Monday, December 09, 2013

Best of 2013: Children's Fiction

Some of the many items enjoyed by Burbank Public Library staff during 2013, recommended for your consideration:


The two books I recently read that I like the best are Twerp, by Mark Goldblatt, and Better Nate Than Ever, by Tim Federle. Both are about preteen boys in New York, both feature fresh, fascinating characters, but that's where the similarity ends, except that both are also great reads.

Twerp revolves around sixth-grader Julian Twerski, who discovers a love for writing as he documents his year for a teacher who wants him to come to terms with an act of bullying on his part.

Better Nate than Ever features a small-town boy with dreams of starring in a Broadway show. Eighth-grader Nate hops a bus from rural Pennsylvania to New York City to answer an open casting call for "E.T.: The Musical" and puts his small-town blues behind him.

Cathleen, Children's Supervisor

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