Top 10 Enticing Galleys


94654676Lynn: We have so much fun doing our year-end top ten lists that we decided to spread the fun of top ten lists throughout the year.  We’re starting by listing the top ten arcs that we scooped up at the ALA Midwinter Conference and can’t wait to read.

All I really need to say about my top ten is: awesome sequel!  I loved the first books in all these series and now  – calloo callay – I’ve got more of each story!  I am blissfully wallowing.

Eona:  The Last Dragoneye by Alison Goodman (Penguin/Viking 2011) sequel to Eon:  Dragoneye Reborn (Penguin/Viking 2008).  Bring on the dragons!

Fly Trap by Frances Hardinge (Harper 2011) sequel to Fly by Night (Harper 2006).  I’m hoping for more about Saracen the goose.

Fury of the Phoenix by Cindy Pon (Harper/Greenwillow 2011) sequel to Silver Phoenix (Harper/Greenwillow 2009).

The Chaos by Rachel Ward (Scholastic/Chicken House 2011) sequel to Numbers (Scholatic/Chicken House 2010).

The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta (Candlewick 2011) follow up to Saving Francesca (Random/Knopf 2004).

Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt (Clarion 2011) follow up to The Wednesday Wars (Clarion 2007) as Doug Swieteck takes center stage in “stupid Marysville.”

85910263The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place:  The Hidden Gallery by Maryrose Wood (Harper/Balzer+Bray 2011) sequel to The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place:  The Mysterious Howling (Harper/Balzer+Bray 2010).  These books are a complete delight.

I do have a couple that aren’t sequels – well – I have a LOT that aren’t sequels but this post would be waaay too long if I listed them all and Cindy would have a fit.

Divergent by Veronica Roth (Harper/Katherine Tegen 2011).  Dystopian Chicago!  As a Windy City fan I can’t resist this!

Delirium by Lauren Oliver (Harper 2011).  I was crazy about Before I Fall (Harper 2010)  so this new book is high on my can’t-wait list.  I am intrigued by the premise of love being an eradicable disease.

Entwined by Heather Dixon Harper/Greenwillow 2011).  A twelve dancing princesses re-do.  I do read like a twelve-year-old boy most of the time but fairy tale twists get me every time.

And lastly, since when did I EVER stick to ten of anything, Daniel Kraus’ creepy sounding new book, Rotters (Random/Delacorte 2011).  Grave robbing in Iowa?

86916090Cindy: We never tire of the excitement of walking the aisles at the ALA Exhibits or cracking open the boxes that arrive on our front porches from weary UPS drivers to discover the new season’s books that await us. Here are the Ten Books that I am most eager to read–until the next box hits my doorstep (and unlike Lynn, I can stick to limits–sheesh!):

The Big Crunch by Pete Hautman  (Scholastic 2011) A romance that is not a romance…I’m intrigued.

Blink & Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones (Candlewick, 2011) This one already has 3 starred reviews and I finally got to meet the delightful Wynne-Jones in San Diego. Throw in a suspenseful plot about a fated relationship between two unlikely friends and I’m there.

The Kissing Game: Short Stories by Aidan Chambers (Abrams, Mar 2011). It’s Aidan Chambers…and there’s the promise of kissing…

Chime by Franny Billingsley (Dial, Feb 2011) We’ve been waiting for years for a new book from the author of The Folk Keeper. With five starred reviews before the ink was dry, it appears it will have been worth the wait. Now to get my hands on this book!

The Fox Inheritance by Mary E. Pearson (Henry Holt, Aug 2011) I scored an early bound manuscript of this sequel/companion novel to The Adoration of Jenna Fox and can’t wait to read what Pearson has spun out next in this intriguing world.

The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson (Harper, 2011) I’m still hoping to take the 13 Little Blue Envelopes tour of Europe…I was so excited to hear about this sequel to one of my favorite Johnson books.

Pink by Lili Wilkinson (HarperTeen 2011)  Theater books almost never disappoint…

you-killed-wesleyStrings Attached by Judy Blundell (Scholastic, Mar 2011) The mood of What I Saw and How I Lied, winner of the National Book Award, mesmerized me. I’m ready for more from this author.

Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way) by Sue Macy (National Geographic 2011). I’ve skimmed the photographs and illustrations in this nonfiction title and can’t wait to dig in to Macy’s research.

You Killed Wesley Payne by Sean Beaudoin (Little, Brown 2011) Pulp Noir meets Mean Girls…I’m in.



About the Author:

Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

3 Comments on "Top 10 Enticing Galleys"

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  1.' Nancy says:

    Now it’s six starred reviews for CHIME. 🙂

  2.' Angela says:

    I feel like 2011 is going to be an excellent year for books. Maybe I’m just paying more attention to future releases than I have before, but I’m more excited about more books than I was in 2010, sequels and otherwise!

  3.' Brittany Wilson says:

    I’m really excited to see Eona and Fury of the Phoenix on the list. I had better get reading if I’m going to fit rereads of the first books into my schedule before summer BBYA starts!

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