So, without further ado, here's a list of what books we want for Chanukah!
(all synopsises are from Amazon)
by Kimberly Brubaker Bradely
Why We Want To Read It: Kimberly Brubaker Bradely made a name for herself in our minds when we read her book "The War That Saved My Life." Along with being eager to read another one of her works, the synopsis of Jefferson's Sons intrigued us. It seems like a book similar to Chains that we'd enjoy reading as well as learn a lot from.
by Katherine Applegate
Why We Want to Read It: We fell in love with Katherine Applegate's writing after reading The One and Only Ivan. Like with Jefferson's Sons, this book is not only written by an incredible author but seems really interesting. The rave reviews currently on Amazon, along with recommendations from friends, don't hurt, either!
The Green Bicycle
by Haifaa Al Mansour
Why We Want to Read It: This book seems in the vein of I Am Malala and the Breadwinner. Since we love reading books like this, The Green Bicycle seems like a fantastic read, especially since it deals with a very current topic.
by Sara Pennypacker
Meanwhile Pax, steadfastly waiting for his boy, embarks on adventures and discoveries of his own. . . .
Why We Want to Read It: We've read rave reviews of Pax before, and the synopsis certainly sounds promising. Plus, it's hard to resist such a beautiful book cover!
Teddy & Co.
by Cynthia Voigt
Why We Want to Read It: Teddy & Co. reminds us (at least from the synopsis) of the Imaginaries and the Doldrums - a sweet, simple story that's a great holiday read. We love books like this, so Teddy & Co. was an easy sell.
by Rachel Hawkins
While Nolie's father came to Journey's End to study the Boundary--a mysterious fog bank offshore--Bel's family can’t afford to consider it a threat. The McKissick’s livelihood depends on the tourists drawn by legends of a curse. Still, whether you believe in magic or science, going into the Boundary means you'll never come back.
…Unless you do. Albert Etheridge, a boy who disappeared into the Boundary in 1914, suddenly returns--without having aged a day and with no memory of the past hundred years. Then the Boundary starts creeping closer to the town, threatening to consume everyone within.
While Nolie's father wants to have the village evacuated, Bel's parents lead the charge to stay in Journey's End. Meanwhile, Albert and the girls look for ways to stop the encroaching boundary, coming across an ancient Scottish spell that requires magic, a quest, and a sacrifice.
Why We Want to Read It: The synopsis of this reminds us a lot of My Diary From the Edge of the World, which we absolutely loved. Hence, we couldn't resist this book!
The Poet's Dog
by Patricia MacLachlan
As they hole up in the cabin for shelter, Teddy is flooded with memories of Sylvan. What will Teddy do when his new friends go home? Can they help one another find what they have lost?
Why We Want to Read It: We love animal stories, and that, mixed with poetry, makes this a must-read for us. A Poet's Dog seems like a cozy, wintery book that you curl up next to the fireplace with - exactly the type of story we love.
The Evil Wizard Smallbone
by Delia Sherman
Why We Want to Read It: This seems like a fun read that would keep us entertained for hours. Humor, adventure, quirky characters... in our book, it doesn't get much better than that.