HOUSE OF DOLLS
by Francesca Lia Block
Illustrated by Barbara McClintock
Published June 1st 2010 by HarperCollins Children's Books
Hardcover 61 pages
In a little house from another time, with lace curtains in every window and paintings hung in gold doily frames, Wildflower, Rockstar, and Miss Selene live a warm and cozy life. They wear fancy dresses, bake play-dough cakes, and spend their days enjoying one another's company.
For the three dolls, life is small but good.
But life is not good for Madison Blackberry, the owner of the dollhouse. Her grandmother pays more attention to the dolls than to her. The dolls have one another, but she is lonely in her big, empty apartment.
Then one day, as things always do—even for dolls—everything changes.
This beautiful story from the acclaimed team of Francesca Lia Block, author of such novels as Weetzie Bat, and Barbara McClintock, author and illustrator of many picture books, including AdÈle & Simon, brings to life the power of love, family, and friendship.
by Carol Lynch Williams (LOVE this girl!)
Published June 22nd 2010 by Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Hardcover, 496 pages
Just a year apart,
the Chapman girls
were as close as
sisters could be.
Hope could always
count on Lizzie,
and Lizzie could
always count on Hope -
But even sisters have
secrets. Big secrets.
And if Lizzie has her
way, she'll take the
biggest secret of all
to her grave.
THE WAY HE LIVED
by Emily Wing Smith
Published November 1, 2010 by Flux
Paperback, 240 Pages
Six stories. Six voices. One reality.
Monday’s Child has just lost her brother, but that’s not why she’s crazy. Tuesday’s Child is a star and wishes she wasn’t. Wednesday’s Child is obsessed with getting revenge. Thursday’s Child is on a quest to find herself. Friday’s Child is in love with a dead guy, and Saturday’s Child is in love with a guy in gray sweats–who isn’t her boyfriend. And the child born on the Sabbath day is the one to set it all in motion.
THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX
by Mary E. Pearson
Published September 1st 2009 by Square Fish (first published April 29th 2008)
Paperback, Paperback, 288 pages
Seventeen-year-old Jenna Fox has just awoken from a year-long coma — so she’s been told — and she is still recovering from the terrible accident that caused it. But what happened before that? She’s been given home movies chronicling her entire life, which spark memories to surface. But are the memories really hers? And why won’t anyone in her family talk about the accident? Jenna is becoming more curious. But she is also afraid of what she might find out if she ever gets up the courage to ask her questions. What happened to Jenna Fox? And who is she really?
by Brandon Mull
Published April 24th 2007 by Aladdin (first published June 14th 2006 by Shadow Mountain)
Paperback, 368 Pages
For centuries mystical creatures of all description were gathered into a hidden refuge called Fablehaven to prevent their extinction. The sanctuary survives today as one of the last strongholds of true magic. Enchanting? Absolutely. Exciting? You bet. Safe? Well, actually, quite the opposite.
Kendra and her brother, Seth, have no idea that their grandfather is the current caretaker of Fablehaven. Inside the gated woods, ancient laws keep relative order among greedy trolls, mischievous satyrs, plotting witches, spiteful imps, and jealous fairies. However, when the rules get broken -- Seth is a bit too curious and reckless for his own good -- powerful forces of evil are unleashed, and Kendra and her brother face the greatest challenge of their lives. To save their family, Fablehaven, and perhaps even the world, Kendra and Seth must find the courage to do what they fear most.Books I Won: (at the conference)
by Carol Lynch Williams
Published March 1st 1995 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Hardcover, 185 pages
Eleven-year-old Leah ultimately comes to terms with her younger sister's death.
A warm, funny, family story that deals with overcoming grief and finding inner strength.
To 11-year-old Leah Orton, Adeline Street was the best place on earth to live. But since her sister Kelly's death, the old neighborhood only reminds her of better times. Recent additions to Adeline Street, like the new church and its stern preacher, seem like intrusions. So do many of Leah's confusing new emotions, like her changed feelings for her best friend, Tom, and her sudden understanding of her friend Vickie's frightening secret. Yet as Leah reaches out, she is surprised to find comfort and some good laughs in unexpected places.
Picture Books I Bought:
Many of you know I have a 2 year old, so I have been trying to share my love of books with her by getting her some signed books of her own!
by Paul Fleischman
Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes (the signature I got)
Published August 1, 2002 (first published 1999)
Paperback, 40 pages
WESLANDIA honors the misfits—and the creators—among us.
Enter the witty, intriguing world of Weslandia! Now that school is over, Wesley needs a summer project. He’s learned that each civilization needs a staple food crop, so he decides to sow a garden and start his own - civilization, that is. He turns over a plot of earth, and plants begin to grow. They soon tower above him and bear a curious-looking fruit. As Wesley experiments, he finds that the plant will provide food, clothing, shelter, and even recreation. It isn’t long before his neighbors and classmates develop more than an idle curiosity about Wesley - and exactly how he is spending his summer vacation.
MY LITTLE SISTER ATE ONE HARE
by Bill Grossman
Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes (signature)
Published September 29th 1998 by Dragonfly Books (first published 1996)
Paperback, 32 pages
For young readers who love to giggle, his uproarious counting book recounts the lively tale of little sister eats everything from one hare to nine lizards, "including their heads and gizzards!"
BEDTIME AT THE SWAMP
by Kristyn Crow (signature)
Illustrated by Macky Pamintuan
Published August 1st 2008 by HarperCollins
Hardcover, 32 Pages
bim bam boom!
It's bedtime at the swamp—except somebody's not ready. Somebody's still splashing in the water and the mud.
Is there a monster on the loose?
Kristyn Crow has taken every child's worst nightmare and transformed it into a frolic through swampland. With funny illustrations and a catchy refrain, this story won't scare little monster too much before bedtime.Phew! That was a lot! But I wanted to share it with you! I love supporting authors and buying books, I only wish I had the time to read more and money to buy more!