School Library Journal has announced its top fiction and nonfiction picks for 2007! Trev Jones, Book Review Editor for School Library Journal, says this about the choices for best books:
In looking over the list, we realized that 2007 saw some of the best and most powerful historical fiction titles in memory, putting human faces on perplexing and painful periods of the past that still resonate today.
The golden age of fantasy continues to flourish and we selected 10 titles that have fresh twists, unusual settings, and deliciously wicked villains. Several of the novels will make your readers laugh out loud, and a couple may break their hearts and provide plenty of fodder for reflection and discussion.
War and poverty and their resultant change in lifestyles also show up in a number of the books. Picture books for the very young were particularly appealing this year, but you’ll also find enough to keep a wide audience of early readers happily engaged and informed. A few of the selections cross genres or simply defy pigeonholing in terms of their styles, content, or prospective audiences. We think you’ll find plenty of beautiful, thoughtful, and perhaps provocative choices among these fiction and nonfiction selections.
You can view the list of top choices at http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA6504067.html !