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SLJ’s Starred Reviews | February 2017

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1702-Stars-CVs1Picture Books

Bagley, Jessixa. Laundry Day. illus. by author. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter Bks. Feb. 2017. p. 64.

Bottner, Barbara. Priscilla Gorilla. illus. by Michael Emberley. Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Bks. Mar. 2017. p. 65.

Coelho, Rogério. Boat of Dreams. illus. by author. Tilbury House. Jan. 2017. p. 66.

Cooper, Elisha. Big Cat, Little Cat. illus. by author. Roaring Brook. Mar. 2017. p. 66.

Gay, Marie-Louise. Short Stories for Little Monsters. illus. by author. Groundwood. Mar. 2017. p. 69.

Kvasnosky, Laura McGee. Little Wolf’s First Howling. illus. by author & Kate Harvey McGee. Candlewick. Apr. 2017. p. 71.

Raczka, Bob. Niko Draws a Feeling. illus. by Simone Shin. Carolrhoda. Apr. 2017. p. 74.

Schwartz, Joanne. Town Is by the Sea. illus. by Sydney Smith. Groundwood. Apr. 2017. p. 76.

Sher, Emil. Away. illus. by Qin Leng. Groundwood. Apr. 2017. p. 76.

The Three Billy Goats Gruff. adapted by Jerry Pinkney. illus. by adapter. Little, Brown. May 2017. p. 76.

Usher, Sam. Rain. illus. by author. Candlewick/Templar. Mar. 2017. p. 64.

1702-Stars-CVs2Chapter Books

Maclachlan, Patricia. Barkus. illus. by Marc Boutavant. Chronicle. Jun. 2017. p. 79.

Middle Grade

Bright, Paul, Brian Sibley, Jeanne Willis, & Kate Saunders. The Best Bear in All the World. illus. by Mark Burgess. Dutton. Oct. 2016. p. 83.

Dooley, Sarah. Ashes to Asheville. Putnam. Apr. 2017. p. 86.

Freeman, Martha. Effie Starr Zook Has One More Question. S. & S./Paula Wiseman Bks. Mar. 2017. p. 87.

Khan, Hena. Amina’s Voice. S. & S./Salaam Reads. Mar. 2017. p. 90.


Albertalli, Becky. The Upside of Unrequited. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. Apr. 2017.­ ­­p. 98. POP

Chokshi, Roshani. A Crown of Wishes. St. Martin’s Griffin. Mar. 2017. p. 100.

Jackson, Tiffany D. Allegedly. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Bks. Jan. 2017. p. 103.

Lyga, Barry. Bang. Little, Brown. Apr. 2017. p. 104. POP

Taylor, Laini. Strange the Dreamer. Little, Brown. Mar. 2017. p. 107. POP

Zoboi, Ibi. American Street. HarperCollins/­Balzer + Bray. Feb. 2017. p. 109.

1702-Stars-CVs3Graphic Novels

Hale, Shannon. Real Friends. illus. by LeUyen Pham. First Second. May 2017. p. 125. POP


Macy, Sue. Motor Girls!: How Women Took the Wheel and Drove Boldly into the Twentieth Century. Feb. 2017. p. 123.

Maurer, Tracy Nelson. Noah Webster’s Fighting Words. illus. by Mircea Catusanu. Millbrook. Jan. 2017. p. 119.

Sandler, Martin W. The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked, and Found. Candlewick. Mar. 2017. p. 124.

Sheinkin, Steve. Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team. Roaring Brook. Jan. 2017. p. 124.


The Choice. Dist. by PBS. 2016. p. 52.

Giraffes: Africa’s Gentle Giants. Dist. by PBS. 2016. p. 53. POP

Long Way North. Dist. by Shout! Kids Factory. 2016. p. 53.


DOWNHAM, Jenny. Unbecoming. Scholastic Mar. 2016. p. 56.


Maclagan, Margaret & Anne Buckley. Talking Baby: Helping Your Child Discover Language. Finch. Nov. 2016. p. 61.

Ogden, Paul W. & David H. Smith. The Silent ­Garden: Raising Your Deaf Child. 3rd ed. ­Gallaudet University. Nov. 2016. p. 61.

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