Young Critics' Favorite Books of 2007-2008



As Selected By:

Lucinda, Jackie, Janina, Friederike, Dominique, Danielle, Rachel, Carlyn, Sam, Katie, Alexa 1, Jessica, Dom, Annie, Liz, Lesley, Claire, Will, Ahana, Jeff, Erik, Lea, Eleonore, Jennifer, Marisa, Curren, aaaaaaaaaaand-- Alexa 2!

 

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The Mysterious Benedict Society

The Top of the Top, the cream of the crop, tah-dah... And the winner is...

THE MYSTERIOUS BENEDICT SOCIETY by Trenton Lee Stewart

 

A terrific read that will appeal to puzzle fans and those who love fascinating, complex plots revealed with wry humor. After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.

 

 



 

The Rest of the Favorites, in Alphabetical Order

Airman

AIRMAN

by Eoin Colfer

 

Set at the end of the 19th century, this savage, enthralling melodrama pits Conor, a young would-be aviator, against a high official who is so fiendishly clever and evil that Conor’s survival seems unthinkable.

 

 

 

 

 

The Black Book of Secrets

BLACK BOOK OF SECRETS

by F. E. Higgins

 

When Ludlow Fitch runs away from his horrific parents, he meets up with the enigmatic Joe Zabbidou, a “secret pawnbroker” whose business is to relieve people of their most troublesome secrets.

 

Diamonds in the Shadow

DIAMONDS IN THE SHADOW

by Caroline B. Cooney

 

In this teeth-clenching thriller, a Connecticut family agrees to shelter African refugees, never noticing abundant clues that the Amabos aren't a real family and that they have a dangerous past that has followed them from Africa.

Epic

EPIC

by Conor Kostick

 

On New Earth, where the economy and legal system operate inside a planet-wide computer game, Erik persuades his friends to aid him in a perilous mission to save his father from exile and to safeguard the futures of each of their families.

 

Frannie in Pieces

FRANNIE IN PIECES

by Delia Ephron

 

Poignant and laugh-out-loud funny! When Frannie finds her father, dead from a heart attack on his bathroom floor, she also finds an elaborate homemade puzzle labeled "Frances Anne 1000" which she becomes convinced will somehow connect her back to him.

 

 

 

Into the Woods

INTO THE WOODS

by Lynn Gardner

 

In this fast-paced fantasy adventure, the evil Dr. DeWilde and his team of wolves force Storm and her sisters to flee to the woods. Their flight leads them to a house of sweets, a long-lost great-grandmother, and the Pied Piper.

 

 

 

The London Eye Mystery

THE LONDON EYE MYSTERY

by Siobhan Dowd

 

In this well-constructed puzzle, mystery lovers will delight in connecting the clues after Ted and Kat’s cousin Salim vanishes into thin air on the London Eye Ferris Wheel.

 

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac

MEMOIRS OF A TEENAGE AMNESIAC

by Gabrielle Zevin

 

Suffering from amnesia, Naomi has forgotten everything-- how to drive, her parents’ divorce, all her friends-- but discovers more about herself than she knew before her head injury.

 

 

 

 

 

Miss Spitfire

MISS SPITFIRE: REACHING HELEN KELLER

by Sarah Miller

 

This fact-based novel is a rare glimpse into the thoughts and emotions that Annie Sullivan-- Miss Spitfire-- might have had as she approached the challenge that would earn her the name “miracle worker”-- after she taught Helen Keller what language was, when words themselves had no scent, taste, or texture.

 

My Mother the Cheerleader

MY MOTHER THE CHEERLEADER

by Robert Sharenow

 

In 1960,13-year-old Louise’s mother is one of the “cheerleaders,” middle-aged women whom John Steinbeck called “a pack of Satanic dogs,” who show up daily to bully and taunt little Ruby Bridges, one of the first African-Americans admitted to an all-white school.

 

 

 

 

The Night Tourist

THE NIGHT TOURIST

by Katherine Marsh

 

In Grand Central Terminal, Jack meets Euri, a spectral girl who leads him eight stories below the station, and together they enter the Underworld, residence of hundreds of ghosts, and guarded by the three-headed dog Cerberus.

 

 

 

 

Red Glass

RED GLASS

by Laura Resau

 

Sixteen years old and afraid of everything from germs to traveling to natural disasters, Sophie must ward off panic attacks as she embarks on a road trip from Arizona to Mexico along with her foster brother Pablo who, one year ago, survived a perilous desert crossing into the United States, carrying Sophie’s stepfather’s business card in his pocket.

 

 

 

 

The Red Necklace

THE RED NECKLACE: A STORY OF THE FRENCH REVOLUTION

by Sally Gardner

 

In this lush concoction of murder, romance, drama and intrigue, set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, a beautiful young aristocrat is being used as a pawn by the villainous Count Kalliovski, while only the gypsy orphan Yann will dare to rescue her.

 

 

 

 

Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party

REVOLUTION IS NOT A DINNER PARTY

by Ying Chang Compestine

 

Set in China, this novel tells the history of the Cultural Revolution from the viewpoint of the protected, privileged Ling, who loses her innocence when political brutality invades her home.

 

 

 

 

 

Schooled

SCHOOLED 

by Gordon Korman

 

When his grandmother is hospitalized, Cap, who has been homeschooled on the isolated Garland Farm Commune, is taken in by a social worker and sent-- like a lamb to slaughter-- to Claverage Middle School.

 

 

 

 

Seer of Shadows

SEER OF SHADOWS

by Avi

 

In New York City in 1872, fourteen-year-old Horace, a photographer's apprentice, becomes entangled in a plot to create fraudulent spirit photographs, but when Horace accidentally frees the real ghost of a dead girl bent on revenge, his life takes a frightening turn.

 

 

 

 

Tasting the Sky

TASTING THE SKY: A PALESTINIAN CHILDHOOD

by Ibtisam Barakat

 

With candor and courage, the author stitches together memories of her childhood during the aftermath of the 1967 Six-Day War-- fear and confusion as bombs explode near her home and she is separated from her family; the harshness of  life as a Palestinian refugee; her unexpected joy when she discovers Alef, the first letter of the Arabic alphabet.

 

 

 

 

Trouble

TROUBLE

by Gary D. Schmidt

 

Fourteen-year-old Henry, wishing to honor his brother Franklin's dying wish, sets out to hike Maine's Mount Katahdin with his best friend and dog, but fate adds another companion-- the Cambodian refugee accused of fatally injuring Franklin-- and reveals troubles that predate the accident and lead to a moral awakening.

 

 

 

 

The True Meaning of Smekday

THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY

by Adam Rex

 

Aliens have invaded Earth, stolen Tip’s mother, and now she and the rest of humanity are being shunted onto small reservations while the invaders (the Boov) take over the rest of the planet. In avoiding this plan, via her family car, Tip runs across J.Lo, a renegade Boov with problems of his own.

 

 

 



 

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