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July Starred Reviews


Ben Franklin makes a splash, Hervé Tullet mixes it up, and Mo Willems makes new friends in the July stars, offering the best of fiction, nonfiction, and multimedia.

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Pick of the Day: Secrets of the Sky Caves

Secrets of the Sky Caves

The author takes readers on a fascinating journey, blending adventure, science, and history.

Pick of the Day: Caminar


Unlike many novels in verse, which can read like conventional narratives with line breaks, Caminar contributes poetry that elevates the genre.

Pick of the Day: Fortunately, the Milk | Audio

Fortunately, the Milk

Hilarious, captivating, and just plain fun, this is a production not to miss.

Pick of the Day: Following Papa’s Song

Following Papa’s Song

Stunning artwork takes readers into the lush, inviting waters filled with marine life swimming effortlessly across the pages.

Pick of the Day: Nicky’s Family | DVD

Nicky's Family

A top choice for Holocaust studies and profoundly memorable.

Pick of the Day: Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

This inventive and engaging fantasy, based on the story of the Snow Queen, will be a welcome addition to middle grade collections.

Pick of the Day: A Volcano Beneath the Snow

A Volcano Beneath the Snow

Marrin offers a multisided look at the events and controversy surrounding John Brown’s role in the banishment of slavery and his ongoing inspiration for current events.

Pick of the Day: This Star Won’t Go Out | Audio

This Start Won't Go Out

This is the memoir of Esther Earl, a 16-year-old who suffered from terminal thyroid cancer that metastasized in her lungs.

Pick of the Day: The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond

The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond

The author admirably touches upon profound issues related to identity and race and tenderly conveys intergenerational bonds.

Pick of the Day: The Last Ocean | DVD

The Last Ocean

This is a very worthwhile addition to all collections on environment, ecology, and nature.

Pick of the Day: Extraordinary Jane

Extraordinary Jane

In a world full of competition for kids to be the fastest, smartest, and best at everything, this story’s message is a worthy one.

Pick of the Day: Eye to Eye

Eye to Eye

Large, colorful pictures of more than 20 animal eyes are accompanied by a small illustration of the entire creature and a brief paragraph of intriguing information.

Pick of the Day: Sea Hearts | Audio

Sea Hearts

This tale of selkies and human frailty, published in print as The Brides of Rollrock Island (Knopf, 2012), will appeal to listeners looking for depth of plot and well-crafted prose.

Pick of the Day: Digger Dog

Digger Dog

Aptly named Digger Dog sniffs out a bone and with catchy, repetitive phrases, uses increasingly larger digging tools and vehicles to break the hard ground and retrieve it.

Pick of the Day: Fixed | DVD


Fixed explores the science and ethics of enhancements, touching upon many thoughtful questions germane to almost any subject.

Pick of the Day: Going Over

Going Over

Kephart immerses readers in 1980s Berlin, a time period that does not receive a lot of attention in most history textbooks.

Pick of the Day: The One Safe Place

The One Safe Place

An original dystopian story for middle-grade readers.

Pick of the Day: O Pioneers! | Audio

O Pioneers

This recording is delightful and leaves one with the understanding and appreciation that the land is always there for those who take time to truly see and appreciate it.

Pick of the Day: Flight School

Flight School

Judge successfully balances the humor in the storytelling, the drawings, and the situations in this delightful and charming book.