Thursday, December 16, 2010


This summer, Donalyn Miller (@donalynbooks on Twitter)  shared her Book-A-Day Challenge with us on her blog. Her goal was to finish a book a day all summer. She shared her reading via blog and Twitter (#bookaday).  As her pile grew this fall, Donalyn suggested the book-a-day challenge again over holiday break. Lots of people jumped on board to join.  Because my pile of books has grown and grown with no end in sight, I thought I'd try to participate this year.  It seemed like a good time for me to catch up on some great books I've been dying to read.  If you want to join us in meeting a reading goal, just tweet using the hashtag #bookaday.

I decided to try to catch up on Middle Grade novels for the #bookaday challenge. I am trying to fit in a few YA novels before break begins but have a stack of 12+ middle grade/early YA novels that I am hoping to read during #bookaday.  Many of these were in my ALAN box but I am choosing the ones that lend themselves more toward younger YA readers.  With a K-5 building, I am exciting to catch up with new books our older kids may love.

Here is what is on my stack so far.  This list could change, but this is how it stands right now.

Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (Okay, so one true YA book:-)
Warp Speed by Lisa Yee
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin (can't believe I haven't read this one yet.)
A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
Penny Dreadful by Laura Snyder
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place by Maryrose Wood
Zora and Me (highly recommended by Paul Hankins)
Bystander by James Preller (can't believe I haven't read this one yet)
The Kneebone Boy by Ellen Potter
Big Nate by Lincoln Pierce
The Defense of Thaddeus A. Ledbetter by Gosselink
Lulu and the Brontosaurus by Judith Viorst
How I Nicky Flynn Finally Get a Life (And a Dog) by Art Corriveau


  1. Oh, what a good idea! I don't have a 2-week break, but I am definitely planning on whittling down my TBR pile on my vacation!

  2. Still working on my pile for #bookaday. I loved Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place. Thanks for sharing your stack. Happy Reading and Merry Christmas!

  3. Read Dash and Lilly first! It rocks and is set during the holidays. I also loved The Incorrible Children of Ashton Place. (Just remembered it also has a holiday mention....)

  4. Great titles! Those are top notch choices. I loved Ashton Place and need to read A Long Walk to Water. Happy reading!

  5. Good luck Franki! I am still trying to get to the Christmas book reviews!! Can't wait to hear your thoughts on Zora and Me (and the rest, of course)

  6. I loved LuLu and the Brontosaurus!

  7. Great book choices! Can't wait to start this challenge!


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