Stacey’s Thirteen Titles of 2013 (plus two bonus books!)

I can’t help it. I have to stick with the tried and true: organization by author in alphabetical order! This way I can indicate an equal love of all the titles if there is a reason for the order of the list… ta-dah! There fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, teen, and children’s books, all mixed in together. The one thing they have in common? They’re on my list! (ha!) So here they come:

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown

How in the world has this not been optioned for a major Hollywood movie? A great-and true!- story of young men who overcame a variety of obstacles to achieve greatness.

The Possibility Dogs: What I Learned from Second-Chance Rescues About Service, Hope, and Healing
The Possibility Dogs by Susannah Charleson
After years of working with search & rescue dogs, the author has begun to train shelter dogs to assist people with medical and emotional issues. This book relates her personal journey with her own animals, as well as those she’s trained, sharing both the happy and sad aspects of caring for four-footed creatures.

Swagger by Carl Deuker
Swagger by Carl Deuker
This book may have been written for teens but I would encourage parents, teachers, and coaches to pick it up as well. An important part of his highschool basketball team, Jonas and his parents must move before his senior year. Jonas thinks making the team at his new school is his biggest challenge -but that’s nothing compared to the troubles he finds himself facing in the end.

Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
Flora and Ulysses by Kate Dicamillo
Adorable! A squirrel gets sucked into a vacuum and comes out a poet? Love that! And Flora is pretty swell too!

Emerald Green (Ruby Red Trilogy Series #3)
Emerald Green by Kerstin Geir
The final book in the trilogy, this story does a great job of providing plenty of action while still wrapping up loose ends and solving the mystery!

From the Kitchen of Half Truth
From the Kitchen of Half Truth by Maria Goodin
The magical story of Meg May and her mom, a lady who loved to take the ordinary and make it into something extraordinary. Too bad Meg only likes verifiable facts.

Wars in Toyland
Wars in Toyland by Joe Harris
When his big brother goes missing, Matthew he will be the one to find Alex. And so the adventure begins! Beautiful illustrations and a clever story make this graphic novel a work of art!

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen
Relish by Lucy Knisley
If you like a little something funny to go with your meal? This is the graphic novel for you! Yes, recipes are included!

The Last Word: A Spellman Novel
Last Word by Lisa Lutz
As the last Spellman book, a much loved series, this was a scary book to read -what if the author ended things badly? But she didn’t! In fact, there’s a smashingly, suprising end -with a twist! Thank you Ms. Lutz!

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles Series #2)
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
I try not to repeat authors in successive years but -each entry in this series is so strong I couldn’t help myself! This book uses the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale for it’s origin.

Eleanor & Park
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
An unconventional teen love story set in the 1980s, the appropriate time-period details are a nice touch.

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
A fictionalized account of life in Lithuania under Soviet control during World War II. Such a powerful story!

The Execution of Noa P. Singleton
The Execution of Noa P. Singleton by Elizabeth Silver
Noa has already been tried and convicted of murder by the book begins, leaving readers to discover the truth from stories told of the past.

The Engagements
The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan
Did you know a woman named Frances Gerety came up with the slogan “A Diamond is Forever” in 1947? Me either! And the power of a diamond engagement has only increased ever since, as demonstrated by the stories of individual couples through the decades.

and how can i not add:
Better Serving Teens through School Library-Public Library Collaborations
Better Serving Teens through School Library–Public Library Collaborations by Cherie Pandora and Stacey Hayman (Yes! That’s me!) True, it’s most likely to appeal to those who work with teens in school or public libraries but -it was published this year and I’m proud of it!

Please enjoy the week -like I will- and we’ll meet back here next Monday for our regularly scheduled Latest Additions, shall we?

— Stacey

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