December 10, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

SLJ’s Starred Reviews | January 2017

Get the latest SLJ reviews every month, subscribe today and save up to 35%.

1701-star-pb-cbPicture Books

BANSCH, Helga. At Night. illus. by author. Eerdmans. Aug. 2016. p. 64.

Cordell, Matthew. Wolf in the Snow. illus. by author. Feiwel & Friends. Jan. 2017. p. 68.

Cousins, Lucy. Hooray for Birds! illus. by author. Candlewick. Feb. 2017. p. 69.

Ering, Timothy Basil. The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling. illus. by author. Candlewick. Feb. 2017. p. 70.

Freedman, Deborah. This House, Once. illus. by author. S. & S./Atheneum. Feb. 2017. p. 70.

Jackson, Richard. All Ears, All Eyes. illus. by Katherine Tillotson. Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Bks. Mar. 2017. p. 73.

NOVESKY, Amy. Love Is a Truck. illus. by Sara Gillingham. Cameron. Nov. 2016. p. 66.

Root, Phyllis. Anywhere Farm. illus. by G. Brian Karas. Candlewick. Mar. 2017. p. 76.

Smith, Lane. A Perfect Day. illus. by author. Roaring Brook. Mar. 2017. p. 77.

Chapter Books

Blabey, Aaron. The Bad Guys in Mission Unpluckable. illus. by author. Scholastic. Mar. 2017. p. 80. POP

Schlitz, Laura Amy. Princess Cora and the Crocodile. illus. by Brian Floca. Candlewick. Mar. 2017. p. 81.

1701-star-mg-yaMiddle Grade

Carroll, Emma. In Darkling Wood. Delacorte. Mar. 2017. p. 83.

Kelly, Erin Entrada. Hello, Universe. illus. by Isabel Roxas. ­HarperCollins/Greenwillow. Mar. 2017. p. 88.

Langer, Dana. Siren Sisters. S. & S./Aladdin. Jan. 2017. p. 88.


Anderson, Natalie C. City of Saints & Thieves. Putnam. Jan. 2017. p. 96.

Heilig, Heidi. The Ship Beyond Time. Harper Collins/Greenwillow. Mar. 2017. p. 101.

Konigsberg, Bill. Honestly Ben. Scholastic/ Arthur A. Levine Bks. Apr. 2017. p. 102.

Nix, Garth. Frogkisser! Scholastic. Mar. 2017. p. 103.

Roe, Robin. A List of Cages. Disney-Hyperion. Jan. 2017. p. 104.

Sáenz, Benjamin Alire. The Inexplicable Logic of My Life. Clarion. Mar. 2017. p. 105. POP

Thomas, Angie. The Hate U Give. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. Feb. 2017. p. 106.

Watson, Renée. Piecing Me Together. Bloomsbury. Feb. 2017. p. 96.

Wolf, Allan. Who Killed Christopher Goodman? Candlewick. Mar. 2017. p. 106.

1701-star-gn-nfGraphic Novels

Koch, Falynn. Bats: Learning To Fly. illus. by author. First Second. Feb. 2017. p. 120.

O’Connor, George. Artemis: Wild Goddess of the Hunt. illus. by author. First Second. Jan. 2017. p. 120. POP

Rapp, Adam. Decelerate Blue. illus. by Mike Cavallaro. First Second. Feb. 2017. p. 107.


Chin, Jason. Grand Canyon. illus. by author. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter Bks. Feb. 2017. p. 109.

Engle, Margarita. Bravo!: Poems About Amazing Hispanics. illus. by Rafael López. Holt. Mar. 2017. p. 117.

Jensen, Kelly, ed. Here We Are: 44 Voices Write, Draw, and Speak About Feminism for the Real World. illus. by Laura Palese. Algonquin. Jan. 2017. p. 118.

Markle, Sandra. The Search for Olinguito: Discovering a New Species. Millbrook. Jan. 2017. p. 112.

Pringle, Laurence. The Secret Life of the Red Fox. illus. by Kate Garchinsky. Boyds Mills. Mar. 2017. p. 113.


The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes. Dist. by Dreamscape. 2016. p. 49.

Super Hummingbirds. Dist. by PBS. 2016. p. 53.


Creech, Sharon. Moo. HarperCollins. Nov. 2016. p. 53.

Gidwitz, Adam. The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog. Listening Library. Sept. 2016. p. 53.

Lin, Grace. When the Sea Turned to Silver. Hachette Audio. Oct. 2016. p. 53.

Peck, Richard. The Best Man. Listening Library. Sept. 2016. p. 54.

Reynolds, Jason. Ghost. S. & S. Audio. Aug. 2016. p. 54.

Professional Reading

Scales, Pat R. Defending Frequently Challenged Young Adult Books: A Handbook for Librarians and Educators. Rowman & Littlefield. Sept. 2016. p. 122.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

A Day-Long Celebration of Fandom-Beloved Stories and Characters
Join Library Journal and School Library Journal for our inaugural LibraryCon Live! We’re excited to offer this day-long virtual festival for book nerds, librarians, and fans of graphic novels, sci-fi, and fantasy. Network online with other fans and explore our virtual exhibit hall where you’ll hear directly from publishers about their newest books and engage in live chats with featured authors. You’ll also learn from librarians and industry insiders on how to plan and host your own Comic Con-style event.
Comment Policy:
  1. Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  2. Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  3. Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through (though some comments with links to multiple URLs are held for spam-check moderation by the system). If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.

We accept clean XHTML in comments, but don't overdo it and please limit the number of links submitted in your comment. For more info, see the full Terms of Use.

Speak Your Mind