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1605-Stars-Pic-YAPicture Books

Agee, Jon. Lion Lessons. illus. by author. Dial. Jul. 2016. p. 73.

Bansch, Helga. Rosie the Raven. illus. by author. Annick. Mar. 2016. p. 74.

Medina, Juana. 1 Big Salad. illus. by author. Viking. Jun. 2016. p. 81.

Portis, Antoinette. Best Frints in the Whole Universe. illus. by author. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter Bks. Jul. 2016. p. 83.

Ruzzier, Sergio. This Is Not a Picture Book. illus. by author. Chronicle. May 2016. p. 84.

Turk, Evan. The Storyteller. illus. by author. S. & S./Atheneum. Jul. 2016. p. 86.

Middle Grade

Beckhorn, Susan Williams. The Wolf’s Boy. Disney-Hyperion. Jun. 2016. p. 90.

Johnson, Jaleigh. The Secrets of Solace. Delacorte. Mar. 2016. XPRESS*

Preussler, Otfried. The Robber Hotzenplotz. illus. by F.J. Tripp. New York Review.
May 2016. p. 99.

Shevah, Emma. Dara Palmer’s Major Drama. illus. by Helen Crawford-White. Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky. Jul. 2016. p. 102. POP


Ahdieh, Renée. The Rose and the Dagger. Putnam. May 2016. p. 108.

Moriarty, Jaclyn. A Tangle of Gold. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Bks. Apr. 2016. XPRESS*

White, Kiersten. And I Darken. Delacorte. Jun. 2016. p. 124. POP

1605-Stars-GN-RefGraphic Novels

North, Ryan. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 2: Squirrel You Know It’s True. illus. by Erica Henderson. Marvel. Dec. 2015. XPRESS*

Whitley, Jeremy. Princeless: Save Yourself! Deluxe Edition. illus. by M. Goodwin. Action Lab. Feb. 2016. XPRESS*


Bascomb, Neal. Sabotage: The Mission To Destroy Hitler’s Atomic Bomb. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Bks. May 2016. p. 134.

Cain, Susan with Gregory Mone & Erica Moroz. Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts. illus. by Grant Snider. Dial. May 2016. p. 134. POP

Olien, Jessica. The Blobfish Book. illus. by author. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. May 2016. p. 133.

Adult Books 4 Teens

Hollandsworth, Skip. The Midnight Assassin: Panic, Scandal, and the Hunt for America’s First Serial Killer. Holt. Apr. 2016. p. 126.

Tempest, Kate. The Bricks That Built the Houses. Bloomsbury. May 2016. p. 126.


United States Encyclopedia: America’s People, Places, and Events. National Geographic. Sept. 2016. p. 68.

Wildlife of the World. DK. Oct. 2015. p. 68.


The Mask You Live In. Dist. by Virgil Films. 2016. p. 58.

The Peanuts Movie. Dist. by Twentieth Century Fox. 2016. p. 56.

UnSlut: A Documentary Film. Tugg Edu. 2016. p. 60.


Appelt, Kathi & Alison McGhee. Maybe a Fox. S. & S. Audio. 2016. p. 61.
Danticat, Edwidge. Mama’s Nightingale. Recorded Books. 2015. p. 61.
SHEINKIN, Steve. Most Dangerous: ­Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War. Listening Library. 2015. p. 65.
Stork, Francisco, X. The Memory of Light. Scholastic Audiobooks. 2016. p. 65.


Laurie Berkner’s Favorite Classic Kids’ Songs. Performed by Laurie Berkner. Two Tomatoes Records. 2015. p. 64.

Nursery Rhyme Parade! Performed by Lisa Loeb. Furious Rose Productions. 2015. p. 64.

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This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.