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Best Books of October 2008

November 1st, 2008 (09:27 am)

Current Mood: awake
Current Song: Unfold by Marie Digby

October 2008: 33 books read

Picture Book Picks
Peg Leg Peke by Brie Spangler
Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas by Russell Hoban, illustrated by Lillian Hoban
I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry
Seamore, the Very Forgetful Porpoise by Darcie Edgemon, illustrated by J.otto Siebold
Uncle Bobby's Wedding by Sarah S. Brannen
Yellowbelly and Plum Go to School by Nathan Hale

Graphic Novel Picks
Babymouse #9: Monster Mash by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
Claudia and Mean Janine by Ann M. Martin and Raina Telgemeier

For ages 10 and up
My So-Called Family by Courtney Sheinmel
Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass
The Railway Children by E. Nesbit
How to Be a Girly Girl in Just Ten Days by Lisa Papademetriou
Do the Math: The Writing on the Wall by Wendy Lichtman

For ages 13 and up
Soulless by Christopher Golden
Paper Towns by John Green
13 by Jason Robert Brown and Dan Elish
Flora's Dare: How a Girl of Spirit Gambles All to Expand Her Vocabulary, Confront a Bouncing Boy Terror, and Try to Save Califa From a Shaky Doom (Despite Being Confined to Her Room) by Ysabeau S. Wilce
Gilda Joyce: Ladies of the Lake by Jennifer Allison

For ages 15 and up
Almost Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
My Life from Air Bras to Zits by Barbara Haworth-Attard (coming in February 2009)
This is What I Want to Tell You by Heather Duffy Stone (coming in March 2009)
Long May She Reign by Ellen Emerson White

Further Reading: The Most Promising October Releases for Teens, a feature article I wrote for SparkNotes Literature.


Posted by: Courtney Sheinmel (courtneywrites)
Posted at: November 2nd, 2008 06:06 pm (UTC)

What an honor to be on this list -- thanks, as always, LW!!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: November 2nd, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC)

You're welcome!

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: November 2nd, 2008 08:29 pm (UTC)

I am so digging Soulless even though I am only 100 pages in. I am beginning to glare at my revisions like, "DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE KEEPING ME FROM, NOVEL? LITTLE WILLOW RECCED ZOMBIES." It's intense! I am worried about EVERYONE. And you're right--from everything I've read so far... it's v. cinematic!!


Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: November 2nd, 2008 08:58 pm (UTC)

Revisions are important. Use SOULLESS as both your push and your reward (carrot on a stick!) to finish revisions.

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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: November 2nd, 2008 08:57 pm (UTC)

It's a classic from 1906. I'm glad I finally read it.

Hurrah! Golden Zombies are the best!

Posted by: Kym Brunner - author of Wanted: Dead or In Love (kymbrunner)
Posted at: November 3rd, 2008 01:17 am (UTC)

Great list - I'm going to bookmark it! Thanks!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: November 3rd, 2008 01:38 am (UTC)

Thanks! I post my "best of" booklists monthly and annually at both the blog (see this tag) and the archival website (scroll down on the page of booklists) - Enjoy the books!

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