Best of 2014 – #3

MPL KidsBest Reads 2014 (4)

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 looking at #3.

The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co. Series) by Jonathan Stroud

When the dead come back to haunt the living, Lockwood and Co. step in. A young trio of psychic investigators tries to redeem their agency’s reputation by ridding a haunted house of ghosts without getting killed. Full of suspense and very scary. -Christina

Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio

A sweet story about family and where one belongs. -Sarah

Naked by Michael Ian Black

A jubilant boy revels in running around naked, until he discovers capes!  The illustrations are hilarious. This picture book is a fun reminder of the carefree, uninhibited joys of childhood. -Teresa

Parents and kids alike will be laughing over this silly after-bath adventure!  Fun is on every page as a young boy finds plenty of things to do without wasting time on clothes.  -Marta

Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle

Tim Federle’s debut novel is about Nate Foster, a boy that at the tender age of 13 has figured out what generations of comedians and actors discovered before him, pain and humor go hand-in-hand.  Nate doesn’t know who he is quite yet (who does at 13?  Or 32, for that matter?), but he knows that whoever he is, he belongs in “Manhattan New York City” on Broadway. A middle grade story that will keep you rooting for Nate to the very end. -Amanda


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