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July 2012 Voting..................

The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schitz:

What would happen to a fairy if she lost her wings and could no longer fly? Flory, a young night fairy no taller than an acorn and still becoming accustomed to her wings — wings as beautiful as those of a luna moth — is about to find out. What she discovers is that the world is very big and very dangerous. But Flory is fierce and willing to do whatever it takes to survive. If that means telling others what to do — like Skuggle, a squirrel ruled by his stomach — so be it. Not every creature, however, is as willing to bend to Flory’s demands. Newbery Medal winner Laura Amy Schlitz and world-renowned illustrator and miniaturist Angela Barrett venture into the realm of the illustrated classic — a classic entirely and exquisitely of their making, and a magnificent adventure.

Cat Girl's Day Off by Kimberly Pauley:

Natalie Ng’s little sister is a super-genius with a chameleon-like ability to disappear. Her older sister has three Class A Talents, including being a human lie detector. Her mom has laser vision and has one of the highest IQs ever. Her dad’s Talent is so complex even the Bureau of Extra-Sensory Regulation and Management (BERM) hardly knows what to classify him as.

And Nat? She can talk to cats.

The whole talking-to-cats thing is something she tries very hard to hide, except with her best friends Oscar (a celebrity-addicted gossip hound) and Melly (a wannabe actress). When Oscar shows her a viral Internet video featuring a famous blogger being attacked by her own cat, Nat realizes what’s really going on…and it’s not funny.

(okay, yeah, a frou-frou blogger being taken down by a really angry cat named Tiddlywinks, who also happens to be dyed pink? Pretty hilarious.)

Nat and her friends are catapulted right into the middle of a celebrity kidnapping mystery that takes them through Ferris Bueller’s Chicago and on and off movie sets. Can she keep her reputation intact? Can she keep Oscar and Melly focused long enough to save the day? And, most importantly, can she keep from embarrassing herself in front of Ian?

Find out what happens when the kitty litter hits the fan.

Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes:

Twelve-year-old Lanesha lives in a tight-knit community in New Orleans' Ninth Ward. She doesn't have a fancy house like her uptown family or lots of friends like the other kids on her street. But what she does have is Mama Ya-Ya, her fiercely loving caretaker, wise in the ways of the world and able to predict the future. So when Mama Ya-Ya's visions show a powerful hurricane--Katrina--fast approaching, it's up to Lanesha to call upon the hope and strength Mama Ya-Ya has given her to help them both survive the storm.

Ninth Ward is a deeply emotional story about transformation and a celebration of resilience, friendship, and family--as only love can define it.

Banshee by Hayden Thorne:

When Natty meets Miles Lovell, a sophisticated friend of his cousin, he thinks he's found something worth his while. During their long visit together, Natty discovers things about himself that he had never expected, and manages to acquire a ghostly companion as well.

June 2012 Selection and Discussion Post

Sorry for the tardiness of this post, I was waiting to see if anyone else was going to vote in the poll just in case we needed to do a tie-breaker. But I'm assuming all the votes are now cast, so the selection for June 2012 is:

Shadow Spinner by Susan Fletcher

Sometime before the end of the month, please try to read this book and post a review of it either here, or on your personal blog/LJ/DW/other website and link to it here in the comments.

Who wants to go next?

June 2012 Voting

A few days early but I thought I'd do the poll for next month's book selection now, while I was thinking about it. XD The theme I'm going for this month is Fairytale Retellings, since I still have Toads and Diamonds on the brain.

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This poll is closed.

So, which book should we read in June?

Shadow Spinner
2(50.0%)
Book of a Thousand Days
0(0.0%)
Seven Daughters and Seven Sons
1(25.0%)
Cinder
0(0.0%)
Beast
1(25.0%)

May 2012 Selection and Discussion Post

I held off posting this one for awhile because the poll was running neck-and-neck and I wanted to make sure everyone had voted. But I'm going to assume that everyone has voted by now, so it looks like our pick for May is going to be...

May 2012: Huntress by Malinda Lo

Sometime before the end of the month, please try to read this book and post a review of it either here, or on your personal blog/LJ/DW/other website and link to it here in the comments.

Is there anyone else who hasn't had a chance to pick the monthly selections yet?
Not only am I late with this list, but after compiling the list once, a glitch happened and I lost the whole thing and had to rewrite. FUN! I'm sorry this is so late, guys! I never quite registered that it had transitioned between April and May while I wasn't looking. X(

So, since we have less time to work with this month, our theme for May will be light reading. Light reading, in this case, meaning books that are roughly 250 pages or less. (I was actually planning on going even shorter, but it made finding good stories pretty difficult.)

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Which book should we read this month?

Bone and Jewel Creatures
0(0.0%)
Geography Club
2(33.3%)
The Storyteller's Daughter
1(16.7%)
How They Met and Other Stories
0(0.0%)
Huntress
3(50.0%)

April 2012 Selection and Discussion Post

This month's book selection:

April 2012: Toads and Diamonds by Heather Tomlinson

Sometime before the end of the month, please try to read this book and post a review of it either here, or on your personal blog/LJ/DW/other website and link to it here in the comments.

Next month's selection will be chosen by nikkiscarlet :-)

April Selection Poll

This month's theme: Books set in India/the Middle East or with an Indian protagonist
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Poll #1830389 April 2012 Book Selections

What book should we read this month?

Toads and Diamonds
3(75.0%)
Magic Under Glass
1(25.0%)
Seven Daughters and Seven Sons
0(0.0%)
Haroun and the Sea of Stories
0(0.0%)
The Telling
0(0.0%)

March 2012 Selection and Discussion Post

This month's book selection:

March 2012: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

Sometime before the end of the month, please try to read this book and post a review of it either here, or on your personal blog/LJ/DW/other website and link to it here in the comments.

lorenta, do you want to pick next month's theme and book selection? I think you're the only active member that hasn't gone yet...

March Selection Poll

These are the books I've selected for March, I've gathered up books that have characters from different cultures/characters from different ethnicites. Please comment on the book you would most like to read for March.

Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt - Focuses on the life of Frank McCourt, an Irish Catholic, and his family.

Becoming Naomi Leon by Pam Munoz Ryan - This book features a young girl named Naomi who runs away to Mexico.

The Devil's Arithmetic by Jane Yolen - This book focuses on a Jewish girl named Hannah and includes World War II and the horrors of the concentration camps.

Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan - This book focuses on a young Mexican girl named Esperanza and her mother. The background is the eve of the Great Depression.

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan - This book focuses on four Chinese women and the stories of their pasts.

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry - This book focuses on a Jewish girl named Annemarie and is set during World War II.

A Thousand Never Evers by Shana Burg - This book focuses on a young girl named Addie and takes place in Mississippi during the Civil Rights Movement. 

Warriors Don't Cry by Melba Beals - This is written by Melba Beals, one of the students chosen to integrate the Little Rock, Arkansas high school in 1957.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin - This book focuses on Minli and her quest to find the Old Man of the Moon.
This month's book selection:

February 2012: The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

Sometime before the end of the month, please try to read this book and post a review of it either here, or on your personal blog/LJ/DW/other website and link to it here in the comments.

Next month's theme and book selection will be chosen by velle :-)