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February 27, 2014

School Library Journal's Battle of the Books is about to begin! In preparation, I'm reviewing one of the two contenders I hadn't read. All the Truth That's in Me, by Julie Berry, was so good, I voted for it to win the Undead poll.

Happy reading!




Contemporary
Eleanor & Park
Eleanor & Park
by Rainbow Rowell
read by Rebecca Lowman and Sunil Malhotra

Endangered
Endangered
by Eliot Schrefer

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie

Peeled
by Joan Bauer

The Princess Plot
by Kirsten Boie
narrated by Polly Lee

Beauty Queens
by Libba Bray

Ask Me No Questions
by Marina Budhos

Heist Society
by Ally Carter

The Plain Janes
by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg

Janes in Love
by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg

The End of the Line
by Angela Cerrito

Dying to Know You
by Aidan Chambers

The London Eye Mystery
by Siobhan Dowd

November Blues
by Sharon M. Draper

Bunheads
by Sophie Flack

The Patron Saint of Butterflies
by Cecilia Galante

Let It Snow
by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle

Paper Towns
by John Green

Will Grayson, Will Grayson
by John Green
and David Levithan

The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green

Page by Paige
by Laura Lee Gulledge

Why We Broke Up
by Daniel Handler
art by Maira Kalman

Project Sweet Life
by Brent Hartinger

North of Beautiful
by Justine Chen Headley

Letters from Rapunzel
by Sara Lewis Holmes

Suite Scarlett
by Maureen Johnson

The Breakup Bible
by Melissa Kantor

Everybody Sees the Ants
by A. S. King

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
by E. Lockhart

Dairy Queen
by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
read by Natalie Moore

The Off Season
by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
read by Natalie Moore

Front and Center
by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

The Sky Is Everywhere
by Jandy Nelson

Suspect
by Kristin Wolden Nitz

First Daughter:
Extreme American Makeover

by Mitali Perkins

The Cardturner
by Louis Sachar

Perfect You
by Elizabeth Scott

Stealing Heaven
by Elizabeth Scott

Marcelo in the Real World
by Francisco X. Stork
read by Lincoln Hoppe

The Last Summer of the Death Warriors
by Francisco X. Stork

American Born Chinese
by Gene Luen Yang


Fantasy
The Rithmatist
The Rithmatist
by Brandon Sanderson

The Bitter Kingdom
The Bitter Kingdom
by Rae Carson

Wings
by E. D. Baker

The Looking Glass Wars
by Frank Beddor

Seeing Redd
by Frank Beddor

Chime
by Franny Billingsley

White Cat
by Holly Black

White Cat
by Holly Black
read by Jesse Eisenberg

Red Glove
by Holly Black

Black Heart
by Holly Black

Zombies vs. Unicorns
edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier

A Curse Dark as Gold
by Elizabeth C. Bunce

Star Crossed
by Elizabeth C. Bunce

Liar's Moon
by Elizabeth C. Bunce

Dragon's Keep
by Janet Lee Carey

The Girl of Fire and Thorns
by Rae Carson

The Crown of Embers
by Rae Carson

Graceling
by Kristin Cashore

Fire
by Kristin Cashore

Bitterblue
by Kristin Cashore

Vessel
by Sarah Beth Durst

The Last Dragonslayer
by Jasper Fforde

Princess of the Midnight Ball
by Jessica Day George

Princess of Glass
by Jessica Day George

Princess of the Silver Woods
by Jessica Day George

Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow
by Jessica Day George

Book of a Thousand Days Audiobook
by Shannon Hale
read by Chelsea Mixon and the Full Cast Family

Book of a Thousand Days
by Shannon Hale

Enna Burning
by Shannon Hale
read by Cynthia Bishop and the Full Cast Family

River Secrets
by Shannon Hale

Forest Born
by Shannon Hale

Princess Academy
by Shannon Hale
read by Laura Credidio and the Full Cast Family

Palace of Stone
by Shannon Hale

Rapunzel's Revenge
by Shannon and Dean Hale
illustrated by Nathan Hale

Calamity Jack
by Shannon and Dean Hale
illustrated by Nathan Hale

Violet Wings
by Victoria Hanley

The Lost Conspiracy
by Frances Hardinge

Seraphina
by Rachel Hartman

The Princess and the Hound
by Mette Ivie Harrison

The Order of Odd-Fish
by James Kennedy

Grave Mercy
by Robin LaFevers

Dark Triumph
by Robin LaFevers

Skulduggery Pleasant
by Derek Landy
performed by Rupert Degas

Finnikin of the Rock
by Melina Marchetta

Froi of the Exiles
by Melina Marchetta

Quintana of Charyn
by Melina Marchetta

Wildwood Dancing
by Juliet Marillier

Cybele's Secret
by Juliet Marillier

Shadowfell
by Juliet Marillier

Raven Flight
by Juliet Marillier

The Hero and the Crown
by Robin McKinley

Chalice
by Robin McKinley

Fire
Tales of Elemental Spirits

by Robin McKinley and Peter Dickinson

Pegasus
by Robin McKinley

Shadows
by Robin McKinley

The Light-Bearer's Daughter
by O. R. Melling

A Corner of White
by Jaclyn Moriarty

Princess Ben
by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Wisdom's Kiss
by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Firebirds Soaring
edited by Sharyn November

The Magic and the Healing
by Nick O'Donohoe

The False Princess
by Ellis O'Neal

Rampant
by Diana Peterfreund

Ascendant
by Diana Peterfreund

Silver Phoenix
by Cindy Pon

My Fair Godmother
by Janette Rallison

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Audiobook
by J. K. Rowling
performed by Jim Dale

Once a Princess
by Sherwood Smith

Twice a Prince
by Sherwood Smith

A Stranger to Command
by Sherwood Smith

The Trouble with Kings
by Sherwood Smith

Hannah's Garden
by Midori Snyder

The Ring of Solomon
by Jonathan Stroud

Dreamdark
Blackbringer

by Laini Taylor

Dreamdark
Silksinger

by Laini Taylor

Toads and Diamonds
by Heather Tomlinson

Thirteenth Child
by Patricia C. Wrede

Across the Great Barrier
by Patricia C. Wrede

The Mislaid Magician
by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer

The Seven Towers
by Patricia C. Wrede


Historical
All the Truth That's in Me
All the Truth That's in Me
by Julie Berry

Boxers & Saints
Boxers & Saints
by Gene Luen Yang

Laika
by Nick Abadzis

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing
Traitor to the Nation
Volume I, The Pox Party

by M. T. Anderson
read by Peter Francis James

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing
Traitor to the Nation
Volume II, The Kingdom on the Waves

by M. T. Anderson
read by Peter Francis James

A Brief History of Montmaray
by Michelle Cooper

The FitzOsbornes in Exile
by Michelle Cooper

The FitzOsbornes at War
by Michelle Cooper

Mare's War
by Tanita S. Davis

The House of Dead Maids
by Clare B. Dunkle

Crossing Stones
by Helen Frost

Blood Red Horse
by K. M. Grant
Performed by Maggie Mash

Kira-Kira
by Cynthia Kadohata

Keeping the Castle
by Patrice Kindl

Hattie Big Sky
by Kirby Larson

The Joys of Love
by Madeleine L'Engle

Miss Spitfire
by Sarah Miller

No Crystal Stair
by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
Artwork by R. Gregory Christie

Dodger
by Terry Pratchett
read by Stephen Briggs

Anahita's Woven Riddle
by Meghan Nuttall Sayres

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy
by Gary D. Schmidt

Between Shades of Gray
by Ruta Sepetys

The Witch of Blackbird Pond
by Elizabeth George Speare

The Thief audiobook
by Megan Whalen Turner

The Queen of Attolia audiobook
by Megan Whalen Turner

The King of Attolia
by Megan Whalen Turner

The King of Attolia Audiobook
by Megan Whalen Turner
performed by Jeff Woodman

A Conspiracy of Kings
by Megan Whalen Turner

A Conspiracy of Kings
by Megan Whalen Turner
narrated by Jeff Woodman

The Empty Kingdom
by Elizabeth E. Wein

Code Name Verity
by Elizabeth Wein

Code Name Verity
by Elizabeth Wein
read by Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell

Rose Under Fire
by Elizabeth Wein



Paranormal
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
by Holly Black

Far Far Away
Far Far Away
by Tom McNeal

The Body Finder
by Kimberly Derting

Desires of the Dead
by Kimberly Derting

Revolution
by Jennifer Donnelly
read by Emily Janice Card and Emma Bering

Enchanted Ivy
by Sarah Beth Durst

Ice
by Sarah Beth Durst

Drink, Slay, Love
by Sarah Beth Durst

Conjured
by Sarah Beth Durst

Beastly
by Alex Flinn

A Kiss in Time
by Alex Flinn

The Name of the Star
by Maureen Johnson

The Madness Underneath
by Maureen Johnson

Princess for Hire
by Lindsey Leavitt

Wicked Lovely
by Melissa Marr

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer
by Lish McBride

Necromancing the Stone
by Lish McBride

Twilight
by Stephenie Meyer

New Moon
by Stephenie Meyer

Eclipse
by Stephenie Meyer

Breaking Dawn
by Stephenie Meyer

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner
by Stephenie Meyer

A Monster Calls
by Patrick Ness

Gorgeous
by Paul Rudnick

Midwinterblood
by Marcus Sedgwick

The Scorpio Races
by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys
by Maggie Stiefvater

The Dream Thieves
by Maggie Stiefvater

Lips Touch: Three Times
by Laini Taylor
with illustrations by Jim Di Bartolo

Daughter of Smoke and Bone
by Laini Taylor

Days of Blood and Starlight
by Laini Taylor

Num8ers
by Rachel Ward



Science Fiction
Cress
Cress
by Marissa Meyer

Across a Star-Swept Sea
Across a Star-Swept Sea
by Diana Peterfreund

Candor
by Pam Bachorz

Ship Breaker
by Paolo Bacigalupi

The Drowned Cities
by Paolo Bacigalupi

The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire
by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay
by Suzanne Collins

The Sky Inside
by Clare B. Dunkle

Enchantress from the Stars
by Sylvia Louise Engdahl
performed by Jennifer Ikeda

Journey Between Worlds
by Sylvia Engdahl

Flight, Volume 4

Dangerous
by Shannon Hale

How to Ditch Your Fairy
by Justine Larbalestier

Every Day
by David Levithan

Son
by Lois Lowry
read by Bernadette Dunne

Cinder
by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet
by Marissa Meyer

A Confusion of Princes
by Garth Nix

For Darkness Shows the Stars
by Diana Peterfreund

Life As We Knew It
by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Gunnerkrigg Court:
Volume One, Orientation

by Thomas Siddell

The Arrival
by Shaun Tan

Tales from Outer Suburbia
by Shaun Tan

Lost and Found
by Shaun Tan

Leviathan
by Scott Westerfeld
read by Alan Cumming

Behemoth
by Scott Westerfeld

Goliath
by Scott Westerfeld
read by Alan Cumming

Specials
by Scott Westerfeld

The Eternal Smile
by Shaun Tan