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StickyI haven’t posted for a while…just lots of things going on.
So today I decided to post info about the latest books for children and teens that have received three or more starred reviews in professional journals.

Find all of the starred books on my Pinterest board – 2014 Best Books/Children/Teens.

Teaching resources, if available, have also been added.

 

 

Absolutely AlmostAbsolutely Almost by Lisa Graff
Ten-year-old Albie has never been the smartest, tallest, best at gym, greatest artist, or most musical in his class, as his parents keep reminding him, but new nanny Calista helps him uncover his strengths and take pride in himself.
Philomel Gr. 4-6 Fiction
Starred Reviews from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

 

 

 

All Different NowAll Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom by Angela Johnson
Illustrated by E. B. Lewis
In 1865, members of a family start their day as slaves, working in a Texas cotton field, and end it celebrating their freedom on what came to be known as Juneteenth.
Simon & Schuster Gr. 1-4 Picture Book
Starred Reviews from Horn Book, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

 

 

Baby Tree, TheThe Baby Tree by Sophie Blackall
After learning that his parents are expecting a baby, a young boy asks several people where babies come from and gets a different answer from each before his parents have a chance to give the right answer. Penguin/Paulsen PreS-Gr. 3 Picture Book
Starred Reviews from Horn Book, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

 

 

 

boundlessThe Boundless by Kenneth Oppel
Aboard “The Boundless,” the greatest train ever built, on its maiden voyage across Canada, teenaged Will enlists the aid of a traveling circus to save the train from villains.
Simon & Schuster Gr. 4-7 Fiction
Starred Reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

 

 

 

children of the kingThe Children of the King by Sonya Hartnett
Cecily and Jeremy have been sent to live with their uncle Peregrine in the English countryside, safe from the war, along with a young refugee named May. But when Cecily and May find two mysterious boys hiding in the ruins of a nearby castle, an extraordinary adventure begins.
Candlewick Gr. 5-8 Fiction/Historical Fiction
Starred Reviews from Booklist, Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Horn Book, Kirkus
Teaching Resource:
Activities New South Wales Government Education Department

 

 

ComplicitComplicit by Stephanie Kuehn
Jamie’s mother was murdered when he was six, about seven years later his sister Cate was incarcerated for burning down a neighbor’s barn, and now Jamie, fifteen, learns that Cate has been released and is coming back for him, blaming him for all the bad things that led to her arrest.
St. Martin’s/Griffin Gr. 9-12 Fiction
Starred Reviews from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

 

 

Cracks in the KingdomThe Cracks in the Kingdom by Jaclyn Moriarty
Hoping to bring back her father and the other missing royals of Cello, Princess Ko gathers a group of teens, each with a special ability, including Elliot, whose forbidden communications with Madeleine may be the key to traveling across worlds.
Scholastic Gr. 7+ Fiction/Fantasy
Starred Reviews from Horn Book, Kirkus, School Library Journal

 

 

 

Eye to EyeEye to Eye: How Animals See the World by Steve Jenkins
Explains how for most animals, eyes are the most important source of information about the world in a biological sense.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Gr. 1-5 Informational Picture Book
Starred Reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

 

 

 

Following Papa's SongFollowing Papa’s Song by Gianna Marino
Little Blue, a young humpback whale, has never made the long migration up the coast, and he is worried about his first long journey with Papa.
Viking PreS-Gr. 1 Picture Book
Starred Reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

 

 

 

GravityGravity by Jason Chin
Explains the fundamentals of gravity.
Roaring Brook PreS-Gr. 4 Informational Picture Book
Starred Reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

 

 

 

Hidden Like Anne FrankHidden Like Anne Frank: 14 True Stories of Survival by Marcel Prins & Peter Henk Steenhuis, translated by Laura Watkinson
A collection of fourteen first-person accounts that share what it was like to go into hiding during World War II.
Arthur A. Levine Gr. 7+ Nonfiction/Memoir
Starred Reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

 

 

 

 

How I Discovered PoetryHow I Discovered Poetry by Marilyn Nelson
Illustrated by Hadley Hooper
Tells the story of Marilyn Nelson as an artist and young woman through fifty eye-opening poems.
Dial Gr. 5+ Nonfiction/Memoir/Poetry
Starred Reviews from Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Horn Book, Publishers Weekly

 

 

 

last foreverThe Last Forever by Deb Caletti
After her mother’s death, it’s all Tessa can do to keep her friends, her boyfriend, her happiness from slipping away. Even the rare plant her mother entrusted to her care starts to wilt. Then she meets Henry. Though secrets stand between them, each has a chance at healing…if first, Tessa can find the courage to believe in forever.
Simon & Schuster Gr. 9+ Fiction
Starred Reviews from Booklist, Horn Book, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly

 

 

 

Migrant: The Journey of a Mexican WorkerMigrant by José Manuel Matteo, translated from the Spanish by Emmy Smith Ready
Illustrated by Javier Martínez Pedro
A young Mexican boy tells how he, his mother, and his sister travel across the border to search for his father and for work in Los Angeles.
Abrams Gr. 3-6 Moveable Picture Book
Starred Reviews from Booklist, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly

 

 

Number One SamNumber One Sam by Greg Pizzoli
A competitive race-car driving dog learns that some things are more important than being number one.
Disney-Hyperion PreS-Gr.2 Picture Book
Starred Reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

 

 

 

 

Rules of SummerRules of Summer by Shaun Tan
Two boys explain the occasionally mysterious “rules” they learned over the summer, like never eat the last olive at a party, never ruin a perfect plan, and never give your keys to a stranger.
Scholastic All ages Picture Book
Starred Reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

 

 

 

The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful LifeScraps Book by Lois Ehlert
A memoir of the life of children’s book illustrator and author Lois Ehlert, discussing her childhood, and her career.
S&S/Beach Lane Gr. 2-5 Picture Book/Memoir
Starred Reviews from Booklist, Horn Book, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

 

 

 

Seven wild sistersSeven Wild Sisters: A Modern Fairy Tale by Charles de Lint
Illustrated by Charles Vess
Sarah Jane Dillard discovers and helps an injured ‘sangman fairy in the Tanglewood Forest, putting herself, her six sisters, and friends Aunt Lillian and the Apple Tree Man in the middle of a fairy feud.
Little, Brown Gr. 3-7 Fiction
Starred Reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

 

 

 

Shoe DogShoe Dog by Megan McDonald
Illustrated by Katherine Tillotson
In order to stay in the warm and cozy home he has longed for, Shoe Dog must learn to stop chewing shoes.
Atheneum PreS-Gr. 2 Picture Book
Starred Reviews from Horn Book, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly

 

 

 

 

Story of OwenStory of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim by E. K. Johnston
In an alternate world where industrialization has caused many species of carbon-eating dragons to thrive, Owen, a slayer being trained by his famous father and aunt, and Siobahn, his bard, face a dragon infestation near their small town in Canada.
Carolrhoda Gr. 8+ Fiction/Fantasy
Starred Reviews from Booklist, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly

 

 

 

This One SummerThis One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
Illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
The story of two young friends, Rose and Windy who deal with growing up, impending teendom, and family struggles.
First Second Gr. 7+ Graphic Novel
Starred Reviews from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

 

 

 

Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy, TheThe Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy by Kate Hattemer
When a sleazy reality television show takes over Ethan’s arts academy, he and his friends concoct an artsy plan to take it down.
Knopf   Gr. 7+   Fiction
Starred Reviews from Booklist, Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Kirkus

 

 

 

 

Volcano Beneath the SnowVolcano Beneath the Snow: John Brown’s War Against Slavery by Albert Marrin
Looks at the events and controversy surrounding John Brown’s role in the banishment of slavery and his ongoing inspiration for current events.
Knopf Gr. 7+ Nonfiction
Starred Reviews from Booklist, Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal
Teaching Resource:
Educator Guide Random House

 

 

We Were LiarsWe Were Liars  by E. Lockhart
Spending the summers on her family’s private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer.
Delacorte Gr. 7+ Fiction
Starred Reviews from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal
Teaching Resource:
Book Website

 

 

West of the MoonWest of the Moon by Margi Preus
In nineteenth-century Norway, fourteen-year-old Astri, whose aunt has sold her to a mean goatherder, dreams of joining her father in America.
Abrams/Amulet Gr. 6-8 Fiction/Historical Fiction
Starred Reviews from Booklist, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

 

 

 

The Winner’s CurseWinner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
An aristocratic girl who is a member of a warmongering and enslaving empire purchases a slave, an act that sets in motion a rebellion that might overthrow her world as well as her heart.
FSG Gr. 9+ Fiction/Fantasy
Starred Reviews from Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly
Teaching Resource:
Book Trailer Author’s Website

 

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