Best of 2014 – #6

MPL KidsBest Reads 2014

We read a lot around these parts.  We read picture books, easy readers, graphic novels, non-fiction, juvenile fiction, young adult fiction, and sometimes we even get a chance to pick up a novel intended for adults.  For the next ten days, we’re going to count down to our favorite kids book we read this year.  Check back daily to see if your favorite made our list!  Today we’re starting with #6.

If… A Mind Bending New Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers by David J. Small

Big imponderable concepts from human history to the size of our galaxy are scaled down in surprising ways. This book invites readers to see the world in a mind-bending new way.  This is one of many titles by this author that will make you think! -Teresa

The Desperate Adventures of Zeno and Alya by Jane Keeley

A talking parrot and a girl with Leukemia discover their need for each other. -Christina

The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale

Who says princesses can’t wear black? -Sarah

All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry

Kidnapped then returned to her village four years later, Judith is robbed of her chance to tell where she has been as her tongue has been cut out.  She is instantly an outcast, thought to have committed some sin and seemingly unable or unwilling to defend herself.  Readers know otherwise however and know what things really keep her from telling her story.  When she may lose the one person she truly loves, will she be able to tell what really happened? -Marta

Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner

A re-imagined history in a totalitarian state, this is an intense, thoughtful novel for fans of dystopian science fiction.  This stark book is not for the faint of heart or the easily queasy, but readers will be rewarded with one of the most exciting young adult novels from the past five years.  You won’t be able to put this down once you’ve picked it up. -Amanda

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