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With Insurgent opening in theaters today, I wanted to help you (and me) be prepared for this spring’s book to movie season.
Insurgent picks up right where Divergent ended, with Tris fighting against Jeanine Matthews and those who would see the divergents killed. Serena is the story of newlyweds the George and Serena Pemberton who move to the North Carolina mountains in 1929 to build a timber empire.
Set in Stalin’s Soviet Union, Child 44 (The Child 44 Trilogy) is a mystery thriller about a serial killer. Bathsheba Everdene (not to be confused with Katniss Everdeen) has to choose between three suitors in this classic novel, Far from the Madding Crowd.
This book, Paper Towns, is a bit more Looking for Alaska then The Fault in Our Stars, but any true John Green fan is going to love it.
About the Author Latest PostsAbout Tracie NallTracie lives in Arizona with her husband, teen daughter, and more books than her shelves will hold. The first book of seven about a mischievous monkey who is kidnapped by the man in the yellow hat. A childhood favourite for so many, this went on to inspire a generation of illustrators – and a very poor film. A beautifully drawn story from the former children’s laureate about a lonely girl who finds company in a gorilla.
This edition contains seven stories, including the beguiling Billy’s Beetle — you have to find the beetle hiding somewhere on each spread. The poem is reproduced at picture-book length with Grey’s striking illustrations and paper engineering. This charming verse story about how different animals behave is less well known than Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar, but more fun. Scarry’s immensely detailed books about everyday life can lead to some good conversations, and are great for children who need to know how things work (more or less all of them). This may not be to everyone’s taste, but there’s no escaping the lavatory when it comes to children’s humour, and this book (translated from the original German) manages to be educational too. Illustrated by Hilda Offen, the Red Fox edition contains two abridged versions of these well-loved Norwegian stories about the woman who shrinks. It may now be over-familiar, but it’s hard to imagine a library without one of Donaldson’s catchy rhyming tales.
Like Gravett’s Orange, Pear, Apple, Bear, this book by an exceptional writer and illustrator is for very young children. One of the best books about the alphabet, from Thames and Hudson's The Ministry of Letters series. Concerning a lonely hippo who is visited at home by various hippo comrades, this jolly counting book goes down as well as up. Kerr’s books about Mog the cat are still going strong, but this stand-alone story is perhaps her most original. Or one of the Ahlbergs' other classic illustrated tales such as Peepo or Each Peach Pear Plum. A sideways look at diversity: the good-natured patchwork elephant disguises his true colour to fit in better with the grey herd, to miserable effect. The first in the series, in which the irrepressible Tim stows away aboard a steamer in high winds.
Though undoubtedly more famous for her Charlie and Lola series, Lauren Child’s retelling of this classic fairy tale is wildly inventive. Concerning a hat-thieving fish, this winsome tale of rough justice won the 2014 Kate Greenaway Medal and the 2013 Randolph Caldecott Medal in America.
This charmingly quirky set of drawings of the world, laced with facts and figures, was a surprise bestseller. A sophisticated narrative by the art historian which runs up to the First World War, written in language any child can understand. An excellent single-volume history of Britain, in simple and elegant language, warmed by an uncomplicated national pride.
The diary kept by a young Dutch-Jewish girl during the two years in which her family lived concealed under the Nazi occupation of Holland.
This chunky and charmingly old-fashioned volume contains every nursery rhyme you can possibly think of (and many you couldn't). Andrew Lang’s fin de siecle collections of fairy tales are great, but this illustrated collection of Hans Christian Andersen's stories would make a good starter. There are beautiful editions of individual poems, such as “The Quangle Wangle’s Hat” (illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, Mammoth), but why not opt for the collected works? Every child’s book shelf needs the breadth of an anthology, and this one contains nearly 100 extracts from nursery rhymes, fairy tales and all kinds of stories.
The naughty puppet’s story is retold from his own perspective in imitable fashion by Michael Morpurgo, with lovely drawings by Emma Chichester Clark. The first in a dizzying series that imagines a counterfactual England in which the Jacobites rule into the 19th century while the nefarious Hanoverians plot on the sidelines. Box sets of The Chronicles of Narnia seem to be out of print, so here’s the first in the series. E Nesbit’s classic Five Children and It has been brilliantly transplanted by Kate Saunders to the trenches, in a moving homage.
This American classic concerns a pig who is rescued from butchery by the web-weaving showmanship of a spider called Charlotte. The first in the successful series, which has been adapted for the cinema, is set in a fictional Viking world in which dragons are trained as pets.
Despite naff modern covers and inferior novels churned out by the deceased author's estate, the original adventures of Hal and Roger deserve to be rediscovered. Willy, an anaemic and neglected evacuee from south London, is stabled with the gruff bachelor Tom Oakley on his farm. This first instalment of McKay's marvellous series about the Casson family won the Whitbread Prize in 2001, but remains underrated and underread.
Akin to Enid Blyton's young sleuths, St John's modern heroine is a fearless adventuress, probing around her uncle's Cornish town for mysteries (which she certainly finds). From the current Children's Laureate, a thought-provoking novel: young Kaspar joins the non-violent Guardians of his city, working to keep the rebels out.
Based on a draft found after the author’s death in 2010, this loveable story concerns a girl stolen from her Himalayan campsite by a yeti and taken to a secret paradise in a volcanic crater. The classic ballet novel; once entranced, a young reader can progress to the rest of the Shoes series. Another fantasy, the first in the series about Meg Murry and the search for her missing father. The first of the Alex Rider spy novels: a James Bond Jr with all the gadgets and none of the misogyny. The ultimate football novel: Mal Peet's extraordinary debut unfolds as an interview between a sports reporter and the world's best goalkeeper.
Unusually for a children's book of the time, this charming whodunnit is set in a contemporary, realistic Berlin peopled with fairly rough types.
As sensuous as anything Dahl ever wrote: who could forget James eating his way into the sweet, giant peach, or his perfectly named aunts — Spiker and Sponge?



A once-cherished little girl is left orphaned and paupered; her headmistress turns sour and enslaves her as a starving servant at the school. A timelessly silly classic, the first novel in White's mischievous Once and Future King series. A magical tale about a troubled and unloved girl called Mary Lennox, who finds a secret garden in her uncle's lonely house. You can’t have a library without Beatrix Potter, and there’s no messing about with this edition which contains all 23 tales.
The collected edition seems to be out of print, but a good place to start would be The Secret of the Unicorn.
This is the complete text from Penguin, but Simon & Schuster have published a classy pop-up edition, based on an abridged version, with artwork by Robert Sabuda.
An exquisite novella about a bizarre, ethereal boy encountered by an airman while stranded in the desert overnight. These new illustrations by the author of Charlie and Lola provide a contemporary twist on the Swedish classic. The first in a series set between the wars at a time when children mucked about in boats and built camps by themselves – or at least we like to think they did.
It was a close run thing between the Famous Five and Malory Towers, but the prize must go to the adventures of George and co. A girl would adore the Chalet School books – and, thrillingly for children who like to stick with a series they know and like, there are nearly 60 of them. No childhood is complete without this novel from 1905, immortalised by the 1970 film starring Jenny Agutter. This new edition, with drawings by David Roberts, is unusual in hiding a little detail on every page. The French classic (there known as Patapoufs et Filifers) is about a fat brother and a thin brother – and the battle that ensues between two warring nations. This is the first in the captivating series about the red-headed orphan and the one that covers her early childhood.
The first novel in the much-awarded Chaos Walking trilogy, set in a dystopian world wherein all creatures can see and hear each other's thoughts. Set in a future England under occupation, Meg Rosoff's brilliant novel predated the current vogue for dystopian teenage fiction but has yet to be bettered. The Journal reviewed best-of lists from 12 sources to discover the most-cited books of 2015.
Within the lists the Journal reviewed, only four nonfiction books received multiple mentions. Paula Hawkins's The Girl on the Train came out on top in the mystery and thriller lists with five mentions.
Two novels, Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen and I Was Here by Gayle Forman, topped the young adult lists with three mentions each. The Wall Street Journal's top 10 fiction, nonfiction, mystery and children's books of 2015. The WSJ asked 50 friends —from Marco Rubio and Indra Nooyi to Doc Rivers—about their favorite books of 2015. When you've finished your list, select the icons on the right of the reading list to share your selections. This is your customized reading list from The Wall Street Journal, sourced from the most-mentioned books on the best-of lists released so far this year. The last in the late Sir Terry Pratchett’s bestselling fantasy series ‘Discworld’, The Shepherd’s Crown follows one of his most popular characters, Tiffany Aching, as she takes charge of her fellow witches, preparing for an invasion from their great enemy, the elves.
Lauren St John has already built up a solid fan base with ‘The One Dollar Horse’ trilogy and her latest stand-alone equestrian thriller will not disappoint loyal followers. In a bid to rally fresh interest, Scholastic is releasing new editions of popular classics, giving Jane Austen’s book covers a rather eye-catching makeover for a younger generation.
Those who immerse themselves in the world of teenage fiction will have heard of Holly Bourne—and if you haven’t, then you will. Perfect for young fans of the science-fiction genre, the long-awaited new novel from Carnegie Medal-winner Philip Reeve is set in a far future civilisation where a hyperspace railway connects different worlds.
In 2009, the estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle authorised a series of books based on the life of a teenage Sherlock Holmes, starting with the 14-year-old sleuth investigating two connected deaths in Death Cloud (2010).
Detailing the lives of three generations of women in one family, the third novel from bestselling author Jenny Downham is ambitious and spectacular.
The Carnegie Medal-winner’s latest novel is set in 1890s New York, where wealthy Josephine Montfort has her heart set on becoming an investigative journalist at her family’s newspaper. Without further ado, here is our list of 9 best romance novels to read during the month of February. Sarah Addison Allen’s newest book, First Frost, was listed on our 12 Books You Must Read In 2015 list for good reason. For those of you who like YA novels, Eleanor & Park is the book for you in this season of love.
It won’t be released until February 10th, but A Spool of Blue Thread is already at the top of my reading list for this month.
About the Author Latest PostsAbout Featured BloggerA featured blogger post on The SITS Girls is our way of putting a spotlight on bloggers everywhere. Since I increase my book budget by getting as many books as possible from the library, and only buying the ones I really love, I usually feel like the last person to read the new hot book everyone’s talking about. If you read Divergent last year in anticipation of the first film, I’m going to guess that you probably read Insurgent, too, because you had to find out what happened.
The Longest Ride tells the love story of two couples in North Carolina, and is probably perfect for a fluffy Tuesday afternoon read.
Somehow I missed this one during my school years, so I am making a special effort to read it before the movie comes out.
There is a mystery, an epic road trip, and an interesting look at just how far the bonds of friendship will stretch. Her words remain the most effective way for a child today to grasp the reality of the Holocaust. The slim books adopt a subversive, jokey voice but the historical points they make are serious. E B White, who also produced a writer's handbook called The Elements of Style, follows his own rules about prose to gloriously stylish effect. The resourceful brothers quest rare animals the world over to take back to zoos, and avoid maiming or death only narrowly on each page. Initially, it's rather a shock to them both but under Tom's hesitant care Willy thrives and Tom melts at the waif's gratitude.
Wynne Jones's marvellous Chrestomanci series, flavoured with Victoriana, has been vastly influential — on J K Rowling, in particular. This modern classic has been reprinted in a new hardback edition to celebrate its 15th birthday.
A German professor and his nephew descend through an Icelandic volcano into the bowels of the earth.
According to this novel, they are casing the joint, tracking lost relatives and dodging that cruel fate – PDS (Permanent Doll State).


Young Arthur (nicknamed Wart) is transformed into all sorts of fish and fowl by his unorthodox tutor Merlin to learn the ways of the world. Alpine Heidi is sent to school in Frankfurt am Main, but grows pale and sickly in the city smog. Whereas Kipling ommitted any mention of God, Ted Hughes's elegant and amusing creation tales bring the Divine Maker back into the story. Tintin helps Captain Haddock track down his ancestral treasure, hindered by nefarious crooks, tropical sharks and the captain's own weakness for rum.
Some of them have now fallen out of print, but this one, the second, is as good a place as any to start. The characters are re-imagined for a new generation in a mode that is perfectly sympathetic to Kenneth Grahame’s words. The longer sequel, The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle, which won the Newbery Medal, is trickier to get hold of, especially if you’re after a pretty edition. Both are exquisite coming-of-age stories, the first set in France and the second in India, to be read by a girl in her teens.
Older children, however, will enjoy this beguiling novel about a girl and her grandmother, and the summer they spend together on a remote island. Among the year's best novels, Lauren Groff's Fates and Furies came out on top with seven mentions.
Appearing on eight lists, Ta-Nehisi Coates's Between the World and Me was not only the most-cited book in the nonfiction category, but also the most-cited book of the year. Desperate to win and with a lot to lose, both a troublemaker and a star student decide to enter The Glory, a gruelling crosscountry horse race that pushes them to the limits, physically and emotionally.
This story of two sisters learning to cope with a change of lifestyle after their father’s death, and the suitors they meet along the way, has captured hearts since it was published in 1811 and will continue to do so for years to come. Enamoured by trains, petty street thief Zen Starling is recruited by a stranger to steal a mysterious object, a task that leads him into great danger and adventure. The latest in Andrew Lane’s popular, fast-paced series has young Sherlock and his brother, Mycroft, investigating the disappearance of their neighbour while coping with the death of their mother and the flight of their father.
When her father is found dead and the incident is proclaimed an accident, Jo’s suspicions grow and her search for the truth leaves her in a vulnerable position. UK, publisher of Country Life and other iconic brands about its goods and services, and those of its carefully selected third parties. You might recognize its sweet scent as a tinge of chocolate mixed with the smell of leather and pages of old books.
I’m fairly certain it is against the law to list romantic books without at least one of her novels making the list. Montgomery, I always think of Anne of Windy Poplars as the perfect book for love and cold weather.
It starts with Claire, a World War II nurse in Scotland who is transported back in time from 1945 to 1743.
If you haven’t read Heyer before, start with Arabella, and get ready to fall in love.
The story spans four generations of the Whitshanks family and the house they call home, revealing their secrets, celebrations, and shared stories. My list is full of all the best books to read, but nothing makes a book move up my reading list faster than hearing it is being made into a movie. But if you haven’t read any of them yet, I want to encourage you to pick up Divergent first and start from the beginning. They are a true power couple, until they find themselves at odds when Serena learns she will never have a child, and sets out to kill the son George had with another woman. You see, it is a crime to admit that a serial killer could be at work in the country at all, and MGB officer Leo Demidov might lose everything to find and stop this killer. Insisting he be the sole translator, Gombrich had not finished rewriting it when he died in his nineties. They find there a great cavern, with an (infested) ocean lapping at petrified trees and giant mushrooms. Not quite a parody but certainly a burlesque, it remains profoundly amusing 75 years later. Make sure you get the edition from 1997 with Eileen A Soper’s illustrations, rather than the newer edition in which the text has been modernised. In some cases, a publication would include the same book several times; these were counted only once per list. Exciting and heartwarming, this is a real page-turner that will have horsey devotees hooked from the beginning.
Full of twists and turns, Jennifer Donnelly’s mystery is well-constructed and utterly engaging, proving once again why she leads the charge in young-adult historical fiction. At least, that is how love smells in my world, for there are few things I love more than a really good book, especially when it comes to the best romance books around. I have a list of the best books to read for love in February that will help you get started.
If you haven’t read Pride and Prejudice since your 11th grade English class, pick it back up again.
You will find within its pages a love story, but you will also find a strong, independent female character who is well ahead of her time, as well as a creepy Gothic thriller.
Comprised of letters from Anne to Gilbert, it is full of love and sweetness, and thoughts about exactly which kind of pen and paper are perfect for writing a love poem. A meticulously researched historical fiction results with adventure, war, friendship, and mystery. While it might not be a romance in the classic sense of the word, I think it will be a story of love. Do you have a favorite love story? Let me know in the comments so I can add it to my reading list. I always want to read the book first, and I know that once a movie comes out, the spoilers are sure to follow. The official movie release date is March 27th, but you can actually see it now on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.
It brings teenage mental illness to the forefront as a young girl copes with the dramas of new friendships and blossoming romance while suffering from obsessivecompulsive disorder and anxiety.
Just like any good work of fiction, you may find yourself looking at the world in a new way.
But the heart of the story beats out the relationship between Claire and Jamie, and you will find yourself swept up in their love that is able to transcend time and space. I’ll just say that I stayed up all night reading this one, and it was totally worth it. With that in mind, I’m not sure if it will make to any US theaters at all, so you probably have lots of time to read the book, which is apparently much better than the movie. This first month we will be discussing our favorite books and deciding which genre we would like to read next.



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