Saturday, December 29, 2012

Rosalind's List Of The Best Books Ever

This is a list I have made over the years of really, really good books. If you need a book to read, look no further!
Rosalind’s List Of The Best Books Ever
(Alphabetically by title)

• Acceleration by Graham McNamee
• Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie by Kristiana Gregory (Dear America series)
• Agnes Parker: Girl In Progress by Katherine O’Dell
• Along For The Ride by Sarah Dessen
• Amanda by Candace F. Ransom
• The Angel Experiment- Maximum Ride, Book One by James Patterson
• Audrey, Wait by Robin Benway
• Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
• Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brinks
• The Candymakers by Wendy Mass
• Code Orange by Caroline B. Cooney
• Coraline by Neil Gaiman
 • Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters by Leslie Blume
• The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden
• A Crooked Kind Of Perfect by Linda Urban
• The Danger Box by Blue Balliett
• Divergent by Veronica Roth
• Do the Math: Secrets, Lies, and Algebra by Wendy Lichtman
• Drama by Raina Telgemeier
• Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
• Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
• Emily The Strange- The Lost Days by Rob Reger and Jessica Gruner
• Emily Windsnap (series) by Liz Kessler
• Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat by Lynne Jonell
• Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
• Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
• Fly on the Wall by e. lockheart
• From the Mixed-Up Files Of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
• Fudge (series) by Julie Blume
• Gilda Joyce (series) by Jennifer Allison
• Gimme a Call by Sarah Mlynowski
• Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes
• The Giver by Lois Lowry
• The Gollywhopper Games by Jody Feldman
• Half Magic by Edward Eager
• Harry Potter (series) by J. K. Rowling
• Heart of a Samurai by Margi Prues
• The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
• Ida B. by Katherine Hannigan
• In a Heartbeat by Loretta Ellsworth
• The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
• Isabel of the Whales by Hester Velmans
• Island of the Aunts by Eva Ibbotson
• Lily B. on the Brink of Cool by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
• Lily’s Ghosts by Laura Ruby
• The Last Book in the Universe by Rodman Philbrick
• The Lottie Project by Jacqueline Wilson
• Lunch Money by Andrew Clements
• The Lying Game by Sara Shepard
• The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo
• Main Street (series) by Anne M. Martin
• Mandy by Julie Edwards
• A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass
• Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
• Matched by Ally Condie
• Meg: Mystery In Williamsburg by Holly Beth Walker
• Molly Moon (series) by Georgia Byng
• The Mother-Daughter Book Club (series) by Heather Vogel Fredrick
• Movie For Dogs by Lois Duncan
• My Life in Pink and Green by Lisa Greenwald
• The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
• The Mysterious Case Of the Allbright Academy by Diane Stanley
• The Mysterious Matter Of I. M. Fine by Diane Stanley
• Never Mind by AVI and Rachel Vail
• Not As Crazy As I Look by George Harrar
• Password to Larkspur Lane by Carolyn Keene (Nancy Drew series)
• The Penderwicks (series) by Jeanne Birdsall
• Percy Jackson and the Olympians (series) by Rick Riordan
• The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
• Plastic Angel by Nerissa Neilds
• Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
• The Puzzling World of Winston Breen (series) by Eric Berlin
• Rash by Pete Hautman
• The Red Blazer Girls by Michael D. Beil
• The Return Of Santa Paws by Nicholas Edwards
• Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred P. Taylor
• Saffy’s Angel by Hillary McKay
• Sammy Keyes (series) by Wendelin Van Draanen
• Savvy (series) by Ingrid Law
• Science Fair by Dave Perry and Ridley Pearson
• The Secret Garden by Frances Hogson Burnett • Secret School by AVI
• The Secret Series (series) by Pseudonymous Bosch
• A Series Of Unfortunate Events (series) by Lemony Snicket
• The Shadow Children (series) by Margaret Peterson Haddix
• Shadow Spinner by Susan Fletcher
• Shiloh by Lynne Reid Banks
• A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
• Sketchy Behavior by Erynn Mangum
• Smile by Raina Telgemeier
• Solving Zoe by Barbara Dee
• Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie Tolan
• The Talk-Funny Girl by Roland Merullo
• The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
• There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom by Louis Sachar
• The True Meaning Of Smekday by Adam Rex
• The Wednesdays by Julie Borbeau
• When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
• Which Witch? by Eva Ibbotson
• The White Giraffe by Lauren St. John
• A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L’Engle
• 11 Birthdays (series) by Wendy Mass

Friday, December 28, 2012

A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass

A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass is a really good book! It's about a thirteen year-old girl named Mia who has a condition called synesthesia. Synesthesia is when your senses are sort of mixed together.  For example, when Mia sees a letter, she associates a color to it.  (To read more about synesthesia, click here.)  
Mia kept this to herself for many years after an incident in third grade when everyone teased her for thinking every number has a color.  She didn't even know there was a name for her condition!
This book also has a captivating plot and lots of great characters. There is even some romance.  My favorite part of the book was where the title came from, even though it made me cry. I would recommend A Mango-Shaped Space to everyone, and I rate it five out of five stars. By the way, Wendy Mass is one of my favorite authors, and I love her 11 Birthdays series (11 Birthdays, Finally, and 13 Gifts). I hope you all got lots of great books for Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa (I know I did)!

⊿ Rosalind⊿

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Eve And Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate

    Eve and Adam by by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate is a really good, suspenseful book.  It starts when a girl named Evening (a.k.a. Eve or E.V.) gets hit by a car. Her commanding, perfectly put-together mother brings her back to her company, Spiker Biopharmaceuticals, which houses a hospital.  Evening meets a mysterious boy named Solo (what a great name, right?). Her wounded leg heals astonishingly fast... Then, her mom gives her a project to create a simulation boy from the DNA up. 
I really can't tell more without giving anything away, but let me just tell you that this book has a very intriguing plot line, and there are lots of little things that I never saw coming! I would rate Eve and Adam five out of five stars and recommend it to anyone twelve and up (As with all books, it definitely depends on the person). Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!


                                       ❤ ✰ ✡ ❄ Rosalind ❄ ✡ ✰ ❤

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Acceleration by Graham McNamee

    Acceleration, by Graham McNamee, is about a teenager named Duncan who lives in Toronto. It is in the middle of a terrible heat wave. Duncan is kind of a schmooze and his summer consists of hanging out with his friends Wayne and Vinny and working underground in the subway's Lost and Found with Jacob, a crabby old man who rarely speaks.
     Duncan's boring summer takes a turn when he finds a small leather notebook that someone turned in to the Lost and Found. Scribbled inside the book are notes, plans, and newspaper clippings. Notes about  how fast it takes mice to drown in different liquids, plans for killing, and articles about animal abuse and arson cut out from the local newspaper.  What should Duncan do about this sick scrapbook?
   Acceleration is an exciting mystery/suspense novel that is hard to put down. I would rate it five out of five stars, and recommend it to anyone twelve years and older. Thanks for reading!