Tuesday, November 14, 2017

2018 Reading Challenge: Middle Grade

Girl reading a book by Federico Zandomeneghi
Host: Becky's Book Reviews (sign up)
Duration: January - December 2018
# of books: minimum of 6

Feel free to copy/paste this. You can replace the _ with an X or a ✔ (copy/paste it) when you finish reading a book. If you list the books you read, that may help other people decide what to read.

✔ 1. Title beginning with A
Al Capone Does My Shirts. Gennifer Choldenko. 2004. 225 pages. [Source: Bought]
✔  2. Author beginning with A
Family Tree. Katherine Ayres. 1996. 176 pages. [Source: Bought]
✔  3. Title beginning with B
Bob. Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead. 2018. Feiwel & Friends. 208 pages. [Source: Library]
_4. Author beginning with B
_5. Title beginning with C
✔ 6. Author beginning with C
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Lewis Carroll. Illustrated by John Tenniel. 1865/1871. 247 pages. [Source: Bought]
✔ 7. Title beginning with D
Dream Life for Children. Mattie K. Foster. 1918. 178 pages. [Source: Read online]
✔ 8. Author beginning with D
The City of Ember. Jeanne DuPrau. 2003. 270 pages. [Source: Bought]
✔  9. Title beginning with E
Echo's Sister. Paul Mosier. 2018. HarperCollins. 240 pages. [Source: Library]
_10. Author beginning with E
✔ 11. Title beginning with F
Florence Nightingale: The Courageous Life of the Legendary Nurse. Catherine Reef. 2016. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 197 pages. [Source: Review copy]
_12. Author beginning with F
✔13. Title beginning with G
The Great Cheese Robbery (Pocket Pirates #1) Chris Mould. 2015/2018. 160 pages. [Source: Library]
✔14. Author beginning with G
Library on Wheels: Mary Lemist Titcomb and America's First Bookmobile. 2018. Sharlee Glenn. Abrams. 56 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔15. Title beginning with H
The House Without a Christmas Tree. Gail Rock. 1974. 84 pages. [Source: Bought] 
✔ 16. Author beginning with H
The Fourteenth Goldfish. Jennifer L. Holm. 2014. Random House. 208 pages. [Source: Library] 
_17. Title beginning with I
_18. Author beginning with I
_19. Title beginning with J
✔ 20. Author beginning with J
Midnight Without a Moon. Linda Williams Jackson. 2017. HMH. 320 pages. [Source: Review copy]
_21. Title beginning with K
_22. Author beginning with K
✔  23. Title beginning with L
Louisiana's Way Home. Kate DiCamillo. 2018. Candlewick Press. 240 pages. [Source: Library] 
✔ 24. Author beginning with L
The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. (The Chronicles of Narnia #1) C.S. Lewis. Illustrated by Pauline Baynes. 1950. 186 pages. [Source: Bought]
_25. Title beginning with M
_26. Author beginning with M
_27. Title beginning with N
_28. Author beginning with N
✔ 29. Title beginning with O
The Orphan Band of Springdale. Anne Nesbet. 2018. Candlewick. 448 pages. [Source: Library.]
_30. Author beginning with O
✔ 31. Title beginning with P
Pet War. Allan Woodrow. 2013. Scholastic. 272 pages. [Source: Library] 
_32. Author beginning with P
_33. Title or Author beginning with Q
✔ 34. Title beginning with R
Rabbit Hill. Robert Lawson. 1944. 127 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ 35. Author beginning with R
Bah! Humbug! Michael Rosen. Illustrated by Tony Ross. 2017/2018. 192 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ 36. Title beginning with S
So B. It. Sarah Weeks. 2004. 288 pages. [Source: Library] 
_37. Author beginning with S
_38. Title beginning with T
_39. Author beginning with T
✔ 40. Title or Author beginning with U
Unstoppable: True Stories of Amazing Bionic Animals. Nancy Furstinger. 2017. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 128 pages. [Source: Borrowed from friend]
✔ 41. Title or Author beginning with V or W
Wonder. R. J. Palacio. 2012. Random House. 320 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔ 42. Title or Author beginning with X or “Ex”
The Explorers: The Door in the Alley. Adrienne Kress. 2017. Random House. 320 pages. [Source: Library]
_43. Title beginning with Y
_44. Author beginning with Y
_45. Title or Author beginning with Z
✔ 46. 2018 Newbery Winner or Honor
Hello, Universe. Erin Entrada Kelly. 2017. 313 pages. [Source: Library]
_47. Newbery Winner or Honor from 2010-2017
_48. Newbery Winner or Honor from 2000-2009
✔ 49. Newbery Winner or Honor from 1990-1999
Missing May. Cynthia Rylant. 1992. Scholastic. 89 pages. [Source: Library] 
_50. Newbery Winner or Honor from 1980-1989
_51. Newbery Winner or Honor from 1970-1979
_52. Newbery Winner or Honor from 1960-1969
_53. Newbery Winner or Honor from 1950-1959
✔ 54. Newbery Winner or Honor from 1940-1949
Strawberry Girl. Lois Lenski. 1945. 208 pages. [Source: Bought]
✔ 55. Newbery Winner or Honor from 1932-1939
Roller Skates. Ruth Sawyer. 1936. 186 pages. [Source: Bought]
_56. Newbery Winner or Honor from 1922-1931
_57. Notable Children's Book from 2018 or 2017
_ 58. Any book by a Wilder Award author
✔ 59. verse novel
Long Way Down. Jason Reynolds. 2017. [October 24] 320 pages. [Source: Library]  
_ 60. graphic novel
✔ 61. biography or memoir
Victoria: Portrait of a Queen. Catherine Reef. 2017. [November] Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 256 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔ 62. nonfiction
Alexander Hamilton:The Hero Who Helped Shape America. 2017. Harry Abrams. 208 pages. [Source: Review copy]
_ 63. poetry
_ 64. audio book
✔ 65. first in a series
The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy. Jeanne Birdsall. 2005. Random House. 262 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ 66. any book in a series
The Penderwicks on Gardam Street. Jeanne Birdsall. 2008. 308 pages. [Source: Library]
✔  67. last book in a series
Al Capone Throws Me A Curve. (Al Capone at Alcatraz #4) Gennifer Choldenko. 2018. Random House. 240 pages. [Source: Review copy]
_ 68. favorite author
_ 69. new to you author
_ 70. British author
_ 71. Australian author
✔ 72. Canadian author
Emily of New Moon. L.M. Montgomery. 1923. Bantam. 352 pages. [Source: Bought]
✔ 73. translated into English from another language
The Cat Who Came In Off the Roof. Annie M G Schmidt. Translated by David Colmer. 1970/2015. Random House. 160 pages. [Source: Library]
_ 74. American author
_ 75. set in the state you live
_ 76. set in a place you'd like to visit
_ 77. set in an imaginary place you'd like to visit
_ 78. picture book for older readers
✔ 79. book about a pet
Soof. Sarah Weeks. 2018. Scholastic. 208 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔ 80. animal fantasy
Zucchini. Barbara Dana. 1982. 160 pages. [Source: Childhood Copy]_ 81. fantasy
_ 82. alternate reality
_ 83. science fiction
_ 84. adventure
_ 85. action/suspense
_ 86. mystery/detective
_ 87. realistic fiction
✔ 88. school setting
Property of the Rebel Librarian. Allison Varnes. 2018. Random House. 256 pages. [Source: Review copy]
_ 89. multiple points of view
_ 90. historical fiction -- world war I
_ 91. historical fiction -- world war II
✔ 92. historical fiction, your choice
The Journey of Little Charlie. Christopher Paul Curtis. 2018. 256 pages. [Source: Library]
✔  93. historical fiction, mystery or suspense
Al Capone Does My Homework (Al Capone at Alcatraz #3) Gennifer Choldenko. 2013. 212 pages. [Source: Library]  
_ 94. oh the sads
_ 95. happy, happy ending
_ 96. laugh until you cry
✔  97. coming of age
Al Capone Shines My Shoes. Gennifer Choldenko. 2009. 274 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
✔  98. "diary" or "notebook"
Dork Diaries #1: Tales From A Not-so-fabulous Life. Rachel Renee Russell. 2009. 282 pages. [Source: Borrowed]
_ 99. classic, your choice
✔ 100. out of print
Amanda. (Sunfire #1) Candice Ransom. 1984. Scholastic. 368 pages. [Source: Library book sale] 
_ 101. library book
_ 102. impulse pick
_ 103. published in 2018
_ 104. YOUR pick for Newbery 2019

Bonus/alternate picks:
_ made into a good movie
_ made into a horrible movie
✔  book from your childhood
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Barbara Robinson. 1972. HarperCollins. 128 pages. [Source: Bought]
_ free choice
_ multiple authors
_ orphan child
_ vacation setting or road trip
_ first crush
_ new book by favorite author
_ time travel or steam punk

© 2017 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews


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

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