Monday, September 30, 2013

Semi-Final Reading List: Sam Edition

Once again, it's that time of year -- the time when, in the interest of both thoroughness and preparing for the Maryland Mock Newbery, Rachael and I turn a closer eye to some of what seem to be this year's top contenders. There are a few more that we really want to read when we have a chance (Far Far Away, by Tom McNeal, and From Norvelt to Nowhere, by Jack Gantos, are high on that list), but for the most part, we're on to the Taking A Closer Look section.

Rachael has already explained the rules, so here's the list of four that she assigned me:
Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, by Kate DiCamillo
The Year of Billy Miller, by Kevin Henkes
P.S. Be Eleven, by Rita Williams-Garcia
The Center of Everything, by Linda Urban

 To these I added:

Doll Bones, by Holly Black
The Thing About Luck, by Cynthia Kadohata

Probably something about torpedoes! Start reading when ready, Gridley!


  1. I finished The Thing About Luck today. I loved it, combines and all. I'm glad you decided to put it on your list, although I remember Rachael didn't like it.

    1. It's good to hear from someone who liked it! We tried this year to include books that are getting buzz, but that got a bad review from the other person -- I disliked both Navigating Early and True Blue Scouts intensely, but Rachael is going to read them anyway :)

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    1. It's really wonderful. I'm always surprised that more people aren't enthusiastic about his novels.