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Top 100 YA Books

There are many things I think about doing, but never have the time for. BUT, since I (in all my brilliance) decided to drink a Mint Mocha Frapaccino at 4 o'clock this afternoon, despite my extreme sensitivity to caffeine, I now have time to sit and complete this list.

I've seen this going around the internet for a few weeks now. I don't remember where I first read it, but it caught my eye and made me think of all the books I've read that I loved. Some are listed below, but most are not. (Can you believe Tamora Pierce is not on this list!) I think it's safe to say this is a very subjective list since Pierce, C.S. Lewis, and Laurie Halse Anderson aren't even mentioned! Honestly, that is unheard of. I'm not even going to mention the lack of "classics" on this list. Does Lord of the Flies mean anything to the general reading public anymore?

The pretty pink books are the ones I have read. The purple ones I own but haven't read yet. =)

1. Alex F…

Winner: Back to the Books Giveaway

A huge thank you for all that participated in the Back to the Books giveaway hop hosted by I'm a Reader, Not a Writer. There were SO many entries! It took me several HOURS to enter the giveaways (and I didn't enter them all).

It's time to announce the winner of my giveaway (drum roll please)....

Danah (she has been contacted)

HOORAY! I hope you enjoy your ARC copies of Tempest Rising and Wereworld.
If you didn't win, fret not! I've decided to host another giveaway next month in honor of the new Rick Riordan release: Son of Neptune. So, for all those Percy Jackson fans (or lovers of Greek and Roman mythology), check back in October!

In My Mailbox (20)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren to highlight all the books we have bought, borrowed, received, or downloaded during the week. 

Things have been pretty slow around here since school has started up again. All my extra time and money has gone to getting my classroom up and going. And let me just say, middle schoolers are very time consuming! 
I did manage to grab a few books over the last two weeks. 

Next week my IMM should be EPIC. I just placed a gigantic order with Scholastic to restock my classroom library. Hope those come in soon.

Review: The Odd Job Squad (Karl Fields)

The Odd Job Squad Karl Fields

Product Details:  Reading Level: Middle Grades Pages: 238 Publisher: CreateSpace (June 14, 2011) ISBN: 1463537891 Source: a book from the author in exchange for an honest review
The best way to get even is to get Odd... Thirteen-year-old Ander Cartwright is an expert on two subjects: fortune cookies and payback. Especially payback. When he’s not struggling with algebra, Ander leads an anonymous revenge club that operates within the walls of Marina Middle School. Got a beef with a classmate? Email Ander’s crew and, if your case if legit, they’ll get even on your behalf. It’s not easy to right wrongs and fly under the radar at the same time. That’s why Ander developed three simple rules designed to help him and his friends stay incognito. But when Ander spots the opportunity to settle a score of his own, he ignores the rules, setting off a chain of events that threatens to blow his cover, and it’ll take all the butt-kicking, detention-dodging…

Mythological Mondays 9/5

It's been a while since I've participated in Mythological Mondays-- an awesome weekly meme hosted by Bonnie at A Backwards Story to bring attention to all things mythology related. 

As I was surfing NetGalley for new books, I came across this little number by Esther Friesner. She is the author of the Helen of Troy books Nobody's Princess and Nobody's Prize

Himiko the beloved daughter of a chieftain in third century Japan has always been special. The day she was born there was a devastating earthquake, and the tribe's shamaness had an amazing vision revealing the young girl's future—one day this privledged child will be the spiritual and tribal leader over all of the tribes. Book One revolves around the events of Himiko's early teen years—her shaman lessons, friendships, contact with other tribes, and journey to save her family after a series of tragic events. Once again, Esther Friesner masterfully weaves together history, myth, and mysticism in a t…