Friday, December 27, 2013

Best of the Year!

Karyn Silverman at Someday My Printz Will Come has taken a look at many of the "Best Books of the Year" lists to see which ones are getting the most critical love.

Here are some of them!


Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. Eleanor is large and wears weird clothes--one of many red-headed step-children of a man no one in the neighborhood likes. Park reads comics and is half-Korean--he should be a weirdo, but the popular kids mostly leave him alone, because he's known them forever. But in each other, they find love--but can it last?

Boxers and Saints. by Gene Luen Yang. This double-book set looks at both sides of China's Boxer Rebellion. Little Bao leads a band of peasants who use kung-fu to fight off the foreign missionaries and soldiers. Four-Girl has found a name and family in her Christian faith. But is she willing to die for it?

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein. Rose is an American pilot who ferries planes from England to France, until she's captured by Nazis and sent to Ravensbruck, a horrific women's concentration camp.


Far Far Away by Tom McNeal. Jeremy hears the voice of Jacob Grimm. When a disgruntled baker makes a cake that causes Ginger to fall in love with Jeremy, things get very darkly twisted, just like the best fairy tales.

A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty. On the day Elliot's uncle died, his father ran away (rumor has it, with the physics teacher) but Elliot fears the he was murdered by the same purple that got his uncle. Then he discovers a gap between worlds and gets to know Madeleine, who lives in our world and has issues of her own.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown y Holly Black. After a party, Tana wakes up, surrounded by corpses. Her boyfriend is a newly infected vampire and there's only one solution-- to take him to a Coldtown-- a place where monsters are quarantined. But if she takes him there, she can never return.


The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson. In a post-nuclear Brazil, they elect a king every five years. He rules for a year, and is then sacrificed. When June gets to know Enki-- a candidate for king-- he opens her eyes to the inequalities and corruption of her world.

Reality Boy by A. S. King. When Gerald was 5, his mother brought in a reality-show nanny to help solve her problem child. What his mother, and the TV viewers failed to see was that Gerald was acting out to the torment and abuse of his eldest sister. Now in high school, everyone expects to see the child they saw on TV, not the reality of Gerald today.

Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff. Mila and her father travel from England to New York to find his missing best friend. Mila can read clues in a room and other people's emotions and she's trying to solve the mystery of what happened.

What are your best books of 2013?

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