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A Massive Book Dump

Another batch of nominees were due to be read this weekend and I got a bunch finished. But not enough. Never enough. For those keeping score at home, A Game for Swallows is my new favorite. Seriously, it's good. Go read it, people.

Book 87: A Game for Swallows: to die, to leave, to return, by Zeina Abirached
Book 88: Shadow and Bone, by Leigh Bardugo
Book 89: Summer of the Gypsy Moths, by Sara Pennypacker
Book 90: Marching to the Mountaintop: how poverty, labor fights, and civil rights set the stage for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s final hours, by Ann Bausum
Book 91: City Chickens, by Christine Heppermann
Book 92: Brothers at Bat: the true story of an amazing all-brother baseball team, by Audrey Vernick
Book 93: Suriya Swims: the true story of how an orangutan learned to swim, by Bhagavan Antle
Book 94: Puffling Patrol, by Ted and Betsy Lewin
Book 95: George Bellows: painter with a punch, by Robert Burleigh
Book 96: Paiute Princess: the story of Sara Winnemucca, by Deborah Kogan Ray
Book 97: Martin de Porres: the rose in the desert, by Gary D. Schmidt
Book 98: It Jes' Happened: when Bill Traylor started to draw, by Don Tate
Book 99: Jazz Age Josephine, by Jonah Winter
Book 100: His Name was Raoul Wallenberg: courage, rescue, and mystery during World War II, by Louise Borden


Hilary McKay writes magic

Two reviews for Booklist, submitted before they were due, even!

Book 83: Beautiful Lie, by Irfan Masters
Book 84: Caddy's World, by Hilary McKay
Book 85: Monkey King, vol 1: Birth of the Stone Monkey
Book 86: The Little Prince and the Planet of Wind


Fortunate Happenstance

I got lucky. If I hadn't been editing the review for NFNT, I may never have gotten around to reading Ichiro. That's some good stuff right there, and I'll be nominating it for Notables.

Book 77: Drama, by Raina Telgemeier
Book 78: Ichiro, by Ryan Inzana
Book 79: Liar & Spy, by Rebecca Stead
Book 80: Little Dog, Lost, by Marion Dane Bauer
Book 81: What the Dog Said, by Randi Reisfeld
Book 82: The Unfortunate Son, by Constance Leeds


Catching Up

A quick catch-up post after the ALA, Wedding, SDCC, Finn Invasion sequence. I'm sure I've forgotten at least one book for this list, so I'll add it in when I think of it. For the record, I liked To the Mountaintop, Little White Duck, and Splendors and Glooms the best.

Book 67: Broxo, by Zack Giallongo
Book 68: To the Mountaintop: my journey through the Civil Rights Movement, by Charlayne Hunter-Gault
Book 69: Devil and Her Love Song, vol 1, by Miyoshi Tomori
Book 70: Devil and Her Love Song, vol 2, by Miyoshi Tomori
Book 71: Little White Duck: a childhood in China, by Na Liu and Andres Vera Martinez
Book 72: Bigfoot Boy: into the woods, by J. Torres and Faith Erin Hicks
Book 73: Remarkable, by Lizzie K. Foley
Book 74: Splendors and Glooms, by Laura Amy Schlitz
Book 75: Curveball: the year I lost my grip, by Jordan Sonnenblick
Book 76: Double, by Jenny Valentine


Three More Days

I'm done with the books! Woohoo! Now I just have to complete the powerpoint, finish Sailor Twain, write questions for 2 panels, write my justifications for my nominees, go to the dentist, and get my hair cut. Three days is plenty of time, right?

Book 61: Freaky Fast Frankie Joe, by Lutricia Clifton
Book 62: Kepler's Dream, by Juliet Bell
Book 63: Temple Grandin: how the girl who loved cows embraced autism and changed the world, by Sy Montgomery
Book 64: The Beetle Book, by Steve Jenkins
Book 65: I Lay My Stitches Down: poems of American slavery, by Cynthia Grady
Book 66: A Stick is an Excellent Thing: poems celebrating outdoor play, by Marilyn Singer


Counting down

Two more books gone! I'm also about a third of the way through Sailor Twain, which will take me a bit longer, as, in the hopes of coming up with interview questions, I'm also reading all the author commentary in Mark's blog. Wish me luck that I can get all this done in the next 10 days.

Book 59: Three Times Lucky, by Sheila Turnage
Book 60: Kindred Souls, by Patricia MacLachlan


Come on, people

Dear publishers and people who are thinking about writing non-fiction for kids,

There are already plenty of books out there about the civil rights movement, the holocaust, and the titanic. Please consider writing about other topics.

Thanks awfully,

Book 57: We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March, by Cynthia Levinson
Book 58: Titanic: Voices from the Disaster, by Deborah Hopkinson


Lots of picture books

I haven't been slacking, honest, despite my insane schedule. I'm cranking out picture books like mad. The first vote is due on Monday and I already know I won't have all the novels read, so I'm focusing on what I can accomplish in such a short amount of time, which is everything else. But just in case, keep your fingers crossed for me.

Book 52: The Last Dragon, by Jane Yolen and Rebecca Guay
Book 53: Fish You Were Here, by Coleen AF Venable and Stephanie Yue
Book 54: Walking on Earth and Touching the Sky: Poetry and Prose by Lakota Youth at Red Cloud Indian School, edited by Timothy P. McLaughlin
Book 55: Forgive Me, I Meant To Do It: False Apology poems, by Gail Carson Levine
Book 56: Hope and Tears: Ellis Island Voices, by Gwenyth Swain


Blah Lions Blah Little Rock

Have I mentioned that I'm tired of message books? NOT ALL BOOKS NEED TO TEACH A LESSON. Which may be why I loved the Bunnys so very, very much. There was little to no learning in this book and I absolutely adored it.

Book 49: Mr. and Mrs. Bunny -- Detectives Extraordinaire!, by Polly Horvath
Book 50: The Lions of Little Rock, by Kristin Levine
Book 51: Bad Island, by Doug TenNappel


Crunch Time

I'm buckling down. I should be reading a book a night, at least. More, if the books are short. Time to git her done.

Book 48: The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate