Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
The Arrival by Shaun Tan (GN)
Surprise, she posts!!
Favorite YA, in no particular order:
Deadline by Chris Crutcher
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Life as We Knew It by Susan Pfeffer
Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
What Happened to Cass McBride by Gail Giles
Diva by Alex Flinn
The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci
The Boleyn Inheritance by Phillipa Gregory
(Yes, some of these were published in 2006, but sometimes it takes me a while to catch up!)
There have to be more that I enjoyed, but I am drawing a blank. You know, I'm not really one for New Year's resolutions, but I already have one for '08: Self, keep better track of what you read! :)
Austenland by Shannon Hale
The Wizard Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
Cross my heart and hope to spy by Ally Carter
The Off Season by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Spells & Sleeping Bags by Sarah Mlynowski
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
The PLAIN Janes by Cecil Castellucci
Bella at midnight by Diane Stanley
Firegirl by Tony Abbott
Other books I enjoyed reading this year...
Antonement by Ian McEwan
The Gossip Girls series by Cecily Von Ziegesar
How I live now by Meg Rosoff
The book is set in
One Good Punch is filled with life’s gray areas. Do you only tell part of the truth to get yourself out of trouble? Or is loyalty more important? Should you bank everything on what you thought was your future? Or are there alternate ways of getting there? Do you take your time to figure out your own mind on a subject? Or do you do what others want of you? The first person narration was very strong even though this is a very short novel, 114 pages to be exact. It’s what I would call a quiet novel even though it has the drug bust drama – it’s much more focused on how Mike determines his life’s direction than it is a problem novel per se. There will be setbacks, but Mike and
"Of course back then, I still thought of history as a full and frank collection of facts. Now I understand that it is only a story, one of many, or many parts of several different stories."
"I felt no particular shame, having encountered dozens of chippy little
fascists in my time, but continued to wonder at their delusions."
"From behind him a small gray cat gazed, its tail erect and twitching, as if testing the atmosphere for spies.
(2nd favorite. this cat gets some great lines.)
"None of what I felt could be explained by what I generally understood
about sex. The ceaseless tangle of emotions confused me, forced me to wonder what I was. There was no one to ask."
"By Friday I had come to the conclusion that I was crowding him, so I made myself as small as possible, stifled the desire to burble over with enthusiasm for each new discovery or to follow him around like the adoring hanger-on I was."
"Sometimes I thought about the content of those lives, the intangible things that leave no fossils and no marks on history. Would people from the future excavate traces of passion? Of hope, disappointment, despair? Would they uncover layers of love and layers of loss? Or would the entire human race end up drowned and forgotten, buried under waves of melting ice with no on left to dig us up or wonder a what was or what might have been."