NECBA Spring 2010 Top Ten List
First started in 1996 these lists are our bi-annual attempt to identify as many high-quality titles as possible from among the numerous new middle-grade and young-adult fiction books.
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"Since book buyers rarely come in to the store asking for a book that will gently teach these valuable lessons, you can also describe it by merely saying it is a book about friendship and growing up. With no current events, violence, or romance this is a book I can easily sell now and forever."
Published by: HarperCollins
Edition: Hardcover (ISBN #9780060846633)
"Filled with adventure, romance and complex characters, fans of medieval style fiction will spend many delightful hours lost in its pages. "
Megan Whalen Turner
Published by: Greenwillow Books
Edition: Hardcover (ISBN #9780061870934)
"Twelve year old Liam has stubble on his chin, is very tall and often mistaken for a grownup. This gets him into all sorts of funny situations and he certainly takes advantage of them! When he "wins" a chance to be part of a brand new, totally thrilli"
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Published by: Walden Pond Press
Edition: Hardcover (ISBN #9780061836831)
"In this fantastic debut historical novel, 11 year old Franny is growing up in the early 1960s. Against a backdrop of the Cuban Missile Crisis, she deals with a mysteriously absent older sister, an uncle who is suffering from undiagnosed PTSD, and a ch"
Published by: Scholastic Press
Edition: Hardcover (ISBN #9780545106054)
"Not since The Penderwicks have I so happily abandoned other chores for the pure pleasure of reading a well written middle grade book to the end. Synopsis: 14yearold Dewey Marriss, second oldest of five siblings, is in charge of the family bike repair"
Published by: Katherine Tegen Books
Edition: Hardcover (ISBN #9780061692291)
"Determination, very blind faith and bulldogged stubbornness bring the story to an improbable conclusion that will relieve readers hanging on for the ride of the year! Lots to think about and enjoy. "
Lynne Rae Perkins
Published by: Greenwillow Books
Edition: Hardcover (ISBN #9780061870903)
"The author has integrated fascinating material about guide dogs and visual disabilities, so the book would be a great teaching asset – but he’s also constructed it so tightly, with plenty of snappy dialogue, it’ll keep readers hooked on the story, an"
Published by: Harry N. Abrams
Edition: Hardcover (ISBN #9780810982987)
"A strong current will carry heavy debris downstream that would sink in more placid waters. Middleworld has an exuberance to it, a swift current which makes it a pleasure to read, This truly is a book that can be handsold with impunity"
Jon Voelkel; Pamela Voelkel; J&p Voelkel
Published by: EgmontUSA
Edition: Paperback (ISBN #9781606840719)
"I think of Amelia's gang o' buddies as a latterday Peanuts, the subversive, brilliant Peanuts comic strips Charles Schwarz was writing in the 60s and 70s. This is one of the best graphic novel series out there for kids—and for adults with vivid, funn"
Published by: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Edition: Paperback (ISBN #9781416986089)
"Finnikin of the Rock is a riveting story that will appeal to readers who want excitement, mystery, and romance and don't mind the violence. I'd recommend it to fans of Graceling. "
Published by: Candlewick
Edition: Hardcover (ISBN #9780763643614)
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