Sunday, March 30, 2014

Newbery ABC's

A is for Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray
B is for Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
C is for Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi
D is for The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
E is for Enchantress from the Stars by Sylvia Louise Engdahl
F is for From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
G is for The Giver by Lois Lowry
H is for Hitty, Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field
I is for Invincible Louisa by Cornelia Meigs
J is for Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
K is for Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata
L is for Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder
M is for Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien
N is for Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
O is for Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
P is for Paperboy by Vince Vawter
Q is for The Quaint and Curious Quest of Johnny Longfoot by Catherine Besterman
R is for Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary
S is for Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
T is for The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
U is for Up A Road Slowly by Irene Hunt
V is for The Voice That Challenged A Nation by Russell Freedman
W is for The Watson's Go to Birmingham: 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
X is for Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins
Y is for Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck
Z is for Zlateh The Goat and Other Stories by Isaac Bashevis Singer

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I am interested in reviewing books and audio books. This blog focuses on books written for middle grade on up (essentially 10 to a 110). I review middle grade fiction and young adult fiction (aka tween and teen).

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I read in a variety of genres including realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, and chick lit. (I've read one western to date.)

I read a few poetry books, a few short story collections, a few graphic novels, a few nonfiction books.

I am especially fond of:

  • Regency romances (including Austen prequels/sequels)
  • Historical fiction set in the Tudor dynasty
  • Historical fiction and nonfiction set during World War II
  • Jewish fiction/nonfiction
  • dystopias
  • apocalyptic fiction
  • science fiction (especially if it involves time travel and alternate realities)
  • fantasy
  • multicultural books and international books

I am not a fan of:

  • sports books
  • horse books
  • dog books if the dog dies (same goes with most pets actually except maybe fish)
  • westerns (if it's a pioneer story with women and children, then maybe)
  • extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood

I am more interested in strong characters, well-written, fleshed-out, human characters. Plot is secondary to me in a way. I have to care about the characters in order to care about the plot. That being said, compelling storytelling is something that I love. I love to become absorbed in what I'm reading.

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