Favorite Books Read in 2009

I’m devoting most of the week to “Favorite Books Read in 2009.”  I am dividing my posts into three sections this week.  Today’s Favorite Reads of 2009 were submitted by my co-workers at Seneca Grade School.  For several years now, I’ve asked them to submit a title or two that they’ve truly enjoyed reading – it doesn’t necessarily need to have been published in 2009.  There are 5 categories they could respond to: Favorite Adult Fiction Book; Favorite Adult Non-Fiction Book; Favorite Young Adult Book; Favorite Middle Grade Book; Favorite Children’s Book.

I hope you will find from this list today a book you haven’t read yet but have been meaning to pick up and read.

Tomorrow I’ll present a list from many of my friends and family.


Seneca Grade School Staff’s Favorite Books Read in 2009

Favorite Adult Book-Fiction Books:
The Kite Runner, by Kalead Hosseini – submitted by: Kathy Baker
The Help, by Kathryn Stockett – submitted by: Kathy Parker and Laura Marenda
The Girl Who Played With Fire, by Steig Larsson – submitted by: Kathy Parker
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, by C. Alan Bradley -submitted by: Kathy Parker, Laura Marenda
13 ½ , by Nevada Barr – submitted by: Kathy Parker
Olive Kitteridge, by Elizabeth Strout – submitted by: Patty Wagner
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows – submitted by Patty Wagner
The Shack, by William P. Young – submitted by: Laura Marenda
The Host, by Stephenie Meyer – submitted by: Kristine Einhaus
The Leisure Seeker, by Michael Zadoorian – submitted by Nanette Willand

Sookie Stackhouse Series, by Charlaine Harris – submitted by Liz Brudnak
Loving Frank, by Nancy Horan – submitted by Lynn McGhee

Favorite Adult Non-Fiction Books:

For the Thrill of It: Leopold, Loeb, and the Murder That Schocked Chicago, by Simon Baatz – submitted by Kathy Parker
The Woman Behind Little Women: Louisa May Alcott, by Harriet Reisen – submitted by Cheryll Johnson
The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz – submitted by Kathy Kilday
Welcome to the Departure Lounge, by Meg Federico – submitted by Nanette Willand
Maravich, by Wayne Federman, Marshall Terrill & Jackie Maravich

Best Young Adult Books:

Prophecy of the Sisters, by Michelle Zink – submitted by Kathy Parker
The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak – submitted by Patty Wagner
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie – submitted by Patty Wagner
I Love You, Beth Cooper, by Larry Doyle – submitted by Amy Stumpf
Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging, by Louise Rennison – submitted by Amy Stumpf
Tricks, by Ellen Hopkins – submitted Amy Stumpf
Crank, by Ellen Hopkins – submitted by Amy Stumpf
Glass, by Ellen Hopkins – submitted by Amy Stumpf
13 Little Blue Envelopes, by Maureen Johnson – submitted by Amy Stumpf
Beauty Shop for Rent…fully equipped, inquire within, by Laura Bowers – submitted Amy Stumpf
If I Stay, by Gayle Forman – submitted by Steve Novario
Freak Show, by James St. James – submitted by Steve Novario

Favorite Middle Grade Books:

The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman – submitted by Kathy Parker and Laura Marenda
The Wednesday Wars, by Gary C. Schmidt – submitted by Mark Giertz and Steve Novario
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, by Kate DiCamillo – submitted by Laura Marenda
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, by John Boyne – submitted by Patty Wagner
The White Giraffe Series, by Lauren St. John – submitted by Nadine Maierhofer
Savvy, by Ingrid Law – submitted by Amy Stumpf
Beyond the Grave (39 Clues Series), by Jude Watson – submitted by Amy Stumpf
The Black Circle (39 Clues Series), by Patrick Carmen – submitted by Amy Stumpf
The Sisters Grimm Series (Books 1-7), by Michael Buckley – submitted by Amy Stumpf
Al Capone Does My Shirts, by Gennifer Choldenko – submitted by Steve Novario

Favorite Children’s Books:

The Gingerbread Pirates, by Kristin Kladstrup and Matt Tavares – submitted by Kathy Parker
Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed, by Mo Willems – submitted by Laura Marenda
Wanda Gag: The Girl Who Loved to Draw,  by Deborah Kogan Ray – submitted by Kathy Kilday


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