Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year...of Reading!

What better way to come back to the blog than to share the good Nerdy news...the 2014 Middle Grade Nerdies Announcement!

Before I list the winners and link to the Nerdy Book Club website, I'd like to acknowledge the other nominees. When taking a look at this list, you'll wonder how readers were able to vote in the first place.

Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle - This book is on my TBR list, and I will be getting to it as soon as possible. Looks good!

Doll Bones by Holly Black - Read it. Book talked it. Students are reading it. What more can I say?

Every Day After by Laura Golden - This is another book on my TBR list. It sounds wonderful, and I've only read the first line of the book, "I learned a lot from my daddy, but the number one most important thing is this: never, ever, under any circumstances, let something get the best of you."

Hold Fast by Blue Balliett - I actually had this checked out from the library but didn't have a chance to read it. It's a new year, though, which means more time for reading!

P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia - I'm feeling terrible here! No, I haven't read this one, even though it is in my classroom. I must rectify this soon! I did read One Crazy Summer and loved it. I'm sure to like this sequel.

The Boy on the Porch by Sharon Creech - What a great story and wonderful testament to foster families! I have this book in the classroom and have encouraged all my students to pick it up and devour it.

The Center of Everything by Linda Urban - This is a book I would love to go back to and reread sometime. I will be book talking this in the new year to my sixth graders. What reader wouldn't be intrigued by a story that takes place in the course of a single parade route?

The Runaway King by Jennifer Nielsen - I love Jaron's story that began in The False Prince and continues in this book. I cannot wait for the next book The Shadow Throne coming out February 25.

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt - Don't miss out on reading this fun story! I thoroughly enjoyed it. I just may pick up the audio version of this book and 'read' it with my students. I have heard that the audio version is amazing with Lyle Lovett as the reader.

The Water Castle by Megan Frazer Blakemore - It's on the TBR list. I think the cover has been keeping me from reading it. I should trust my Nerdy friends, though, and pick this one up soon.

Wake Up Missing by Kate Messner - I've read just about every Kate Messner book, but this, too, is on the TBR list. I'm sure I won't be disappointed when I finally grab this one.

SO THERE! Do you see how hard the vote must have been? Nearly impossible.

The WINNERS of the 2014 MIDDLE GRADE NERDIES are...and I have read every single one...

THE REAL BOY by Anne Ursu
COUNTING BY 7S by Holly Goldberg Sloan
FLORA & ULYSSES by Kate DiCamillo
Travel over to The Nerdy Book Club's site to read more about these finalists. Which ones can you not wait to read?
Happy Reading!
Mrs. T
P.S. Reading is like breathing chocolate air!