January 2017 Children's & Teen Starred Review Book Releases

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The following is a list of books released in January 2017 that have received starred (exceptional) reviews from the professional review journals School Library Journal, Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Horn Book, and The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books.  This list will continue to grow over the coming months as reviewers include additional starred reviews.  Please feel free to check back.

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North, South, East, West Book Cover
North, South, East, West
by Margaret Wise Brown
illustrated by Greg Pizzoli
Published: January 24, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews

From Margaret Wise Brown, the bestselling author of classics like Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny, comes a never-before-published story about a little bird’s first journey, brought to life by Geisel Award-winning illustrator Greg Pizzoli.

It’s time for a little bird to fly away

to the north, the south, the east, and the west....READ MORE

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Wolf in the Snow
by Matthew Cordell
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: January 3, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star Image Horn Book Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Booklist Star Image School Library Journal Star Image Publishers Weekly

A girl is lost in a snowstorm. A wolf cub is lost, too. How will they find their way home?

Paintings rich with feeling tell this satisfying story of friendship and trust. Here is a book set on a wintry night that will spark imaginations and warm hearts, from Matthew...READ MORE

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A Greyhound, a Groundhog
by Emily Jenkins
illustrated by Chris Appelhans
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: January 3, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Publishers Weekly Star Image School Library Journal Star Image Booklist

From a heavyweight author-and-illustrator duo comes a delicious tongue twister of a picture book that features a little round greyhound and a little round groundhog. With very spare, incredibly lively language, this is an entertaining read-aloud, with two amazing—and oh-so-adorable—characters at its heart.
 
When a greyhound meets a...READ MORE

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Egg
by Kevin Henkes
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: January 3, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Publishers Weekly Star Image Horn Book Star Image School Library Journal

Egg is a graphic novel for preschoolers about four eggs, one big surprise, and an unlikely friendship, by Caldecott Medalist and New York Times—bestselling author Kevin Henkes. Egg is not only a perfect Easter gift, but also a classic read-alone and read-aloud that will appeal all year long.

This masterful and stylistically original picture...READ MORE

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Heart to Heart
by Lois Ehlert
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: January 3, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star Image Publishers Weekly

From beloved Caldecott Honor artist Lois Ehlert comes a clever and funny valentine celebrating love and friendship.



Readers of all ages will go bananas for this pun-filled and sweet story filled with rebuses and love. Alphabet letters and bold, graphic images of fruits and vegetables come...READ MORE

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No More Bows
by Samantha Cotterill
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: January 3, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews

Milly loves her dog Hugo. And she LOVES dressing up Hugo in bows.

Hugo loves Milly, but Hugo does NOT like wearing bows. Not frilly ones or sparkly ones or bows with jewels.

Finally, Hugo can’t take it anymore and he runs away! But life is lonely without Milly. He...READ MORE

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What's the Big Deal About First Ladies
by Ruby Shamir
illustrated by Matt Faulkner
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: January 3, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews

First Ladies are more than just wives of U.S. presidents! This fun, kid-friendly book of trivia and history shows that First Ladies help influence America in ways both large and small.



Did you know that Mary Todd Lincoln hated slavery and helped to end it in...READ MORE

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XO, OX: A Love Story
by Adam Rex
illustrated by Scott Campbell
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: January 3, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star Image Publishers Weekly

Dear Gazelle,



For some time now I have wanted to write a letter to say how much I admire you. You are so graceful and fine. Even when you are running from tigers you are like a ballerina who is running away from tigers.



...READ MORE

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Adrift: An Odd Couple of Polar Bears
by Jessica Olien
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: January 3, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star Image Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Perfect for fans of Goodnight, Already! and You Will Be My Friend, this is a classic and quirky story of finding friendship where you least expect it, from the author/illustrator of The Blobfish Book and Shark Detective.

Karl and Hazel are polar bears. They are not friends.

Until . . . CRAAACCKKK!

Of all the polar bears,...READ MORE

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Let's Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout; Dance, Spin & Turn It Out!: Games, Songs, and Stories from an African American Childhood
by Patricia C. McKissack
illustrated by Brian Pinkney
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: January 10, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Publishers Weekly Star Image School Library Journal

From Newbery Honor winner Patricia C. McKissack and two-time Caldecott Honor winner Brian Pinkney comes an extraordinary must-have collection of classic playtime favorites. This very special book is sure to become a treasured keepsake for African American families and will inspire joy in all who read it. 

 
...READ MORE

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The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling
by Timothy Basil Ering
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: January 10, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star Image Booklist Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image School Library Journal

Expect something unexpected when a duckling lost at sea adopts a musical new friend in a whimsical, heart-lifting story from Timothy Basil Ering.



Captain Alfred is sailing home with new ducks for his farm when his little boat is caught in an unexpected and mighty storm....READ MORE

Our Very Own Dog
Our Very Own Dog: Taking Care of Your First Pet
by Amanda McCardie
illustrated by Salvatore Rubbino
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: January 10, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews

If you have a new dog companion—or want to adopt one—here’s a story full of facts that tells you everything you need to know.



There’s nothing more exciting than getting a dog! Join Sophie’s new human family as they prepare their home for her and introduce...READ MORE

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Pablo in the Snow
by Teri Sloat
illustrated by Rosalinde Bonnet
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: January 10, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star Image Booklist

What is soft, fluffy, and white? Pablo’s wool, of course. But this little lamb soon discovers that there’s something else as well: SNOW! From making trails to sledding with friends, having snowball fights and crafting snowmen, there’s tons of fun to be had in the snow. But winter days grow...READ MORE

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Spring Hare
by Eugene Yelchin
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: January 17, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star Image Publishers Weekly

An adorable baby hare springs into an adventure, following his human friend up, up, and away in this flight of fancy. He follows his friend ever higher, flying through fluffy white clouds, chasing a red airplane through a flock of geese, and soaring into space on a rocket ship, before...READ MORE

The Legendary Miss Lena Horne
The Legendary Miss Lena Horne
by Carole Boston Weatherford
illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books,
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: January 24, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star Image Booklist Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Publishers Weekly

Celebrate the life of Lena Horne, the pioneering African American actress and civil rights activist, with this inspiring and powerful picture book from award-winning author Carole Boston Weatherford.



You have to be taught to be second class; you’re not born that way. 



Lena...READ MORE

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Frederick Douglass: The Lion Who Wrote History
by Walter Dean Myers
illustrated by Floyd Cooper
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: January 24, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star Image Booklist Star Image School Library Journal  

In this picture book biography, the late New York Times bestselling author Walter Dean Myers and acclaimed artist Floyd Cooper take readers on an inspiring journey through the life of Frederick Douglass.

Frederick Douglass was a self-educated slave in the South who grew up to become an icon. He was a leader of...READ MORE

The Storm Whale in Winter
The Storm Whale in Winter
by Benji Davies
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: January 24, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star Image Booklist

In this sequel to The Storm Whale, the boy, Noi, is caught in a storm at sea and his whale friend comes to his rescue.

When Noi's dad sails out on one last fishing trip before winter, Noi waits for him at home. But as the storm worsens and his dad...READ MORE

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Rivers of Sunlight: How the Sun Moves Water Around the Earth
by Molly Bang
illustrated by Penny Chisholm
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: January 31, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star Image School Library Journal Star Image Booklist Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Publishers Weekly

In this brightly illustrated narrative, readers will learn about the constant movement of water as it flows around the Earth and the sun's important role as water changes between liquid, vapor, and ice. From sea to sky, the sun both heats and cools water, ensuring that life can exist on...READ MORE

The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet Book Cover
The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet!
by Carmen Agra Deedy
illustrated by Eugene Yelchin
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: January 31, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Publishers Weekly

La Paz is a happy, but noisy village. A little peace and quiet would make it just right. 

So the villagers elect the bossy Don Pepe as their mayor. Before long, singing of any kind is outlawed. Even the teakettle is afraid to whistle!



...READ MORE

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Watersong
by Tim McCanna
illustrated by Richard Smythe
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: January 31, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews

“McCanna’s carefully chosen words are nearly all onomatopoeia, a cacophony of water sounds that resonates on tongue and ear, demanding to be read aloud…Beautiful.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review



In glorious onomatopoeia, Tim McCanna takes the reader on a dazzling journey as a fox seeks shelter from a...READ MORE

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The Search for Olinguito: Discovering a New Species
by Sandra Markle
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: January 1, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star Image School Library Journal Star Image Kirkus Reviews

In 2013 scientists announced the discovery of the olinguito, an adorable relative of raccoons living among treetops in cloud forests of Central and South America. It was the first new mammal species in the Carnivora order to be discovered in 35 years. Learn how scientists solved the mystery piece by...READ MORE

Flying Lessons and Other Stories Book Cover
Flying Lessons & Other Stories
by Ellen Oh
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: January 3, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star Image Booklist Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image School Library Journal Star Image Publishers Weekly Star Image Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Whether it is basketball dreams, family fiascos, first crushes, or new neighborhoods, this bold anthology—written by the best children’s authors—celebrates the uniqueness and universality in all of us.

 

In a partnership with We Need Diverse Books, industry giants Kwame Alexander, Soman Chainani, Matt de la...READ MORE

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The Warden's Daughter
by Jerry Spinelli
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: January 3, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Publishers Weekly

From Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli (Maniac MageeStargirl) comes the knockout story of a girl who must come to terms with her mother's death from inside the walls of a prison.
 
Cammie O'Reilly is the warden's daughter, living in an apartment above the entrance to the Hancock County Prison. But...READ MORE

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Scar Island
by Dan Gemeinhart
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: January 3, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews

Jonathan Grisby is the newest arrival at the Slabhenge Reformatory School for Troubled Boys--an ancient, crumbling fortress of gray stone rising up from the ocean. It is dark, damp, and dismal. And it is just the place Jonathan figures he deserves.

Because Jonathan has done something terrible. And he's willing...READ MORE

A Kid's Guide to America's First Ladies Book Cover
A Kids' Guide to America's First Ladies
by Kathleen Krull
illustrated by Anna DiVito
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: January 3, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews

Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award-winner Kathleen Krull is an expert at bringing history to life in her engaging titles and series, including Women Who Broke the Rules, Lives of . . . , Giants of Science, and A Kid’s Guide to America’s Bill of Rights. This time, she introduces readers to...READ MORE

Molly & Pim and the Millions of Stars Book Cover
Molly & Pim and the Millions of Stars
by Martine Murray
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: January 17, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star Image School Library Journal
For fans of Katherine Rundell’s Rooftoppers comes a story about mothers and daughters and magical trees that Rebecca Stead calls “an utter delight.” All Molly wants is to be normal like her friend Ellen Palmer. Ellen, with her neat braids and a tidy house and a mother and father who...READ MORE
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The Someday Birds
by Sally J. Pla
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: January 24, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star Image Publishers Weekly

The Someday Birds is a debut middle grade novel perfect for fans of Counting by 7s and Fish in a Tree, filled with humor, heart, and chicken nuggets.

Charlie’s perfectly ordinary life has been unraveling ever since his war journalist father was injured in Afghanistan.

When his father heads from California to Virginia for medical...READ MORE

The Ethan I Was Before
The Ethan I Was Before
by Ali Standish
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: January 24, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star Image Publishers Weekly

Life can be transformed in one moment, but does that one moment define you for life?

Lost in the Sun meets The Thing About Jellyfish in Ali Standish’s breathtaking debut. A poignant middle grade novel of friendship and forgiveness, The Ethan I Was Before is a classic in the making.

Ethan had been many things....READ MORE

Fred Korematsu Speaks Up Book Cover
Fred Korematsu Speaks Up
by Laura Atkins,
by Stan Yogi
illustrated by Yutaka Houlette
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: January 30, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews

The first book in the Fighting for Justice series

Fred Korematsu liked listening to music on the radio, playing tennis, and hanging around with his friends—just like lots of other Americans. But everything changed when the United States went to war with Japan in 1941 and the government forced all...READ MORE

Me and Marvin Gardens Book Cover
Me and Marvin Gardens
by A.S. King
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: January 31, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star Image Publishers Weekly Star Image Horn Book Star Image School Library Journal

Obe Devlin has problems. His family's farmland has been taken over by developers. His best friend Tommy abandoned him for the development kids. And he keeps getting nosebleeds, because of that thing he doesn't like to talk about. So Obe hangs out at the creek by his house, in the...READ MORE

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The Harlem Charade
by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: January 31, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Publishers Weekly

WATCHER. SHADOW. FUGITIVE.

Harlem is home to all kinds of kids. Jin sees life passing her by from the window of her family's bodega. Alex wants to help the needy one shelter at a time, but can't tell anyone who she really is. Elvin's living on Harlem's cold, lonely streets,...READ MORE

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Gorilla Dawn
by Gill Lewis
illustrated by Susan Meyer
Audience: Grades 4 to 6,
Audience: Tweens
Published: January 31, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Publishers Weekly

Two children captured by a band of rebel soldiers in the Congo vow to protect an orphaned gorilla baby in this powerful, thought-provoking, and vividly compelling novel from award-winning storyteller Gill Lewis.



Deep in the heart of the Congo, a baby gorilla is captured by a...READ MORE

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Storm Horse
by Nick Garlick
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: January 31, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star Image Booklist

With his mother missing and his father dead, twelve-year-old Flip's new home is a remote Dutch island. Menaced by the local bullies and followed everywhere by a mysterious girl, he wonders how he'll ever adapt to life on his uncle's farm.



But everything changes the day...READ MORE

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Warrior Bronze (Gods and Warriors Book 5)
by Michelle Paver
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: January 31, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews

International bestseller Michelle Paver sets the stage for an epic final battle in this riveting conclusion to Gods and Warriors, the Bronze Age adventure series



Hylas has returned to his homeland, and the fate of the world rests on his shoulders: He must find the prophesized...READ MORE

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NewsPrints
by Ru Xu
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: January 31, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star Image School Library Journal

Blue is an orphan who disguises herself as a newsboy. There's a war going on, and girls are expected to help the struggling economy by selling cookies. But Blue loves living and working at the Bugle, the only paper in town that tells the truth. And what's printed in the newspapers...READ MORE

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Short
by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Audience: Grades 4 to 6,
Audience: Tweens
Published: January 31, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star Image Booklist

In this heartwarming and funny middle-grade novel by the New York Times bestselling author of Counting by 7s, Julia grows into herself while playing a Munchkin in The Wizard of Oz
 
Julia is very short for her age, but by the end of the summer run of The Wizard of Oz, she’ll realize...READ MORE

Artemis: Wild Goddess of the Hunt Book Cover
Artemis: Wild Goddess of the Hunt (Olympians)
by George O'Connor
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: January 31, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star Image School Library Journal

Shunned even before she was born and destined to live a life of solitude, Artemis, Goddess of the Hunt, finds power through her skilled hunting ability and mighty bow. She slays those who wish to do harm to the innocent and takes care of the young and helpless. She protects...READ MORE

One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance Book Cover
One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance
by Nikki Grimes
Audience: Tweens
Published: January 3, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star Image School Library Journal Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Publishers Weekly Star Image Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

In this collection of poetry, Nikki Grimes looks afresh at the poets of the Harlem Renaissance -- including voices like Langston Hughes, Georgia Douglas Johnson, and many more writers of importance and resonance from this era -- by combining their work with her own original poetry. Using "The Golden Shovel"...READ MORE

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Shackles From the Deep: Tracing the Path of a Sunken Slave Ship, a Bitter Past, and a Rich Legacy
by Michael Cottman
Audience: Tweens
Published: January 3, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star Image Booklist

A pile of lime-encrusted shackles discovered on the seafloor in the remains of a ship called the Henrietta Marie, lands Michael Cottman, a Washington, D.C.-based journalist and avid scuba diver, in the middle of an amazing journey that stretches across three continents, from foundries and tombs in England, to slave...READ MORE

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Siren Sisters
by Dana Langer
Audience: Tweens
Published: January 3, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star Image School Library Journal

A soon-to-be siren finds herself responsible for the lives of her sisters--and the fisherman they curse--in this haunting debut novel.



Lolly Salt has three beautiful sisters. When they're not in school or running their small town's diner, they're secretly luring ships to their doom from the...READ MORE

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Pathfinders: The Journeys of 16 Extraordinary Black Souls
by Tonya Bolden
Audience: Tweens
Published: January 10, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star Image School Library Journal Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Publishers Weekly

Over the centuries, untold numbers of black men and women in America have achieved great things against the odds. Pathfinders is a collective biography of sixteen diverse American men and women of African descent who made their mark on American history in the 18th to 20th centuries. People who dared to dream,...READ MORE

Undefeated Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian Football Team Book Cover
Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team
by Steve Sheinkin
Audience: Tweens,
Audience: Teens
Published: January 17, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star Image Booklist Star Image Kirkus Reviews

Jim Thorpe: Super athlete, Olympic gold medalist, Native American 

Pop Warner: Indomitable coach, football mastermind, Ivy League grad

Before these men became legends, they met in 1907 at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania, where they forged one of the winningest teams in American football history. Called...READ MORE

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The Murderer's Ape
by Jakob Wegelius
Audience: Tweens
Published: January 24, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star Image Booklist Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Publishers Weekly

A captivating story about dark truths and heinous crimes as well as unexpected friendships, with detailed black-and-white illustrations throughout. Perfect for fans of mystery and detective stories.
 
Sally Jones is not only a loyal friend, she’s an extraordinary individual. In overalls or in a maharaja’s turban, this unique...READ MORE

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Train I Ride
by Paul Mosier
Audience: Tweens
Published: January 24, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Publishers Weekly Star Image Booklist

A beautifully poignant debut perfect for fans of authors such as Rebecca Stead and Sharon Creech and books like Ali Benjamin’s The Thing About Jellyfish. When Rydr travels by train from Los Angeles to Chicago, she learns along the way that she can find family wherever she is.

Rydr is on a...READ MORE

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The March Against Fear: The Last Great Walk of the Civil Rights Movement and the Emergence of Black Power
by Ann Bausum
Audience: Teens
Published: January 3, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Publishers Weekly Star Image School Library Journal

James Meredith's 1966 march in Mississippi began as one man's peaceful protest for voter registration and became one of the South's most important demonstrations of the civil rights movement. It brought together leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. and Stokely Carmichael, who formed an unlikely alliance that resulted in the...READ MORE

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Life in a Fishbowl
by Len Vlahos
Audience: Teens
Published: January 3, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star Image Publishers Weekly Star Image Booklist

Fifteen-year-old Jackie Stone's father is dying.



When Jackie discovers that her father has been diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor, her whole world starts to crumble. She can't imagine how she'll live without him . . .

Then, in a desperate act to secure his family's...READ MORE

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The Truth of Right Now
by Kara Lee Corthron
Audience: Teens
Published: January 3, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews

Two isolated teens struggle against their complicated lives to find a true connection in this heartwrenching debut novel about first love and the wreckage of growing up.



Lily is returning to her privileged Manhattan high school after a harrowing end to her sophomore year and it’s...READ MORE

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Maresi (The Red Abbey Chronicles Book 1)
by Maria Turtschaninoff
Audience: Teens
Published: January 3, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star Image Booklist

Only women and girls are allowed in the Red Abbey, a haven from abuse and oppression. Maresi, a thirteen-year-old novice there, arrived in the hunger winter and now lives a happy life in the Abbey, protected by the Mother and reveling in the vast library in the House of Knowledge,...READ MORE

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Almost Autumn
by Marianne Kaurin,
by Marianne Kaurin (Translator)
Audience: Teens
Published: January 3, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star ImageHorn Book

It's October 1942, in Oslo, Norway. Fifteen-year-old Ilse Stern is waiting to meet boy-next-door Hermann Rod for their first date. She was beginning to think he'd never ask her; she's had a crush on him for as long as she can remember.



But Hermann won't be...READ MORE

A List of Cages
A List of Cages
by Robin Roe
Audience: Teens
Published: January 10, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star Image Booklist Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Publishers Weekly Star Image School Library Journal

When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he's got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn't easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can't complain, since he gets to...READ MORE

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Stone Mirrors: The Sculpture and Silence of Edmonia Lewis
by Jeannine Atkins
Audience: Teens
Published: January 10, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star Image Booklist Star Image Kirkus

From critically acclaimed author Jeannine Atkins comes a gorgeous, haunting biographical novel in verse about a half Native American, half African American sculptor working in the years following the Civil War.

A sculptor of historical figures starts with givens but creates her own vision. Edmonia Lewis was just such a...READ MORE

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Poison's Kiss
by Breeana Shields
Audience: Teens
Published: January 10, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star Image Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

A teenage assassin kills with a single kiss until she is ordered to kill the one boy she loves. This commercial YA fantasy is romantic and addictive—like a poison kiss—and will thrill fans of Sarah J. Maas and Victoria Aveyard.

 

Marinda has kissed dozens of...READ MORE

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Mission to Pluto: The First Visit to an Ice Dwarf and the Kuiper Belt
by Mary Kay Carson
illustrated by Tom Uhlman
Audience: Teens
Published: January 10, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews

In July of 2015 a robotic spacecraft reached Pluto after a nine-and-half-year journey. New Horizons is the first spacecraft mission to Pluto and revealed its five moons as never before seen. Images from the mission show a reddish surface covered in ice-water mountains, moving glaciers, and hints of possible ice volcanoes and...READ MORE

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History Is All You Left Me
by Adam Silvera
Audience: Teens
Published: January 17, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star Image Booklist Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Publishers Weekly Star Image School Library Journal  

"This book will make you cry, think, and then cry some more." 
—Nicola Yoon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything 

In this explosive new novel from Adam Silvera, author of the electrifying New York Timesbestseller More Happy Than Not, an unreliable narrator embarks on a destructive relationship in the wake...READ MORE

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The Radius of Us
by Marie Marquardt
Audience: Teens
Published: January 17, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star Image School Library Journal

What happens when you fall in love with someone everyone seems determined to fear?



Ninety seconds can change a life ― not just daily routine, but who you are as a person. Gretchen Asher knows this, because that’s how long a stranger held her body to...READ MORE

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City of Saints & Thieves
by Natalie C. Anderson
Audience: Teens
Published: January 24, 2017
Starred Reviews: Star Image Publishers Weekly Star Image School Library Journal Star Image Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Star Image Booklist

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets Gone Girl in this enthralling murder mystery set in Kenya.

 

In the shadows of Sangui City, there lives a girl who doesn't exist. After fleeing the Congo as refugees, Tina and her mother arrived in Kenya looking for the chance to...READ MORE

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Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World
by Kelly Jensen
Audience: Teens
Published: January 24, 2017
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Let’s get the feminist party started!

 

Here We Are is a scrapbook-style teen guide to understanding what it means to be a twenty-first-century feminist. It’s packed with contributions from a diverse range of voices, including TV, film, and pop-culture celebrities and public figures such as ballet dancer...READ MORE

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Allegedly
by Tiffany D. Jackson
Audience: Teens
Published: January 24, 2017
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Orange Is the New Black meets Walter Dean Myer’s Monster in this gritty, twisty, and haunting debut by Tiffany D. Jackson about a girl convicted of murder seeking the truth while surviving life in a group home.

Mary B. Addison killed a baby.

Allegedly. She didn’t say much in that first interview with...READ MORE

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The You I've Never Known
by Ellen Hopkins
Audience: Teens
Published: January 24, 2017
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How do you live your life if your past is based on a lie? A new novel in both verse and prose from #1 New York Times bestselling author, Ellen Hopkins.



For as long as she can remember, it’s been just Ariel and Dad. Ariel’s mom disappeared when...READ MORE

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Dreadnought (Nemesis Book One)
by April Daniels
Audience: Teens
Published: January 24, 2017
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An action-packed series-starter perfect for fans of The Heroine Complex and Not Your Sidekick.



“I didn’t know how much I needed this brave, thrilling book until it rocked my world. Dreadnought is the superhero adventure we all need right now.”―Charlie Jane Anders, author of All the Birds in the Sky


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Silver Stars (Front Lines Book 2)
by Michael Grant
Audience: Teens
Published: January 31, 2017
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For fans of Girl in the Blue Coat, Salt to the Sea, and The Boy at the Top of the Mountain, the second book of New York Times bestselling author Michael Grant’s epic alternate history is a coming-of-age story about three girls who are fiercely fighting their own personal battles in the midst of the greatest...READ MORE

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Fire Color One
by Jenny Valentine
Audience: Teens
Published: January 31, 2017
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Nominated for the prestigious Carnegie Medal, this novel is a stunning tribute to fathers and daughters, and to the unique power of art to connect and change us.



Sixteen-year-old Iris itches constantly for the strike of a match. But when she’s caught setting one too many fires,...READ MORE

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Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case
by Patricia Hruby Powell
illustrated by Shadra Strickland
Audience: Teens
Published: January 31, 2017
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From acclaimed author Patricia Hruby Powell comes the story of a landmark civil rights case, told in spare and gorgeous verse. In 1955, in Caroline County, Virginia, amidst segregation and prejudice, injustice and cruelty, two teenagers fell in love. Their life together broke the law, but their determination would change...READ MORE

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Our Own Private Universe
by Robin Talley
Audience: Teens
Published: January 31, 2017
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Fifteen-year-old Aki Simon has a theory. And it's mostly about sex. 

No, it isn't that kind of theory. Aki already knows she's bisexual—even if, until now, it's mostly been in the hypothetical sense. Aki has dated only guys so far, and her best friend, Lori, is the only person who knows she...READ MORE

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Caraval
by Stephanie Garber
Audience: Teens
Published: January 31, 2017
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Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged...READ MORE

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