These are my Top 10 Children’s/Teen Books of 2010, but as with the picture books in my last post, these selections are not ranked or in any particular order. And although most of them came out this year, one or two are less recent.
Crowfield Curse by Pat Walsh – Absolutely charming, spooky, touching and delightful. If you like Cornelia Funke or Joseph Delaney, you will love this book as well as the clever way all sorts of mythologies and faery lore are blended in with angels as cosmic journeyers and the daily lives of monks.
Zeus: King of the Gods by George O’Connor – If you enjoyed the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, you’ll definitely like this first in a series of graphic novels about the Greek Gods. It’s the perfect amount of action and storytelling. O’Connor’s Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess came out this year and was great too. In 2011, the stories of Hades and then Hera will come out. I can’t wait to read those as well.
Storm in the Barn by Matt Phelan – A very touching, poignant graphic novel as well as a quick read since the story is told more through pictures than words. The majority of Jack’s tale and eventual confrontation with a rain god/king/spirit is made up of silent, heart-breaking moments. This book that really captures the desperate situation of people living in through the Dust Bowl and the loneliness of one little boy who can’t seem to do much for anyone including his sickly sister or his unhappy father. That said it does have a happy ending!
Search for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi – An absolutely amazing Science Fiction book about a young girl, a robot, and a lot of aliens searching for answers about what happened to all the other humans. The illustrations were incredible and the care put into the entire story was lovely. I came to really care deeply for Eva Nine, Otto, Muthr, and Rovender.
The Squire, His Knight, and His Lady by Gerald Morris – The tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight through the eyes of his squire Terence. A terrific book although I haven’t been able to get myself to finish the rest of Morris’ series.
Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson – A really amazing and powerful story about a teenage girl who deals being a slave at the start of the American Revolution. Through it all, despite lies, betrayals, wrongful punishments and profound loss, Isobel remains determined to free herself and right the wrongs done to her. Needless to say, I couldn’t put this book down.
Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen – Think Gossip Girl meets the Twenties and deals with prohibition, bootleggers, and speakeasies. This book was very well-written, historically detailed, and enjoyable. Even when I disliked the decisions characters made, I could see why they made them and I can’t wait for the next book about Astrid, Cordelia, and Letty.
Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan – For me Greek and Norse myths remain old, dear friends whereas Egyptian Myths are more like the friends I don’t hear from very often but still care about. And I have to say that really helped me enjoy this book a little bit more than most of Percy Jackson’s adventures. I still need to get around to The Lost Hero which also came out this year.
Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler – Lisabeth struggles in believable ways with her own self-doubt and inability to see the world as it really is. Only by becoming Famine and confronting the other horsemen can she overcome the Thin voice and all the fear that prevents her from opening up and accepting the love of others. Overall, Kessler tackles the very difficult and sensitive issue of anorexia very well in this book. I also cannot wait to read Rage which comes out in April 2011.
- Skinned by Robin Wasserman
- Forgive my Fins by Tera Lynn Childs
- Birth of a Killer by Darren Shan
- Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
- Point Blank by Anthony Horowitz
- Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess by George O’Connor
- Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
- How to Train Your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell
- The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
Is it odd that 7 out of 10 of these books have blue-ish covers? Ah well.
Check back tomorrow for a post of my Top 10 Adult Books of 2010!