Grades 4 to 6 January 2016 Picks
Grades 4 to 6 January 2016 Picks

 Seeing stars?  Professional book reviewers only award a star to exceptional books.  More than one star means experts from multiple organizations felt the book was outstanding. 

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Crenshaw
by Katherine Applegate
published September 22, 2015
Starred Reviews:
Star Image Publisher's Weekly Star ImageHorn Book

In her first novel since The One and Only Ivan, winner of the Newbery Medal, Katherine Applegate delivers an unforgettable and magical story about family, friendship, and resilience.

Jackson and his family have fallen on hard times. There's no more money for rent. And not much for food, either. His parents,...READ MORE

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The Thing About Jellyfish
by Ali Benjamin
published September 22, 2015
Starred Reviews:
Star Image School Library Journal Star Image Booklist Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Publisher's Weekly

This stunning debut novel about grief and wonder was an instant New York Times bestseller and captured widespread critical acclaim, including selection as a 2015 National Book Award finalist!

After her best friend dies in a drowning accident, Suzy is convinced that the true cause of the tragedy must have been...READ MORE

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Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer
by Kelly Jones
illustrated by Katie Kath
published May 12, 2015
Starred Reviews:
Star Image School Library Journal Star Image Kirkus Reviews  

Fans of Polly Horvath or Roald Dahl will love this quirky story of a determined girl, and some extraordinary chickens.
 
Twelve-year-old Sophie Brown feels like a fish out of water when she and her parents move from Los Angeles to the farm they’ve inherited from a great-uncle. But farm...READ MORE

Circus Mirandus
by Cassie Beasley
published June 2, 2015
Starred Reviews:
Star Image School Library Journal Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Publisher's Weekly

New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 2015

New York Times Bestseller

 

Fans of The Magician's ElephantSavvy, and Roald Dahl will fall in love with Circus Mirandus, which celebrates the power of seeing magic in the world.

Do you believe in magic?
Micah Tuttle does.

Even though his...READ MORE

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The Lightning Queen
by Laura Resau
published October 27, 2015
Starred Reviews:
Star Image School Library Journal Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books  

Nothing exciting happens on the Hill of Dust, in the remote mountains of Mexico in the 1950s. There's no electricity, no plumbing, no cars, just day after day of pasturing goats. And now, without his sister and mother, eleven-year-old Teo's life feels even more barren. And then one day, the...READ MORE

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My Diary from the Edge of the World
by Jodi Lynn Anderson
published November 3, 2015
Starred Reviews:
Star Image School Library Journal Star Image Publisher's Weekly Star ImageHorn Book

Told in diary form by an irresistible heroine, this playful and perceptive novel from the New York Timesbestselling author of the May Bird trilogy sparkles with science, myth, magic, and the strange beauty of the everyday marvels we sometimes forget to notice.

Spirited, restless Gracie Lockwood has lived in Cliffden,...READ MORE

The Doldrums
The Doldrums
by Nicholas Gannon
published September 29, 2015
Starred Reviews:
 Star ImageKirkus Reviews Star Image Publisher's Weekly  

“A dreamy charmer of a book, full of clever wordplay that practically demands it be read out loud.”—New York Times

Have you ever wanted to hold a little piece of the impossible? Lavishly illustrated in full color, The Doldrums is an extraordinary debut about friendship, imagination, and the yearning for adventure from...READ MORE

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Lost in NYC: A Subway Adventure: A TOON Graphic (Toon Graphics)
by Nadja Spiegelman
illustrated by Sergio Garcia Sanchez
published April 7, 2015
Starred Reviews:
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Also available in Spanish as Perdidos en NYC: una aventura en el metro

The sights . . . the sounds . . . the SMELLS! New York's crowded subway system is known for many things, but being easy on a lost kid isn't one of them. When Pablo gets separated from...READ MORE

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Curiosity House: The Shrunken Head
by Lauren Oliver,
by H.C. Chester
illustrated by Benjamin Lacombe
published September 29, 2015
Starred Reviews:
Star Image Booklist  

The book is about, among other things: the strongest boy in the world, a talking cockatoo, a faulty mind reader, a beautiful bearded lady and a nervous magician, an old museum, and a shrunken head.

Blessed with extraordinary abilities, orphans Philippa, Sam, and Thomas have grown up happily in Dumfrey’s...READ MORE

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George
by Alex Gino
published August 25, 2015
Starred Reviews:
Star Image School Library Journal Star Image Booklist Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Publisher's Weekly

BE WHO YOU ARE.

When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she's not a boy. She knows she's a girl.

George thinks she'll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to...READ MORE

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