THE FIVE: Sonja's Top Books of 2008
I tried to make a top five list of my favorite books of 2008, but it ended up being my top six because there isn't one book that I could drop from this list. They are all SO GOOD I couldn't limit myself to just five. So here they are in the order that I read them during the year:
1. Swindle by Gordon Korman
When I interviewed Gordon Korman last year before Swindle came out, he told me a little about it, and he made it sound so good I just had to read it. I was not disappointed. Swindle is the perfect combination of action and adventure, but it is also funny and true-to-life at the same time.
2. Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke
If you've read the Ink-world trilogy, then you know how excited I was for the third book to come out. If you haven't yet read Inkheart and Inkspell, then please turn your computer off right now and start reading. Trust me. I have to admit, though, the beginning of Inkdeath didn't grab me right away. It was so depressing and hopeless with Dustfinger gone. But once I got into it, I got REALLY into it, and — SPOILER ALERT! — even though I was rooting for Farid, I still loved the ending.
Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris by R. L. LaFevers
I am a huge Theodosia fan. Along with Lyra Belacqua and Hermione, she is one of my favorite girl characters of all time. So when I saw that R. L. LaFevers was signing copies of the sequel to Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos, I got right in line! Want to know what she wrote in my book? "For Sonja, Beware of mummies on the loose!"
4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Ages 12 and up)
THIS BOOK WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE! READ IT! 'Nuff said. Okay, I'll say a little more. It's about a group of teenagers who are forced to participate in a reality TV show where they have fight each other to the death. Warning: you will not be able to put this book down for anything once you start it!
I think Gary D. Schmidt should win the Newbery Medal. I can't believe he hasn't won it yet. His last book,The Wednesday Wars, was really funny but had some serious undertones. This book, Trouble, is all seriousness. In the beginning of the book you find out that the main character's brother was hit by a car and killed. The person driving the car was a student in their high school, but there is much, much more to the story, including racism, bullying, and a deep secret that doesn't come out until the end of the book.
6. Masterpiece by Elise Broach
This book is just cute sweet fun. It's about a boy and a beetle who get involved in a plot to catch an art thief. I know it sounds a little corny, but this book is actually pretty suspenseful once the thief shows up and they have to stop him. If you liked Chasing Vermeer, I would definitely recommend Masterpiece.
So there you have my favorite books of 2008. Did I miss any of your favorites? Let me know what books you think I should read next!
— Sonja, Scholastic.com Editor