31 Top-Notch Titles | December 2018 Stars

From the latest middle grade offering by Anne Ursu to the much-anticipated Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson & Ellen Hagan, check out the works that SLJ reviews editors are most excited about this month.

From the left: There Are No Bears in This Bakery (Sarcone-Roach) ©2019 Julia Sarcone-Roach;
The Eleventh Hour (Goldstyn), ©2018 by Jacques Goldstyn; Sea Bear: A Journey for Survival (Moore) ©2019 by Lindsay Moore

Picture Books

Garza, Cynthia Leonor. Lucía the Luchadora and the Million Masks. illus. by Alyssa Bermudez. POW! Oct. 2018. p. 66.

Goldstyn, Jacques. The Eleventh Hour. illus. by author. Owlkids. Oct. 2018. p. 66.

Guidroz, Rukhsanna. Mina vs. the Monsoon. illus. by Debasmita Dasgupta. Yali. Dec. 2018. p. 67.

Newman, Lesléa. Gittel’s Journey: An Ellis Island Story. illus. by Amy June Bates. Feb. 2019. p. 69.

Sarcone-Roach, Julia. There Are No Bears in This Bakery. illus. by author. Knopf. Jan. 2019. p. 70.

Stein, David Ezra. Hush, Little Bunny. illus. by author. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. Jan. 2019. p. 65.

Middle Grade

Ansari, Rebecca K.S. The Missing Piece of Charlie O’Reilly. HarperCollins/
Walden Pond. Mar. 2019. p. 72.

Butler, Emily. Freya & Zoose. illus. by Jennifer Thermes. Crown. Jan. 2019. p. 72.

Cummings, Pat. Trace. HarperCollins. Apr. 2019. p. 73.

DasGupta, Sayantani. Game of Stars. Scholastic. Feb. 2019. p. 73.

Funaro, Gregory. Watch Hollow. illus. by Matthew Griffin. HarperCollins/Harper. Feb. 2019. p. 74.

Salazar, Aida. The Moon Within. Scholastic. Feb. 2019. p. 76.

Ursu, Anne. The Lost Girl. HarperCollins/Walden Pond Pr. Feb. 2019. p. 77.


Brashear, Amy. The Incredible True Story of the Making of the Eve of Destruction. Soho Teen. Nov. 2018. p. 80.

Capetta, Amy Rose. The Brilliant Death. Viking. Oct. 2018. p. 80.

Khan, Sabina. The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali. Scholastic. Jan. 2019. p. 82.

LaFevers, Robin. Courting Darkness. HMH. Feb. 2019. p. 82.

Sheinmel, Alyssa. A Danger to Herself and Others. Sourcebooks/Fire. Feb. 2019.
p. 84.

Thorley, Addie. An Affair of Poisons. Page Street. Feb. 2019. p. 86.

Watson, Renée & Ellen Hagan. Watch Us Rise. Bloomsbury. Feb. 2019. p. 86.

Weymouth, Laura E. The Light Between Worlds. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. Oct. 2018.
p. 86.

Graphic Novels

Chmakova, Svetlana. Crush. illus. by author. Yen. Oct. 2018. p. 78.

Hale, Nathan. Lafayette!: A Revolutionary War Tale. illus. by author. Abrams/Amulet. Oct. 2018. p. 93.

Tetri, Emily. Tiger vs. Nightmare. illus. by author. First Second. p. 71.


Boyce, Jo Ann Allen & Debbie Levy. This Promise of Change: One Girl’s Story in the Fight for School Equality. Jan. 2019. p. 91.

Denise, Anika Aldamuy. Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré. illus. by Paola Escobar. HarperCollins/Harper. Jan. 2019. p. 88.

Meadows, Michelle. Brave Ballerina: The Story of Janet Collins. illus. by Ebony Glenn. Holt. Jan. 2019. p. 89.

Moore, Lindsay. Sea Bear: A Journey for Survival. illus. by author. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. Jan. 2019. p. 90.

Sayre, April Pulley. Bloom Boom! photos by author. S. & S./Beach Lane. Feb. 2019.
p. 90.

Wein, Elizabeth. A Thousand Sisters: The Heroic Airwomen of the Soviet Union in World War II. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. Jan. 2019. p. 92.

White, Arisa & Laura Atkins. Biddy Mason Speaks Up. illus. by Laura Freeman. Heyday. Feb. 2019. p. 92.


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