The Ogre of Oglefort
by Eva Ibbotson. (Dutton Children
s Books, 9780525423829) TypicalIbbotson! A ragtag bunch of lower-magic beings (a hag, a troll, a wizard) and a human orphanare saddled with the chore of rescuing a princess from the Ogre of Oglefort who is as powerfulas he is awful. The whole book is a romp.
by Emily Jenkins. (Balzer & Bray, 9780061802201) Hanks
best friend movesaway right before the start of fourth grade and then Hank ﬁnds Inkling, an invisible bandapat,who tells the most outrageous lies and gets Hank in lots of interesting scrapes
Other MIddle Grade ﬁction I liked:
My Name is Mina b
y David Almond
(Delacourte Press, 09780385740739)
Darth Paper Strikes Back
by Tom Angleberger (Amulet Books, 9781419700279)
The Mostly True Story of Jack
by Kelly Barnhill (Little, Brown and Company, 9780316056700)
Missing on Superstition Mountain
by Elise Broach (Henry Holt & Co, 978-0805090475)
Tuesdays at the Castle
by Jessica Day George (Bloomsbury USA, 9781599906447)
Sir Gawain the True
by Gerald Morris (Houghton Mifﬂin, 978040547418551)
Secrets at Sea
by Richard Peck (Dial, 978-0803734555)
by Gary Paulsen
(Wendy Lamb Books, 9780385740029
y Brian Selznick
Amelia Earhart : This Broad Ocean
by Sarah Stewart Taylor and James Sturm (Hyperion,9781423113379)
The Luck of the Buttons
by Anne Ylvisaker. (Candlewick, 9780763650667)
12 YA Books
(in order of my personal preference)
by Maggie Stiefvater.
(Scholastic, 9780545224901) A small Celtic island,carnivorous horses that rise from the sea, a race to the death, a gutsy girl and an enslaved boy!Eat your heart out, Bella and Edward. Love on horseback will carry readers away.
How to Save a Life
by Sara Zarr. (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 9780316036061) Twoteens, one angry with grief over the death of her father, one trying to do the best for her unbornchild, come together when the widowed mother decides to adopt the baby. By the end, I wascheering all three women on.
by Matthew Kirby. (Scholastic, 9780545274241) The royal children have been hidden atthe end of a frozen fjord as their father ﬁghts his latest war. Soon after the king
s storyteller, or
, arrives with a band of berserkers, sabotage begins. Told from the point of view of thesecond daughter and laced with Nordic mythology, this is a wonderful adventure and thriller.
by Scott Westerfeld. (Simon Pulse, 9781416971771
The end of the
trilogydoes not disappoint, even though there is considerable early 20th century name dropping goingon (Tesla, Randolph Hearst and Pancho Villa?). Lots of mid-air action, close escapes andsecrets. But, please what exactly is up with the perspicacious lorises?
by Han Nolan. (Houghton MIfﬂin Harcourt, 9780152065706) 16-year-old Ellieis pregnant, married to her stoner boyfriend and living at her in-law
s weight loss camp in a oneroom cabin
with NO bathroom!
This book has four of the most selﬁsh well-meaning parentsEVER in it. The ending is unrealistically hopeful but I loved it anyway.
Best Books 2011 by Karen Maurer