Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Display: Starred Children's Fiction 2016


All the books in this display received starred reviews in 4 or 5 different national review sources during 2016.

5 stars: 
The Girl Who Drank the Moon 
By Kelly Barnhill
Algonquin Young Readers, 2016. Fiction. 388 p.
An epic fantasy about a young girl raised by a witch, a swamp monster, and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon. Together they must unlock the powerful magic buried deep within themselves.

The Inquisitor’s Tale, or, the Three Magical Children and their Holy Dog 
By Adam Gidwitz
Dutton Children’s Books, 2016. Fiction, 363 p.
Crossing paths at an inn, thirteenth-century travelers tell the tale of a junior monk, a Jewish refugee boy, a psychic peasant girl and a loyal greyhound who join forces on a chase through France to escape persecution.

Garvey’s Choice 
By Nikki Grimes
Wordsong, 2016. Fiction 108 p.
Garvey's father has always wanted Garvey to be athletic, but Garvey is interested in astronomy, science fiction, reading--anything but sports. When his only friend encourages him to join the school chorus, Garvey's life changes. Through chorus Garvey finds a way to accept himself, and a way to finally reach his distant father.

When the Sea Turned to Silver 
By Grace Lin
Little, Brown and Co. 2016. Fiction, 370 p.
Pinmei, a storyteller's granddaughter, must find the Luminous Stone that Lights the Night to rescue her grandmother, who has been kidnapped by the Tiger Emperor.

Wolf Hollow
By Lauren Wolk
Dutton Children’s Book, 2016. Fiction. 291 p.
Twelve-year-old Annabelle must learn to stand up for what's right in the face of a manipulative and violent new bully who targets people Annabelle cares about, including a homeless World War I veteran.

4 Stars:

The Wild Robot
By Peter Brown
Little, Brown and Company, 2016. Fiction. 279 p.
Roz the robot discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island with no memory of where she is from or why she is there. Her only hope of survival is to try to learn about her new environment from the island's animal inhabitants.

Raymie Nightingale 
By Kate DiCamillo
Candlewick Press, 2016, Fiction, 272 p.
Raymie Clarke decides that if she can win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition, then her father, who left town two days before with a dental hygienist, will see Raymie's picture in the paper and (maybe) come home.

Full of Beans
By Jennifer Holm
Random House, 2016, Fiction, 195 p.
In the 1930’s ten-year-old Beans Curry, a member of the Keepsies, the best marble playing gang in Key West, Florida, engages in various schemes to earn money while "New Dealers" from Washington D.C. arrive to turn Key West into a tourist resort.

The Best Man 
By Richard Peck
Dial Books for Young Readers, 2016. Fiction. 232 p.
Archer has four important role models in his life--his dad, his grandfather, his uncle Paul, and his favorite teacher, Mr. McLeod. When Uncle Paul and Mr. McLeod start dating, Archer's sixth-grade year becomes one he'll never forget.

Pax 
By Sara Pennypacker
Harper Collins, 2016. Fiction. 276 p.
After being forced to give up his pet fox, Pax, a young boy named Peter decides to set out on a quest to get his best friend back.

Ghosts 
By Raina Telgemeier
Scholastic, 2016. Comics. 239 p.
Catrina and her family have moved to the coast of Northern California for the sake of her little sister, Maya, who has cystic fibrosis. Cat’s life becomes complicated when she is told that her new town is inhabited by ghosts, and Maya sets her heart on meeting one.

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