So many great hardcovers have just crossed over to paperback that I thought it would be fun to share some of the best. At about half the price of hardcovers, paperbacks are a bargain and they're also easier to hold up in bed!
Turtle in Paradise, Jennifer L. Holm, Random House, $6.99, ages 8 and up, 208 pages. While staying with her rag-tag cousins in Key West, 11-year-old Turtle comes out of her shell and looks at the world in new and unexpected ways, in this 2011 Newbery Honor winner.
The Storm in the Barn, by Matt Phelan, Candlewick, $14.99, ages 10 and up, 208 pages. Eleven-year-old Jack saves his family farm from ruin when he confronts the Storm King and makes him let go of the rain, in this wonderful graphic novel set in the Dust Bowl era of 1930s.
The Crowfield Curse, by Pat Walsh, The Chicken House, ages 11-13, 352 pages. A 14-year-old servant boy discovers a terrible curse that could ruin his abbey and doom a stricken man to an eternity of torment, in this atmospheric debut. Now out in hardback, the sequel The Crowfield Demon.
Sandpiper, $5.99, ages 4 and up, 32 pages. A grandfather panda tells his grandson a story of a little panda who caused a stalking tiger to fly off a tree, in this charming debut by the illustrator of the best-selling The Quiet Book.
Zora and Me, by Victoria Bond and T. R. Simon, Candlewick, $6.99, ages 10 and up, 192 pages. Zora's wild tales take on a life of their own, and jeopardize the peace and security of her racially divided town, in this wry, fictionalized account of novelist Zora Neale Hurston's life from fourth grade to sixth.
The Night Fairy, by Laura Amy Schlitz, illustrated by Angela Barrett, Candlewick, $6.99, ages 9-12, 128 pages. A feisty young fairy loses her wings and tries to coax other creatures to carry her on their backs, in this delightful tale by a Newbery Medal winner.
More great paperbooks to read:
The Dreamer, by Pam Munoz Ryan, illustrated by Peter Sis, Scholastic, $8.99, ages 9-14, 400 pages.Winner of the 2011 Pura Belpre Award.
A Girl Named Disaster, by Nancy Farmer, Scholastic, $6.99, ages 8 and up, 336 pages. A 1997 Newbery Honor Book.
Reckless, by Cornelia Funke, Little, Brown Books, $8.99, ages 13 and up, 400 pages.
Escape Under the Forever Sky, by Eve Yohalem, Chronicle, $7.99, ages 10 and up, 219 pages.
A Million Shades of Gray, by Cynthia Kadohata, Atheneum, $6.99, ages 11 and up, 240 pages.
The Clockwork Three, by Matthew Kirby, Scholastic, $6.99, ages 8 and up, 400 pages.
A Long Walk to Water, by Linda Sue Park $5.99, Sandpiper, ages 9 and up, 128 pages.