Young Young Critics' Favorite Books of '03-'04

As Picked By:

Terence  *  Hudson  *  Peter  *  Brooks  *   Meaghan  *  Katie  *   Siobhan     Elizabeth  * Jennifer  *  Lucinda  *  Maddie   and   Brian

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THE TOP THREE

YOU VOTED. WE COUNTED.

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

Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism, by Georgia Byng

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First Place! Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism, by Georgia Byng

Molly Moon lives in a miserable orphanage in England. One day Molly's best friend, Rocky, is adopted. Molly feels terrible, and she spends lots of time in the library, where she finds a book on hypnotism. Molly has all the characteristics that make a great hypnotist, and she soon becomes famous for her talent. Accompanied by her pug dog, Petula, she goes to New York to find Rocky.

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The Tale of Despereaux, by Kate DiCamillo

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Second PlaceThe Tale of Despereaux, by Kate DiCamillo

Despereaux Tilling is a very smart mouse with very big ears. Despereaux can read and loves music. He lives in a castle along with Roscuro, a nasty rat, and Miggery Sow, a servant girl who's not very smart. Even though it is expressly forbidden, Despereaux falls madly in love with the human Princess Pea. This book tells the stories of Despereaux, Roscuro, and Miggery, and the way their lives come together.

  • Winner of the 2004 Newbery Medal

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Iqbal, by Francesco D'Adamo

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Third PlaceIqbal, by Francesco D'Adamo

Fatima is a little girl in Pakistan who works in a carpet factory. She was sold to the owner to pay off her family's debts. The owner of the factory mistreats the many children who work for him-- he makes them work too hard, and without enough food or water. One day a brave little boy named Iqbal arrives in the factory, and he tries to convince the children that they will never pay off their family's debts. This book was based on a true story of a real little Pakistani boy named Iqbal Masih.

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I, Freedy, by Dietlof Reiche

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Tied for Fourth PlaceI, Freddy: Book One in the Golden Hamster Saga, by Dietlof Reiche

Freddy, a golden hamster, is writing his life story on his owner's computer. He came from a pet store where he won over a little girl named Sophie, who brought him home. Freddy soon learns to read and how to get out of his cage!  After Sophie's mother has an allergic reaction to Freddy, he goes to live with a man named Mr. John, where he meets a exceptional cat and a pair of guinea pigs.

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Made You Look, by Diane Roberts

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Tied for Fourth PlaceMade You Look, by Diane Roberts

Jason is thrilled when he learns his family is going on vacation to Los Angeles -- he might get a chance to be on his favorite TV show, Masquerade Mania! Contestants for the show are picked because of their goofy costumes. Then Jason finds out that his family will be driving from their house in Texas to California. The trip turns out to be a disaster!

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The Boy Who Spoke Dog, by Clay Morgan

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Tied for Fifth PlaceThe Boy Who Spoke Dog, by Clay Morgan

Jack, a ship's cabin boy, is shipwrecked, and he washes up on a deserted island. Deserted, that is, except for sheep, sheep dogs, and wild dogs called fangos. Jack tries to become friends with a Border Collie named Moxie. Soon Jack learns that he can communicate with the dogs. The ship's crew eventually comes back to the island to rescue him, but Jack doesn't want to leave.

  • An Association for Library Service to Children Notable Book

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Brainboy and the Deathmaster, by Tor Seidler

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Tied for Fifth PlaceBrainboy and the Deathmaster, by Tor Seidler

After Darryl loses his whole family in a terrible fire, he ends up in an orphange run by Keith Masterly, a computer genius and billionaire. Since Darryl is so good at playing the computer games Masterly has created, he ends up in a special laboratory full of young geniuses, who are forced to participate in one of Masterly's devious experiments.

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The Case of the Cat With the Missing Ear, by Scott Emerson

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Tied for Fifth PlaceThe Case of The Cat with the Missing Ear (The Adventures of Samuel Blackthorne Series): From the Notebooks of Edward R. Smithfield, D.V.M, by Scott Emerson

It is 1887, and San Francisco is inhabited by dogs. Samuel Blackthorne is a very smart Yorkshire terrier who wants to be like Sherlock Holmes. One day Molly, a greyhound, asks Samuel for help in finding her brother Patrick, who is missing. The search leads Samuel into a huge web of lies, and to a very creepy cat-- with just one ear.

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Leon and the Spitting Image, by Allen Kurzweil

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Tied for Fifth PlaceLeon and the Spitting Image, by Allen Kurzweil

Leon lives in a one-star hotel in New York owned by his mother. His teacher at school is Miss Hagmeyer, a scary old woman who teaches her students to sew. Leon is about to fail fourth grade when he creates a magical doll of Miss Hagmeyer, which he uses to control her behavior.

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Tied for Fifth PlaceWarriors: Into the Wild, by Erin Hunter

Rusty, a housecat, runs into a group of wild cats called the Thunder Clan, who ask Rusty to run away with them. Rusty decides to go for it, but life with the wild cats is harder than he expected. This is the first book in the Warriors series.

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Midnight for Charlie Bone, by Jenny Nimmo

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Sixth Place

Midnight for Charlie Bone, by Jenny Nimmo

Charlie Bone is ten, and lives with his mother and grandmother. His family has a history of magical powers. One day Charlie realizes he can hear the people in photographs talking. His mom sends him off to Bloor's academy, a school for other kids with unique gifts. This book is the first in the Children of the Red King series.

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Olivia Kidney, by Ellen Potter

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Seventh Place Olivia Kidney, by Ellen Potter

Olivia moves into a new apartment building where her father has been hired as superintendent. But the building is full of very strange people. When Olivia is locked out of her apartment one day, she discovers a woman who lives in an apartment with a glass floor, and another who wears a shawl of live lizards!

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The Heroic Adventures of Hercules Amsterdam, by Melissa Haber eighth place! eighth place! eighth place! eighth place!

Eighth PlaceThe Heroic Adventures of Hercules Amsterdam, by Melissa Haber

Hercules is a ten-year-old boy who is three inches tall! He listens to mice through the wall in his room and comes to understand their language. Eventually Hercules walks through a mouse hole and discovers mouse paradise. All the mice are nice to Hercules, and all the things are just his size. But then Hercules finds an identical mouse city-- in ruins. Hercules must save his own mouse city from being destroyed by evil rats.

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