Quicklists Reads

August 26, 2008

As I mentioned, I’m on ALSC’s Quicklists committee this year and I’ve just contributed my first titles to the committee, and I thought I’d share them with you.  We’re working on a very short list for the WNBA website.  They want 2 titles for 7-9 year olds and 2 titles for 10-13 year olds.  The whole committee submits annotated recommendations and then the committee co-chairs narrow down the final list.  Here are my suggestions:
Fiction
Title: Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things
Author: Look, Lenore
Illustrator: Pham, LeUyen
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade Books
Original copyright date: 2008
Suggested age level: 7-9
Number of pages: 172
Get ready to laugh out loud at the antics of Alvin Ho: 2nd grader,
superhero, and all-around scared kid.  Whether he’s left hanging from a
tree outside for hours or trying to get chicken pox from a classmate in
order to stay home from school, Alvin’s clever and insightful narration,
and the drawings that go along with it, will leave you in stitches!

Fiction
Title: Savvy
Author: Law, Ingrid
Publisher: Dial
Original copyright date: 2008
Suggested age level: 10-13
Number of pages: 352
Mibs Beaumont is about to turn 13 and she knows that this means she will
receive her “savvy,”  a supernatural power that she will need to learn to
control in order to not create chaos and arouse suspicion.  Before Mibs
gets a chance to celebrate her birthday, her father is in a bad car
accident and is unconscious in the hospital.  Mibs is sure that her savvy
(when she figures out what it is,) will wake up her dad and so she heads
off on a wild road trip in a pink bus with her brothers and the preacher’s
kids.

Fiction
Title: London Eye Mystery
Author:  Dowd, Siobhan
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Original copyright date: 2008
Suggested age level: 10-13
Number of pages: 336
What would you do if you saw your cousin get on to a ride, but when the
ride was returned to the ground, your cousin was nowhere to be found?
That’s exactly what happens to Ted and Kat and their cousin Salim at the
London Eye.  Time is running out for Salim and the police are no closer to
solving the mystery of his disappearance…can Ted and Kat figure it out
before it’s too late?  Can you?

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