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Faves of 2012

Okay it is that time of the year again where anyone and everyone puts together lists of their top picks of the past year. I am going to be no different, I will, however, not be doing a top 10. What I have put here are the ones that really stood out, but truthfully I had many wonderful reading experiences this year just about gone, and I did limit this list to those books published in 2012.

Let me start with the youngest first and believe me there were so many really cool picture books this past year but here are a few that stood out.

The Snorgh and the Sailor : Will Buckingham and Thomas Docherty


The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore : William Joyce


I Love You Little Monster : Andreae Giles and Jess Mikhail


Plant a Kiss : Amy Rosenthal and Peter H Reynolds


What Does Daddy Do? : Rachel Bright


Fiction 4 – 9 years.

Secret of the Swords : Frances Watts and Gregory Rogers


Hey Jack! series : by Sally Rippin


Billie B Brown series by Sally Rippin

9781742971414Fiction 8 – 12

Floors : Patrick Carmen


Summer’s Dream :  Cathy Cassidy


Dork Diaries series : Rachel Renee Russell

9780857071194Young Adult Fiction

Stormdancer : Jay Kristoff


The Fault in Our Stars : John Green


Team Human : Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan





9781906427900By: Patrick Carmen

The Whippet Hotel is the most amazing hotel on earth. There simply isn’t any place like it. Each room is unique, full of secrets and surprises. That’s not all, the guests are mad or mysterious. Leo loves the Whippet, it is his home and his job. Leo and his dad work as caretakers for the hotel, it is a totally crazy job but Leo wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. Then Merganzer Whippet, the hotel’s owner and designer, disappears and things start to go terribly wrong. It is like the hotel is sick and it is up to Leo to follow the clues and figure out what is wrong. In the course of this amazing adventure Leo makes a new friend and finds hidden floors. One thing is certain, no matter how it ends, Leo’s life will never be the same.

A wonderful adventure through a totally wacky and incredibly fun place. the hotel is it’s own character full of quirks and secrets. Leo is daring and courageous and you want the end to be something wonderful for him. The journey Carmen takes him on is character developing and very entertaining. Anyone with a sense of adventure would love to go to the Whippet. There is the right amount of sneakiness, tension and foreboding.

A real fun read.

Publisher: Chicken House Ltd

Published: 05 January 2012

Format: Paperback 272 pages

Categories: Adventure, Mystery

ISBN 13: 9781906427900

Purchase: here or use the Booktopia link on the side of the page

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