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October 18, 2006


Cynthia Leitich Smith of Cynsations

Rules by Cynthia Lord (Scholastic, 2006).


Hugging the Rock by Susan Taylor Brown

Jennifer Smith

Our of Patience by Brian Meehl

Jennifer Smith

I mean Out of Patience by Brian Meehl (sorry!)

Little Willow

Shug by Jenny Han

William Hutchinson

Robin: The Lovable Morgan Horse by Ellen F. Feld

Kelly Fineman

Toys Go Out: Being the Adventures of a Knowledgeable Stingray, a Toughy Little Buffalo, and Someone Called Plastic by Emily Jenkins, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky

Jennifer Schultz

Victory by Susan Cooper. A little bit of historical fiction, some fantasy, adventure, and a great girl character.


Younguncle Comes To Town by Vandana Singh (Viking, 2006)

Elizabeth Fama

That Girl Lucy Moon, by Amy Timberlake

Tracy Chrenka

Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata


Julia's Kitchen by Brenda A. Ferber


Year of the Dog by Grace Lin


Black Duck, by Janet Taylor Lisle


Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Mass

Paul Acampora

Firegirl by Tony Abbot.

Alkelda the Gleeful

Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything, by Leonore Look (it's on the young side of "middle grade" but it's no easy-reader, so I nominate it for the middle grade fiction).

ellie Duboois

I'd like to nominate Into the Woods by Lyn Gardner. I don't know if its eligible as it has only been published in England so far by David Fickling books. It is for 8-12 years olds and it has got everything you would want in a book including scary wolves, rats, a terrifying villian, a child guzzling ogre and a really strong and fearless heroine called Storm Eden. It is also written by my mum, but I don't think that makes me biased because all the children who have read this book love it too. It looks beautiful too as it has fantastic illustraions by Mini Grey.

Lisa Yee

YELLOW STAR by Jennifer Roy


The Higher Power of Lucky, by Susan Patron (Richard Jackson Books).


ALL OF THE ABOVE by Shelley Pearsall

Judy Freeman

Clementine by Sara Pennypacker

George Knightley

I nominate YEAR OF THE DOG by Grace Lin because it has heart, shows a child's view of the world, and is just plain fun to read.

Beverly Archer

Charlie Bone and the Hidden King by Jenny Nimmo.

Phoebe Carter

Fly By Night by Frances Hardinge

Lindsey Dunn

holes by louis sachar

Christine Heron

Wright 3 by Blue Balliett.

Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius"

My nomination goes to FLYTE: SEPTIMUS HEAP by Angie Sage

Christy Lenzi


Natalie Lorenzi

RULES, by Cynthia Lord

Julia Martin

Vive La Paris, by Esme Raji Codell.

First, Codell may be the Muriel Spark of middle school fiction: knive-edge funny, devoid of sentimentality, yet able to provoke what E.B. White in Death of a Pig called "deep hemorrhagic intears."

This book reminds me -- in subject, tone and caliber -of Elizabeth Bishop's poem,In the Waiting Room. Vive is a pitch-perfect story of a child's first recognition of her part in an inescapably flawed and painful world.

Codell weaves the adult and child levels of knowledge, perception and consciousness through the story in every permutation: parallel path, direct collision and oblique intersections at various levels of mutual bafflement.



Half-Moon Investigations by Eoin Colfer

Jen Robinson

Of books not already on the list, I'd like to add Kiki Strike by Kirsten Miller. (I could be convinced that this is a young adult book, but I don't see it on either list yet).

Stephanie Ford

Framed by Frank Cottrell Boyce. It's magnificent and if you haven't read it, you must!

Zdena Masek

I would like to nominate the third book in the Sisters Grimm series called The Problem Child by Michael Buckley.

Elizabeth O. Dulemba

I also posted this under YA, but I think it goes in MG:
"The Legend of Zoey" by Candie Moonshower.
It's so well done. I love this story.


Victory, by Susan Cooper


School Story by Andrew Clements


The Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by E.L Koningsburg MY ALL TIME FAVE GROWING UP


The Girls by Amy Goldman Koss, an amazingly realistic and consoling story for middle school girls




Gilda Joyce, and the Ladies of the Lake, by Jennifer Allison, which came out May 2006.



Patsi B. Trollinger

My nomination goes to THE LEGEND OF ZOEY by Candie Moonshower because it uses a great mix of humor and drama to explore themes that matter to middle-grade readers: Do I fit in? Can my family hold together? If the situation demanded it, could I be the hero who makes a difference?


Vive la Paris by Esme Raji Codell


Allow me to withdraw Victory, which someone else had nominated, and instead place Hilary McKay's Caddy Ever After in contention.

jennifer (aka literaticat)

THE GREEN GLASS SEA by Ellen Klages.

This is the story of two very different girls growing up together in a place that doesn't exist: Los Alamos, New Mexico. Their parents are scientists building the atomic bomb - they are just kids, dealing with bullying, friendship, life and death.

Simply magnificent in style and scope - raises a lot of big questions and delivers no easy answers. Wow!

jennifer, aka literaticat

ps on Green Glass Sea -

Yes, I am aware that the place "Los Alamos, New Mexico" actually EXISTS... what I meant was that the area was so top secret during that time that the characters weren't allowed to say where they lived, there were no maps of it, and even the authorities in New Mexico had no idea of or jurisdiction over what was going on there.

Sorry to New Mexicans, wasn't trying to negate your existance!

Sherry Early

Bread and Roses Too by Paterson

Jeanne Nicholson

The Adventures of Odysseus
Written By Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden, Illustrated by Christina Balit (Barefoot Books, 2006)

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