Reading ARCs in 2011

I attended ALA in June.  While there, I picked up a dozen or so ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies).  I just got around to reading one that I was very excited about when I picked it up back during the summer.  Boy21 by Mathew Quick is the story of two boys who have both faced tragedies and become friends.  I really enjoyed Quick’s first book Sorta Like a Rock Star, so I was excited to read this one.  Plus basketball was involved.  I always enjoy a good story in which basketball plays a role! (I think of Paul Volponi’s Black and White. . . Loved it!)  Boy21 was an interesting story, a gritty urban drama which included a romance, interracial friendship, the Irish mob, high school, and basketball.  I hope the book will find an audience with older teens when it is released in March 2012. Other favorite ARCS this year:

  • Legend by Marie Lu (read it before it was released, loved it, and have since passed it on to two teens who have liked it very much!)
  • Planet Middle School by Nikki Grimes ( A great middle grade read, a verse novel, so it reads quickly.  I enjoyed it very much. )
  • The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch (A good dystopian read)

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