Best of 2014 – #2

MPL KidsBest Reads 2014 (5)

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 #2.

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

Failure is an integral part of life.  Learning to look at what you’ve done wrong and come up with solutions moving forward is essential to growing as a person.  Writing a book explaining that to kids isn’t an easy task, but Ashley Spires’ The Most Magnificent Thing does a fantastic job of doing just that. With cute illustrations, to boot!  -Amanda

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

One of the best books I’ve ever read, but it’s also the hardest book ever to describe! Part coming-of-age, part time travel, part mystery!   Sixth grader Miranda’s best friend, Sal, shuns her after he gets punched by a kid on the street; her (hidden) emergency apartment key gets stolen, and mysterious notes start to arrive telling her that “I am coming to save your friend’s life, and my own”.  Miranda must solve this fantastic puzzle! -Teresa

Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

After witnessing a backyard squirrel being sucked into a vacuum cleaner, Flora Belle Buckman discovers that the squirrel Ulysses, has incredible powers of strength.  If you’re looking for a superhero, look no further. -Christina

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

This YA novel is a great realistic fiction read for guys or girls.  At heart it is a love story, but Eleanor and Park both have pretty complicated family lives on their own giving readers many different ways to connect to their story.   You find yourself rooting for this unlikely couple and Rowell totally satisfies with an ending that perfectly fits who they are. -Marta

Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton

Yes, they do have a plan, but will it work? -Sarah


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