These are a few of my favorite 'first' lines read in May of 2009.
The end of the world started when a pegasus landed on the hood of my car. Up until then, I was having a great afternoon.
So, there I was, tied to an altar made from outdated encyclopedias, about to get sacrificed to the dark powers by a cult of Evil Librarians.
Ours is essentially a tragic age, so we refuse to take it tragically.
I have a secret. And everyone knows it.
In the spring, there are vampires in the wind.
May's Top Five:
Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians. Brandon Sanderson.
The Queen of Everything. Deb Caletti.
Fat Cat by Robin Brande
Where's Tumpty? by Polly Dunbar.
1000 Times No. Mr. Tom Warburton.
Number of Picture Books: 23
Hello Tilly by Polly Dunbar. Candlewick. 2008.
Happy Hector by Polly Dunbar. Candlewick. 2008.
Pretty Pru by Polly Dunbar. Candlewick. 2009.
Where's Tumpty? by Polly Dunbar. Candlewick. 2009.
Yes Day by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. 2009. HarperCollins.
Ten Days and Nine Nights by Yumi Heo. 2009. Random House.
Grizzly Dad by Joanna Harrison. 2009. Random House.
Sugar Would Not Eat It by Emily Jenkins. 2009. Random House.
Crocodaddy by Kim Norman. 2009. Sterling.
A Small Surprise by Louise Yates. 2009. Knopf
Being A Pig Is Nice by Sally Lloyd Jones. 2009. Random House.
The Imaginary Garden by Andrew Lardsen. 2009. Kids Can Press.
Stanley's Beauty Contest by Linda Bailey. 2009. Kids Can Press.
My Uncle Emily by Jane Yolen. 2009. Penguin.
Edward and the Eureka Lucky Wish Company. Barbara Todd. 2009. Kids Can Press.
Do You Want A Friend? by Noel Piper. 2009. Crossway.
Princess Pig. Eileen Spinelli. Illustrated by Tim Bowers. 2009. Knopf (Random House)
1000 Times No. Mr. Tom Warburton. 2009. HarperCollins.
Mousie Love by Dori Chaconas. Illustrated by Josee Masse. 2009. Bloomsbury.
Itty Bitty by Cece Bell. 2009. Candlewick.
Maisy Goes To Preschool. Lucy Cousins. 2009. Candlewick
Gone With The Wand. Margie Palatini. 2009. Illustrations by Brian Ajhar. Scholastic.
Rattletrap Car by Phyllis Root. Illustrated by Jill Barton. 2001. Candlewick Press.
Number of Board Books: 3
Bow-Wow's Colorful Life. Mark Newgarden & Megan Montague Cash. 2009. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Bow-Wow 12 Months Running. Mark Newgarden & Megan Montague Cash. 2009. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
My Mother Is Mine by Marion Dane Bauer. Little Simon (Simon & Schuster) 2009.
Number of Children's Books: 2
To Catch A Mermaid by Suzanne Selfors. 2007. Little, Brown Young Readers. 246 pages.
Mommy's Having a Watermelon by Danny and Kim Adlerman. 2009. The Kids At Our House.
Number of YA Books: 21
The Fire of Ares. Michael Ford. 2008. Bloomsbury/Walker Books. 245 pages.
The Birth of a Warrior. Michael Ford. 2008. Bloomsbury/Walker Books. 262 pages.
Thirsty. M.T. Anderson. 1997. Candlewick. 237 pages.
The Demigod Files. Rick Riordan. 2009. Disney/Hyperion. 151 pages.
The Queen of Everything. Deb Caletti. 2002. Simon & Schuster. 322 pages.
Forest Born by Shannon Hale. 2009. Bloomsbury. 400 pages.
The Opposite of Music by Janet Ruth Young. 2007. Simon & Schuster. 346 pages.
The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan. 2009. Disney/Hyperion. 381 pages.
Starfinder by John Marco. 2009. Daw Books. 326 pages.
The Genie Scheme by Kimberly K. Jones. 2009. Simon & Schuster. 179 pages.
The Book of Time by Guillaume Prevost. 2006. Scholastic. 224 pages.
The Princess Plot by Kirsten Boie. 2009. Scholastic. 378 pages.
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead. 2009. Random House. 208 pages.
Dragon Spear by Jessica Day George. 2009. Bloomsbury. 248 pages.
Radiant Darkness by Emily Whitman. 2009. HarperCollins. 274 pages
Morbito Guardian of the Spirit by Nahoko Uehashi. 1996/2008. Translated into English by Cathy Hirano. Scholastic Books. 248 pages.
The Silenced. James DeVita. 2007. HarperCollins. 502 pages.
Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians. Brandon Sanderson. 2007. Scholastic. 306 pages.
Sprout by Dale Peck. 2009. Bloomsbury. 277 pages.
Say the Word by Jeannine Garsee. 2009. Bloomsbury. 368 pages.
Fat Cat by Robin Brande. 2009. Random House. 336 pages.
Number of Verse Novels:
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Number of Nonfiction: 1
Mind-Rain: Your Favorite Authors on Scott Westerfield's Uglies Series. Edited and Original Introductions by Scott Westerfeld. 2009. Smart Pop (Benbella) 236 pages.
Number of Christian Books: 3
Fixing Abraham by Chris Tiegreen. 2009. Tyndale. 190 pages.
A Passion Denied by Julie Lessman. 2009. Revell. 466 pages.
The Secret Holocaust Diaries by Nonna Bannister. 2009. Tyndale. 300 pages.
Number of Adult Books: 6
The Convenient Marriage. Georgette Heyer. 1934/2009. Sourcebooks. 307 pages.
Frederica. Georgette Heyer. 1965/2009. Sourcebooks. 437 pages.
The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff. 2008. Random House. 514 pages.
Marsbound by Joe Haldeman. 2008. Ace Books. 296 pages.
Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence. 1928.
The Talisman Ring by Georgette Heyer. 1936/2009. Sourcebooks. 303 pages.
Number of Short Story Collections, Anthologies, Poetry Books:
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