December 2008

Librarians’ Choice 2008 · Books for Children

cover of Does My Head Look Big in This? Does My Head Look Big in This?
Randa Abbdel- Fatah
When high school junior Amal decides wear the hajib as symbol of her deeply held faith, she is surprised at the wild variety of reactions, some serious and some humorous, that she starts receiving.

cover of The Compound The Compound

Eli and his family have spent the past six years sealed away in a compound they entered to survive a nuclear attack. Eli’s dad warns the family the air outside the compound isn’t safe to breath but Eli is getting restless and suspicious. He starts investigating his father’s claims about the outside world and begins to realize things (and his father) aren’t what they seem. But Eli also knows challenging his father could tear his family apart and put himself in danger…

cover of Kendra Kendra
Coe Booth
Kendra has been raised by grandmother, ever since Kendra’s mom, Renee, relinquished responsibility for her as a teenage mother. Now that Renee has completed grad school, Kendra hopes Renee will save her from life in the projects. But Renee’s plans don’t involve Kendra. The mother-daughter relationship is suddenly, movingly, altered, however, after Kendra finds herself in big trouble.

cover of X-Men: Messiah Complex X-Men: Messiah Complex
Ed Brubaker
Mutants are individuals born with special powers and abilities beyond those of mortal man. On M-Day the X-men and the mutants of the world were nearly wiped off the face of the earth. Now only 190 mutants remain and no new mutant manifestations have happened in nearly 2 years. Join the X-men as they race against the government, purists, and monsters to save the first mutant child born since M-Day. A fast-paced journey of tough choices.

cover of Graceling Graceling
Kristin Cashore
No single man or small army can stop her. She can take out a platoon of men in mere moments. Her name is Katsa and she was born with a Killing Grace. At the service of her King, Katsa has become a killer and monster. In an effort to redeem herself Katsa creates the Council. Join Katsa as a routine mission of redemption becomes an adventure of self-discovery and acceptance.

cover of The Hunger Games The Hunger Games
Susanne Collins
Imagine a game show like Survivor only the contestants are fighting for their lives instead of money. When Katniss’ little sister’s name is drawn from the lottery, she steps up to take her place. Now Katniss has to participate in the Hunger Games, where survival means getting rid of the other players before they get rid of her.

cover of The Graveyard Book The Graveyard Book
Neil Gaiman
Ever imagined what living in a graveyard would be like? Bod knows first hand. He wandered into a graveyard as a baby and has lived there ever since, raised by the spirits and ghosts who have lived there for hundreds of years. But now that evil from the human world is threatening Bod’s home, will he be able to defend it?

cover of The Red Necklace The Red Necklace
Sally Gardner
As the French Revolution unfolds, Sido, the 12-year-old daughter of a nobleman who ignores her, knows only of life inside convent walls. Yann, a orphaned 14-year-old gypsy, is a performer in traveling magic show. The lives of Sido and Yann are suddenly thrown together by their hatred of the evil man Count Kalliovski. Together they must find a way to escape the clutches of Kalliovski and survive the horrors of war.

cover of Paper Towns Paper Towns
John Green
When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin (Q) in the middle of the night-dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge, he follows her. Margo has always planned extravagantly, but until now, she’s always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q…until day breaks and she’s vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they’re for Q.

cover of Chalice Chalice
Robin McKinley
As the newly appointed Chalice, Mirasol is the most important member of the Master’s Circle. It is her duty to bind the Circle, the land and its people together with their new Master. But Mirasol is only a beekeeper—how can she help settle their demesne during these troubled times and bind it to a Priest of Fire, the touch of whose hand can burn human flesh to the bone? A wonderful story of courage, duty, and honor with a light sprinkling of love and honey.

cover of Suck It Up Suck It Up
Brian Meehl
A vegan vampire? Impossible…or is it? Meet Morning McCobb, a vampire who only drinks a vegan blood substitute, and is determined to show the world that not all vampires are evil blood drinkers.

cover of All We Know of Heaven All We Know of Heaven<
Jacquelyn Mitchard
Bridget Flannery and Maureen O’Malley have been BFFs since forever. Then a brief moment of inattention on an icy road leaves one girl dead and the other in a coma, battered beyond recognition. Family and friends mourn one girl’s loss and pray for the other’s recovery. Then the doctors discover they have made a terrible mistake: the girl who lived is the one who everyone thought had died. Based on a true case of mistaken identity, All We Know of Heaven is a universal story that no one can read unmoved: a drama of ordinary people caught up in an unimaginable tragedy and of the healing power of hope and love.

cover of Chess Rumble Chess Rumble
Greg Neri
Marcus is a very angry troubled young man in high school. He begins to get a handle on life when he is introduced to the game of chess.

cover of Shooting the Moon Shooting the Moon
Frances O’Roark Dowell
Twelve year old Jamie is an army brat who totally supports the family line, but she begins to reevaluate her beliefs after her brother is sent to fight in Vietnam.