1. A Lion Called Christian by Ace Bourke and John Rendall
2. The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell
This is one of those random books that I found on my Overdrive app and decided to read...it was a mistake. I know that this book is aimed at highschool/college girls, but it was just painful to read. So painful that I actually didn't finish it; and I NEVER give up on books. It just felt like page after page of girl drama and I just wanted to scream at Carrie to grow a back bone and get a clue. Clearly I have no patience for teenage girls.
3. Stolen Innocence by Elissa Wall
4. The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
I love science fiction, and I love this book. I've read it before, but it's been years and I wanted to read it again. For those of you who haven't heard of it, Ember is a city that is slowly dying. The power keeps going off for longer and longer periods, food and materials are becoming scarce, and uncertainty is increasing for all. The people of Ember have been taught that they are the only city in the world, and believe that there is no way out of it's decaying infrastructure. A young girl named Lina dreams of city that is clean and not falling apart. She works together with her friend Doon to try to find a way out of their city and bring hope to the people of Ember. I love this book because it's well written, the characters grow and change and it's thoughtful. My students love reading this book every year and it's a book I always recommend.
5. Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix
I've mentioned before that I love Haddix's books. They're well written and thoroughly engaging. This book I started reading as a read aloud to my 5th graders, but we ran out of time before school ended. As dismissal was going on the last day of school, I had 4 or 5 kids frantically skimming the last couple of pages because they HAD to know what happened. Personally I thought the first half of this book was phenomenal and the second half was okay. In the beginning there is all this mystery, uncertainty and suspicion that pulls you in and keeps you reading. However, once you start to get the answers, it doesn't have the same pull. Still interesting, but it becomes a little far-fetched and anticlimatic. Still a great read overall, but not the ending I was looking for.
6. Heat Wave by Nancy Thayer
7. The One by Kiera Cass
8. The People of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrau
*Spoiler- don't read this if you don't want to know what happens at the end of The City of Ember*