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Three words: "The Wild Rumpus!" It doesn't get much better than that!
This book has everything — adventure, bugs . . . and a giant peach!
When I was a kid, I wished that I had a mouse who could ride a motorcycle. And now that I'm a grown-up, I still do!
I’m a huge chocolate fan, but this book sure made me think twice about what I wished for!
A cute bunny that sucks vegetables dry? Yikes! These books kept me at the edge of my seat.
Start with a Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and read all the way through the books until you get to Double Fudge. These books are hysterical and relatable!
Jeff Zentner is a guitarist and songwriter and the author of the starkly beautiful debut YA novel The Serpent King (our full review here).
"An absolutely gorgeous, lyrical, and unflinching story about a girl escaping from under the thumb of a toxic mother and living her own life."
"A delightfully spooky, twist-turny, and gripping mystery set in a haunted present-day Salem, Massachusetts."
"A beautiful and romantic time travel story set in small-town Kentucky."
(out in September) "A hilarious, quirky, and warm story about murder, first love, and families of choice."
"A sweet and swoony story about a girl who's allergic to the world."
"A hilarious, warm, and wise coming-out and coming-of-age story."
"A heartbreaking story about a young man running from his own memory."
"I have a daughter and a son, I've taught middle school and high school and worked at a bookstore. These are all books I love, can sell, and that my children loved as well."
Kind of a Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon fantasy set in an alternate Japan where people can have superpowers. It's really well-done fantasy.
A fantastic graphic novel about Jon's boyhood in Flint, Michigan, where my husband is also from. It's funny and real and mostly funny.
These are so imaginative, innocent, and creative. I am a big fan of smart graphic novels and how they make us think.
There's a stuffed stoat in these books. I'm not even sure what that is, but do I really need to say more?
Same Lois Lowry as THE GIVER, but a completely different kind of story, one where the kids are super smart and the adults need to get a clue.
My 16 y.o. has read and reread this book about a 14 y.o. rugby player. It's a story about all the confusion that's part and parcel of growing up while simultaneously injecting humor and love and redemption into the entire mix.
Nicholas is irreverent and slightly naughty and a bit clueless but always funny.
(by Georgia Bragg & Kevin O'Malley)
Just like the title says, this is a book about how famous people died. But really it's a history book.
I read this book in three hours. Granted, I told my family I wasn't feeling well so they actually left me alone for that amount of time, but I devoured this book. There's an unreliable narrator and a shocking ending and a slew of open-ended questions that we still argue about in our house.
Michael Northrop is a writer living in New York City, author of three YA novels: Gentlemen, one of the American Library Association/YALSA's Best Books for Young Adults; Trapped, an ALA/YALSA Readers' Choice List selection, an Indie Next List pick, and a Barnes & Noble Must-Read for Teens; and Rotten. His first middle grade novel, Plunked, was named one of the best children's books of the year by the New York Public Library. His writing has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Sports Illustrated Kids, McSweeney's, Weird Tales, and many other places. His latest YA novel is Surrounded by Sharks. You can find him on the internet here.
"Fantastic World War II nonfiction: a high-stakes British spy thriller that just happens to be true."
"Hilarious, endearing, and includes a polar bear - what more do you want? This book made me wish I could draw (or at least doodle really well)."
"Lovecraft's stories are profoundly weird, insanely good, and they changed horror writing forever, and for the better (which is to say, weirder)."
"A short, tough book that hits hard and leaves a mark. Not as famous as The Outsiders, but it had just as big of an impact on me. It was the first novel I reread when I decided to write YA."
"Darn near perfect: a little masterpiece that quietly tackles the big questions."
is a Senior Librarian at the Hennepin County Library in Minneapolis, MN. This is what he says:
The Great Eight: great books (kind of) for guys. Also: Magazines. Anytime I’m asked for booklist, I ask, “What about magazines, don’t they count?” Well, it’s my list so they count. Read a magazine every month or week.
A trickster tale about a coyote, a blanket, and a rock. Hot times in the desert.
Or anything by Stine. The man's a genius. Don't believe me: this is about twin teen girls vampires one hot summer. Do the math.
This has it all: humor, adventure, smart mouth teen boys, stupid rules to rebel against, and fire.
When you don’t have time for chapters or even paragraphs, choose bullets. Bullet points that is.
Nothing wrong with the first two volumes, but this is "just delicious!" Don't read this during lunch or before or after.
A 10-year-old gets a chance to play with the big boys. Read this and you'll feel the sweat fly off the pages.
By the Rolling Stone editors. An earlier edition of this book was my Bible at age 17. Everything you need to know.