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Books I Love-Lists

I love lists: lists about my favorite movies, places, books, actors, songs, lists about what I want for Christmas, what I want in my wardrobe, lists about where I want to go in the world, my goals… lots of lists.

Here’s a list about my favorite books:

So B. ItSarah Weeks 

So B. It

Heidi is on a quest.

She doesn’t know when her birthday is or who her father is. In fact, everything about Heidi and her mentally disabled mother’s past is a mystery.

When a strange word in her mother’s vocabulary of twenty-three words begins to haunt her, Heidi sets out on a cross-country journey in search of the secrets of her past. Far away from home, pieces of her puzzling history come together, But it isn’t until she learns to accept not knowing that Heidi truly arrives.

StargirlJerry Spinelli 


“She was elusive. She was today. She was tomorrow. She was the faintest scent of a cactus flower, the fitting shadow of an elf owl. We did not know what to make of her. In our minds we tried to pin her to a corkboard like a butterfly, but the pin merely went through and away she flew

Stargirl. She’s as magical as the desert sky. As strange as her pet rat. As mysterious as her own name.

From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, the hallways hum with the murmur of ‘Stargirl, Stargirl.’ She captures Leo Borlock’s heart with just one smile. She sparks a school-spirit revolution with just one cheer. The students of Mica High are enchanted.

At first.

Then they turn on her. Stargirl is suddenly shunned for everything that makes her different. And Leo, panicked and desperate with love, urges her to become the very thing that can destroy her: normal.”

Almost HomeJoan Bauer

Almost Home

Sugar Mae Cole doesn’t often get downhearted, but lately it’s been a struggle to keep up her hopes. Newly homeless, Sugar and her mother, Reba, have come to Chicago to make a fresh start. But everything goes wrong, Sugar and her mother are separated, and Sugar and her beloved rescue dog, Shush, are put into foster care. Through poems and letters and memories and grit, Sugar holds onto her dream of someday having a real home again.

Once long ago, a girl lost her home,
but she didn’t lose her dream.
She hung onto it as the wind kept trying
to blow it away,
But that just made it stronger.

Of course they’re are more to be posted shortly: Out of My Mind, Wonder, Because of Winn-Dixie, The Hunger Games, Hound Dog True, Ida B., Out of the Dust, Fever and many more!


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