Y2C2's Favorite Books of 2008-2009

As selected by:

Alexa Caitlin Charlotte Cristian Cole Corey Emily B. Emily K.

Hannah Hugh Ian J. C. John Laura Mary Kate Michael Michelle Olivia G.

 Olivia R.   Phoebe   Rohini   Russell   Sarah   Shaela aaaaaaand. . . Wyndsor!


Mrs. K and Mrs. Mac

We miss you, Mrs. K and Mrs. Mac Heart


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


I, Lorelei

Coming in first, by a hair!


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I, LORELEI, by Yeardley Smith

When her favorite cat, Mud, dies, Lorelei starts a journal to him, chronicling her daily life as a sixth grader so that he can continue to follow her rise to fame and fortune as a beloved actress, celebrated chef, and/or bestselling author. She figures it's also a good way to make sure her future biographers don't get anything wrong about her. But when her parents' marriage starts to unravel, Lorelei's lighthearted daily log becomes a poignant and defiantly humorous account of a family in distress, as Lorelei grapples with the ground shifting under her feet.

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Jake Ransom and the Skull King's Shadow

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And in second!


When a mysterious envelope arrives for Jake Ransom, he and his older sister, Kady, are plunged into a gripping chain of events. An artifact found by their parents-- on the expedition from which they never returned-- leads Jake and Kady to a strange world inhabited by a peculiar mix of long-lost civilizations, a world that may hold the key to their parents' disappearance.


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The Black Book of Secrets

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Third Place


Running from his past, young Ludlow Fitch is hired as the assistant to a mysterious pawnbroker who trades dark secrets for cash. Ludlow's job is to transcribe the confessions in the Black Book of Secrets. What the pawnbroker doesn't know is that his new apprentice may have the most troubling secret of all. . .


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Fortune's Magic Farm

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And squeezing by in fourth!

FORTUNE'S MAGIC FARM, by Suzanne Selfors

This story takes place in the dark, dank village of Runny Cove. There, orphan Isabelle works her fingers to the bone at the Magnificently Supreme Umbrella Factory, struggling to support herself and her Grandma Maxine. That is, until Isabelle discovers that she has inherited Fortune's Farm, the last place on earth where magic grows. Now Isabelle must use the magic to save the people of Runny Cove without spilling the secret of Fortune's Farm to the world.


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The rest of your faves, in alphabetical order:


CANNED, by Alex Shearer

Fergal Bamfield finds a tin can without a label and wonders what's inside. He cracks open the can and discovers a one-word message: help. Now Fergal and his friend Charlotte are knee-deep in a gruesomely fun and hilariously campy adventure.





The Dragon in the Sock Drawer


Ten-year-old cousins Jesse and Daisy have always wanted something magical to happen to them. So it’s a wish come true when Jesse’s newly found egg hatches, and a tiny but very loud baby dragon pops out. The Dragon Keepers learn that they must keep her safe from the villainous Saint George, who has kept himself alive over centuries by drinking dragons’ blood.




Keeping Score

KEEPING SCORE, by Linda Sue Park

Both Maggie Fortini and her brother, Joey-Mick, were named for baseball great Joe DiMaggio. Maggie doesn't play baseball— but at almost ten years old, she is a dyed-in-the-wool fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers. When her baseball mentor, Jim Maine, is drafted into the army and sent to Korea, Maggie writes to him often, and when she finds out that Jim needs her help, she's determined to provide it. Whether you love baseball or not, you’ll be drawn into the world of the true and ardent fan.



London Eye Mystery


Ted and Kat watched their cousin Salim board the London Eye. When the ride was over, everyone trooped off–- except Salim. Where could he have gone? How on earth could he have disappeared into thin air? Ted and his older sister, Kat, become sleuthing partners, since the police are having no luck. Despite their prickly relationship, they overcome their differences to follow a trail of clues across London in a desperate bid to find their cousin.



The Magic Thief THE MAGIC THIEF: BOOK 1, by Sarah Prineas

In a city that runs on a dwindling supply of magic, a young boy is drawn into a life of wizardry and adventure. Conn should have dropped dead the day he picked Nevery's pocket and touched the wizard's locus magicalicus, a stone used to focus magic and work spells. But for some reason he did not. Nevery finds that interesting, and he takes Conn as his apprentice on the provision that the boy find a locus stone of his own. But Conn has little time to search for his stone between wizard lessons and helping Nevery discover who-- or what-- is stealing the city of Wellmet's magic.



The Mystery of the Martello Tower


Hazel and Ned are home for summer vacation and looking forward to long, lazy days of sleeping late, shooting hoops, building stink bombs, and spending time with their art-dealer father. But when he disappears without saying good-bye, their summer plunges into chaos. The babysitter leaves town, their apartment is burgled, and two menacing thugs start turning up everywhere. Ned and Hazel try escaping to an island castle belonging to long-lost relatives, only to find there's no escaping this adventure. As the siblings work to untangle the threads that ensnare their father, they learn of a second, darker secret-- one that surrounds their mother's death years ago. Only by solving both mysteries can they bring their father home.



The Red Blazer Girls


It all began with The Scream. And ended with... well, if we told you that, it wouldn’t be a mystery! But in between The Scream and The Very Surprising Ending, three friends find themselves on a scavenger hunt set up for a girl they never met, in search of a legendary ring reputed to grant wishes. Are these sleuths in school uniforms modern-day equivalents of Nancy, Harriet, or Scooby? Not really, they’re just three nice girls who decide to help out a weird lady, and end up hiding under tables, tackling word puzzles and geometry equations, and searching rather moldy storage rooms for “the stuff that dreams are made of” (that’s from an old detective movie).




SAVVY, by Ingrid Law

For generations, the Beaumont family has harbored a magical secret. They each possess a "savvy"— a special supernatural power that strikes when they turn thirteen.  Now it’s the eve of Mibs’s big day and she finds herself on an unforgettable odyssey that will force her to make sense of growing up.




The 39 Clues


What would happen if you discovered that your family was one of the most powerful in human history? What if you were told that the source of the family's power was hidden around the world in the form of 39 clues? What if you were given a choice-- take a million dollars and walk away... or get the first clue and begin the search? At the reading of their grandmother's will, Dan and Amy are given this choice-- and they take the clue. Immediately, they are caught in a dangerous race against their own family members. The hunt is on...



The Worry Tree

THE WORRY TREE, by Marianne Musgrove

Juliet’s a worrywart, and no wonder! Her little sister, Oaf, follows her around taking notes and singing “The Irritating Song” all day long. Juliet’s friends Lindsay and Gemma are competing to see which of them is her best friend. Juliet can’t fit in any more worries! But then she makes a remarkable discovery. Behind the wallpaper in her new bedroom, Juliet uncovers an old painting of a very special tree. Nana remembers it well: it’s the Worry Tree, and with the help of the Worry Tree animals, Juliet just might be able to solve some of life’s big problems.




ZORGAMAZOO, by Robert Paul Weston

Imaginative and adventurous Katrina eludes her maniacal guardian to help Morty, a member of a vanishing breed of zorgles, with his quest to uncover the fate of the fabled zorgles of Zorgmazoo, as well as of other creatures that seem to have disappeared from the earth.



Perrot Memorial Library Youth Services Department, Old Greenwich, Connecticut