Maine Regional Library System Cream of the Crop List 2016

Each year publishing houses send thousands of review copies of new children's and young adult books to the Maine Examination Collection to the Southern Maine Library District. The books are reviewed at monthly book review meetings by local librarians. A “Cream of the Crop” Collection of the best titles published in the previous year is prepared. The “Cream of the Crop” Collection contains about books from preschool to high school age levels.

Baba Yaga’s Assistant

by Marika McCoola / Emily Carroll

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Boats for Papa

by Jessixa Bagley


Juba!: A Novel

by Walter Dean Myers


Mango, Abuela y yo (Mango, Abuela, and Me)

by Meg Medina / Angela Dominguez

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Monster: A Graphic Novel

by Walter Dean Myers / Dawud Anyabwile

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Mothman’s Curse

by Christine Hayes / James K. Hindle



by Noelle Stevenson

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The Hired Girl

by Laura Amy Schlitz

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The Plan

by Alison Paul / Barbara Lehman



by Kevin Henkes

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