BEST OF FICTION 2007
Where I Live by Eileen Spinelli, illustrated by Matt Phelan
I may be crossing too much into my “favorite” category, but I just adore this book. I read it at ALA and just cried with the Penguin sales rep. It’s so beautifully illustrated and the theme is handled so sensitively and poignantly. My heart broke reading it…yet my head knew that everything would be right in the end.
Talented Clementine by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Marla Frazee
I love her. I do. (Clemtine, that is) I just wish that every adult in my world was as sensitive as understanding as they all are in Clementine’s world.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Innovative and fascinating. Wanna know how film and literature combine almost flawlessly into a single package? Read this book.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
This has made lots of “best of” lists. You know why.
And I'm only listing four titles on this list, for a couple of reasons. First, I couldn't find a fifth that I liked more than the others. Here's the list I was operating from:
If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period by Gennifer Choldenko
Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World by E.L. Konigsburg
Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson
None of those really stood out from the rest for me. Second, I haven't read Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis yet. I have a sneaking suspicion that would be on my list, if I had read it.