Trapp encourages the students to run in the hallways, the classrooms are stocked with candy dishes, and the cafeteria serves lavish meals featuring all Lorelei's favorite foods. But the more time she spends at school, the more suspicious she becomes. Why are her classmates growing so chubby? And why do the teachers seem so sinister? It's up to Lorelei and her new friend Andrew to figure out what secret this supposedly splendid school is hiding.

 

 

 

Starry River of the Sky

STARRY RIVER OF THE SKY

by Grace Lin

The moon is missing from the remote Village of Clear Sky, but only a young boy named Rendi seems to notice! Rendi has run away from home and is now working as a chore boy at the village inn. He can't help but notice the village's peculiar inhabitants and their problems-where has the innkeeper's son gone? Why are Master Chao and Widow Yan always arguing? What is the crying sound Rendi keeps hearing? And how can crazy, old Mr. Shan not know if his pet is a toad or a rabbit? But one day, a mysterious lady arrives at the Inn with the gift of storytelling, and slowly transforms the villagers and Rendi himself. As she tells more stories and the days pass in the Village of Clear Sky, Rendi begins to realize that perhaps it is his own story that holds the answers to all those questions.

 

 

 

The Templeton Twins Have an Idea

THE TEMPLETON TWINS HAVE AN IDEA (Templeton Twins, Book 1)

by Ellis Weiner

 

Suppose there were 12-year-old twins, a boy and girl named John and Abigail Templeton. Let's say John was pragmatic and played the drums, and Abigail was theoretical and solved cryptic crosswords. Now suppose their father was a brilliant, if sometimes confused, inventor. And suppose that another set of twins-- adults-- named Dean D. Dean and Dan D. Dean, kidnapped the Templeton twins and their ridiculous dog in order to get their father to turn over one of his genius (sort of) inventions.

 

 

 

Timmy Failure

TIMMY FAILURE: MISTAKES WERE MADE (Timmy Failure, Book 1)

by Stephan Pastis

 

Take Timmy Failure — the clueless, comically self-confident CEO of the best detective agency in town, perhaps even the nation. Add his impressively lazy business partner, a very large polar bear named Total. Throw in the Failuremobile-- Timmy’s mom’s Segway-- and what you have is Total Failure, Inc., a global enterprise destined to make Timmy so rich his mother won’t have to stress out about the bills anymore. Of course, Timmy’s plan does not include the four-foot-tall female whose name shall not be uttered. And it doesn’t include Rollo Tookus, who is so obsessed with getting into "Stanfurd" that he can’t carry out a no-brainer spy mission. Follow this endearingly bumbling hero in a caper whose peerless hilarity is accompanied by a whodunit twist.

 

 

 

 

The Wednesdays

THE WEDNESDAYS

by Julie Bourbeau

 

Max’s village is absolutely normal in every single way and on every single day-- except Wednesday. Most of the townsfolk shutter their windows and lock their doors to hide away from the many peculiar things that happen-- things like cats getting stuck in the vacuum cleaner and birthday cakes meeting fiery and horrific ends. But Max is too curious for that, and so, breaking every rule in the village, he searches out the cause of all the Wednesday weirdness. What he uncovers is a secret so devious—so dastardly and mischievous—that life as he knows it will never be the same.

 

 

 

 

The Year of the Book

THE YEAR OF THE BOOK

by Andrea Cheng

In Chinese, peng you means friend. But in any language, all Anna knows for certain is that friendship is complicated. When Anna needs company, she turns to her books. Whether traveling through A Wrinkle in Time, or peering over My Side of the Mountain, books provide what real life cannot-- constant companionship and insight into her changing world. Books, however, can’t tell Anna how to find a true friend. She’ll have to discover that on her own.

 

 

 

 

Perrot Memorial Library Youth Services Department, Old Greenwich, Connecticut