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37 Superb New Titles | April 2017

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Picture Books

Birtha, Becky. Far Apart, Close in Heart: Being a Family When a Loved One Is Incarcerated. illus. by Maja Kastelic. Albert Whitman. Mar. 2017. p. 122.

Carle, Eric & others. What’s Your Favorite Color? illus. by Eric Carle & others. Holt. May 2017. p. 123.

Daywalt, Drew. The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors. illus. by Adam Rex. HarperCollins/ Balzer + Bray. Apr. 2017. p. 124.

Donaldson, Julia. The Giant Jumperee. illus. by Helen Oxenbury. Dial. Apr. 2017. p. 119.

Fleming, Candace. Go Sleep in Your Own Bed! illus. by Lori Nichols. Random/Schwartz & Wade. May 2017. p. 126.

Garza, Cynthia Leonor. Lucía the Luchadora. illus. by Alyssa Bermudez. POW! Mar. 2017. p. 126.

Higgins, Ryan T. Be Quiet! illus. by author. Disney-Hyperion. Apr. 2017. p. 127.

McCutcheon, John. Flowers for Sarajevo. illus. by Kristy Caldwell. Peachtree. Apr. 2017. p. 130.

Snicket, Lemony. Goldfish Ghost. illus. by Lisa Brown. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter Bks. May 2017. p. 133.

Middle Grade

Cottrell Boyce , Frank. Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth. HarperCollins/Walden Pond. Jun. 2017. p. 137.

Ruby, Laura. York: The Shadow Cipher. HarperCollins/Walden Pond. May 2017. p. 143.


Anderson, Jodi Lynn. Midnight at the Electric. HarperCollins/­HarperTeen. Jun. 2017. p. 148.

Crowley, Cath. Words in Deep Blue. Knopf. Jun. 2017. p. 151.

Griffin, Adele. Be True to Me. Algonquin. Jun. 2017. p. 152.

Juby, Susan. The Fashion Committee. Viking. May 2017. p. 153.

Portes, Andrea. Liberty: The Spy Who (Kind of) Liked Me. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. Jun. 2017. p. 156.

Tolcser, Sarah. Song of the Current. Bloomsbury. Jun. 2017. p. 159.

Turner, Megan Whalen. Thick as Thieves. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. May 2017. p. 147.

Wang, Corrie. The Takedown. Freeform. Apr. 2017. p. 159.

Wein, Elizabeth. The Pearl Thief. Disney-Hyperion. May 2017. p. 159.

Graphic Novels

Bagieu, Pénélope. California Dreamin’: Cass Elliot Before the Mamas & the Papas. illus. by author. First Second. Mar. 2017. p. 173.

Renner, Benjamin. The Big Bad Fox. tr. from French by Joe Johnson. illus. by author. First Second. Jun. 2017. p. 145.


ATKINS, Laura & Stan Yogi. Fred Korematsu Speaks Up. illus. by Yutaka Houlette. Heyday. Jan. 2017. XPRESS

Leatherdale, Mary Beth. Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees. illus. by Eleanor Shakespeare. Annick. Apr. 2017. p. 170.

Rubin, Susan Goldman. The Quilts of Gee’s Bend. Abrams. Jun. 2017. p. 172.

Schaub , Michelle. Fresh-Picked Poetry: A Day at the Farmers’ Market. illus. by Amy Huntington. Charlesbridge. Mar. 2017. p. 166.

Smith, Hope Anita. My Daddy Rules the World: Poems About Dads. illus. by author. Holt/ Christy Ottaviano Bks. May 2017. p. 167.

Uwiringiyimana, Sandra with Abigail Pesta. How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Bks. May 2017. p. 172.

Adult Books 4 Teens

Arden, Katherine. The Bear and the Nightingale. Ballantine/Del Rey. Jan. 2017. p. 161.

Fulton, Sybrina & Tracy Martin. Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin. Spiegel & Grau. Jan. 2017. p. 161.

Shetterly, Margot Lee. Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race. Morrow. Sept. 2016. p. 162.


A Spy Called James: The True Story of James Lafayette, Revolutionary War Double Agent. Dreamscape. 2017. p. 56.


Diederich, Phillippe. Playing for the Devil’s Fire. Listening Library. Jan. 2017 p. 61.

Parks, Barbara . Junie B. Jones First Ever Musical Edition! Listening Library. Jan. 2017. p. 59.

Rockwell, Anne. A Spy Called James: The True Story of James Lafayette, Revolutionary War Double Agent. Dreamscape. Jan. 2017. p. 59.

Thompson, Colin. The Colin Thompson Collection. Brilliance. Dec. 2016. p. 59.

Webb, Holly . Return to the Secret Garden. Dreamscape. Dec. 2016. p. 60.

Yoon , Nicola. The Sun Is Also a Star. Listening Library. Nov. 2016. p. 62.

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

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