Top 30 Reads of 2008

Here are my top picks for books I read and reviewed in 2008!  I reviewed two Margarita Engle books  and two Shaun Tan books in 2008 and had to pick just one from each.  That was just the start of the difficult choices to get to this list.  Look what a year it was for teen novels!

The Adoration of Jenna Fox (Jenna Fox Chronicles, #1) 2881389 3476560

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson (reviewed February 8, 2008)

Beware of the Frog by William Bee (reviewed July 18, 2008)

The Black Book of Colors by Menena Cottin, illustrated by Rosana Faria (reviewed September 23, 2008)

Blue Goose A Curse Dark As Gold Debbie Harry Sings in French

Blue Goose by Nancy Tafuri (reviewed January 24, 2008)

A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce (reviewed March 17, 2008)

Debbie Harry Sings in French by Meagan Brothers (reviewed February 29, 2008)

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks Elijah of Buxton Guardian

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart (reviewed March 19, 2008)

Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis (reviewed January 17, 2008)

Guardian by Julius Lester (reviewed August 8, 2008)

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1) Impossible (Impossible, #1) The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (reviewed July 8, 2008)

Impossible by Nancy Werlin (reviewed July 8, 2008)

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (reviewed September 17, 2008)

Let it Shine Living Dead Girl Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau

Let It Shine by Ashley Bryan (reviewed January 18, 2008)

Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott (reviewed October 22, 2008)

Manfish by Jennifer Berne, illustrated by Eric Puybaret (reviewed June 4, 2008)

Monkey with a Tool Belt Newes from the Dead Paper Towns

Monkey with a Tool Belt by Chris Monroe (reviewed June 6, 2008)

Newes from the Dead by Mary Hooper (reviewed June 10, 2008)

Paper Towns by John Green (reviewed August 6, 2008)

2380834 The Red Necklace (French Revolution, #1) The Savage

Planting the Trees of Kenya by Clair A. Nivola (reviewed May 16, 2008)

The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner (reviewed June 3, 2008)

The Savage by David Almond, illustrated by Dave McKean (reviewed December 11, 2008)

Skim The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom Tales from Outer Suburbia

Skim by Mariko Tamaki, drawings by Jillian Tamaki (reviewed December 23, 2008)

The Surrender Tree by Margarita Engle (reviewed February 19, 2008)

Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan (reviewed September 22, 2008)

Trouble The Underneath Unwind (Unwind, #1)

Trouble by Gary D. Schmidt (reviewed February 19. 2008)

The Underneath by Kathi Appelt (reviewed June 5, 2008)

Unwind by Neal Shuterman (reviewed June 18, 2008)

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A Visitor for Bear by Bonny Becker, illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton (reviewed March 18, 2008)

Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor (reviewed February 18, 2008)

Wave by Suzy Lee (reviewed October 27, 2008)

2 thoughts on “Top 30 Reads of 2008

  1. It’s a delight to watch some of these go by – and to remember the ones I haven’t picked up yet!! I am slowly building an Ashley Bryan collection. Such beautiful stuff…


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