Facts, figures and fun achievements throughout the 2013 edition are impressive and well worth the buy
...seemingly bottomless bag of felonious tricks (and occasional murderous impulses) just way too hard-bitten even for this world. But it's still an impressive world. Bardugo has created a grimy fantasy with a thin blank-punk veneer laid over the top.
. . . an entertaining role model for the intended audience. . .
Important for a young audience, she is a refreshingly graceful storyteller with a finely tuned ear for the discerning detail.
A downer, you may think. Not at all. Though horrifying, the book is incredibly funny.
Readers will devour this wonderful story and cry from beginning to end. Sweet and heartfelt, Cameron likely has another bestseller on his hands.
The joy of artistic creation and the value of teachers who are willing to look outside the box come through clearly in the first-person narrative and Polacco’s fluid illustrations.
Readers are in for a delightful romp with this award-winning debut from a British author who dances in the footsteps of P.L. Travers and Roald Dahl.
The rich world and engaging characters are a surefire hit—and the glorious full-color illustrations, which pack a novel’s worth of expression onto cartoon faces, should bring readers back for multiple reads of this many-layered story
Realistic portrayal of contemporary teens and their moral challenges breathes fresh life into well-worn themes of rebellion and first love.
An outstanding tragicomedy that gently explores mental illness, the lasting effects of bullying, and the power of friends and loving family to help in the healing.
Though canine assistance and the Iraq war are both major characters, this is a valuable first-person glimpse into how someone with PTSD thinks.
Remarkably, Stars might be Green’s best novel yet.
The pop-ups, particularly a half-cylinder tree trunk that sprouts from the center of the spread and a large accordionlike cocoon, are well executed and engaging. While the prominent use of white space lends a sparser feel than in the picture book, the shimmering wings of the pop-up butterfly dazzle on the final spread.
Many treasures lie buried within this endearing story, in which humor and anxious anticipation sprout alongside one another. This sweet seedling will undoubtedly take root and thrive.
Fahrenheit 451 is one of the more remarkable books of our time.
Cece Bell’s graphic novel memoir of growing up in the 1970s as a profoundly deaf child is free of any self-pity. It’s an honest and rather sweet tale of a girl coming to terms with her disability...The characters are cute rabbits, but don’t be put off by that. El Deafo is heartfelt, eye-opening, funny and beautifully drawn.
Zusak's descriptions of a childhood in Nazi Germany were absorbing...This one adds another layer and shows that suffering wasn't limited to those the Nazis sought to invade or destroy. For that reason and for all the ones I outline above, I highly recommend The Book Thief. I can say without hesitation it's the best book I've read all year.
The book is a passionate plea for every citizen to be computer-savvy in order to uphold personal liberties in an age of increased government security. It's also a cracking read.
Here’s to another generation finding comfort and inspiration on the border.