Book recs

Laurie Puszczewicz lpuszcze at
Sat Sep 27 20:25:15 EDT 2003

First off, a big thank you to all who replied to my plea for help with
choosing recent children's and YA lit for a class project.  I promised to
send a compiled list to this list, and here it is.  I also have responses
here from another listserv I belong to, so hopefully people will find some
good suggestions here, as I certainly did. So many books, so little

And I would *love* to be put on the Archer's Goon list too.


Frenchtown Summer by Robert Cormier                  
Heaven Eyes by David Almond                          
Vanishing by Bruce Brooks                            
Lord of the Fries and Stephen Fair by Tim Wynne-Jones
The Illustrated Mum 	  Jacqueline Wilson
The Suitcase Kid          Jacqueline Wilson
Double Act                Jacqueline Wilson         
Sticky Beak		Morris Gleitzman 
Blabbermouth		Morris Gleitzman
Skellig			David Almond                                
The Maestro			Tim Wynne-Jones
The Boy in the Burning House	Tim Wynne-Jones
Pobby and Dingam 	Ben Rice
Witch Child 	Celia Rees   
Loser           Jerry Spinelli                                                                   
The Exiles series	Hilary McKay
Saffy's Angel 		Hilary McKay                          
Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging    Louise Rennison                                                            
Frindle			Andrew Clements 
School Story 		Andrew Clements
The Landry News		Andrew Clements
Holes 			Lousi sachar
Speak (about rape),
Stick Figure (about Anorexia), 
Bad Girl (about juvenile delinquency)   
Yellow Blue Bus Means I Love You                                    
Sticks and Stones	E. L. Konigsburg                    
The Midwife's Apprentice                          
The Island on Bird Street   Uri Orlev  
Anne Fine - *The Tulip Touch* (a tad early at 1996, but a wonderful           
psychological study - if you liked, say, Nancy Werlin's *The Killer's         
Cousin*, you'll like this even more).                                         
Burgess, *Bloodtide* (Burgess's best by common consent, including his own
gangland drama based on saga  literature)                                     
Gaye Hicyilmaz *Girl in Red* - excellent study of love and prejudice, in      
this case against gypsies.                                                    
Kevin Brooks, *Martyn Pig* - a darkly comic book about a boy who              
accidentally murders his violent father and has to deal with the              
consequences. (His next novel, *Lucas*, is said to be even better - it too    
involves prejudice against gypsies, oddly.)                                   
Adele Geras *Troy* - historical novel set in, er, Troy.                       
Aidan Chambers *Postcards from No-Man's-Land* (war, homosexuality, and        
Jill Paton Walsh (ditto, but most of it will be older than 5 years - I
Michelle Magorian *Goodnight Mr Tom*, her best known, is over 20 years
but she has written a lot of good historical fiction (mostly WWII) since.     
The Silver Sword_ by Ian Serraillier (Polish children in WWII)  
I am David Ann Holm (boy travels across Europe after being let out of 
concentration camp).                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Fat Kid Rules the World 	K.L. Going
Saba: Under the Hyena's Foot	Jane Kurtz
Bicycle Madness			Jane Kurtz
The Folk Keeper by Franny Billingsley  (middle grade novel)             
The Killer's Cousin by Nancy Werlin  (YA)                               
Love Ruby Lavender by Deborah Wiles  (young middle grade novel)         
The Boat, The Ice, and the Lamp Called Fish (I think I'm remembering all
those words :>) by Jacqueline Briggs Martin  (picture book)             
Winnie Dancing on Her Own by Jennifer Jacobson  (chapter book)          
The Sea Chest by Toni Buzzeo  (picture book)                            
Read a Francesca Lia Block - almost any one.       
Read Garret Freymann-Weyr's My Heartbeat           
Read Roderick Townley's The Great Good Thing                                       
Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer  (Newbery Award)                           
Getting Near to Baby by Audrey Coulombis  (Newbery)                    
Rodzina by Karen Cushman                                               
Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn                                           
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer  (Printz & Newbery)          
Love Among the Walnuts by Jean Ferris                                  
Coraline by Neil Gaiman                                                
Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes  (Printz & Coretta Scott King Awards) 
Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn                             
Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath  (Newbery)                     
145th Street by Walter Dean Myers                                      
A Step From Heaven by an Na  (Printz)                                  
A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck  (Newbery)                                         
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli                        
Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan                                         
Because of Winn-Dixie (diCammillo)                                                                       
Indigo's Star	Hilary McKay
Feed by M.T. Anderson                                                       
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares                          
The Gospel According to Larry by Janet Tashjian                             
Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez                                        
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson                                              
Gina.Jamie.Father.Bear by George Ella Lyon                                  
Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry (companion to The Giver)                       
When My Name was Keoko by Linda Sue Park                                                     
Robert Cormier's The Chocolate War                                                                
Feed M. T. Anderson
Knocked out by my Nunga, Nungas		Rennison
Garth Nix's Abhorsen trilogy: 
(2) Lirael, 
(3) Abhorsen. 
Children of the Red King series Jenny Nimmo 
	1)Midnight for Charlie Bone  
	2)Charlie Bone and the Time Twister
	3)Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy (not out yet) 
Susan Cooper's The Dark Is Rising trilogy

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