Tween Picks January 2016
January 2016 Tween 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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Goodbye Stranger
by Rebecca Stead
published August 4, 2015
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“Masterly. . . . Sensitively explores togetherness, aloneness, betrayal and love.” —The New York Times Book Review
A NYT Editors' Choice and NYT Notable Children's Books of 2015


This brilliant novel by Newbery Medal winner Rebecca Stead explores multiple perspectives on the bonds and limits of friendship.
   Bridge is...READ MORE

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The Nest
by Kenneth Oppel
illustrated by Jon Klassen
published October 6, 2015
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The Nest leaves a lasting mark on the memory.” —The New York Times Book Review

Steve just wants to save his baby brother—but what will he lose in the bargain? Kenneth Oppel’s (SilverwingThe Boundless) haunting gothic tale for fans of Coraline, is one of the most acclaimed books of the year,...READ MORE

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Echo
by Pam Munoz Ryan
published February 24, 2015
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Music, magic, and a real-life miracle meld in this genre-defying masterpiece from storytelling maestro Pam Muñoz Ryan.

Lost and alone in a forbidden forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and suddenly finds himself entwined in a puzzling quest involving a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica.
 
Decades later,...READ MORE

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Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 1: The Sword of Summer
by Rick Riordan
published October 6, 2015

Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother's mysterious death, he's lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he's tracked down by an uncle he barely knows-a man his...READ MORE

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The Worst Class Trip Ever
by Dave Barry
published May 5, 2015
Starred Reviews:
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In this hilarious novel, written in the voice of eighth-grader Wyatt Palmer, Dave Barry takes us on a class trip to Washington, DC. Wyatt, his best friend, Matt, and a few kids from Culver Middle School find themselves in a heap of trouble-not just with their teachers, who have long...READ MORE

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Terrible Typhoid Mary: A True Story of the Deadliest Cook in America
by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
published August 4, 2015
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What happens when a person's reputation has been forever damaged? With archival photographs and text among other primary sources, this riveting biography of Mary Mallon by the Sibert medalist and Newbery Honor winner Susan Bartoletti looks beyond the tabloid scandal of Mary's controversial life. How she was treated by medical...READ MORE

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Roller Girl
by Victoria Jamieson
published March 10, 2015
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A perfect holiday gift for 10-year-old girls and fans of Raina Telgemeier's SmileRoller Girl is a heartwarming graphic novel about friendship and surviving junior high through the power of roller derby.

For most of her twelve years, Astrid has done everything with her best friend Nicole. But after Astrid falls in love...READ MORE

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Lost in the Sun
by Lisa Graff
published May 26, 2015
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From the author of A Tangle of Knots and Absolutely Almost, a touching story about a boy who won't let one tragic accident define him.

Everyone says that middle school is awful, but Trent knows nothing could be worse than the year he had in fifth grade, when a freak accident on...READ MORE

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The Marvels
by Brian Selznick
published September 15, 2015
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From the Caldecott Medal-winning creator of The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck comes a breathtaking new voyage.
 
In this magnificent reimagining of the form he originated, two stand-alone stories--the first in nearly 400 pages of continuous pictures, the second in prose--create a beguiling narrative puzzle.
 
The journey begins at sea in...READ MORE

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The Hired Girl
by Laura Amy Schlitz
published September 8, 2015
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Newbery Medalist Laura Amy Schlitz brings her delicious wit and keen eye to early twentieth-century America in a moving yet comedic tour de force.

Fourteen-year-old Joan Skraggs, just like the heroines in her beloved novels, yearns for real life and true love. But what hope is there for adventure,...READ MORE

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