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What Shall I Review? Readers’ Choice 2010

Hear ye, hear ye!  I give you, my readers, until midnight tonight (12:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time) to vote in the comments on this post on the one last 2010 book I review.  Just list the title you prefer.  At the stroke of midnight tonight (Tuesday) I will close down the comments and whatever has the most write-ins wins.  Easy peasy.  I’ve done this kind of thing with fancy online polls in the past, but my energy has significantly decreased as of late.

Please note that these are not all the books I read in 2010 and haven’t reviewed.  Just the ones of which I might have something interesting to say.

They are thrown here in an indiscriminate pile, regardless of subject matter or genre, solely in order by the author’s last name.  I don’t usually review YA, but in this particular case I can make an exception. So what say you, readers?  Tell me what amongst these books is the most worthy.

THE 2010 UNREVIEWED

Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson

House of Dolls by Francesca Lia Block

The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe by Loree Griffin Burns

Tower of Treasure by Scott Chantler

A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle, adapted by Ian Edginton, illustrated by I.N.J. Culbard

Falling In by Frances O’Roark Dowell

Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

Salem Brownstone: All Along the Watchtowers by John Harris Dunning

The Other Half of My Heart by Sundee T. Frazier

Once by Morris Gleitzman

Sophie Simon Solves Them All by Lisa Graff

The Call (The Magnificent Twelve, #1) by Michael Grant

Boom! by Mark Haddon

Black Pioneers: Home is With Our Family by Joyce Hansen

Babymouse #13: Cupcake Tycoon by Jennifer L. Holm, illustrated by Matthew Holm

Griff Carver, Hallway Patrol by Jim Krieg

Gandhi: His Life, His Struggles, His Words by Elisabeth de Lambilly

Archvillan by Barry Lyga

The Death-Defying Pepper Roux by Geraldine McCaughrean

Benjamin Franklinstein Lives by Matthew McElligott

Claude Monet: The Painter Who Stopped the Trains by P.I. Maltbie

Windblowne by Stephen Messer

Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot by Sy Montgomery, photography by Nic Bishop

The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester by Barbara O’Connor

A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story by Linda Sue Park

As Easy As Falling Off the Face of the Earth by Lynne Rae Perkins

The Adventures of Ook an Gluk, Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future by Dav Pilkey

I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett

The Cardturner by Louis Sachar

Crogan’s March by Chris Schweizer

Shooting Kabul by N.H. Senzai

Boys Without Names by Kashmira Sheth

Scrawl by Mark Shulman

Tall Tales by Thomas E. Sniegoski, illustrated by Jeff Smith

The Mourning Wars by Karen Steinmetz

The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie: A Doll’s History and Her Impact on Us by Tanya Lee Stone

Under the Green Hill by Laura L. Sullivan

Nothing by Janne Teller

Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel

Night Owls, Vol. 1 by Peter Timothy

The Wish Stealers by Tracy Trivas

Kid Vs. Squid by Greg Van Eekhout

The Crowfield Curse by Pat Walsh

Palace Beautiful by Sarah Deford Williams

Twin Spica, Vol. 1 by Kou Yaginuma

Doodlebug: My Book in Drawing and Writing by Karen Romano Young

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Elizabeth Bird About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently New York Public Library's Youth Materials Collections Specialist. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of NYPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.

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  1. Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

  2. I vote for The Cardturner-I really want to know your thoughts on it!:)

  3. I’m in love with As Easy As Falling Off the Face of the Earth (and everything else Lynne Rae Perkins wrote). My vote’s for that one.

  4. I’m going to say “The Good, the Bad and the Barbie” because I think you will find it really interesting. It’s rather crazy how this toy ended up being an accidental icon – I’m not sure what that says about us as a country but it’s certainly full of food for thought.

    Plus nonfiction is always awesome!

  5. Jenny Schwartzberg says:

    I’d love to see your review of the Night Owls, please!

  6. David Ziegler says:

    I vote for Griff Carver, Hallway Patrol. There can’t be enough reviews of humorous books,
    and it makes a five way tie for first place.

  7. The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester, please.

  8. Mary Auxier says:

    A vote for Forge!

  9. The Cardturner!

  10. Palace Beautiful, just got this one from the library.

  11. You’ve got some interesting books up there. Just one? I will (for now) break the tie for David. Griff Carver was a hoot and I didn’t see too much written about it.

    bk

  12. I vote for As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth, by Lynne Rae Perkins, or Windblowne, by Stephen Messer.

  13. Elizabeth Stegmayer says:

    The good, the bad, and the Barbie, please.

  14. Falling In by France O Roark Dowell. It didn’t live up to my expectations and I’d love to know what you think!

  15. Ghostopolis…

    His comics walk a fine line with me, but I’ve heard some really good things about this one. I feel like a thumbs up from you would push me over to the definitely read side of the line.

  16. The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe by Loree Griffin Burns – I adore this one and haven’t heard much from you on nonfiction for the middle grade crew so would love to hear your thoughts.

    • Elizabeth Bird says:

      That makes (so far) for a three-way tie between Barbie, Griff, and Perkins. In the event of a tie, by the way, I’ll cast the deciding vote. I’d love to review any of these, though. It’d be tough to choose.

  17. I would love to see the review of Out of My Mind. Can”t wait to see what you do!

  18. I’m with Lenore. I know it’s not on your list, but the Cardturner is wonderful. If I must pick from the list, I’d vote for Lynn Rae Perkins book.

    • Elizabeth Bird says:

      Actually, Jody, The Cardturner is on my list. And garnering love at that. Interesting that the most votes are generally falling on the YA material, eh?

  19. Have you reviewed/seen I KNOW HERE by Laurel Croza and Matt James?

    If we may only use your list titles, I would suggest either of THE CROWFIELD CURSE or FALLING IN, both of which are excellent in a very strong year for fantasy.

  20. The Death-Defying Pepper Roux. I wish it had received more attention.

  21. I Shall Wear Midnight– interested to hear your thoughts on the end of the Tiffany Aching series!

  22. Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

  23. I’d love to see one on the Barbie book. The title sounds fascinating.

  24. Palace Beautiful!

  25. Angela K. says:

    The Death-Defying Pepper Roux by Geraldine McCaughrean

  26. I loved Mark Shulman’s SCRAWL. It was honest and funny and original all at the same time. I’m very happy to see it on your list, because I really hope it will get its much-deserved attention. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this terrific debut novel.

  27. Jane Foxglove says:

    I really love ” Under the Green Hill “by Laura Sullivan
    The story took me to a remote part of England, the adventure took me under the
    Green hill into the realm of Fairy’s and the challenge of the Midsummer Battle!
    The imagery and story kept me thrilled to the last page!

  28. Though I never really had or played with a Barbie (honest!) I’d love to see your review of THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE BARBIE. Plus, I think Colleen was on the mark when she said, “Plus nonfiction is always awesome!” Maybe Colleen should do a blog about the wide world of children’s nonfiction titles available; so many very good and valuable books never get the attention they deserve.

  29. I’d love to see Under the Green Hill by Laura L. Sullivan reviewed!

  30. Out of my Mind

  31. I’d love to see your review of Shooting Kabul. I read it last spring as I was doing a focused reading of children’s and young adult books that dealt with the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq for a public radio interview, and I think it’s a really valuable snapshot of 2001 as we approach the 10th anniversary. Not enough people have talked about the book, and it’s fusion of the political and the personal.

  32. Jennifer in GA says:

    As Easy As Falling Off the Face of the Earth by Lynne Rae Perkins

  33. I Shall Wear Midnight or The Crowfield Curse. (Can you tell I’m from the fantasy camp?)

  34. The Other Half of My Heart. I have a fondness for this book, and I’m sorry that it didn’t receive a lot of attention.

  35. Hmmmm…. Cardturner.

  36. Barbie please! Or Cardturner. Can I vote for both or have I just disqualified my vote?

  37. Ann Downer says:

    Doodlebug!

  38. Andy DeLay says:

    Please review Under the Green Hill by author Laura Sullivan.

  39. Karin von Rosen says:

    Doodlebug: My Book in Drawing and Writing !!!!
    by Karen Romano Young

  40. Ooodles of Doodles! Doodlebug!!

  41. Faye Hatcher says:

    Under the Green Hill by Laura Sullivan

  42. The Death-Defying Pepper Roux …maybe you can explain the appeal of this one…It’s the only book i started but didn’t finish this year.

    Can we choose the first 2011 ARC you read/review as well?

  43. Mark Shulman says:

    Cardturner is next on my to-read list. I’d love to hear your take on it, Betsy.

  44. Griff Carver, The Hallway Patrol. It’s very funny, with a little Black Noir mystery feel to it, middle grade style.

  45. I would be interested in hearing your views on “The Crowfield Curse”.

  46. Doodlebug! We all love Doodlebug at my house!

  47. Out of My Mind

  48. Julia Ellison says:

    I would like to hear your views on “Under the Green Hill” by Laura Sullivan

  49. I Shall Wear Midnight, because you deserve to read something so perfect.

  50. Windblowne by Stephen Messer – it was a great book!

  51. The Death-Defying Pepper Roux by Geraldine McCaughrean, please!

  52. Windblown was the most unique book I have read in a long time. It went from action scene to action scene and I could not tell what was coming next. I liked being held in suspense. I cannot wait for the next book that Stephen Messer writes.

  53. Under the Green Hill by Laura Sullivan.

  54. Under the Green Hill by Laura Sullivan.

  55. Windblowne by Stephen Messer gets my vote. The most inventive and exciting book I read in 2010!

  56. Debbie Duncan says:

    Another vote for Doodlebug!

  57. Windblowne

    One of the best Children’s Novels I have read.

  58. Wow! Great list. Do I have to pick only one? How about WINDBLOWNE? Or CROWFIELD CURSE? OR SHOOTING KABUL?

  59. I vote for Windblowne.

  60. Doodlebug: My Book in Drawing and Writing by Karen Romano Young. This is a great book – innovative in thought and design.

  61. carolyn dooman says:

    The Good, the Bad and the Barbie

  62. Windblowne Rocks!

  63. Hi Elizabeth,
    I’d like to vote for “Falling In” by Frances O’Roark. She’s a fabulous writer and I hope you’ll think so, too.

  64. Ms. Lauren says:

    The Other Half of My Heart by Sundee T. Frazier

  65. Doodlebug!!

  66. Please review Windblowne by Stephen Messer! This is a great story for kids of ALL ages!!

  67. Windblowne by Stephen Messer

  68. Windblowne by Stephen Messer! (Runner up: Kid Vs. Squid by Greg Van Eekhout.)

  69. I vote for Stephen Messer’s WINDBLOWNE. I don’t review YA, either, but this one was a startling exception for its originality, multi-faceted content, and new approach to environmentalism.

  70. Kim Lanese says:

    Windblowne, by Stephen Messer
    My students, my own children, and I really enjoyed this book!

  71. Windblowne by Stephen Messer, definitely!

  72. Cat Moleski says:

    Windblowne by Stephen Messer

    • Elizabeth Bird says:

      Fascinating! The Windblowne contingent is really pulling ahead.

      For those of you who mention more than one book, I must warn you that I’m only going to take the first one you mention. Be warned! Mwah-ha-ha!

  73. Windblowne please.

  74. Deborah Kovacs says:

    Doodlebug, please!

  75. Windblowne by Stephen Messer. A unique, magical and awesome read.

  76. Windblowne by Stephen Messer!

  77. Add my vote for Windblowne–best first line ever. :-)

  78. Windblowne – it’s every kid’s dream to fly!

  79. Maria Ross says:

    Windblowne!

  80. I thoroughly enjoyed WINDBLOWNE by Stephen Messer. Original and action-packed.

  81. Hi, Elizabeth: I guess WINDBLOWNE fans have the wind at their backs? (rim shot) But, really, as others have said, it’s not category YA, but a novel for all ages. Even curmudgeons who resist fantasy (like me) are charmed.

  82. Windblowne! It’s on my to-read list and I’d love to read your review. Thanks!

  83. I thought windblowne was fantastic. My friends’ children enjoyed it as well.

  84. Windblowne by Stephen Messer…

    Suspenseful enough for younger readers, quirky enough to hold the interest of the older ones…even the really older ones! Delightful!

  85. Marla Sullivan says:

    I vote for Under the Green Hill by Laura Sullivan. I absolutely loved this book! The characters are so well developed and the folklore so interesting. I haven’t read some of the others mentioned on the list, but I certainly would recommend this one.

  86. I really think it should be UNDER THE GREEN HILL by Laura Sullivan

  87. Laura Sullivan’s Under the Green Hill

  88. Palace Beautiful by Sarah Deford Williams

  89. A vote for Windblowne by Stephen Messer!

  90. Merle Brandon says:

    Review Windblowne as a favor to all who have not read it. Some books should not be overlooked and this is one of them. Merle B.

  91. I think Under the Green Hill by Laura Sullivan should be chosen, It’s a great book for all ages, really enjoyed it, so did my little sister!

  92. Nancy Rose says:

    Palace Beautiful because the language is so lovely

  93. appsbyaaron says:

    Palace Beautiful by Sarah Deford Williams

  94. Out of My Mind.

  95. Palace Beautiful!

  96. Windblowne has my vote as well.A great read for me as an adult and a great read aloud for4th/5th graders!

  97. Genevieve says:

    The Other Half of My Heart

  98. Palace Beautiful. Because it’s quietly beautiful.

  99. Palace Beautiful by Sarah Williams is a fabulous book.

  100. Palace Beautiful, by Sarah Deford Williams — a brilliant newcomer, not enough reviews out there. :) Famous writers get reviewed everywhere.

  101. Falling In.

  102. J. Anderson Coats says:

    Palace Beautiful by Sarah Deford Williams. Loved this one!

  103. Under the Green Hill by Laura Sullivan, if you like your fairies.

  104. Windblowne by Stephen Messer, because in addition to being wildly creative and innovative, it’s about kite flying, something any child or anyone who remembers being a child, can relate too.

  105. Palace Beautiful by Sarah Williams

  106. I agree with Palace Beautiful by Sarah Deford Williams. It’s lovely!

  107. K. Zuidema says:

    Windblowne by Steven Messer. I would recommend this book in a heartbeat.

  108. H. Pinski says:

    Palace Beautiful! One of my favorite reads of the year.

  109. WINDBLOWNE by Stephen Messer. It’s not only an original concept, it’s beautifully written, too!

  110. Windblown by Stephen Messer – a fabulous book that deserves attention!

  111. Kid vs Squid is one I’ve only heard of once and would like to hear more of…

    …but for the record, I think I’d most like to hear about Falling In, but since I’m probably going to read it myself later this week whether you review it or not, it’s not so important. Likewise I Shall Wear Midnight, which I’m going to BUY for myself whether or not you review it. Also want to hear more about this oft-raved-about Pepper Roux. But oh well. One book it shall be.

  112. J. Hendricks says:

    Under the Green Hill by Laura Sullivan

  113. Palace Beautiful!!!

  114. Windblowne! Charming, imaginative, and fabulous!

  115. Palace Beautiful by Sarah Deford Williams
    It’s wonderful!

  116. Palace Beautiful!

  117. Windblowne must be reviewed so everyone can benefit from it. Donna S.

  118. ‘Windblowne’ by Stephen Messer has my vote.

  119. Under the Green Hill by Laura L. Sullivan

  120. Maryclaie Quine says:

    Doodlebug by Karen Romano Young. I wonder what you think of this one.

  121. A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story by Linda Sue Park

    Park tends to surprise with her books. I vote for this one!

  122. UNDER THE GREEN HILL, please!

  123. Under the Green Hill by Laura L. Sullivan

    Everyone should believe…

  124. Definitely PALACE BEAUTIFUL!

  125. Elma Gaasbeek says:

    Windblowne by Stephen Messer

  126. Palace Beautiful, definitely worth the read!!!

  127. Palace Beautiful by Sarah Deford Williams.

  128. Falling In, please.

  129. Windblowne is my pick. My class of second graders loved it as much as me. I hope there will be a sequel.

  130. Jan LaCoste says:

    I vote for ‘Under the Green Hill’ by Laura Sullivan

  131. Doodlebug: My Book in Drawing and Writing by Karen Romano Young!!!!!

    Great!!!

  132. Palace Beautiful by Sarah Deford Williams

  133. Tabitha B says:

    My teacher read Stephen Messer’s Windblowne to us last year and I loved it.

  134. A Long Walk to Water…

  135. Windblowne all the way!!!!!!!

  136. WINDBLOWNE oh most definitely.

  137. J. Maginnes says:

    The sweet and magical Palace Beautiful by Sarah Deford Williams.

  138. I vote for ‘Windblowne’ by Stephen Messer.

  139. Dear Elizabeth, I wanted to apologize for my multiple entries with Daniel but my computer was telling me they were not being posted. So please only count 1 I used the same email address so if you can only count one vote for my email address. Thank You! Good Luck to the other authors too!!!

  140. WINDBLOWNE by Stephen Messer

  141. Palace Beautiful!

  142. I vote for Under the Green Hill by Laura Sullivan!

  143. Definitely – Palace Beautiful by Sarah Deford Williams

  144. Windblowne by Stephen Messner – it such a fun and well written story!

  145. Windblowne!

  146. I would say Windblowne it seems that the passionate readers need more help in spreading the word at least based on the holdings in my library consortium.

  147. Hampton McRae says:

    I think you should review “Under the Green Hill” by Laura L. Sullivan. It was a delightful read!

  148. I VOTE FOR WINDBLOWNE!

  149. Palace Beautiful by Sarah Williams–we need more books out there like this one.

  150. Palace Beautiful!

  151. Ook & Gluk!

  152. Babs McGinnis says:

    I vote for Under the Green Hill by Laura L. Sullivan — an amazing book with a deep mythic tone, intriguing characters and a rich, layered plot. It has an old-fashioned feel — and I mean that in the best possible way. Classic, I suppose, sounds better!

  153. Doodlebug

  154. Ale Pineda says:

    Under the Green Hill by Laura Sullivan

  155. Do we only get one vote? I just read Palace Beautiful, and loved it, so that’s my vote, but if we get more than one vote, I would also like to see your reviews of Scrawl and Tall Tales. And thanks!

  156. Windblowne by Stephen Messer is absolutely wonderful!

  157. Mili Rapp says:

    Windblowne by Stephen Messer is fascinating, gripping and beautifully written. It interweaves so many

    traits in ways that only a masterful storyteller could accomplish.

  158. Doodlebug!!! so creative and fun!

  159. Palace Beautiful!

  160. This is a hard choice, there are some great books listed here, but I will vote for Palace Beautiful.

  161. Doodlebug of course!

  162. Windblowne, please!

  163. I’d like to see Windblowne reviewed.

  164. Windblowne by stephen messer

  165. Bailey P. says:

    Windblowne looks interesting.

  166. Windblowne. Definitely!

  167. Tabitha B says:

    My teacher read Stephen Messer’s Windblowne to our class and I loved it!

  168. WINDBLOWNE by Stephen Messer. An utterly unique read–in any age group!

  169. Windblowne by Stephen Messe. X3

  170. Windblowne. Bought it for my son and we both love it!

  171. *Messer (For ‘Gerard’ who typed Messe… I’m assuming on accident) Windblowne by Stephen Messer. ^_^

  172. Windblowne by Stephen Messer please. : )

  173. Windblowne!!! It is awesome!

  174. Under the Green Hill by Laura L. Sullivan would be an excellent choice!!

  175. Under the Green Hill by Laura Sullivan…great choice!!!!

  176. Palace Beautiful, absolutely. The writing is fabulous and it unfolds a wonderful story.

  177. Under The Green Hill by Laura Sullivan is an excellent story!

  178. Please review WIndblowne. I’ve heard great things about it!

  179. dan angress says:

    Windblowne is fantastic and my pick

  180. The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester by Barbara O’Connor

  181. NOTHING! (That is, please review the book NOTHING. I do want you to review something). It looks majorly depressing. Perhaps you can find some pep in it…

  182. Tyler Wilson says:

    Palace beautiful by Sarah DeFord Williams.

    I know a few boys, and older men like myself, who read it after our daughters were done with it. It a good book with excellent writing

  183. Elizabeth says:

    Boys without Names by Kashmira Sheth. Not only is it a great story and beautifully written, but it also addresses a serious topic.

  184. I enjoyed Windblowne and would be interested in hearing what you thought of it.

  185. Under the green Hill by Laura Sullivan…..it was amazing!!

  186. Juan Guerra says:

    I’d like to vote for Under the Green Hill by Laura Sullivan

  187. Alejandra says:

    Under the Green Hill by Laura Sullivan, it was amazing!!!

  188. Under the Green Hill by Laura Sullivan, it was amazing!!!

  189. Under the Green Hill by Laura Sullivan

  190. I vote for: Windblowne by Stephen Messer!

  191. Windblowne by Stephen Messer

    Excellent! Couldn’t have been better.

  192. Under the Green Hill by Laura Sullivan -fabulous !!!

  193. Boys Without Names by Kashmira Sheth; such an important book!

  194. Under the Green Hill by Laura Sullivan

  195. Danilo Lopez says:

    Under the Green Hill by Laura Sullivan great book!!

  196. Rosanne Lindsay says:

    Boys Without Names by Kashmira Sheth

  197. Windblowne by Stephen Messer, please.

  198. Erin Broderick says:

    The Cardturner!

  199. Windblowne!

  200. Luis Pedro Leal Conde says:

    Under the Green Hill by Laura Sullivan, it was amazing!!!

  201. I would like you to review Under The Green Hill by Laura Sullivan

  202. Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester!

  203. Windblowne!

  204. I second… Windblowne!

  205. Under the green hill!

  206. Out of My Mind!

  207. Boys Without Names!

  208. A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story

  209. Under the Green Hill! What a message!

  210. Falling In by Frances O’Roark Dowell

  211. Windblowne

  212. Falling In

  213. under the green hill!!