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...
RUMP: THE TRUE STORY OF RUMPELSTILTSKIN by Liesl Shurtliff
THE REAL BOY by Anne Ursu
COUNTING BY 7S by Holly Goldberg Sloan
ESCAPE FROM MR. LEMONCELLO'S LIBRARY by Chris Grabenstein
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?
P.S. Reading is like breathing chocolate air!