Reviews and Awards

The following titles were selected as Chicago Public Library’s
Best of the Best Books of 2009!

The Chicago Public Library selects books that meet high standards of writing and illustration and that have a significant curriculum link. The Best of the Best list is presented in workshops to hundreds of public and school librarians from across Chicago, distributed to bookstores and put into wide release in the Chicago media. The complete annotated list will be available in early 2010 at http://www.chicagopubliclibrary.org

After by Amy Efaw (Viking 9780670011834)
Al Capone Shines My Shoes by Gennifer Choldenko (Dial 9780803734609)
All of Baby, Nose to Toes by Victoria Adler, illus. by Hiroe Nakata (Dial 9780803732179)
Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen (Viking 9780670011940)
Because I Am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas (Viking 9780670062980)
Black Angels by Linda Beatrice Brown (Putnam 9780399250309)
The Brooklyn Nine by Alan Gratz (Dial 9780803732247)
Cork & Fuzz: Finders Keepers by Dori Chaconas, illus. by Lisa McCue (Viking 9780670011131)
Fire by Kristin Cashore (Dial 9780803734616)
Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith (Putnam 9780399247095)
Hold Still by Nina LaCour (Dutton 9780525421559)
If I Stay by Gayle Forman (Dutton 9780525421030)
Jane in Bloom by Deborah Lytton (Dutton 9780525420781)
Keena Ford and the Field Trip Mix-Up by Melissa Thomson, illus. by Frank Morrison (Dial 9780803732643)
Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel by Nikki Grimes, illus. by R. Gregory Christie (Putnam 9780399251757)
Marching for Freedom by Elizabeth Partridge (Viking 9780670011896)
Omnivore's Dilemma: The Secrets behind What You Eat by Michael Pollan (Dial 9780803734159)
The Orange Houses by Paul Griffin (Dial 9780803733466)
Otis by Loren Long (Philomel 9780399252488)
Peace, Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson (Putnam 9780399246555)
Return to the Hundred Acre Wood by David Benedictus, illus. by Mark Burgess(Dutton 9780525421603)
Rhymes Round the World by Kay Chorao (Dutton 9780525478751)
Riki's Birdhouse by Monica Wellington (Dutton 9780525420798)
Sweethearts of Rhythm by Marilyn Nelson, illust. by Jerry Pinkney (Dial 9780803731875)
The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd (Dial 9780803733404)
Wink: The Ninja Who Wanted to Be Noticed by J.C. Phillips (Viking 9780670010929)
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson (Viking 9780670011100)
Years of Dust: The Story of the Dust Bowl by Albert Marrin (Dutton 9780525420774)