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SLJ’s Starred Reviews | September 2015

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Picture Books

BARNETT, Mac. Leo: A Ghost Story. illus. by Christian Robinson. Chronicle. 2015. p.112.

DANTICAT, Edwidge. Mama’s Nightingale. illus. by Leslie Staub. Dial. Sept. 2015. p. 118.

JENKINS, Emily. The Fun Book of Scary Stuff. illus. by Hyewon Yum. Farrar/Frances Foster Bks. 2015. p. 106.

Beginning Readers

LINIERS. Escrito y Dibujado por Enriqueta/Written and Drawn by Henrietta. Toon Graphics. Sept. 2015. p. 133.

Chapter Books

WILLEMS, Mo. The Story of Diva and Flea. Tony DiTerlizzi. Disney-Hyperion. Oct. 2015. p. 136.

Middle Grade

BAILEY, Linda. Seven Dead Pirates: A Ghost Story. Tundra. Sept. 2015. p. 137.

BRALLIER, Max. The Last Kids on Earth. illus. by Douglas Holgate. Viking. Oct. 2015. p. 137.

MORPURGO, Michael. Listen to the Moon. Feiwel & Friends. Oct. 2015. p. 143.

RESAU, Laura. The Lightning Queen. Scholastic. Oct. 2015. p. 145.

SMITH, Sherri L. The Toymaker’s Apprentice. Putnam. Oct. 2015. p. 146.


ALMOND, David. A Song for Ella Grey. Delacorte. Oct. 2015. p. 163.

BARDUGO, Leigh. Six of Crows. Holt. Sept. 2015. p. 156.

FARISH, Terry. Either the Beginning or the End of the World. Carolrhoda Lab. Oct. 2015. p. 164.

HOWE, Katherine. The Appearance of Annie Van Sinderen. Putnam. Sept. 2015. p. 166.

MCGOVERN, Cammie. A Step Toward Falling. HarperCollins/Harper. Oct. 2015. p. 169.

MACKLER , Carolyn. Infinite in Between. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. Sept. 2015. p. 159.

NESS, Patrick. The Rest of Us Just Live Here. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. Oct. 2015. p. 170.

REYNOLDS, Jason & Brendan Kiely. All American Boys. S. & S./Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Bks. Sept. 2015. p. 171.


ANDERSON, M.T. Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad. Candlewick. Sept. 2015. p. 186.

MANZANO, Sonia. Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx. Scholastic. Sept. 2015. p. 187.

NELSON, S.D. Sitting Bull: Lakota Warrior and Defender of His People. illus. by author. Abrams. Nov. 2015. p. 188.

SHEINKIN, Steve. Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War. Roaring Brook. Sept. 2015. p. 189.

SNYDER, Laurel. Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova. illus. by Julie Morstad. Chronicle. 2015. p. 182.

THOMAS, Peggy. Thomas Jefferson Grows a Nation. illus. by Stacy Innerst. Calkins Creek. Sept. 2015. p. 182.

TONATIUH, Duncan. Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras. illus. by author. Abrams. 2015. p. 183.

Graphic Nonfiction

WICKS, Maris. Human Body Theater. illus. by author. First Second. Oct. 2015. p. 190.


Animal Childhood. Dist. By PBS. 2015. p. 51.

Facing Fear. Dist. by Bullfrog Films. 2013. p. 53.

Nazi Attack on America. Dist. by PBS. 2015. p. 54.


KOSTECKI-SHAW, Jenny Sue. Same, Same but Different. Weston Woods. 2015. p. 56.

SUMA, Nova Ren. The Walls Around Us. Recorded Books. 2015. p. 62.


This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.



  1. Cindy Orr says:

    Have you stopped highlighting your starred reviews online? I hope not, but I can’t find October. Please let me know. This feature is a great help.