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2017 Top of the List: Editors’ Choice

Committed to providing a broad selection of outstanding books that mixes popular appeal with literary excellence, the Books for Youth Booklist’s editorial staff has chosen the titles below as best-of-the-year nonfiction and fiction books and picture books.
Included here are the editors’ choices for adult titles as well.

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      Future Home of the Living God

      by Louise Erdrich

      Apr 2018

      Adult Crossover High Plus

      As woman after woman gives birth to infants that appear to be primitive species of humans, Cedar Hawk Songmaker finds that she is four months pregnant.

      Before She Was Harriet

      by Lesa Cline-Ransome

      Feb 2018

      Nonfiction Early Elementary

      Youth Nonfiction, Young Readers
      An evocative poem and richly colored paintings celebrate the diverse accomplishments of Harriet Tubman, as revealed by her many names.

      All the Wind in the World

      by Samantha Mabry

      Feb 2018

      Mystery High Plus

      Youth Fiction, Older Readers
      Samantha Mabry's luscious prose weaves a breathtaking tale of dread, danger, romance, and redemption.

      The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid

      by Colin Meloy

      Feb 2018

      Upper Elementary & Junior High Plus

      Youth Fiction, Middle Readers
      The young son of an American diplomat joins a secret society of pickpockets in Marseille.


      by Andrea Tsurumi

      Feb 2018

      Kindergarten Plus

      Youth Fiction, Young Readers
      When a clumsy armadillo named Lola knocks over a glass pitcher, she sets off a silly chain of events, encountering chaos wherever she goes.

      The Wolf, the Duck & the Mouse

      by Mac Barnett

      Feb 2018

      Easy Reading

      Youth Fiction, Young Readers
      With a nod and wink to readers, this untraditional fable is about a mouse and a duck who get swallowed by a wolf.

      Wild Beauty

      by Anna-Marie McLemore

      Jan 2018

      Mature Young Adults Plus

      Youth Fiction, Older Readers
      For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They've also hidden a tragic legacy: If they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish.

      The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

      by Mackenzi Lee

      Oct 2017

      Mature Young Adults Plus

      Youth Fiction, Older Readers
      Henry Montague was born to be a gentleman, but even the finest boarding schools in England haven't been able to tame his roguish passions for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men. Author's note on historical accuracy.

      Marlena: A Novel

      by Julie Buntin

      Aug 2017

      Adult Crossover High Plus

      Everything about fifteen-year-old Cat’s new town in rural Michigan is lonely and off-kilter, until she meets her neighbor, the manic, beautiful, pill-popping Marlena.

      Town Is by the Sea

      by Joanne Schwartz

      Jul 2017

      Easy Reading Plus

      Youth Fiction, Middle Readers
      Stunning illustrations show the striking contrast between a sparkling seaside day and the darkness underground where the miners dig. Author's note. Full-color illustrations.


      by David Elliott

      Jun 2017

      High-Interest High Plus

      Youth Fiction, Older Readers
      David Elliott turns a classic on its head in form and approach, updating the timeless story of Theseus and the Minotaur for a new generation. Author's notes about the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur and the poetic forms used.

      Exit West: A Novel

      by Mohsin Hamid

      Jun 2017

      Adult Crossover High Plus

      In an unnamed city teetering on the brink of civil war, a young couple embarks on a furtive love affair.
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