Thursday, January 3, 2013

Kellee's Favorite Non-2012 Books Read in 2012

I don't know how many of you find yourself in the same boat as me: a year ends and I realize I had missed a bunch of great books from the year before (or other years before that) and I make sure to fit it into my bookstack for that year. This list is to celebrate the great non-2012 books that I read in 2012 because they deserve recognition as well. 
**All of these winners are based completely on my opinion and is only based on the books I read in 2012, not all books published in 2012.**

Favorite Young Adult Realistic Fiction Novels
How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr, Bluefish by Pat Schmatz, 
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler, and Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach

Favorite YA Multicultural Novel
Queen of Water by Laura Resau & Maria Virginia Farinango

Favorite YA Sci-Fi Novels
The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe, Blood Red Road by Moira Young, Girl of Fire and Thorns 
by Rae Carson, and iBoy by Kevin Brooks

Favorite YA Fantasy Novels
Graceling & Fire by Kristin Cashore, Starclimber by Kenneth Oppel, and 
This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel

Favorite YA Non-Fiction Graphic Novels
by Sid Jacobson & Ernie Colon, and The 9/11 Report by Sid Jacobson et al. 

Favorite YA Graphic Novels
I Love Him to Pieces by Evonne Tsang, Brody's Ghost, Book 1 by Mark Crilley, 
and The Kite Runner: Graphic Novel by Khaled Hosseini

Favorite YA Historical Fiction Novels
(and includes 3 of my favorite books I read all year)
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow, 
Cleopatra's Moon by Vicky Alvear Schecter, and  Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel

Favorite YA Poetry Collection

Favorite Middle Grade Realistic Fiction
The Summer of May by Cecelia Galante, Dolphin Sky by Ginny Rorby, Ghetto Cowboy by G. Neri, 
and Middle School is Worse than Meatloaf by Jennifer L. Holm

Favorite MG Sci-Fi Novels
Moonbase Crisis by Rebecca Moesta & Kevin J. Anderson and Dark Life by Kat Falls

Favorite MG Fantasy Novels
The Frog Princess by E.D. Baker, Lone Wolf by Kathryn Lasky, and Gossamer by Lois Lowry

Favorite MG Multicultural Novel
A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

Favorite MG Mystery Novel
Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett

Favorite MG Novel-in-Verse
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Favorite MG Historical Fiction Novel
Our Only May Amelia & The Trouble with May Amelia by Jennifer L. Holm, 
Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos, and Athena's Son by Jeryl Schoenbeck

Favorite MG Non-Fiction Book
Chimpanzees I Love by Jane Goodall

Favorite MG Graphic Novels 
(like I said in my post for best 2012 books, this is category is really taking off!)
Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke, Sidekicks by Dan Santat, Jellaby by Kean Soo, 
Amulet (series) by Kazu Kibuishi, Mal & Chad: The Biggest, Bestest Time Ever! by Stephen McCranie, Media Meltdown by Liam O'Donnell, and Bad Island by Doug TenNapel

Favorite Children's Chapter Books
Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey, Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom by Eric Wight, 
and Lulu and the Brontosaurus by Judith Viorst

Favorite Children's Graphic Novels
Ook & Gluk by Dav Pilkey, Babymouse (series) by Jennifer L. & Matthew Holm,
and Lunch Lady (series) by Jarrett Krosoczka

Favorite Fiction Picture Books
Moonpowder by John Rocco, Linnea in Monet's Garden by Christina Bjork & Lena Anderson, 
I'm Here by Peter H. Reynolds, Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld, Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse 
by Kevin Henkes, and Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell & David Catrow

Favorite Non-fiction Picture Books
Sit In by Andrea Davis & Brian Pinkney, When Bob Met Woody by Gary Golio & Marc Burckhardt, Me...Jane by Patrick McDonnell, A River of Words by Jennifer Fisher Bryant & Melissa Sweet, and Players in Pigtails by Shana Corey & Rebecca Gibbon

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