Amazon’s top 10 books of 2014

It’s not pretty… “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr

1. “Redeployment” by Phil Klay

8. “Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest for Primitive Art” by Carl Hoffman.

Amazon says: Quiet and beautiful, this novel about an unknowable teenage girl in a mixed-race family in the 1970s Midwest will make you cry.

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For Amazon’s Top 100 List of 2014 go to amazon.com/bestbooks2014

2. but it IS fascinating. 3. “Everything I Never Told You” by Celeste Ng

4. “In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette” by Hampton Sides

Amazon says: A beautiful, atmospheric story about two young people, one French, one German, growing up on the eve of World War II.

9. There are 31 authors who have graced Amazon’s Best Books of the Year lists before. “Station Eleven” by Emily St. “The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League” by Jeff Hobbs

Amazon says: Set in the not-so-distant future, this apocalyptic novel is surprisingly hopeful in its depiction of a culture that both mocks and mourns its disappeared past.

Here’s Amazon’s Top 10 Books of 2014:

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7. John Mandel

In making its selection, the editorial team read 480 books. All Rights Reserved. “Big Little Lies” by Liane Moriarty

Amazon says: At once extremely personal and culturally wise, this reported memoir will change the way you think about race, class and the meaning of friendship.

© 2014 CBS Interactive Inc. A historical “The Perfect Storm.”

Amazon says: The Rockefeller clan might not have wanted to believe it, but author Hoffman is convincing about what led to the scion’s death.

Amazon says: Told in the many voices of the Latin American tenants of one apartment complex in Delaware, this novel illuminates several different kinds of immigrant experience.

There are 17 debut authors in the top 100, and two in the top 10. “The Book of Unknown Americans” by Cristina Henríquez

Amazon says: Strong, brilliant stories about survival of something almost as dangerous as war itself-its aftermath.

Amazon says: The best kind of King book: a little horror, but mostly pitch perfect details about youth and faith and family.

Amazon says: The ultimate adventure story, but with a touch of romance and intrigue.

6. “Revival” by Stephen King

Amazon says: Moriarty dazzles with another novel about “ordinary” Australian families and the secrets they keep.

The editorial team at Amazon has read over a quarter of a million pages this year and have condensed them all down to just one: Its list of the Top 100 Books of 2014

25 Books Every 7th Grader Should Read

Happy reading.

Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler`s Shadow

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Edward Bloor

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Sixteen-year-old Pagan is squire to Lord Roland, a Templar knight, as Saladin’s armies close in on Jerusalem. Author:

This book chronicles the early life of George Washington, from his childhood years in Virginia and his career as a surveyor to his early victories in the French and Indian War and his assumption of the leadership of the Continental Army.

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America, now Panem, requires each of its 12 territories to select two children between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the Hunger Games. Its cause is unknown, and there is no cure.

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The Kid Who Invented the Popsicle

Pagan’s Crusade

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Patricia Garfield

Andrea Davis Pinkney

The Hunger Games

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Lois Lowry

The ages of Myst are worlds of adventure and awe, of mystery and beauty, of intrigue and betrayal. Their first escape took them to Philadelphia, then on to Boston, pursued by slave hunters, and finally 5000 miles across the ocean to England, where they were able to settle peacefully.

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Brief factual stories of how various familiar things were invented, many by accident, make for an informative read.

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Inkheart

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Do you ever dream you’ve shown up to school in your underwear? How about driving a car and you’ve never even driven? Have you ever dreamed you’re hanging out with Katie Holmes or Johnny Damon? These are more common dreams than you might think, and there are reasonable yet surprising explanations for them!

Crackback

Sterling North

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The Giver

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Homecoming

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Crossing the Wire

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Carl Hiaasen

George Washington, Frontier Colonel

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The Red Necklace

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This is a list of tried-and-true books for seventh graders. There are so many more wonderful books I could include, but the request was for the 25 every seventh grader should read, so that is what I have attempted to provide. But she was afraid it was too much to hope for.

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Taking place during the French Revolution, this marvelous tale of history and magic follows Yann Margoza, a gypsy orphan being raised by the dwarf Tetu. So, as usual, it was up to 13-year-old Dicey, the eldest of four, to take care of everything, make all the decisions, feed them, and find places to sleep. Their stories are told here.

Pitching prodigy Michael Arroyo is on the run from social services. On television, these twenty-four kids will fight to the death, and only one will survive. This is the first book in The Hidden series; they are all can’t-put-down reads!

Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father Mo, a bookbinder, can “read” fictional characters to life when an evil ruler named Capricorn, freed from the novel Inkheart years earlier, tries to force Mo to release an immortal monster from the story.

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Born third when having more than two children per family is illegal, Luke has always lived in hiding. Each of them has magic of their own, which allows them to travel with a successful magician Topolian. Their fates are destined to intertwine with Sido, the young daughter of a Marquis when they are invited to do a special performance at her father’s chateau. Her research includes telling interviews with surviving Hitler Youth members.

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Paul Fisher plays soccer despite the thick glasses he wears because of a mysterious eye injury.

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Set in a world where fear, pain, and war no longer exist, this is the story of Jonas, a twelve-year-old boy who has just received his Life Assignment as “The Receiver,” a highly prestigious position as keeper of memory for his entire society. Now take a step further into the fictional legend of Myst. Unfortunately, with this assignment come realizations about his community and their life that are not all he has been led to believe. For most of his young life, Atrus thought the stories his grandmother told him were just strange legends. Then his time came to explore the magnificent underground realm.

Susan Campbell Bartoletti explores how Hitler gained the loyalty, trust, and passion of so many of Germany’s young people. She befriends a boy who moves into one of the rich houses behind her old farmhouse.

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Catherine Jinks

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The Tillerman kids’ mother just left them one day in a car in a mall parking lot. But above all, Dicey would have to make sure to avoid the authorities who would split them up and place them in foster homes. Rival coaches who doubt that he is only twelve years old want proof, but Michael has no parents. What is the price of success?

An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793

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In 1892, a nine-year-old Jewish boy from Naples arrives in New York penniless and alone. Enjoy.

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The King of Mulberry Street

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Includes diary entries, personal letters, and archival photographs to describe the experiences of boys, 16 years old or younger, who fought.

A 12-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935, when guards’ families were housed there, and has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister.

Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters

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Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf: A Year Told Through Stuff

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The Boys` War: Confederate and Union Soldiers Talk About the Civil War

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Among the Hidden

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Noah and his younger sister, Abbey, must figure out a way to prove that the owner of a casino boat is illegally dumping sewage into the bay near their Florida home.

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Rand Miller, Robyn Miller, David Wingrove

Myst: The Book of Atrus

Josie, who lives with her mother and grandmother, has cerebral palsy. This tale follows the growth of the relationship between squire and mentor in this twist on a “coming of age” story, in which we find that sometimes the younger is indeed the wiser.

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It’s 1793, and there’s an invisible killer roaming the streets of Philadelphia.

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If I have left any of your favorite books off of this list, feel free to leave them in the comments. You have seen only a glimpse of the picture. As I said in the beginning, there are many more wonderful books out there to be read–these are just the beginning. The city’s residents are fleeing in fear. When the life of a newchild (baby) his family is caring for comes to hang in the balance, he and his mentor, the Giver, hatch a desperate plan to change a society.

Judith Bloom Fradin

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Told entirely through notes, grocery receipts, and a vast array of other items, this story follows Ginny as she accidentally dyes her hair pink, throws live frogs in class, and loses the lead role in ballet to her ex-best friend.

Gennifer Choldenko

A teen struggles with the multiple difficulties of pleasing his father, his coach, and his friends at the same time. This killer has a name–yellow fever–but everything else about it is a mystery. Also recommended is Catching Fire, the sequel.

Ellen and William Craft were two of the few slaves to ever escape from the Deep South. These pages are your link to the story of Atrus, son of Gehn, and the last of the race of D’Ni–the masters of The Art, the craft of linking to other worlds through the descriptive art of writing. Their father had left them a long time ago. Deep down, she hoped they could find an adult they could trust, someone who would take them in and love them. They come recommended by schools around the country, and I can also personally and professionally vouch for many, as they belong to my personal library for my own use.

Will Hobbs

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Ten female freedom fighters let their lights shine in African-American history. His starving mama has bribed someone on a cargo ship to hide him away so that he could come to America for a “new start.” Slowly, befriended by two other youngsters in similar straits, even as he struggles to survive on the New York city streets, he comes to the realization that Mama was not left behind by accident.

Reaching for Sun

Fifteen-year-old Victor Flores journeys north in a desperate attempt to cross the Arizona border and find work in the United States to support his family in central Mexico.

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Al Capone Does My Shirts

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Donna Jo Napoli

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Margaret Peterson Haddix

5,000 Miles to Freedom: Ellen and William Craft`s Flight from Slavery

Sally Gardner

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The Dream book: A Young Person’s Guide to Understanding Dreams

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John Coy

I have tried to include something for everyone from history buffs to sci-fi fans

‘The Sports Gene’: Author Tackles Controversial Aspect of Sports, Genes and Ethnicity Video

Look at a guy like steve nash. What about the taboo subject that certain ethnic groups are predisposed. And one thing they have their ancestry, low latitude. He has extremely short legs. More there’s an evolutionary fluke that allowed people to get by, that can aplied athletically. And go find the sport that emphasizes it. What did you find makes the best athlete? There’s some evidence in certain parts, gymnastics. That’s better for swimming. Golf. From kenya, we’re used to thinking of all kenyans being great runners.

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. Somebody who played all sports seasonally. The best thing to do is to sample. It’s called “the sport gene.” I talked to the author, david epstein, about his headline-grabbing book. They have extremely long limbs, proportion to their body size. It includes whether nature or nurture makes the best athlete. It’s one tiny tribe that makes up 10% to 11% of the runners there. And a lot of people watching at home, the idea of the specialized athlete. And whether sommet nick groups are better suited to succeed at athletics. Michael helps is 6’4″ and has the same inseam of the guy that’s 5’9″. And they’re worse app other things. The kid who is playing the club, year-round, as opposed to someone of my vintage. Didn’t get a basketball until he was 33 years old. You and i, europeans, have longer torsos. And look at the mid teen years. When I visited. It’s a fascinating book. That’s an evolutionary adaptation for cooling. Find the best fit for your unique genome