A historical romance that takes place in 14th-century England.
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A story about a likable girl who’s finally old enough to ride a horse; a Dutch classic children’s book featuring a boy named Pluck; and Super Turbo fights off a hoard of flying ninja squirrels
Margaret Atwood’s part man, part cat, part bird superhero returns; also, a little something to interest die-hard fans of the Beatles.
A fictional account of real-life Civil War spy, Mary Bowser; a brand-new series that takes place in the Star Wars universe; and the second installment of Kate O’Hearn’s Norse mythology-inspired series
The second installment of Michael Grant’s “Front Lines” series, a debut about a 17-year-old who can’t feel pain, and the conclusion to Kevin Waltman’s “D-Bow’s High School Hoops” series.
A biography of Japanese American civil rights activist Fred Korematsu; a delightful introduction to the Jewish holiday Purim starring a quirky chicken; and the true story of Kunkush the cat, who reunited with his Iraqi family after getting lost while fleeing the country.
An artful alphabet book; a little girl imagines she has a dinosaur as a pet (don’t we all?); and a Spanish-language book about a horse who is mistaken for a unicorn by the other farm animals.
A beautifully written tearjerker from David Almond, the story of the Constitution, and a poignant, powerful immigrant story.
Superheroes of all stripes, from a Good Samaritan to a bird/cat hybrid. Plus, the Spanish translation of Raina Telgemeier’s Ghosts, something for Legends of Zelda fans, and more.
A lumbering yet loquacious ox wins over a glamorous yet conceited gazelle via the power of the pen in this epistolary picture book.
A can’t-miss title from the late Terry Pratchett, Truly Lovejoy rides again, and another installment in the “Story Thieves” series.
A truly vast array of informational materials, from a glimpse at the inspiring female athletes of the 2016 Olympic Games to a Chickasaw astronaut’s story to Donna Jo Napoli’s Tales from the Arabian Nights.
A heartfelt, age-appropriate take on homelesssness; a fun and quirky magician tale; and a rollicking STEM read-aloud.
YA titles featuring Jason Bourne–esque adventures and nonstop sci-fi action are bound to please teen readers.
This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.