Thursday, December 31, 2009

Favorites of 2009 [updated and bumped]

Well, clearly, ETERNAL is a favorite. But I also wanted to highlight some books by persons not married to me that I have recommended on this blog over the course of the year.

Same caveats as last year.

Middle Grade/Tween:

Leaving Glorytown: One Boy's Struggle Under Castro, by Eduardo Calcines
Sobering memoir of growing up and escaping Communist Cuba.

Stonewall Hinkleman and the Battle of Bull Run, by Michael Hemphill and Sam Riddleburger
Witty Civil War time travel adventure.

The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis, by Barbara O'Connor
A small adventure with big heart.

Winnie's War, by Jenny Moss
A timely and poignant story centered around the early twentieth century flu epidemic.

Bull Rider, by Suzanne Morgan Williams
Engaging characters and a setting not often seen in contemporary novels.

Young Adult:

Jumped, by Rita Williams Garcia
An intense triangle of hostility at an urban high school.

Soul Enchilada, by David Macinnis Gill
How to beat a deal with the devil.

Bug Boy, by Eric Luper
1930s horse racing and corruption.

So Punk Rock, by Micol and David Ostow
Hilarious escapades of a teen trying to decide who he is.

The Pricker Boy, by Reade Scott Whinnem
What is really going amidst the forest of thorns?

The Chosen One, by Carol Lynch Williams
Inside of, and trying to escape, a polygamous cult.

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