Category Archives: Favorite Books

Banned Books Week is almost here!

I’ve been thinking of a series of reading list posts for several reasons, two of whom live in my house and are constantly looking for a more challenging read. I don’t know if any of these books have been challenged themselves, but we’ll get to those later.

So here is the first list, for anyone with a middle grader like mine who has a high-school lexile paired with the sensibilities of a tween. It’s courtesy of the ALA, the same people who bring us Banned Books Week!

YA books that won’t make you blush – All the excitement, none of the naughty.

Alender, KatieBad Girls Don’t Die.  Hyperion Books.  2010. 978-1423108771. $8.99.

Kasey’s dolls could give Chucky a run for his money.

Bodeen, S.AThe Compound.   Square Fish.  2009. 978-0312578602. $9.99.

Eli’s family survived nuclear fallout, but can they survive his father’s greatest lie?

Carter, Ally. Heist Society.  Hyperion Books CH.  2011.  978-1423116615. $8.99.

Heisting priceless art and cute boys’ hearts.

Farraiolo, JackSidekicks.  Harry N. Abrams.  2012.  978-1419701856. $6.95.

Bright Boy isn’t so boyish anymore.

Gier, Kirsten. Ruby Red.  Square Fish.  2012. 978-0312551513. $9.99.

A skipped gene leads to time travel trouble.

Griffin, AdelePicture the Dead.  Illus. Lisa Brown.  Sourcebooks (Fire). 2012. 978-1402268342. $8.99.

Eternal love from the grave.

Hale, ShannonCalamity Jack. Illus. Nathan Hale.  Bloomsbury.  2010. 978-1599903736. $15.99.

Jack to the rescue!

Harrison, Lisi.  Monster High.  Poppy. 2011.  978-0316176217. $8.99.

Cliques like no other.

Higgins, F.E.  The Bone Magician.  Square Fish.  2008. 978-0312659448. $7.99.

No one is surprised when the dead start talking.

Hoffman, AliceGreen Heart.  Scholastic.  2012. 978-0545141963. $9.99.

Life after a terrible tragedy.

Langan, JohnSearch for Safety (Bluford High).  Scholastic.  2012.  $5.99.  978-0545395489.

Where do you go when home is no longer safe?

Leavitt, LindseySean Griswold’s Head.  Bloomsbury.  2012. 978-1591940661. $9.99.

Payton can’t wait to get inside Sean’s head.

Northrop, Michael. Trapped. Scholastic. 2012. 978-0545210133. $9.99.

Snow day gone wrong.

ORoark, Francis DowellTen Miles Past Normal.  Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 2012.  978-1416995869.  $8.99.

How do you make a good first impression with goat poop on your shoes?

Riordan, RickThe Lost Hero: Heroes of Olympus, Book 1.  Hyperion Books CH.  2012. 978-1423113461.   $9.99.

There’s a new demigod in town.

Schmidt, GaryThe Wednesday Wars.  Sandpiper.  2009.  978-0547237602.  $6.99.

Surviving the slings and arrows of seventh grade.

Schreiber, EllenVampire Kisses: Graveyard Games, vol 1.  Illus. Xian Nu Studio.  Katherine Tegen Books.  2011.  978-0062026729. $9.99.

Prince Charming is a vampire!

Telgemeier, RainaSmile. Graphix.  Illus. Raina Telgemeier.  2010. 978-0545132060. $10.99.

All she wants for high school is her two front teeth.

*Van Draanen, WendelinThe Running Dream.  Ember. $9.99.  978-0375866289. $10.99.

Running away from her past and her future.

Walters, EricBetween Heaven and Earth.  Orca.  2012.  978-1554699414. $9.95.

DJ’s on the journey of a lifetime.

*Wright, Bil. Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy.  Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers. 2012.   978-1416940043. $9.99.

Watch out world of glamor, here comes Carlos!

It’s Children’s Book Week!


by Heather Harris Brady

This promotional poster is by Robin Preiss Glasser, one of my favorite illustrators! Request your free copy (you just pay shipping) here.

There’s lots of other goodies too – don’t forgot to vote for your favorite books, authors and illustrators too!




Happy Allegiant Day! (October 22)


by Heather Harris Brady

I know, what am I – 14? My son put down Divergent at the beach to take a swim, I picked it up, and the rest is history. I’m only a little ashamed to say that I had Insurgent shipped to my workplace so I could get my hands on it before he did. Tomorrow has been circled on our calendar for a long, long time!

I have carefully strategized my Tuesday around several large blocks of reading time. Nonetheless, I am fighting the urge to stay up until midnight to download it. . .because it’s fun to think about taunting him at breakfast. . .

Happy Allegiant Day Roth fans!

Happy Birthday Shel Silverstein

The original most interesting man in the world


You can find some wonderful resources for young writers on his website.

Happy Int’l Children’s Book Day!

by Heather Harris-Brady

It’s also Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday today. To celebrate I would like to recognize one of my favorite children’s books, Frederick by Leo Lionni. It’s the story of a mouse who stores up sunshine and colors to tell stories during the long, dark days of winter when it seems like spring will never come. I hope you will enjoy it and inspire future Fredericks of your own!



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