Battle of the (Kid’s) Books!

Along with being an avid reader I am an avid college basketball fan, specifically a fan of the Xavier Musketeer’s. But alas their bid for the National Championship has ended so I am turning my attention to The School Library’s Journal Battle of the (Kid’s) Books! Complete with bracket and all here is some “madness” that us readers can get behind. I haven’t read the books that are in the competition but I’m really interested to see which books are chosen as “winners” and who takes the “title.” I have read books by some of the judges so I am also interested in seeing their feedback.

Classic American Novel Poll

Please leave a comment listing what other book you would choose that is not listed if you vote “other.” Thanks!

Random Update

I will be heading to the library today to refresh my supply of books!  Hopefully they have the ones I want, I have been disappointed before by my local library.  I am also going to be including classics that I either never read, or don’t remember very well from high school- but won’t be reviewing them here.  I just want to make sure I remain well rounded in my reading instead of just becoming obsessed with my YA lit.  

I’m also thinking of posting a few polls so keep checking back.

Confessions of a Not It Girl- Melissa Kantor

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Confessions of a Not It Girl was a fun light novel that I think provides an alternate idea of what life is like in NYC to that which is presented in Gossip Girl.  While it doesn’t deal with many MAJOR teen issues it deals well with all the little things that teens go through.  I really identified with the way the main character Jan (pronounced Yahn), a senior in high school, was crushing on this boy Josh.  In fact I think teens, young adults, and probably even middle aged women with crushes can see a little bit of themselves in her.  There was some discussion of teenage drinking and the potential for sexual intercourse without any discussion of the consequences which is something that bothered me.  I do not mind those topics being talked about in books for teens, but I think it is important to make some mention of the potential consequences from making those choices.  That being said, nothing was overly explicit or inappropriate and I would not feel out of place recommending it to a student or having it on my bookshelf for students to read.  This book should probably be reserved for 9-12th graders.  I would not use it as required reading for a class.


2004 A Booklist Top Ten Romance Novel for Youths

Publisher’s Weekly editor’s pick

Completed the YA Book Challenge!!




 2009 Young Adult Book Challenge


Read 12 YA novels this year!

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My Read list:

1. Slam- Nick Hornby
2. Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports- James Patterson
3. Maximum Ride: The Final Warning- James Patterson (see above link)
4. An Abundance of Katherines- John Green
5.  Cuba 15– Nancy Osa
6. Bullyville– Francine Prose
7. Tangerine– Edward Bloor
8. Wintergirls- Laurie Halse Anderson
9. How Ya Like Me Now– Brendan Halpin
10. Beauty Shop for Rent– Laura Bowers
11. Boy Proof– Cecil Castellucci
12. Room in the Heart– Sonia Levitin
13. Confessions of a Not It Girl– Melissa Kantor

Room in the Heart- Sonia Levitin

Sonia Levitin creates a very realistic account of German occupied Denmark during World War II perhaps drawing on the fact that as a child she escaped Nazi Germany.  The story follows several characters, some Jewish, some not, and some Nazi sympathizers or soldiers themselves.  While a piece of historical fiction this book is also multi-genre- it consists of narrative writing, diary entries, and letters.  I feel that this story does a great job of showing how the German occupation affected average citizens.  This novel shows great examples of how every day people can make a big difference in other people’s lives.  This novel would be a great addition to a unit on the Holocaust in a history class, or just used as a novel study in a language arts class.  I think it is especially interesting because it is not set in Germany like most of the books written about the Holocaust.  This book could be used in classes from 7th to 10th grade, and because it follows characters of both genders will be able to identify with this book.


One of my favorite quotes that I think Levitin embodies in this novel:

“I want to focus not on the evil, but on the goodness that exists in this world.” page 285



Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People
Scholastic Book Club

Reading Plan for the Weekend 3/27-3/29

My plan for this weekend reading wise is to read:

“Room in the Heart” by Sonia Levitin 


“Confessions of a Not It girl” by Melissa Kantor

I would like to add a third book to at least start but I believe this is all I have out of the library at this point!  Even if I read both of these this weekend I will probably post one review today and the other around Monday sometime.  

Since I’ll be getting a new batch of books from the library this week does anyone have any suggestions?!