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November 11, 2012

cybils, top 15 thus far
posted by soe 4:37 am

Today was our first Cybils deadline, where we had to share the top 15 books of what we’d read thus far.

Mine were, in no particular order:

  • Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip, a contemporary romance focusing on a boy whose interests include pitching, photography, and hanging out with his grandfather
  • The Fault in Our Stars, a contemporary romance between two kids who have cancer
  • Come August, Come Freedom: The Bellows, The Gallows, and The Black General Gabriel, historical fiction of a Virginia slave who led an unsuccessful rebellion for freedom
  • Chopsticks, a novel of ephemera that blends the lines between the real and the imagined
  • How to Save a Life, a contemporary coming-of-age novel about two teen girls whose lives intersect when one of them agrees to give up her impending baby to the other’s mother for adoption
  • Pinned, the coming-of-age tale of two classmates, both of whom are struggling to overcome a disability
  • Ladies in Waiting, historical fiction set in the court of Charles II focusing on three teen girls in the innermost circle of the queen
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, a coming-of-age story of a Mexican-American boy in the 1970s
  • Gone, Gone, Gone, a teen romance set in the D.C. suburbs in the aftermath of 9/11 and during the sniper attacks
  • My Own Revolution, historical coming-of-age fiction set in the Communist era of Czechoslovakia
  • DJ Rising, in which a teenage boy struggling to make ends meet at home gets the chance of a lifetime to follow his dream
  • The Boy on Cinnamon Street, a contemporary romance involving a girl who’s suffering from PTSD
  • Finding Somewhere, a poetic (in turn of phrase, not in terms of format) story of two teenaged horse thieves
  • Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am, the story of an injured Iraqi war vet aimed at upper middle schoolers
  • Winter Town, a contemporary romance novel I’ll be recommending to everyone who likes a slightly angst-ridden holiday read
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