Top Ten Tuesday Freebie

Posted May 28, 2013 by Kara in Lyn, Top Ten Tuesday / 14 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic: Top Ten Tuesday Freebie!!

I have to admit – freebie weeks are tough.  There are a thousand different things I want to write about.  I could do these top ten lists all day, if I had the chance.
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In honor of my recent positive middle grade book run, I decided to share my top ten favorite middle grade books that I adored prior to becoming a blogger here at Great Imaginations. Enjoy!

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The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan- I am so far behind on the rest of this author’s work, but the PJ series helped ease me in the younger grade category. This series holds one of my favorite romances in book history.

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The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau – This book now has a graphic novel that I would LOVE to own! The entire book was eerie,and I adored the mystery surrounding the book. Also, the writing seemed to snag me, and the characters were very endearing. I hope I can read the rest of the series soon.

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Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine – The book centers around a girl with Asperger’s, and the entire story hinged on an emotional and tragic event which is processed by a young girl with such a disability is quite touching and very abrasive.

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The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth – I read this in February of this current year, but after reading the book, I discovered that I had read then when I was very young, and I recalled how much I adored the book. For any cat lover who is downright tired of reading about demon cats and unloved felines, please grab a copy of this story.

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Holes by Louis Sachar – Tragic, smart, adventurous and cheeky, this book deserves the award it totes on the front cover. It helps that this author is one of my personal favorites.

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Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli – I just adore this book. I love the message about “being yourself”. It does target a quirky group, but I was thrilled to see a book cater to the misfits and the outsiders. Rock on, Stargirl, rock on.

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The Giver by Lois Lowry – I cannot place my finger on what I loved about the book, but I did enjoy it a great deal. I believe it has a lot of heart and a lot of pain, and the story helps us all to celebrate our own freedom of choice.

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Glass Slippers Give You Blisters by Mary Jane Auch – And oldie but a goodie. I felt a personal connection to the entire story when I was a young girl. It helps all of the girls who are not “princess material” learn how to love their own talents.

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The Cat Ate My Gymsuit by Paula Danziger – This book is older than I am, and is also the result of the age of After School Specials. Nonetheless, it is wonderful. Praises for the original plus sized heroine and her deep dislike for her circumstances! The voice of the entire book is a riot, to boot!

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There is a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom by Louis Sachar – More gold from this author. How could you NOT like a book with that title?! I believe I read this book until the cover fell off when I was younger. The toy animal scenes were wonderful, since I had a whole collection of you animal friends when I was a young girl.

What did you blog about this week? Leave me a link!!

14 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday Freebie

  1. Ah! “The Cat Who Went to Heaven” is one of my absolute favorite books! I continue to pluck this classic off the shelf from time to time and enjoy it thoroughly every time I do.

  2. I loved Percy Jackson, Holes, and The City of Ember. Somehow, I was never a fan of Stargirl. I think EVERYONE except me loved it. *shrug* Still, great list! 🙂

    • Stargirl was either a love it or not book – people cherish it or rip it to shreds. I was an awkward teen, and it spoke volumes to me.

      Thank you!

  3. OMG!!! You have NO idea how excited I am right now!! I’ve been trying to figure out what Glass Slippers Give You Blisters was called for the longest time!! It was one of my favorites in middle school, but all I could remember was that the girl painted really cool set designs that looked ugly close up, but amazing far away. As soon as I saw the cover of it on your list I knew I found it!! Thank you so much!! Ok I will stop now 🙂 I also ADORED There’s a Boy in the Girls Bathroom. I wish I saved all those cool books from back in the day! I read Stargirl last year and while I liked it, I really wanted Leo to man-up and he never did! I was disappointed in him 🙁

    Thanks so much again for finding me that book!! My TTT this week has a lot of blast from the past children’s books on it 🙂

    • I am so thrilled that I could help!! It is nice to unearth those books you loved as a kid!

      Did you read the second book in the Stargirl series? I liked that it focused on Stargirl. A very touching novel.

  4. I officially love you now. MIDDLE GRADE BOOKS AND PERCY JACKSON RIGHT AT THE TOP? Hell yes. And Percabeth, oh my feels. *faints dramatically*

    I’m glad you chose this for your freebie. Love it! <33

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