Top Twenty Reads of 2003

To celebrate blogging for ten years, here are my Top Ten Twenty books from 2003:

Alchemy Boy Meets Boy The City of Ember (Book of Ember, #1)

Alchemy by Margaret Mahy (reviewed September 20, 2003)

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan (reviewed November 23, 2003)

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau (reviewed September 28, 2003)

A Cool Moonlight Dead Girls Don't Write Letters Diary of a Worm

A Cool Moonlight by Angela Johnson (reviewed December 26, 2003)

Dead Girls Don’t Write Letters by Gail Giles (reviewed September 2, 2003)

Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin (reviewed September 6, 2003)

The Dream Bearer East Eragon (Inheritance, #1)

The Dream Bearer by Walter Dean Myers (reviewed September 29, 2003)

East by Edith Pattou (reviewed December 14, 2013)

Eragon by Christopher Paolini (reviewed October 7, 2003)

Feed Friction  The Goblin Wood (Goblin Wood, #1)

Feed by M. T. Anderson (reviewed October 18, 2003)

Friction by E. R. Frank (reviewed December 1, 2003)

The Goblin Wood by Hilari Bell (reviewed August 26, 2003)

A Northern Light Olive's Ocean The River Between Us

A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly (reviewed August 19, 2003)

Olive’s Ocean by Kevin Henkes (reviewed October 31, 2003)

The River Between Us by Richard Peck (reviewed November 14, 2003)

Roller Coaster Saffy's Angel (Casson Family, #1) Sahara Special

Roller Coaster by Marla Frazee (reviewed September 15, 2003)

Saffy’s Angel by Hilary McKay (reviewed October 18, 2003)

Sahara Special by Esme Raji Codell (reviewed December 4, 2003)

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Sisterhood, #1) The Tale of Despereaux

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares (reviewed November 3, 2003)

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo (reviewed October 26, 2003)

NPR’s Top 100 Must-Reads for Kids 9-14

NPR Books

NPR has their latest Top 100 list, this time focusing on books for children aged 9-14.  The list is a result of nominations from over 2000 people that were whittled down by an expert panel (including the amazing Travis Jonker of 100 Scope Notes) to arrive at the golden 100 titles. 

There are so many personal favorites on the list.  They rocket me back to my childhood, but are also titles that will resonate with today’s children.   It’s a beautiful list.  Did your favorites make it?

The Book Thief–The Movie


USA Today has the first stills from the upcoming film version of The Book Thief which will be released November 15th.  They also have an article about finding the young star, Sophie Nelisse.  I only hope the beauty of the stills is the way the entire film looks and of course that they really follow the incredible story of the book.  Though it is that amazing writing that will be lost in the translation to film.

Thanks to YA Highway for the link.