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What Should I Review? You Decide.

It’s getting down to the wire. I’ve eighty-one books to review and only three days to do it. Long story short, it’s not gonna happen.  So we’re reviving the old Vote For Your Favorite game.  The rules are simple.  This year I played it lazy and simply cut and pasted my To Review list from Goodreads here.  There are eighty-two titles listed below.  My request to you is to find the one book you would like me to review for 2011 and to tell me so in the comments.  At midnight I close down the comments and will tally the end results.

In the past I used an online survey system for this poll, but I found that folks got a little overly enthusiastic with that kind of thing.  So to avoid that you have only 24 hours to place one comment in this post.  Do not email me your request, even if my comment feature isn’t working.  I apologize, but this is the method I prefer and my email in-box is a bit full as it is.

Also remember that there may be a reason I didn’t review the book you have an eye on.  I’m going to be perfectly honest in my review and if I hated it I will say so long and strong.  Could just be that I loved it and didn’t have time for it though.  To play it safe, I suggest selecting a book that you simply want another opinion on.

Thanks for helping me out!  I’ve found time to review a lot of great books this way.

P.S. Those ratings next to each books are the cumulative Goodreads ratings and not my own.

The Dead Gentleman
3.64
Dec 17, 2011 [edit]
Dec 13, 2011
Tuesdays at the Castle
4.07
Dec 08, 2011 [edit]
Dec 07, 2011
The Orphan of Awkward Falls
3.51
Dec 03, 2011 [edit]
Nov 30, 2011
Is the End of the World Near?: From Crackpot Predictions to Scientific Scenarios (Single Titles)
4.00
Nov 29, 2011 [edit]
Nov 28, 2011
The Monster in the Mattress and Other Stories / El Monstruo En El Colchon Y Otros Cuentos
3.00
Nov 21, 2011 [edit]
Nov 19, 2011
The Lunatic's Curse
3.83
Nov 16, 2011 [edit]
Nov 13, 2011
Cold Case
3.56
Nov 08, 2011 [edit]
Nov 07, 2011
One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street
3.57
Nov 02, 2011 [edit]
Oct 31, 2011
The Pocket and the Pendant (Max Quick, #1)
4.18
Oct 30, 2011 [edit]
Oct 27, 2011
Spunky Tells All
3.50
Oct 19, 2011 [edit]
Oct 19, 2011
Clementine and the Family Meeting
4.19
Oct 10, 2011 [edit]
Oct 09, 2011
Killer Koalas from Outer Space: and Lots of Other Very Bad Stuff that Will Make Your Brain Explode!
2.96
Oct 08, 2011 [edit]
Oct 09, 2011
Mameshiba: On the Loose!
3.58
Oct 08, 2011 [edit]
Oct 09, 2011
Eight Keys
3.95
Oct 02, 2011 [edit]
Oct 01, 2011
With a Name Like Love
4.33
Oct 2011 [edit]
Sep 29, 2011
What's Bugging Bailey Blecker?
3.17
Sep 28, 2011 [edit]
Sep 25, 2011
Something to Hold
3.67
Sep 25, 2011 [edit]
Sep 17, 2011
Secrets at Sea
3.60
Sep 13, 2011 [edit]
Sep 13, 2011
Wild Wings
3.92
Sep 12, 2011 [edit]
Sep 11, 2011
Promise the Night
4.07
Sep 11, 2011 [edit]
Sep 09, 2011
Saint Louis Armstrong Beach
3.49
Sep 09, 2011 [edit]
Sep 06, 2011
The Apothecary
3.80
Sep 06, 2011 [edit]
Sep 02, 2011
The Secret Journeys of Jack London, Book One: The Wild
3.40
Sep 02, 2011 [edit]
Aug 31, 2011
Nikki and Deja: Election Madness
3.56
Aug 31, 2011 [edit]
Aug 29, 2011
Fashion Kitty and the B.O.Y.S.
3.38
Aug 29, 2011 [edit]
Aug 29, 2011
You Will Call Me Drog (Exceptional Reading & Language Arts Titles for Intermediate Grades)
3.80
Aug 28, 2011 [edit]
Aug 26, 2011
The Wikkeling
3.78
Aug 26, 2011 [edit]
Aug 24, 2011
Six Days
3.25
Aug 24, 2011 [edit]
Aug 22, 2011
Tall Story
3.97
Aug 22, 2011 [edit]
Aug 20, 2011
The Great Hamster Massacre
3.29
Aug 10, 2011 [edit]
Aug 09, 2011
Seriously, Norman!
3.48
Aug 08, 2011 [edit]
Aug 04, 2011
The Fourth Stall
3.88
Aug 04, 2011 [edit]
Aug 01, 2011
Bake Sale
3.68
Aug 2011 [edit]
Aug 01, 2011
An Elephant in the Garden
4.01
Aug 2011 [edit]
Jul 31, 2011
Mysterious Bones: The Story of Kennewick Man
3.67
Jul 31, 2011 [edit]
Jul 30, 2011
The One and Only Stuey Lewis: Stories from the Second Grade
3.88
Jul 30, 2011 [edit]
Jul 30, 2011
The Dragon's Tooth (Ashtown Burials, #1)
4.04
Jul 30, 2011 [edit]
Jul 26, 2011
Juniper Berry
3.61
Jul 26, 2011 [edit]
Jul 25, 2011
The Masterwork of a Painting Elephant
3.40
Jul 25, 2011 [edit]
Jul 22, 2011
The Great Wall Of Lucy Wu
4.01
Jul 22, 2011 [edit]
Jul 19, 2011
How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous
4.09
Jul 17, 2011 [edit]
Jul 16, 2011
Silk and Venom: Searching for a Dangerous Spider
3.44
Jul 14, 2011 [edit]
Jul 13, 2011
First Girl Scout: The Life of Juliette Gordon Low
3.60
Jul 12, 2011 [edit]
Jul 10, 2011
Can We Save the Tiger?
4.53
Jul 06, 2011 [edit]
Jul 06, 2011
Eddie: The Lost Youth of Edgar Allan Poe
3.57
Jul 07, 2011 [edit]
Jul 06, 2011
The Silver Bowl (Silver Bowl, #1)
3.60
Jul 06, 2011 [edit]
Jul 04, 2011
The Ogre of Oglefort
3.55
Jul 04, 2011 [edit]
Jul 03, 2011
The Midnight Tunnel (Suzanna Snow, #1)
3.95
Jul 03, 2011 [edit]
Jun 30, 2011
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Missing on Superstition Mountain (Missing on Superstition Mountain, #1)
3.33
Jun 25, 2011 [edit]
Jun 23, 2011
Junonia
3.53
Jun 19, 2011 [edit]
Jun 18, 2011
Liesl and Po
4.07
Jun 18, 2011 [edit]
Jun 13, 2011
The Grand Plan to Fix Everything
3.52
Jun 09, 2011 [edit]
Jun 05, 2011
Lunch-Box Dream
2.56
Jun 05, 2011 [edit]
Jun 03, 2011
Sparrow Road
3.77
May 30, 2011 [edit]
May 28, 2011
Planet Middle School
3.48
May 28, 2011 [edit]
May 27, 2011
True... Sort of
4.10
May 28, 2011 [edit]
May 27, 2011
A Million Miles from Boston
3.93
May 20, 2011 [edit]
May 16, 2011
Wildwood (Wildwood Trilogy, #1)
3.63
May 16, 2011 [edit]
May 10, 2011
Jeremy Bender vs. the Cupcake Cadets
4.02
May 02, 2011 [edit]
Apr 30, 2011
The Friendship Doll
3.96
Apr 28, 2011 [edit]
Apr 26, 2011
Squish: Super Amoeba (Squish, #1)
3.77
Apr 20, 2011 [edit]
Apr 20, 2011
The Emerald Atlas (The Books of Beginning #1)
3.84
Apr 20, 2011 [edit]
Apr 16, 2011
The Dragon of Cripple Creek
3.71
Apr 11, 2011 [edit]
Apr 06, 2011
Sidekicks
3.77
Apr 06, 2011 [edit]
Apr 04, 2011
How Lamar's Bad Prank Won a Bubba-Sized Trophy
3.85
Apr 03, 2011 [edit]
Apr 02, 2011
Suddenly In the Depths of the Forest
3.38
Mar 20, 2011 [edit]
Mar 22, 2011
Quest of the Warrior Sheep
3.79
Mar 15, 2011 [edit]
Mar 13, 2011
The Popularity Papers: Book Two: The Long-Distance Dispatch Between Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang
3.93
Mar 13, 2011 [edit]
Mar 13, 2011
Camo Girl
3.88
Mar 08, 2011 [edit]
Mar 06, 2011
Flutter: The Story of Four Sisters and an Incredible Journey
3.73
Mar 06, 2011 [edit]
Mar 02, 2011
We Are Not Eaten by Yaks (An Accidental Adventure, #1)
3.72
Mar 02, 2011 [edit]
Feb 28, 2011
Bird in a Box
3.70
Feb 28, 2011 [edit]
Feb 28, 2011
Second Fiddle
3.85
Feb 22, 2011 [edit]
Feb 18, 2011
The Floating Islands
3.70
Feb 16, 2011 [edit]
Feb 10, 2011
A Dog's Way Home
4.21
Jan 22, 2011 [edit]
Jan 19, 2011
Freedom Stone
3.61
Jan 13, 2011 [edit]
Jan 09, 2011
The Hidden Gallery (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #2)
4.00
Jan 09, 2011 [edit]
Jan 09, 2011
Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream
3.67
Jan 08, 2011 [edit]
Jan 07, 2011
The Sundown Rule
3.45
Jan 03, 2011 [edit]
Jan 01, 2011
Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity
3.52
Dec 18, 2010 [edit]
Dec 18, 2010
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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. Juniper Berry

  2. The Silver Bowl

  3. Cathy Potter says:

    The Great Wall of Lucy Wu

  4. with a name like love

  5. Sparrow Road or Camo Girl

  6. SECRETS AT SEA.

  7. Lots of favorites there, but I’d love to hear what you thought of SERIOUSLY, NORMAN!

  8. The Grand Plan to Fix Everything

  9. We Are Not Eaten by Yaks

  10. One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street. Haven’t seen too many reviews of it!

  11. I’d LOVE to hear what you thought of THE APOTHECARY. (Mostly because I loved it to pieces except for one thing.)

  12. Daphne Kalmar says:

    The Grand Plan to Fix Everything

  13. Christopher Tabor says:

    The Dead Gentleman

    I would really love to hear what you think of it!

  14. I’d humbly vote for The Dead Gentleman, because the author is such a swell fella. 😉

  15. Wild Wings by Lewis – read that and had mixed thoughts on it, so would love to hear yours. Mostly I’m in awe that these are all things you’ve already read. That’s a lot of books.

  16. I would love to see A DOG’S WAY HOME get some more attention.

  17. The Great WAll of Lucy Wu!!!!

  18. Rick Mckinney says:

    The Dead Gentleman!!

  19. Dead Gentleman
    With a name like love
    An elephant in the garden.

  20. Jennifer Kraar says:

    Wild Wings – I had a strong reaction to Lewis’s book and am wondering about your opinion.

    • Elizabeth Bird says:

      I should note that if you vote for more than one book I’m just going to go with the first title you mention. One vote per person per book.

  21. Hard to pick just one, but How Lamar’s Bad Prank Won a Bubba-Sized Trophy is terrific.

  22. The Floating Islands. Thanks.

  23. The Dead Gentleman

  24. The Dead Gentleman, as I LOVED his first book Powerless!!

  25. Don Mckinney says:

    The Dead Gentleman please

  26. Antoinette says:

    THE DEAD GENTLEMAN please.

  27. The Dead Gentleman, please. (Loved Powerless, too.)

  28. Ellen Heath says:

    I’m a big fan of Michael Morpurgo, so I vote for An Elephant in the Garden.

  29. The Apothecary

  30. The Dead Gentleman, please.

  31. It already looks like I’ll be outvoted, but THE APOTHECARY.

  32. The Dead Gentleman, please!

  33. The Dead Gentleman!

  34. A Million Miles From Boston

  35. Dragon’s Tooth. Best N.D. Wilson yet.

  36. Mary Oldham says:

    Please review Matthew Cody’s book, THE DEAD GENTLEMAN, because he promised to pay me a gazillion dollars if I voted for it!!!

  37. The Grand Plan to Fix Everything

  38. Secrets at Sea!

  39. The Dead Gentleman please.

  40. Dick Holmes says:

    True–Sort Of

  41. Emerald Atlas

  42. Ms. Martha says:

    Leisle and Po please.

  43. The Apothecary, have loved Maile Meloy’s other short stories

  44. O my! How hard to pick just one! Silver Bowl by Stanley.

  45. Suzannah Scott-Moncrieff says:

    The Dead Gentleman by Matthew Cody

  46. True…Sort Of

  47. Vicki Hall says:

    A Dog’s Way Home

  48. Another vote for How Lamar’s Bad Prank Won a Bubba-Sized Trophy.

  49. Susie Highley says:

    An Elephant in the Garden. I hope Morpurgo gets more richly-deserved attention now that War Horse is a film. (and already a play). Plus it wouldn’t take you too long to read!

  50. With a Name Like Love.

  51. Dragon’s Tooth

  52. How Lamar’s Bad Prank Won a Bubba-Sized Trophy

  53. I would love to hear your review of The Dead Gentleman.

  54. On a purely selfish note I’d love to see your review of either the Clementine book or the one and only stuey lewis. I’ve read both for the cybils and know which one I think is a better book but would be very interested in your opinion.

  55. Planet Middle School by Nikki
    Grimes

  56. With a Name Like Love

  57. WHAT’S BUGGING BAILEY BLECKER? Please. Because I really want to know.

  58. Wildwood; please.

  59. i’d like to know what you think of my book, How They Croaked. thanks, Georgia

  60. I’d love to see a review of How Lamar’s Bad Prank Won a Bubba-Sized Trophy.

    I have no idea if the rest of the book measures up, but the first page is so funny that I’ve been hand-selling it to people at my branch on that basis alone.

  61. Secrets at Sea

  62. We Are Not Eaten By Yaks. Who could resist that title?

  63. Secrets at Sea

  64. Flutter: the Story of Four Sisters and an Incredible Journey

  65. I would love to see what you think about The Fourth Stall.

  66. jennthomas says:

    Please Review Matthew Cody’s DEAD GENTLEMAN….please…..

  67. Jean Reagan says:

    A Dog’s Way Home

  68. Jo Reynolds says:

    I would like you to review The Dead Gentleman by Matthew Cody.

  69. The Dead Gentleman