It’s been a while since we listed the top 10 books in our library… and this month’s list contains a few surprises and some new entries:
10. Red Rackham’s Treasure by Herge
Since the Tintin movie came out recently, we’ve seen an increased interest in these classic comic books.
9. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Another movie tie-in: lots of students have read The Hunger Games and seen the movie, so they’re keen to get a head start on the next book in the trilogy.
8. Tales of the School Zombies by Scott Nickel
This has been a word-of-mouth hit with a lot of our students, and has been seeing an increased popularity on the holds shelf.
7. Smile by Raina Telgemeier
This orthodontic coming of age story has been a sleeper hit. The only problem is the super cheap binding of the paperback edition – it’s constantly in the “book hospital” for surgery.
6. Missile Mouse: The Star Crusher by Jake Parker
Another word-of-mouth entry here. Any time we add fresh titles to our graphic novel collection, they’re sure to become fast favourites.
5. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Although the Harry Potter series is the most successful children’s series of all time, it has not been all that popular here at Saints in recent years. Until now.
4. Chi’s Sweet Home 3 by Konata Konami
This adorable series about a kitten and her human family has been wildly popular. It’s nice when a book appeals to both younger and older kids. It’s especially remarkable since this is a comic book series that does not involve outer space, zombies, time travel or ninjas… just kittens.
3.Ninja Slice by Erik Craddock
The Stone Rabbit series is a hit with a lot of our younger readers. They love the humor and action in all of Stone Rabbit’s adventures.
2. The Kids’ Book of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada by Diane Silvey and John Mantha
The Grade 4 classes have started a unit on First Nations, and this book is being used extensively. It’s superbly well researched, clearly written and includes lots of accurate illustrations. Definitely the go-to manual for this topic, and nice to see a non-fiction book challenging for top spot!
1. Amulet Book Four: The Last Council by Kazu Kibuishi
Until last month, this book never sat on the shelf: it was constantly checked out or on hold for someone. Occasionally we see glimpses of it sitting on its shelf, but never for long. The Amulet series has hooked more than a few reluctant readers and boys new to graphic novels, and it’s hard to beat.