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October 03, 2016

New Highly Starred Books for 2016

Written by Deborah B. Ford

Now that we approaching the end of the 2016 season, you may be like me and starting to make your Best Lists. I know the journals are putting in the hours and whittling down their lists. Our own Jeanette is constantly adding new stars, lists, and awards of our own titles. You can keep track of JLG title selections at Awards & Lists/Lists & Reviews. If you’ve been keeping tabs, the following are the most highly starred titles of 2016–so far.

SIX STARS

Thunder BoyALEXIE, Sherman. Thunder Boy Jr. illus. by Yuji Morales. 40p. Little, Brown. 2016. ISBN 9780316013727. {IL K-3, -E-} RL 1.6

HARDINGE, Frances. The Lie Tree. 384p. Amulet. 2016. ISBN 9781419718953. {IL YA, -Fic-}

ORGILL, Roxanne. Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph. illus. by Francis Vallejo. 64p. Candlewick. 2016. ISBN 9780763669546. {IL 3-6, 781.65} RL 4.7

REX, Adam.  School’s First Day of School. illus. by Christian Robinson. 40p. Roaring Brook. 2016. ISBN 9781596439641. {IL K-3, -E-} RL 2.9

FIVE STARS

BERRY, Julie. The Passion of Dolssa. 496p. Viking. 2016. ISBN 9780451469922. {IL YA, -Fic-}

DICAMILLO, Kate. Raymie Nightingale. 272p. Candlewick. 2016. ISBN 9780763681173. {IL 5-8, -Fic-} RL 4.2

FREEDMAN, Russell. We Will Not Be Silent : How the White Rose Student Resistance Movement Defied Adolf Hitler. 112p. Clarion. 2016. ISBN9780544223790. {IL 5-8, 943.086} RL 7.8

PECK, Richard. The Best Man. 232p. Dial. 2016. ISBN 9780803738393. {IL 3-6, -Fic-} RL 4.9

PERKINS, Lynne Rae. Frank and Lucky Get Schooled. illus. by author. 32p. Greenwillow. 2016. {IL K-3, -E-} RL 2.7

RACZKA, Bob. Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems. illus. by author. 48p. Roaring Brook. 2016. ISBN 9781626722361. {IL 3-6, 811} RL 3.3

Wolf hollowWOLK, Lauren. Wolf Hollow. 304p. Dutton. 2016. ISBN 9781101994825. {IL 5-8, -Fic-} RL 4.6

FOUR STARS

AGEE, Jon. Lion Lessons. illus. by author. 32p. Dial. 2016. ISBN  9780803739086 . {IL K-3, -E-} RL 1.8

ALEXANDER, Kwame. Booked. 240p. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2016. ISBN 9780544570986. {IL 5-8, -Fic-} RL 5

ANDERSON, Laurie Halse. Ashes. 272p. Atheneum. 2016. ISBN 9781416961468. {IL 5-8, -Fic-}  RL 5.4

AUXIER, Jonathan. Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard. 464p. Harry Abrams. 2016. ISBN 978-1419717475. {IL 5-8, -Fic-} RL 5.7

BARNHILL, Kelly Regan. The Girl Who Drank the Moon. 388p. Algonquin. 2016. ISBN 9781616205676.  {IL 5-8, -Fic-} RL 5

BOGART, Jo Ellen. The White Cat and the Monk : A Retelling of the Poem “Pangur Bán.” illus. by Sydney Smith. unpaged. Groundwood. 2016. ISBN 9781554987801. {IL K-3, -E-} RL 2.9

BROWN, Peter. The Wild Robot. 288p. Little Brown. 2016. ISBN 9780316381994. {IL 3-6, -Fic-} RL 5.8

DELACRE, Lulu. ¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z!: Descubriendo el bosque nublado / Olinguito, from A to Z!: Unveiling the Cloud Forest. illus. by author. 40p. Lee & Low. 2016. ISBN 9780892393275. {IL K-3, 599.743}

DOWNHAM, Jenny. Unbecoming. 384p. David Fickling. 2016. ISBN 9780545907170. {IL YA, -Fic-}

FALATKO, Julie. Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book). illus. by author. 32p. Viking. 2016. ISBN 9780451469458. {IL K-3, -E-} RL 3.4

FOGLIANO, Julie. When Green Becomes Tomatoes : Poems for All Seasons. illus. by Julie Morstad. 56p. Roaring Brook. 2016. ISBN 9781596438521. {IL K-3, 811} RL 2.8

GIDWITZ, Adam. The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog. illus. by Hatem Aly. 368p. Dutton. 2016. ISBN 9780525426165. {IL 5-8, -Fic-}

GRIMES, Nikki. Garvey’s Choice. 120p. Wordsong. 2016. ISBN 9781629797403. {IL 5-8, -Fic-}  RL 4.5

HOLM, Jennifer L. Full of Beans. 208p. Random House. 2016. ISBN 9780553510379. {IL 3-6, -Fic-}  RL 5

HUTCHINSON, Shaun David. We Are the Ants. 464p. Simon Pulse. 2016. ISBN 9781481449632. {IL YA, -Fic-}

ISADORA, Rachel. I Hear a Pickle: (And Smell, See, Touch, and Taste it, Too!). 32p. Nancy Paulsen. 2016. ISBN 78-0399160493. {IL K-3, -E-} RL .9

JOHNSTON, E. K. Exit, Pursued by a Bear. 256p. Dutton. 2016. ISBN 9781101994580. {IL YA, -Fic-}

LIN, Grace. When the Sea Turned to Silver. illus. by author. 370p. Little, Brown. 2016. ISBN 9780316125925. {IL 3-6, -Fic-}  RL 5.6

MEDINA, Meg. Burn Baby Burn. 320p. Candlewick. 2016. ISBN 9780763674670. {IL YA, -Fic-}

PENNYPACKER, Sara. Pax. illus. by Jon Klassen. 288p. Balzer+ Bray. 2016. ISBN 9780062377012. {IL 3-6, -Fic-} RL 5.7

PERKINS, Stephanie. Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories. 400p. St. Martin’s Griffin. 2016. ISBN  9781250079121. {IL YA, 813}

PHELAN, Matt. Snow White.  illus. by author. 235p. Candlewick. 2016. ISBN 9780763672331. {IL 5-8, 741.5} RL 4

REYNOLDS, Jason. As Brave as You. 410p. Caitlyn Dlouhy. 2016. ISBN 9781481415903. {IL 5-8, -Fic-}  RL 5.7

There is a TribeSMITH, Lane. There is a Tribe of Kids. illus. by author. 48p. Roaring Brook. 2016. ISBN 9781626720565. {IL K-3, -E-} RL 1.6

STEAD, Philip C. Ideas are All Around. illus. by author. 48p. Roaring Brook. 2016. ISBN 9781626721814. {IL K-3, -E-} RL 2.7

STIEFVATER, Maggie. The Raven King. 400p. Scholastic. 2016. ISBN 9780545424981. {IL YA, -Fic-}

STORK, Franciso X. The Memory of Light. 336p. Arthur A. Levine. 2016. ISBN 9780545474320. {IL YA, -Fic-}

SULLIVAN, Tara. The Bitter Side of Sweet. 320p. Putnam’s. 2016. ISBN 9780399173073. {IL YA, -Fic-}

TURNER, Pamela. Samurai Rising : The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune. illus. by Gareth Hinds. 256p. Charlesbridge. 2016. ISBN 9781580895842. {IL YA, 952}

 

 

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Deborah B. Ford

Deborah B. Ford

Deborah B. Ford, JLG’s Director of Library Outreach, is an award-winning library media specialist and international speaker with almost thirty years of experience as a classroom teacher and librarian in K–12 schools. Traveling across North America, she does workshops, library coaching, and professional development for school and public libraries. Deborah is the author of JLG's Booktalks to Go @ SLJ. She also maintains an award-winning coordinating online resource at LiveBinders.com. Contact her at dford@juniorlibraryguild.com. Follow her on Twitter @jlgdeborahford.

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