Top Ten Children’s Books of 2013.

Throughout the year I’ve been very lucky to have read some amazing books, not only by well-known Authors but books from the indie book community.  However, I have noticed that I reviewed very few, if any, children’s books; so to rectify this and lead into the new year, here is my list of what I thought were the ten best children’s books of 2013 in no particular order:

House of HadesTitle ~ The House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus Series, Book 4)
Author ~ Rick Riordan
ISBN ~978- 1423146728
Publisher ~ Disney-Hyperion; First Edition (October 8, 2013)
Age Range ~ 10 and up
Grade Level ~ 5 and up

Description – At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy’s instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea’s forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors from both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

Comments – To be reviewed in 2014

Derpy DirkTitle ~ The Quirky, Nerdy, and Entirely Original Elementary School Adventures of Derpy Dirk: Derpy Dirk and the Fight with the School Bully by the Flagpole at Lunch — a Derp Sandwich chapter book
Author ~ Derp Sandwich
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Comments – Reviewed earlier in 2013

JabbaTitle ~ The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppet (Origami Yoda Series, Book 4)
Author ~ Tom Angleberger
ISBN ~ 978-1419710452
Publisher ~ Abrams (September 1, 2013)
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Description – Dark times have fallen on McQuarrie Middle School this semester. Dwight’s back–and not a moment too soon–as Kellan, Sara and the gang face a new Menace: the FunTime Educational Program. FunTime is supposed to raise students’ test scores; instead, it’s driving everyone at McQuarrie crazy with its obnoxious Professor FunTime and his insidious singing calculator! When Principal Rabbski cancels the students’ field trip–along with art, music and Lego classes–to make time for FunTime, the students turn to Origami Yoda for help. But some crises are too big for Origami Yoda to handle alone: Form a Rebel Alliance the students must.

Comments – To be reviewed in 2014

Fancy NacyTitle ~ Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy Sees the Future (Nancy Clancy Book 3)
Author ~ Jane O’Connor
ISBN ~ 978- 0062082978
Publisher ~ HarperCollins (October 1, 2013)
Age Range ~ 6 – 10 years
Grade Level ~ 1 – 5

Description – Nancy thinks she may be able to read the future . . . and all signs point to her being a true clairvoyant—that’s fancy for fortune-teller. In this perfect follow-up to Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth and Nancy Clancy, Secret Admirer, Nancy tries her hand at fortune-telling but quickly learns it’s a bit more complicated than she thought. Does Nancy really have special powers, or is it all just a coincidence?

Comments –

SurvivorsTitle ~ A Hidden Enemy (Survivors Series, Book 2)
Author ~ Erin Hunter
ISBN ~ 978-0062102607
Publisher ~ HarperCollins (May 7, 2013)
Age Range ~ 8 – 12 years
Grade Level ~ 3 – 7

Description – After discovering a forest filled with prey and fresh water, Lucky and the Leashed Dogs are sure that they have found their new home. But a fierce pack of Wild Dogs has laid claim to the land and their menacing Alpha is determined to make sure that no other dogs settle there. Now Lucky finds himself forced to go behind enemy lines—and he has to decide which dogs will ultimately be his true allies.

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TrallisTitle ~ Trallis the Warrior and the Sword of Unimaginable Power (The Ridiculously Epic Saga of Trallis the Warrior)
Author ~ Jack Thomas
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Description – In this first episode of Trallis the Warrior’s epic saga, the man who describes himself as a “freelance warrior” sets off on his quest for loot, excitement, and something good to eat. When Trallis finds what is perhaps the greatest sword in existence right at the start of his journey, he’s obviously rather delighted! He could never have guessed however that by the end of it all he would have soggy pants and a good chance of slight brain damage. All in a day’s work though for our dear warrior!

Comments – Reviewed earlier in 2013

LichgatesTitle ~ Lichgates (The Grimoire Saga #1)
Author ~ S.M. Boyce
ISBN ~ 978-1939997067
Publisher ~ Caffeinated Books Publishing LLC; 3 edition (October 15, 2011)
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Description – Kara Magari is about to discover a beautiful world full of terrifying things: Ourea.

Kara, a college student still reeling from her mother’s recent death, has no idea the hidden world of Ourea even exists until a freak storm traps her in a sunken library. With nothing to do, she opens an ancient book of magic called the Grimoire and unwittingly becomes its master, which means Kara now wields the cursed book’s untamed power. Discovered by Ourea’s royalty, she becomes an unwilling pawn in a generations-old conflict – a war intensified by her arrival. In this world of chilling creatures and betrayal, Kara shouldn’t trust anyone… but she’s being hunted and can’t survive on her own. She drops her guard when Braeden, a native soldier with a dark secret, vows to keep her safe. And though she doesn’t know it, her growing attraction to him may just be her undoing.

For twelve years, Braeden Drakonin has lived a lie. The Grimoire is his one chance at redemption, and it lands in his lap when Kara Magari comes into his life. Though he begins to care for this human girl, there is something he wants more. He wants the Grimoire.

Comments – Reviewed earlier in 2013

Delmar Shark Chronicles #1Title ~ The Delmar Shark Chronicles: Isola di Squalo (Book #1)
Author ~ Heidi Peltier
ISBN ~ 978-0525425779
Publisher ~ Dutton Juvenile; 1st edition (May 21, 2013)
Age Range ~ 8 – 12 years
Grade Level ~ 3 – 7

Description – On the small Mediterranean island of Isola di Squalo, an ancient legend binds the fate of the royal Delmar family directly to the peace and protection of the island. The consequence of turmoil is the return of a giant shark who ultimately attacks one of the royal family.

Comments – Reviewed earlier in 2013

TheodoreTitle ~ Theodore Boone: The Activist (Book 4)
Author ~ John Grisham
ISBN ~ 978-0525425779
Publisher ~ Dutton Juvenile; 1st edition (May 21, 2013)
Age Range ~ 8 – 12 years
Grade Level ~ 3 – 7

Description – Theodore Boone is back, and he’s facing his most dangerous case yet. As Strattenburg sits divided over a hot political and environmental issue, Theo finds himself in the middle of the battle. When he uncovers corruption beneath the surface, Theo will confront bigger risks than ever to himself and those he loves. But even face-to-face with danger, Theodore Boone will do whatever it takes to stand up for what’s right.

Comments – To be reviewed in 2014

Day of doomTitle ~ Day of Doom (39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers)
Author ~ David Baldacci
ISBN ~ 978-0545324168
Publisher ~ Scholastic Inc. (March 5, 2013)
Age Range ~ 8 – 12 years
Grade Level ~ 3 – 7

Description – The Ultimate Sacrifice

It started with a kidnapping. A shadowy organization known only as the Vespers snatched seven members of the Cahill family and demanded a series of bizarre ransoms from around the world. Thirteen-year-old Dan Cahill and his older sister Amy began a global treasure hunt, determined to bring back whatever Vesper One needed, so long as it kept the hostages safe.

But when they deliver the last ransom, Amy and Dan discover Vesper One’s terrifying endgame. The objects he demanded are vital pieces in a Vesper plot that will harm millions of innocent people. Now the two siblings and their friends are in an all-out sprint to stop Vesper One . . . before the whole world goes BOOM.

Comments – To be reviewed in 2014

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