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October 01, 2008

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Kate

I nominate Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning by Danette Haworth (Walker Books for Young Readers, 2008). It's a great coming-of-age story set in Florida that I reviewed on my blog: http://kmessner.livejournal.com/64557.html

Megan Germano

Greetings From Nowhere by Barbara O'Connor

Melisssa

The Penderwicks at Gardam Street, by Jeanne Birdsall

Sarah Miller

RINGSIDE 1925: VIEWS FROM THE SCOPES TRIAL
by Jen Bryant

JoAnn Early Macken

Jimmy's Stars by Mary Ann Rodman
Farrar Straus Giroux

Scope Notes

"Shooting the Moon" by Francis O'Roark Dowell

EM

The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry

Charlotte

Eleven, Patricia Reilly Giff

Charlotte

Eleven, Patricia Reilly Giff

Laurel Snyder

The Girl Who Could Fly, Victoria Forrester

Rebecca

The Qwikpick Adventure Society by Sam Riddleburger.

Jennifer

Alice's Birthday Pig by Tim Kennemore

Miss Erin

The Life and Crimes of Bernetta Wallflower by Lisa Graff

Cynthia Leitich Smith

The Floating Circus by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer

Katie

I nominate Cicada Summer by Andrea Beaty.

Andrea

Julia Durango's The Walls of Cartegena.

Kim

ATTACK OF THE GROWLING EYEBALLS, part of LIN OLIVER'S new Who Shrunk Daniel Funk series

Sandra

Anna Smudge: Professional Shrink by MAC

Jen Robinson says Anna Smudge is an "over the top romp" but still has "real-life concerns of middle school kids, such as neglectful parents, and fitting in at school."

Full review here:
http://jkrbooks.typepad.com/blog/2008/07/anna-smudge-pro.html

Andrea Vaughn

The Underneath by Kathi Appelt

Amanda

Savvy by Ingrid Law (this is domestic fantasy - so very much a problem novel about a family in crisis, but with a bit of magic in the mix - if that means it doesn't belong here feel free to disregard)

Lisa Schroeder

BRINGING THE BOY HOME by N.A. Nelson

Cheryl Rainfield

I nominate Dog Lost by Ingrid Lee. (Scholastic, Sept 2008). It is such an incredibly moving, and ultimately uplifting, book.

Cat

The Buddha's Diamonds

Carolyn Marsden, Candlewick Books

Kathleen

Not sure if it fits the category but DIAMOND WILLOW is my choice.

nanetf

The Curse of Addy Mcmahon is an awesome middle grades novel. It also has awesome graphics that parallel the terrific text!

nanetf

I'd wanted to nominate the fabulous middle grades novel, THE CURSE OF ADDY MCMAHON by Katie Davis, without using the (applicable) word awesome twice.....please post my correction!

Deena

The Gollywhopper Games by Jody Feldman
Samantha Hansen Has Rocks in her Head by Nancy Viau

Steven

Forever Rose by Hillary McKay

Joan

Samantha Hansen Has Rocks in Her Head, by Nancy Viau

Lindsay

I would like to nominate My Cousin, the Alien by Pamela F. Service.
This is a great book for boys who are reluctant to pick up a book and read.

Stephanie

The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart

Joan

Hmm, I thought I did this already but it didn't seem to take. I nominate:

Samantha Hansen Has Rocks in Her Head, by Nancy Viau

Charline

I nominate GROW A Novel in Verse by Juanita Havill (Peachtree Publishers, 2008). When Berneetha decides to create a community garden on a vacant lot, twelve-year-old Kate becomes determined to make that dream a reality.

This beautifully written, memorable novel captures real life in all of its messiness.

Kristin Walker

I nominate Samantha Hansen Has Rocks in Her Head by Nancy Viau.

(I had put this in the wrong place earlier. Sorry!)

Rebeca

Step Fourth, Mallory! by Laurie Friedman

Louise

From Alice to Zen and Everyone in Between by Elizabeth Atkinson

Julie

The Adventurous Deeds of Deadwood Jones (historical fiction inspired by real-life African American cowboy Nat Love) by Helen Hemphill (Front Street) is a fast-paced adventure that is proving to spark the imagination of those sometimes-tough-to-reach middle school boys.

Jessica Burkhart

MY SO-CALLED FAMILY by Courtney Sheinmel.

Catherine Ipcizade

TRACKING DADDY DOWN, By Marybeth Kelsey

Toreyy

Waiting for Normal by Leslie Conner

Rosalee LuAnn

Clementine, by Sara Pennypacker. Hilarious and darling.

KT Horning

"After Tupac and D Foster" by Jacqueline Woodson

Becky

No Cream Puffs by Karen Day

Wizards Wireless

Clementine's Letter by Sara Pennypacker. I saw another nomination for Clementine, but it looked like it was for the first book which wasn't published this year.

Jill

A Thousand Never Evers by Shana Burg

Julia

42 Miles by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer

Annie

The Writing on The Wall by Wendy Lichtman. (Greenwillow; 2008)

It's the second in her Do The Math series, and just as wonderful as the first one.

Nan Hoekstra

I nominate Jeremy Cabbage and the Living Museum of Human Oddballs and Quadruped Delights
by David Elliott

Susan Budgell

I would nominate Fouling Out by Gregory Walters. This is a book young adults will really identify with.

Fuse #8

Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor

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