How's that for alliteration!
This has been a phenomenal year for books. For picture books, middle grade and YA. I don't envy those folks on award committees because those discussions are going to be *fierce*! This year, I simply couldn't pare things down to 5, so here are my favorite reads of the year. If they haven't appeared on Welcome to my Tweendom before now, they will shortly!
Splendors and Glooms, by Laura Amy Schlitz
This creepy Victorian story had me reading under the covers deep into the night!
Liar & Spy, by Rebecca Stead
A NYC mystery slash family story that is incredibly authentic and thoughtful.
Drama, by Raina Telgemeier
Pitch perfect graphic novel about crushes, theater kids and family life.
Starry River of the Sky, by Grace Lin
Lush and magical storytelling matched with extraordinary pacing.
See You At Harry's, by Jo Knowles
A family story that packs an emotional punch.
Three Times Lucky, by Sheila Turnage
A countrified mystery filled with characters to love.
The Great Unexpected, by Sharon Creech
A genre busting layers story that is simply beautiful.
One Year at Coal Harbor, by Polly Horvath
Horvath is back with signature quirk and memorable characters.
Wonder, by R.J. Palacio
A first novel that speaks to kids and adults alike...it will leave you thinking.
The Secret Tree, by Natalie Standiford
A small town mystery slash friendship story complete with roller derby, mystery boys and changing relationships.