February 2005 | Vol. IV - No. 2
TDmonthly´s Top 10 Most Wanted Books for Children Ages 9 to 12 That You May Not Have Heard Of
The research for this article was compiled by January 27, 2005
Katie, a first generation Japanese-American girl, moves with her family to Georgia, where her parents struggle to earn a living and care for Katie?s sister, Lynn, who becomes ill with lymphoma.
--Published February 2004, this novel is the winner of the 2005 Newbery Medal from the American Library Association.
--It sits at #2 on Barnes & Noble.com?s bestseller list for readers ages 9 to12.
--This is Cynthia Kadohata?s first novel for middle grades.
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Enter a fantasy world where a silver dragon named Firedrake is joined by an orphan boy and a grumpy fairy to find the mythical Rim of Heaven.
--Translated by Anthea Bell into English from German, ?Dragon Rider? tops a Jan. 23 New York Times bestseller list.
--The fantasy was third on the January 1 Publisher?s Weekly bestseller list.
--Cornelia Funke is the best-selling author of ?Inkheart? and ?The Thief Lord.?
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A farm boy named Eragon finds a ?blue? stone and bonds with a dragon, Saphira, who hatches from it. The pair then embark on a quest in a fantastic land.
--The paperback edition of Christopher Paolini´s book, originally published August 2003, is due out on April 26.
--?Eldest? (Inheritance Book Two) will be released in August.
--?Eragon? takes a top-five place on recent New York Times and Publisher?s Weekly bestseller lists.
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In this clever book from first-time novelist Blue Balliett, two 11-year-old sleuths work together to solve the disappearance of a priceless Vermeer painting.
--Originally published in June 2004, this book makes a number of bestseller lists including Publisher?s Weekly and the New York Times.
--?A tantalizing mix of mysteries, puzzles, possibilities, and art,? makes the book an Editor?s Choice for 2004 by the editors of ALA Booklist.
--The mass-market paperback will be published in May.
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Danny Walker takes his best shot after being cut from the basketball traveling team for being too short: He forms his own team and the tale, both on and off court, is inspiring.
--Sports writer and author Mike Lupica has coached youth basketball.
--Second on the Publisher?s Weekly January bestsellers for children, ?Travel Team? is fourth on the New York Times bestseller list.
--The novel, published October 2004, is about more then just sport, which makes it universally appealing.
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Straight from St. Norbert?s Home for Wayward Boys, Peter has shipped out aboard the Never Land in this prequel to ?Peter Pan.?
--Booklist reviewer Ilene Cooper notes the book?s richly drawn characters and nonstop action in Dave Barry´s and Ridley Pearson´s colorful tale.
--Currently, this tale is #6 on the bestseller lists from both the New York Times and Publisher?s Weekly.
--?Peter and the Starcatchers? has the added bonus of Oscar nominations for the movie ?Finding Neverland.?
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The Chronicles of Narnia by HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS
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From the moment Lucy goes through the wardrobe, adventures begin for her, Edmund, Susan and Peter in the land called Narnia.
--The latest November 2004 edition of C.S. Lewis´ The Chronicles holds 8th place on the New York Times children?s bestseller list.
--More than 50 years after their original publication, Lewis? seven tales continue to delight and inspire.
--The children?s stories are accompanied by Lewis? essay, ?On Three Ways of Writing for Children.?
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Follow the adventures of 10-year-old Opal and her lovable dog in their new home of Naomi, Fla.
--This paperback edition was released in December.
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Where the Sidewalk Ends: 30th Anniversary Special Edition by HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS
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Published January 2004, Shel Silverstein?s book of verse is accompanied by line drawings.--This collection makes the all-time classic books list for ages 8-12 from the Association for Library Service to Children.
--According to Publisher?s Weekly, ?Where the Sidewalk Ends? is one of the best-selling children?s books of all time, having sold more than six million copies.
--Twelve new poems, in addition to those of the original 1974 edition, are included.
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In the first volume of the Land of Elyon trilogy, Alexa Daley ventures outside the walled city of Bridewell and uncovers a terrible secret.
--The next volume in Patrick Carman´s trilogy is set to come out this year.
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