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message 1: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Douglass (rdouglass) | 1673 comments Mod
We had a good response to last year's challenge, so we'll run it again for 2017!

This challenge is all about the middle-grade books that members read throughout the year. The aim is to read one (or more) books with titles that start with each letter of the alphabet. As the year progresses, each participant can keep their list updated so it can give ideas to other members.

We do have a few steps and guidelines below to keep us on the right track.

1. Set yourself up a comment on this thread
2. List each letter of the alphabet (you can do this easily by copying and editing the first post, below).
3. As you read, add the titles under the appropriate letter (you can add any you've already finished this year--no going back to 2016!). You can list as many as you want under each letter, but there's no extra credit :)
4. The first letter of the title must match the listed letter
5. Drop the 'The'. eg. The Camelot Kids would be listed for C
6. Drop the 'A' eg. A Wrinkle in Time would be listed for W
7. Add a rating and review link if you dare. Like this - **** My review is here
8. Keep the books you list to Middle Grade. That's what we're all about.
9. Keep your list updated throughout the year by editing your comment
10. Visit regularly to check other lists, get ideas, and leave feedback.
11. For an added challenge, see if you can read your books in alphabetical order ... it's up to you.
12. GOOD LUCK. MAY GOOD BOOKS BE WITH YOU.


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Rebecca Douglass (rdouglass) | 1673 comments Mod
Copy, edit, and paste the for your own list! You will then be able to search the thread for your name to find your list quickly.

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message 3: by Rebecca (last edited Nov 13, 2017 01:06PM) (new)

Rebecca Douglass (rdouglass) | 1673 comments Mod
Rebecca's 2017 A to Z List:
A: Ashes by Laurie Halse Anderson
B: Bird Lake Moon by Kevin Henkes. Also The Black Stallion by Walter Farley
C: The Camelot Kids: Volume One by Ben Zackheim
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F: The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm
G: Gangsta Granny by David Walliams
H: Has Anyone Seen Jessica Jenkins? by Liz Kessler
I: It Ain't So Awful, Falafel, by Firoozeh Dumas
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L: A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck
M: Moo by Sharon Creech
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O: Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper. One Half from the East by Nadia Hashimi. That makes two fantastic books for O.
P: Poison Is Not Polite. This is the US edition of Arsenic for Tea, which is a much better title, but the one in my library started with P, so I get to fill in this slot.
Q: The Quilt by Gary Paulsen
R: Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo
S: A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck
T: Tortall and Other Lands: A Collection of Tales by Tamora Pierce
U: Umbrella Summer by Lisa Graff
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W: Withering-By-Sea by Judith Rossell. My review. Also our own Jemima's Willoughby the Narrator. And, my review.
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Y: A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck
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I review many of the books I read on my blog. The list is here, though sadly not very organized.


message 4: by Jemima (last edited Dec 04, 2017 09:09AM) (new)

Jemima Pett | 1459 comments Mod
Jemima's 2017 A to Z List:
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B: Blood Moon by Rebecca Weinstein 4*
C: The Camelot Kids(Volume 1) by Ben Zackheim - 4*
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F:The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L Holm 5*
G: Gangsta Granny by David Walliams - 4*
H: How to stage a catastrophe by Rebecca Connelly 4.5*
I: Into the Wild by Erin Hunter 3*
J: Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson 4*
K: Kit's Wilderness by David Almond 5*
L: Let's Get Invisible by R L Stine 4*. It's a Goosebumps book - and it's very scary!
M:Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C O'Brien 5*
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O: Oy Yew by Ana Salote 4*
P: Pair Alleles by Jennifer Ellis (5*, book 4 in a series)
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S: See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng. 3* and not sure whether it's really suitable for MG; Sea (the Huntress #1) by Sarah Driver. Also 3*
T: The Teacher's Funeral 4*
U: The Ugly Teapot by Fred Holmes (I'm not entirely sure it's really MG) 3*
V: Voyages of the Seven by R E Weber; this is more of a YA, but older space mad kids might enjoy the series.
W: The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud 5* (second in series)
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Y: 2018 Young Explorers Adventure Guide ed Corrie and Sean Weaver 3*
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A lot of Cs, Gs and Ss this year, but I'm not going to complete the list in MG books (although I have when counting all books!)


message 5: by Carmel (last edited Dec 30, 2017 02:33PM) (new)

Carmel | 72 comments Carmel's 2017 A to Z List:
A: As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds ***
B:The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams *****
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate Di Camillo ****
The Best Man ***
C: Chains *****
Charlie and the War Against the Grannies ***
D: Dying to Be Famous by Tanya Landman ***
E: Emerald Star by Jacqueline Wilson ***
F: Frogkisser! by Garth Nix *****
The Fourteenth Goldfish 4.5*
G:Grace by Morris Gleitzman ****
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill ***
George by Alex Gino *****
H: A Home for Shimmer by Cathy Hopkins ****
I: Imagine a City by Elise Hurst ****
Into the Wild by Erin Hunter *****
J: Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll; illustrated by Joel Stewart ****
K: Kerenza: A New Australian by Rosanne Hawke ****
L: Lone Wolf by Kathryn Lasky ****
M: A Most Magical Girl by Karen Foxlee ***
Maybe by Morris Gleitzman ****
N: National Velvet by Enid Bagnold ****
No Stars to Wish on by Zana Fraillon *****
Nothing but Trouble ****
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend *****
O: The One and Only Ivan *****
Orbiting Jupiter *****
P: Perfect written by Nicola Davies and wonderfully illustrated by Cathy Fisher. I think this is one of the most "perfect" picture books ever - the writing and illustration were amazing. A must read for Junior and Middle School students - *****
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Q: Adventures from the Land of Stories: Queen Red Riding Hood’s Guide To Royalty * Not very engaging but the title starts with Q - I don't recommend it.
R: The Road to Winter by Mark Smith ****
Raymie Nightingale *****
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor *****
S: Squishy Taylor and the Bonus Sisters By Ailsa Wild ****
See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng 3.5 stars
The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud ****
Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee 4.5*
Sidetracked by Diana Harmon Asher ***
T: Things I Don't Know by Meredith Badger *****
The Tale of Angelino Brown by David Almond *****
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi ***
Team BFF: Race to the Finish! **
U: The Underneath ***
V: Viva Alice by Judi Curtin 3.5*
W: The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell *****
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ****
The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley *****
The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell ****
Wishtree ****
X: X-plosion ** the only book beginning with "x" could find - I ordered it after seeing Sarakat's list.
Y: Yong: The Journey of an Unworthy Son by Janeen Brian **
Z: Ziba Came on a Boat *****

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message 6: by Justine (last edited Dec 31, 2017 03:03AM) (new)

Justine Laismith (justinelaismith) | 317 comments Justine's 2017 A to Z List:
A:Apple and Rain 3* About a girl reconnecting with her absent mother of 13 years.
B: The Broken King 2* Brother accidentally wished away his sister, and sets off to rescue her from the clutches of the Broken King
C: Chains 3* Historical fiction. Set during the Revolutionary War when the Americans were trying to break away from British rule.
Counting by 7s 3* about a girl who learns to lead a new life upon the death of both parents
D: A Dark Inheritance 4* A mixture of paranormal, alternate universe and sci-fi
E: The Experiment of Professor Polgas
F:Frozen in Time 3* Two children In the 1950s were frozen. They are woken up in modern day.
G: The Girl of Ink and Stars 3* A cartographer's daughter, her venture into the Forbidden Territories and encounters myth merging with reality
H:Hiding Out 2* An English boy playing in the caves is left behind in France when his parents drive off in two cars
I: The Imaginary 2* An imaginary friend is separated from the girl who imagined him after she was hurt in an accident
J:A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars 3* A baby girl found in a floating chest with untold riches grows up to discover her roots.
K:Keras 3* A boy trespasses into the woods of a wealthy estate and meets an elusive unicorn
L:Lord Loss 4* About a boy who discovers the co-existing world of demons and their connection with his family
M: A Most Improper Magick 3* Jane Austen-like setting, about 3 sisters and learning about their inheritance either as a witch, a guardian of magic or none of the above.
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O:Over Sea, Under Stone 2* A holiday in Cornwall leads to a connection with King Arthur.
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Q:The Mozart Question
R:The Road to Ever After 5* About a boy employed to drive an old lady to the house she plans to die in
S: Skull In The Wood 4* Is it superstition, is it real? Everything that happened, was it merely a coincidence?
T: Thirteen Treasures 4* A girl is tormented by her ability to see fairies.
U:Us Minus Mum 4* A story about a boy whose mother was diagnose with terminal cancer. Pitched at the right level for MG.
V:The School for Good and Evil 3* Entertaining read about 2 girls who were kidnapped, one to attend the School of Good, the other to attend the School of Evil
W:When the Sea Turned to Silver 3* A collection of traditional Chinese folklore cleverly weaved into one big story.
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Z: Sweet Pizza 3* About a Welsh boy trying to keep his heritage alive after finding out about his grandfather's story as an Italian living in Wales during WW2


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Kristen (kristiristi) | 2 comments I'm in!

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Kristen (kristiristi) | 2 comments I'm in -Kristen's list

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message 10: by SaraKat (last edited May 29, 2017 06:42PM) (new)

SaraKat | 173 comments Mod
SaraKat's 2017 A to Z List:
A: The Adoration of Jenna Fox(a futuristic science fiction about a girl who wakes up with amnesia and discovers some disturbing things), After the Ashes(absolutely lovely historical fiction about Krakatoa erupting and the Dutch and native people trying to survive), Abduction!(eh. A mystery that isn't really a mystery)
B: The Best Man(a wonderful book about a gay marriage from a child's point-of-view that proves that it is the adults that have problems with it, not the kids), Breathing Room(historical fiction about the 'retreats' that tuberculosis sufferers were sent to before there was a treatment. The teenage girl's wing is the site for this sad and tragic tale)
C: Counting by 7s(love this book about a little genius with a touch of OCD and her loss of one family and search for another), Children of the Great Depression(nonfiction that uses pictures of the era to help tell the story of the children)
D: Diary of a Wimpy Kid(blended novel with sketches and words in the diary entries--hilarious!)
E: Eruption(3rd in a series about a father and son duo that travels the continent working in natural disaster zones. Unexpectedly brutal in places.)
F: Flood: Mississippi, 1927(historical fiction--a pre-teen black girl and white boy try to survive the flood and racism), Fever 1793(historical fiction, in Philadelphia, a girl and her mother and grandfather are present during a deadly Yellow Fever outbreak. They must fight to stay alive), The Firefly Letters: A Suffragette's Journey to Cuba(a beautiful verse novel with poems from the point of view of a slave girl, a Swedish traveler, and the daughter of a slave master. Beautiful and heart-breaking)
G: The Gardener(excellent science fiction with plenty of adventure. Uses a lot of good science terms. Two boys rescue a girl and she isn't exactly what they thought), Guys Write for Guys Read(a collection of short stories to appeal to young males written by male authors. They are sometimes hilarious and sometimes heart-warming. It was an interesting peek into the minds of disgusting boys. )
H: Hidden(historical fiction set during medieval times and telling the story of the younger sister. I like her story much better than the older sister), How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous(Just as it sounds. The investigations into the deaths of famous personages throughout history)
I: The Invention of Hugo Cabret(a blended novel with some portions that are mostly illustrations about an orphan boy trying to fix something to be closer to his father and uncovering an interesting puzzle), Into the Wild(The first in the Warriors series about cat clans and their struggles with each other in the wild)
J: Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key(A journey inside the mind of a boy with severe ADHD)
K: The Killing Sea(Fictionalized account of several families during the tsunami in the Indian Ocean. Great adventure and very sad)
L: Life As We Knew It(First in a series where the moon is hit by an asteroid and it moves closer to the Earth as a result. This causes widespread earthquake and volcanic activity and changes the world. One family's tale of survival)
M: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH(a favorite from my childhood. Superintelligent rats from a lab and an innocent mouse family asking them for help), Moominsummer Madness(eh. A fantasy about weird forest creatures surviving a flood and various very strange things happening. I think the book must have lost something in translation.)
N: Ninth Ward(A bit of paranormal second site is added to this Hurricane Katrina story of one block of people and their survival tales)
O: One Crazy Summer(historical fiction set in the 60s and telling the story of 3 black girls going to visit their mother that they don't know in California. Their mother is part of the Black Panther movement)
P: Proxy(first in the series, a great action novel set in a future dystopia where the income gap is huge and the haves buy the have nots to serve as proxies for their punishments), The Path of Names(a paranormal mystery set in a Jewish summer camp and delving into the Jewish religious tradition to set up a ghostly problem), Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science(nonfiction about the guy with the rod through his brain. A little too technical for interest I think), Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas(a fun nonfiction graphic novel about these three ladies. They intersect and their stories are pretty funny)
Q: The Quilt Walk (a lovely historical fiction about a 10 year old girl's trip across the prairie with a wagon train and the importance of quilts in the lives of the women around her
R: Rapunzel's Revenge(a graphic novel feminist take on the story. She saves herself and then goes about saving everyone else!)
S: Schooled(a poor kid from a cultish upbringing goes to public school and has no idea what is going on. very funny), Storm Runners(first in the series of which Eruption above is the last), The Surge(second in the Storm Runners series), Serafina's Promise(a girl's life in Haiti during the major earthquake and her dreams of becoming a doctor)
T: Toning The Sweep(a girl and her mother go to pack up her grandmother's house since she is dying and will be coming to live with them. Memories of the father and the grandfather abound and relationships bloom), The Teacher's Funeral : A Comedy in Three Parts(historical fiction from the turn of the century. Hilarious takes on the boys in a one room school house and their trials), Tour America: A Journey Through Poems and Art(a book of poetry about great places in the U.S. that the author has visited. Some are expected and others are new to me. Poems are simple and nice to read and the illustrations are great), Twelve Impossible Things Before Breakfast(a collection of fantasy short stories with a feminist bend to most. Some based on classics you will recognize like Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan)
U: Umbrella Summer(a girl suffered a loss in her family and isn't dealing with it well. A new neighbor may be just what she needed)
V: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader(the 3rd in the Narnia series. Lucy and Edmund go on another adventure with Prince Caspian--now King.)
W: The Westing Game(a mystery where everyone is a suspect and there is a lot of money at stake!),Wildfire Run(interesting take on a child of the president in deadly situations at Camp David. He and his friends use their smarts and talents to outwit the wildfire), The Wednesday Wars(this one made me uncomfortable at first, but it grew on me. A teacher-student relationship goes from frosty to warm as we learn more about each of them), Welcome to Dead House(first in the Goosebumps series. Recommended for a good middle grade scare.)
X: X-plosion(a Hardy Boys mystery, but upgraded for today's boys. They are undercover and solving a case of a saboteur at an extreme sports theme park. Lots of action and skateboarding.)
Y: A Year with Butch and Spike(realistic fiction about a teacher's pet who finds out that there are more important things than A's and awards.)
Z: Zel (A re-telling of the Rapunzel fairy tale)


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Diana S | 5 comments Diana S 2017 A to Z List
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Penina Levine Is a Potato Pancake by Rebecca O'Connell


message 13: by Sally (last edited Dec 24, 2017 08:46AM) (new)

Sally | 3 comments Sally's 2017 A to Z List:
A: The Adventures of Alfie Onion ***
B: Bilbo's Last Song bt JRR Tolkein ****
C: Cogheart by Peter Bunzl - Steampunk, airship battles, mechanical fox and family secrets ****
D: Dog Ears by Ann Booth ****
Dragon's Green
E: Evie's Ghost by Helen Peters ****
The Empty Grave by Jonathan Stroud *****
F: The False Prince By Jennifer A. Neilson *** my review here
G: Genius Ideas (mostly) Tom Gates ****
H: Hour of the Bees ****
I: I, Funny By James Patterson
J: Jarred Dreams
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L: The Legend of Podkin One-Ear by Keiran Larwood ***
M: The Marvels
N: Noah Barleywater Runs Away by John Boyne ***
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P: A Path Begins: The Thickety #1 by J.A. White ****
Q: The Queen must die ***
R: Rebel by R. J Anderson. Fairies and adventure ****
The Red Pyramid by Rick Riorden ***
S: Strange Star by Emma Caroll ***** retelling of Frankensein
T: Thimble Monkey Superstar
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W: WitchWorld By Emma Fischel - Modern witch adventure with Ghouls. ***
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message 15: by M.J. (last edited Dec 10, 2017 02:24PM) (new)

M.J. (mjmarston) | 47 comments M.J.'s 2017 A to Z List:

A: The Adventures of Miss Petitfour by Anne Michaels
B: The Boy in the Box by Cary Fagan
-- Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
C: The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox
-- Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley
-- The Cross of Lead (Crispin #1) by Avi
-- The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
D: The Detective's Assistant by Kate Hannigan
E: Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan
F: The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm
G: Ghosts I Have Been by Richard Peck
-- The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Sheila Turnage
H: Howard Wallace, P.I. by Casey Lyall
-- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling (re-read)
I: The Inn Between by Marina Cohen
J: Joplin, Wishing by Diane Stanley
K: King of the Wind: The Story of the Godolphin Arabian by Marguerite Henry
-- The Key to Extraordinary by Natalie Lloyd
L: Look Out for the Fitzgerald-Trouts by Esta Spalding
-- Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead
M: The Midnight Tunnel (Suzanna Snow Mysteries #1) by Angie Frazier
N: Nooks & Crannies by Jessica Lawson
O: One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street by Joanne Rocklin
P: The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall
Q: Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg
R: The Road to Ever After by Moira Young
-- Remembering John McCrae: Soldier, Doctor, Poet by Linda Granfield
S: Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard by Jonathan Auxier
-- The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer
-- Seven Dead Pirates by Linda Bailey
T: Tortilla Sun by Jennifer Cervantes
-- The Time of the Fireflies by Kimberley Griffiths Little
-- The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
Ticket to Curlew by Celia Barker Lottridge
U: Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald
V: The Vimy Oaks: A Journey to Peace by Linda Granfield
W: When the Butterflies Came by Kimberley Griffiths Little
-- Withering-By-Sea by Judith Rossell
-- The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
-- Wings to Fly by Celia Barker Lottridge
X: X Doesn't Mark the Spot: Tales of Pirate Gold, Buried Treasure, and Lost Riches by Ed Butts
Y: A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck
Z: Zoe in Wonderland by Brenda Woods


message 16: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Douglass (rdouglass) | 1673 comments Mod
MJ--Looks like you have at least one book on your list that's not Middle Grade. These lists are meant to be for middle grade books. Despite Flavia's age, I don't think there's anything about Alan Bradley's books that is for children, and I think he'd agree.


message 17: by M.J. (new)

M.J. (mjmarston) | 47 comments Rebecca wrote: "MJ--Looks like you have at least one book on your list that's not Middle Grade. These lists are meant to be for middle grade books. Despite Flavia's age, I don't think there's anything about Alan B..."

Rebecca -- I respectfully disagree. In my view they fall into the upper middle grade category (12-14 yrs) since despite touching on some adult themes they are still very much about a young girl transitioning out of childhood. However, I will remove the book from my list.


message 18: by Kate (last edited Apr 14, 2017 08:35AM) (new)

Kate Kate's 2017 A-Z List:
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C: The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate
D: Divergent
E: The Egypt Game
F: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
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message 19: by Natalie (last edited Apr 15, 2017 11:46AM) (new)

Natalie Trouten Natalie's 2017 A to Z List:
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message 20: by Jemima (new)

Jemima Pett | 1459 comments Mod
I wonder whether Carmel or SaraKat will be the first to complete their lists!


message 21: by Susan (last edited Aug 12, 2017 08:32AM) (new)

Susan | 9 comments [Susan] 2017 A to Z List:
A: Auggie & Me
B: Book Scavenger
C: Curious World of Calpurnia Tate
D: Dream Jumper
E: Esperanza Rising
F: The Forget-Me-Not Summer
G: Glory Be
H: Hello, Universe
I: The Invisible Order
J: The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky
K: Keeper of the Lost Cities
Key to Extraordinary
L: The League of Seven
M: Ms. Bixby's Last Day
N: A Nearer Moon
O: One and Only ivan
P: The Parent Agency
Q: Queen Sophie Hartley
R: Red The True Story of Red Riding Hood
S: Shouldn't You Be In School?
T: The True Meaning of Smekday
U: Unusual Chickens For The Exceptional Poultry Farmer
V: Violet Raines Almost Got Struck By Lightning
W: When Did You See Her Last?
Who Could That Be At This Hour?
X: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters
Y: The Year the Swallows Came Early
Z: Zoe In Wonderland


message 22: by SaraKat (new)

SaraKat | 173 comments Mod
Carmel wrote: "]Carmel's 2017 A to Z List:
A: As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds ***
B:The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams *****
C: Chains *****
D: [book:Dying to B..."


You made Perfect sound so good that I want to read it! The San Antonio library doesn't have it, so I'll have to keep an eye out for it at the book stores.


message 23: by Carmel (new)

Carmel | 72 comments SaraKat wrote: "Carmel wrote: "]Carmel's 2017 A to Z List:
A: As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds ***
B:The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams *****
C: Chains *****
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I hope you aren't disappointed! I will be interested to hear your opinion.


message 24: by SaraKat (new)

SaraKat | 173 comments Mod
Rebecca wrote: "Rebecca's 2017 A to Z List:
A: Ashes by Laurie Halse Anderson
B: Bird Lake Moon by Kevin Henkes. Also The Black Stallion by [..."


I enjoyed Out of My Mind as well. I sincerely hope that none of the children in my school are suffering as she did with terrible teachers!


message 25: by SaraKat (new)

SaraKat | 173 comments Mod
Susan wrote: "[Susan] 2017 A to Z List:
A: Auggie & Me
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I adore Calpurnia Tate! I've recommended it to my students in science class since she is such a naturalist and a feminist and all around good role model. :)


message 27: by Jemima (new)

Jemima Pett | 1459 comments Mod
You realise SarahKat's only got Y and Z to go!


message 28: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Douglass (rdouglass) | 1673 comments Mod
Jemima wrote: "You realise SarahKat's only got Y and Z to go!"

Holy cow! That's impressive!


message 29: by SaraKat (new)

SaraKat | 173 comments Mod
I'm reading a ton of juvenile and YA books right now because I'm in a youth literature class at UNT. I'm getting my school library certification. I was lucky to find an X when I was reading a sampling of popular series and The Hardy Boys had one! :)


message 30: by Jenny (last edited Dec 31, 2017 01:38PM) (new)

Jenny | 13 comments Jenny's 2017 A to Z List:
A:The Accidental Afterlife of Thomas Marsdenby Emma Trevayne
B: The Battle For WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi, Bella Donna: Coven Road by Ruth Symes
C: The Changelings by Christina Soontornvat, Compass of Dreams, The Crooked Sixpence by Jennifer Bell, The Courage of Cat Campbell by Natasha Lowe
D: Dragonwatch by Brandon Mull, The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis, A Dash of Dragon by Heidi Lang
E: Emily Windsnap and the Monster from the Deep by Liz Kessler, Emily Windsnap and the Castle in the Mist, The Empty Graveby Jonathan Stroud
F: The Fog Diver by Joel Ross
G: The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill, Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
H:The Hunt for Dark Infinity by James Dashner
I: Ivy's Ever After by Dawn Lairamore, I Am Alice
J: Just Princesses by Crystal Velasquez, Jinx by Sage Blackwood (reread), Jinx's Magic by Sage Blackwood (reread)
K:
L: A Little Taste of Poison by R. J. Anderson
M: Miss Ellicott's School for the Magically Minded by Sage Blackwood ★★★★★ read 2x
N: Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton,Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez
O:
P: The Planet of the Wind-MG graphic novel, Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson, The Power of Poppy Pendle by Natasha Lowe
Q:
R: Rose and the Magician's Mask by Holly Webb Rose and the Silver Ghost Razzle Dazzle Unicornby Dana Simpson
S: Stolen Magic by Stephanie Burgis, Serafina and the Twisted Staff by Robert Beatty, The Stonekeeper by Kaza Kibuishi, The Silver Gateby Kristin Bailey
T:
U: Unicorn on a Roll by Dana Simpson, Unicorn vs. Goblins by Dana Simpson
V: The Voyage to Magical North by Claire Fayers
W: Well of Witches by J. A. White, The Wingsnatchers by Sarah Jean Horwitz, The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell
X:
Y:You Have to Stop This by Pseudonymous Bosch
Z:
Oh well I did pretty well for not purposely reading a book for it's title. I'm a mood reader.


message 31: by Jemima (new)

Jemima Pett | 1459 comments Mod
Carmel only needs an X, and SaraKat just needs a Y - who'll be first?!


message 32: by SaraKat (new)

SaraKat | 173 comments Mod
Carmel will have to be. I've picked my Y book but it will be a while before I can get to it. :)


message 33: by Carmel (new)

Carmel | 72 comments SaraKat wrote: "Carmel will have to be. I've picked my Y book but it will be a while before I can get to it. :)"

Still trying to get my hands on one starting with X!


message 34: by Jemima (new)

Jemima Pett | 1459 comments Mod
I love that you both have animals in your pictures! I have a guinea pig in my arms for my pic, but he's cropped out on Goodreads :)


message 35: by Carmel (new)

Carmel | 72 comments 😊Mine's an alpaca! I have 138 - teacher librarian/ alpaca farmer! Like guinea pigs, they're from South America. 😊


message 36: by SaraKat (new)

SaraKat | 173 comments Mod
I can't find a picture of me without an animal! An alpaca farmer/ librarian? That is completely cool. Do you farm them for hair or meat?


message 37: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Douglass (rdouglass) | 1673 comments Mod
SaraKat wrote: "I can't find a picture of me without an animal! An alpaca farmer/ librarian? That is completely cool. Do you farm them for hair or meat?"

I'm more curious what they like to read :D


message 38: by Carmel (new)

Carmel | 72 comments Rebecca wrote: "SaraKat wrote: "I can't find a picture of me without an animal! An alpaca farmer/ librarian? That is completely cool. Do you farm them for hair or meat?"

I'm more curious what they like to read :D"


I have been known to tell stories to any young ones that have been born prem etc - with them sitting on my knee of course! Great for bonding!


message 39: by Jemima (new)

Jemima Pett | 1459 comments Mod
I read the first couple of chapters of my friend Noelle's book to my dear guinea pig Kevin the other night. I think it helped him relax. :)


message 40: by Carmel (new)

Carmel | 72 comments I'm sure it did!


message 41: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Douglass (rdouglass) | 1673 comments Mod
Carmel wrote: "I have been known to tell stories to any young ones that have been born prem etc - with them sitting on my knee of course! Great for bonding! "

Makes sense to me.


message 42: by Justine (new)

Justine Laismith (justinelaismith) | 317 comments SaraKat has completed the challenge! Wow!


message 43: by M.J. (new)

M.J. (mjmarston) | 47 comments Justine wrote: "SaraKat has completed the challenge! Wow!"

Wow! Well done, SaraKat :-)


message 44: by Carmel (new)

Carmel | 72 comments Congratulations SaraKat! You did it!


message 45: by SaraKat (last edited Jun 03, 2017 06:48PM) (new)

SaraKat | 173 comments Mod
Thanks, guys! I am going to read some grown-up books this summer. After my Youth Literature class, I'm looking forward to getting some of my non-youth to-read list whittled down. :)


message 46: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Douglass (rdouglass) | 1673 comments Mod
Justine wrote: "SaraKat has completed the challenge! Wow!"

I am impressed. Possibly in awe!

Plus, now we all have a list to consult when we can't find anything for one of those letters!


message 47: by Justine (new)

Justine Laismith (justinelaismith) | 317 comments My thoughts exactly, Rebecca! SaraKat, in your list, which are your top 3-5 books ?


message 49: by Jemima (new)

Jemima Pett | 1459 comments Mod
Congrats, Sarakat - I knew you could do it! lol

Are those favorites easily obtainable? Could we set them as the choices for the next BOTM?


message 50: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Douglass (rdouglass) | 1673 comments Mod
Jemima wrote: "Congrats, Sarakat - I knew you could do it! lol

Are those favorites easily obtainable? Could we set them as the choices for the next BOTM?"


They are all in my library system. I've only read 2, so that seems like a nice idea!


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