Saturday, April 25, 2009

Countdown Challenge Completed

The Countdown Challenge.

Becky's List

1. Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith
2. Just One Wish by Janette Rallison
3. The Farwalker's Quest by Joni Sensel
4. Something, Maybe by Elizabeth Scott
5. The King's Rose by Alisa M. Libby
6. The ABC's of Kissing Boys by Tina Ferraro
7. What Would Emma Do by Eileen Cook
8. Ten Things I Hate About Me by Randa Abdel-Fattah
9. Far From You by Lisa Schroeder
1. Audrey Wait by Robin Benway
2. Girl Hero by Carrie Jones
3. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
4. Ender in Exile by Orson Scott Card
5. Something Wicked by Alan Gratz
6. Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
7. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
8. The Humming of Numbers by Joni Sensel
1. Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat by Lynne Jonell
2. My Last Best Friend by Julie Bowe
3. Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix
4. Cassandra's Sister by Veronica Bennett
5. Jazz On a Saturday Night by Leo and Diane Dillon
6. Jazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler
7. Black Book of Secrets by F.E. Higgins
1. A True and Faithful Narrative by Katherine Sturtevant
2. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
3. Octavian Nothing vol. 1 by M.T. Anderson
4. The Prophet of Yonwood by Jeanne DuPrau
5. A Darkling Plain by Philip Reeve
6. This Jazz Man by Karen Ehrhardt.
1. The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
2. Infernal Devices by Philip Reeve
3. Never Let Me Go by Ishiguro
4. A Horn for Louis by Eric Kimmel
5. Jazz ABZ by Wynton Marsalis
1. The People of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrau
2. Montmorency Thief, Liar, Gentleman by Eleanor Updale
3. The Louis Armstrong You Never Knew by James Lincoln Collier
4. How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
1. City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
2. Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve
3. Predator's Gold by Philip Reeve
1. Ella Fitzgerald by Andrea Pinkney
2. Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar
1. Love That Dog by Sharon Creech

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Lezlie 3:27 PM  

Well done!!

3m 8:42 PM  

That was soooooooo fast!


Penny (aka Yooperchick) 12:09 AM  

Great job! It looks like you've read some really good ones!

Sandra 5:41 PM  

Good for you. This is one of the few challenges I didn't sign up for but it looks like fun.

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