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Best Books of April 2008

May 1st, 2008 (07:06 pm)
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Current Mood: accomplished
Current Song: Eleanor Rigby as sung by David Cook

April 2008: 81 books read

Picture Books
Callie Cat, Ice Skater by Eileen Spinelli, illustrated by Anne Kennedy
Bella Gets Her Skates On by Ian Whybrow, illustrated by Rosie Reeve
Little Otter's Big Journey by David Bedford and Susan Winter
Sadie the Air Mail Pilot by Kellie Strom
Mermaid Sister by Mary Ann Fraser
Silly Billy by Anthony Browne
Mouse's First books by Lauren Thompson
The Incredible Book-Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers

Juvenile Non-Fiction
Ballerina Dreams by Lauren Thompson
Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote by Tanya Lee Stone, illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon

Juvenile Fiction
Zibby Payne & the Party Problem by Alison Bell
Zibby Payne & the Trio Trouble by Alison Bell
The Patron Saint of Butterflies by Cecilia Galante
Itch by Michelle D. Kwasney
The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall
Lights, Camera, Amalee by Dar Williams
Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls #1: Moving Day by Meg Cabot
Callie for President by Robin Wasserman (coming out in May)
Savvy by Ingrid Law (coming out in May)

Teen Fiction
Cherry Blossoms: Book One: Ketsuki by Thomas Randall (coming out in 2009)
The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
Feathered by Laura Kasischke
Wish You Were Here by Catherine Clark
Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs (coming out in May)
Nothing by Robin Friedman (coming out in August)
The Shape of Water by Anne Spollen
Skin Deep by E.R. Crane
PrettyTOUGH: Playing with the Boys by Liz Tigelaar

Adult Fiction
The Lost Ones: Book Three of The Veil by Christopher Golden
The Life Before Her Eyes by Laura Kasischke


Posted by: bright as yellow (idreamofpeace)
Posted at: May 2nd, 2008 02:50 am (UTC)

Jack loves Little Otter's Big Journey and Mouse's First Spring.

Have you read Nic Sheff's new memoir? I find it interesting that they are marketing it as YA non-fiction because even though a lot of it is about him as a teenager, the first 100 or so pages detail an immense amount of graphic drug use.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 2nd, 2008 03:28 am (UTC)

I haven't read it. I was given it but, due to my aversion to drug use, I donated it somewhere that could use it.

Posted by: bright as yellow (idreamofpeace)
Posted at: May 2nd, 2008 08:23 am (UTC)

It's so unsettling reading it, but it's also a wake-up call to just how bad drugs are. I read the father's memoir, Beautiful Boy, when I was in NYC and it was FANTASTIC. I highly recommend it. Then again, I had a personal connection to it.

I was actually a bit disgusted by Tweak because it was almost a laundry list of what drugs he used, but it also made me realize just how awful drug addiction is.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 2nd, 2008 04:37 pm (UTC)

Oh, yikes.

Posted by: Lauren (begliocchi)
Posted at: May 2nd, 2008 03:00 am (UTC)

I must admit, I always giggle when I see my name listed as being an author. Not me, but still my name AND spelled correctly! =p

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 2nd, 2008 03:27 am (UTC)

Whenever I recommend those books to people, I feel the need to tell them that I know someone who shares the author's name!

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: May 2nd, 2008 01:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Little Willow,

So thrilled and honored and flattered to be on your list!

All the best,

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 2nd, 2008 04:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Thank you!

You are welcome! :)

Posted by: Sarah Darer Littman (saraclaradara)
Posted at: May 2nd, 2008 11:44 pm (UTC)

I really want to read Nothing. I owe Robin big time, because it was originally called Purge and when they changed the name she said it was ok for me to take the title as long as I acknowledged her if it won the Printz. I told her she could be my DATE if it won the Printz! (From her lips to G-d's ears, baby!!)

I'm also dying to read the Adoration of Jenna Fox. I just ordered it!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 3rd, 2008 12:26 am (UTC)

That is a sweet inside scoop - a double scoop, in fact! Mutual admiration societies make me smile.

Nothing is great, as is The Adoration of Jenna Fox. Wholly different stories, each making an impact.

Posted by: Sarah Darer Littman (saraclaradara)
Posted at: May 3rd, 2008 01:13 pm (UTC)

OMG I just realized how confusing my post was with the bad use of "its" making it hard to figure out which book I was referring to when. But I think you figured it out, right?

Even published authors have bad pronoun days. :-)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 3rd, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC)

No worries! Right.

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