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44 Terrific Titles | August 2017

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Picture Books

Banks, Kate. Pup and Bear. illus. by Naoko Stoop. Random/Schwartz & Wade. Oct. 2017. p. 66.

Denos, Julia. Windows. illus. by E.B. Goodale. Candlewick. Oct. 2017. p. 68.

Hartt-Sussman, Heather. Seamus’s Short Story. illus. by Milan Pavlović. Groundwood. Aug. 2017. p. 71.

Henkes, Kevin. In the Middle of Fall. illus. by Laura Dronzek. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. Sept. 2017. p. 71.

Idle, Molly. Flora and the Chicks. Mar. 2017.

––––. Flora and the Ostrich. Sept. 2017.

ea vol: illus. by author. Chronicle. p. 65.

McDonnell, Patrick. The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABC’s (the Hard Way). illus. by author. Little, Brown. Sept. 2017. p. 74.

McMullan, Kate. I’m Smart! illus. by Jim McMullan. HarperCollins/Harper. Jun. 2017. p. 62.

Phi, Bao. A Different Pond. illus. by Thi Bui. Capstone. Aug. 2017. p. 75.

SÍs, Peter. Robinson. illus. by author. Scholastic. Oct. 2017. p. 76.

Middle Grade

Abbott, Tony. The Summer of Owen Todd. Farrar. Oct. 2017. p. 81.

Baptiste, Tracey. Rise of the Jumbies. Algonquin. Sept. 2017. p. 81.

Dee, Barbara. Halfway Normal. S. & S./Aladdin. Sept. 2017. p. 84.

Glaser, Karina Yan. The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street. illus. by author. HMH. Oct. 2017. p. 86.

LaFleur, Suzanne. Threads of Blue. Random. Sept. 2017. p. 88.

Swanson, Matthew. The Real McCoys. illus. by Robbi Behr. Imprint. Nov. 2017. p. 92.


Bacigalupi, Paolo. Tool of War. Little, Brown. Oct. 2017. p. 98.

Cashore, Kristin. Jane, Unlimited. Penguin/Kathy Dawson Bks. Sept. 2017. p. 99.

Dunn, Gaby & Allison Raskin. I Hate Everyone But You. Wednesday Bks. Sept. 2017. p. 100.

Iturbe, Antonio. The Librarian of Auschwitz. tr. from Spanish by Lilit Thwaites. Holt. Oct. 2017. p. 102.

Johnston, E.K. That Inevitable Victorian Thing. Dutton. Oct. 2017. p. 102.

Lu, Marie. Warcross. Putnam. Sept. 2017. p. 102.

Mabry, Samantha. All the Wind in the World. Algonquin. Oct. 2017. p. 103.

Perkins, Mitali. You Bring the Distant Near. Farrar. Sept. 2017. p. 105.

Silvera, Adam. They Both Die at the End. Harper Collins/HarperTeen. Sept. 2017. p. 107.

Stork, Francisco X. Disappeared. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Bks. Sept. 2017. p. 108.

Winters, Cat. Odd & True. Abrams/Amulet. Sept. 2017. p. 110.

Yee, F.C. The Epic Crush of Genie Lo. Abrams/Amulet. Aug. 2017. p. 97.

Graphic Novels

Britt, Fanny. Louis Undercover. tr. from French by Christelle Morelli & Susan ­Ouriou. ­illus. by Isabelle Arsenault. Groundwood. Oct. 2017. p. 110.

Green, Katie. Lighter Than My Shadow. illus. by author. Roar Comics/Lion Forge. Oct. 2017. p. 125.

Holm, Jennifer L. Swing It, Sunny. illus. by Matthew Holm. Scholastic/Graphix. Sept. 2017. p. 94.

Moore, Kieron. Buddha: An Enlightened Life. illus. by Rajesh Nagulakonda. Campfire. Jul. 2017. XPRESS


Barton, Chris. Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion. illus. by Victo Ngai. Millbrook. Sept. 2017. p. 114.

Deering, Alison. Sandwiches!: More Than You’ve Ever Wanted To Know About Making and Eating America’s Favorite Food. illus. by Bob Lentz. Capstone. Aug. 2017. p. 123.

Levinson, Cynthia & Sanford Levinson. Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Framers, Their Fights, and the Flaws That Affect Us Today. illus. by Adela Pons. Peachtree. Sept. 2017. p. 123.

Rinaldi, Tom. The Red Bandanna. Viking. Sept. 2017. p. 124.

Weatherford, Carole Boston. Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library. illus. by Eric Velasquez. Candlewick. Sept. 2017. p. 120.

Yousafzai, Malala. Malala’s Magic Pencil. ­ illus. by Kerascoët. Little, Brown. Oct. 2017. p. 121.

Adult Books 4 Teens

Fridlund, Emily. History of Wolves. Atlantic Monthly. Jan. 2017. p. 111.

Geary, Rick. A Treasury of XX Century Murder: Compendium I; Including the Lindbergh Child, the Axe-Man of New Orleans, and Madison Square Tragedy. illus. by author. NBM. Apr. 2017. p. 112.

Grann, David. Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI. Doubleday. Apr. 2017. p. 113.


Jazz Day. Dreamscape. 2017. p. 50.


McManus, Karen M. One of Us Is Lying. Listening Library. May 2017. p. 53.

THOMAS, Angie. The Hate U Give. HarperAudio. Feb. 2017. p. 53.

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

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