Young Young Critics' Favorite Books of 2004/2005

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Young Critics 
Favorite Books of 2004/2005

Becoming Naomi Leon, by Pan Munoz Ryan

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Favorite Books of 2004/2005

Fifth-grader Naomi's great-grandmother has taken care of Naomi and Owen, her handicapped brother, since their abusive mother divorced their father and abandoned them in Lemon Tree, Calif., seven years before. Life is happy and peaceful, until Naomi and Owen's mother, Skyla, reappears to claim her. Naomi runs away to Mexico with her great-grandmother and younger brother in search of her father.

 

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Favorite Books of 2004/2005

Magyk, by Angie Sage

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The 7th son of the 7th son, aptly named Septimus Heap, is stolen the night he is born by a midwife who pronounces him dead. That same night, the baby's father, Silas Heap, comes across a bundle in the snow containing a newborn girl with violet eyes. The Heaps take this helpless newborn into their home, name her Jenna, and raise her as their own. But who is this mysterious baby girl, and what really happened to their beloved son, Septimus?

 

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I, Jack, by Patricia Finney

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Jack, a Labrador Retriever, tells about his daily life of food, walks, and the "apedogs" and "funny-looking dogs" (cats) in his pack, as well as how everything changes when a pretty girl dog moves into the neighborhood. The book includes explanatory footnotes written by the cats.

 

 

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Fish, by L.S. Matthews

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Tiger's parents help people in a foreign country, but they must escape when war breaks out. A guide with a donkey leads them over the mountains and to the border. Right before they leave, Tiger saves a fish from a dying pond and carries it with him as they escape. It becomes their symbol of hope throughout their journey.

 

 

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Dragon Rider, by Cornelia Funke

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When their peaceful valley is threatened with danger, Firedrake, a silver-skinned dragon, and his sidekick, Sorrel, set off to find the mythical Rim of Heaven -- the only place in the world where dragons can be safe forever. Along the way they meet an orphaned boy named Ben who volunteers to be their navigator and quickly becomes their friend. But when they learn that an evil dragon hunter is on their trail, their quest quickly turns into a battle for survival. As the adventure draws to a breathtaking close, it soon becomes clear that one person's fate will decide the destiny of them all.

 

 

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The Boy With the Lampshade on His Head, by Bruce Wetter

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           Stanley is painfully shy; too shy to even speak out loud in class, much less kick a rock when he thinks someone might be watching. And he worries about, well, everything. All in all, Stanley far prefers to live in his head. That all changes when he meets Theresa, a new friend who has a terrible, real, problem, and needs Stanley to become the hero he's always pretending to be.

 

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Chasing Vermeer, by Blue Balliett

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When a book of unexplainable occurrences brings Petra and Calder  together, strange things start to happen: seemingly unrelated events connect, an eccentric old woman seeks their company and a valuable painting by Vermeer disappears. Before they know it, the two find themselves at the center of an international art scandal. As Petra and Calder are drawn clue by clue into a mysterious labyrinth, they must draw on their powers of intuition, their skills at problem solving, and their knowledge of Vermeer. Can they decipher a crime that has left even the FBI baffled?

 

 

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Buttermilk Hill, by Ruth White

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Favorite Books of 2004/2005

The days seem carefree for Piper in her hometown of Buttermilk Hill, North Carolina. But then Mama announces she wants more out of life than being a housewife, and Daddy thinks this is unreasonable. He moves out and that ugly word d-i-v-o-r-c-e becomes a reality. Soon Mama's time becomes consumed with waiting tables and taking college classes. Daddy remarries, adopts two sons, and has a new baby daughter. Piper can't help but feel as if she doesn't belong anywhere anymore. Piper's growing interest in and talent for poetry help her find a voice to say the things that are hardest and make an important decision about following her own dreams.

 

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Favorite Books of 2004/2005

Leaping Beauty, by Gregory Maguire

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Favorite Books of 2004/2005

Crazy animals of all kinds run through these fractured tales. Who would have thought that the beautiful Cinderella could be recast in the silly story of an enormous yet lovable elephant who plods along to the ball with glass pie plates on her feet; or that Sleeping Beauty, the most regal of all fairy tales, could be twisted into the story of a frog with a most unusual and promising dance career? Get ready to meet a gorilla queen and a psycho chimp, seven giant giraffes, and one very bad walrus.

 

 

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Favorite Books of 2004/2005

Beyond the Deepwoods, by Paul Stewart

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Favorite Books of 2004/2005

Young Twig lives in the Deepwoods, among the Woodtrolls, but he isn't one of them. In a brave attempt to find out where he belongs, Twig wanders into the mysterious, dangerous world beyond the Deepwoods. He meets a collection of odd companions, such as his wise guardian, the Caterbird; the Slaughterers, a peaceful race who butcher animals for their livelihood; and the vicious, bile-swilling Rotsucker. Always watching out for the horrible Gloamglozer, whose presence haunts the thoughts of all the inhabitants of The Edge, Twig steadfastly pursues his quest until he discovers his roots, not among the trees, but in the skies. . .

Perrot Memorial Library Youth Services Department, Old Greenwich, Connecticut