48 Extraordinary Titles | October 2018 Stars

This month's stars list is full of fantastic sci-fi, spectacular poetry, and biographies about strong women like Dolores Huerta and Clara Luper.

Picture Books

Clarke, Maxine Beneba. The Patchwork Bike. illus. by Van Thanh Rudd. Candlewick. Sept. 2018. p. 54.

de Sève, Randall. Zola’s Elephant. illus. by Pamela Zagarenski. Chronicle. Oct. 2018. p. 54.

Dubuc, Marianne. Up the Mountain Path. illus. by author. Princeton Architectural. Oct. 2018. p. 55.

Jenkins, Emily. All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah. illus. by Paul O. Zelinsky. Random/Schwartz & Wade. Sept. 2018. p. 00.

John, Jory. Giraffe Problems. illus. by Lane Smith. Random. Sept. 2018. p. 55.

Leng, Qin. I Am Small. illus. by author. 40p. Kids Can. Oct. 2018. p. 56.

Light, Steve. Builders and Breakers. illus. by author. Candlewick. Oct. 2018. p. 57.

Sanna, Francesca. Me and My Fear. illus. by author. Flying Eye. Sept. 2018. p. 59.

Watson, Stephanie. Best Friends in the Universe. illus. by LeUyen Pham. Scholastic. Oct. 2018. p. 61.


Middle Grade

Bowles, David. They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid’s Poems. Cinco Puntos. Sept. 2018. p. 64.

Burgos, Hilda Eunice. Ana María Reyes Does Not Live in a Castle. Lee & Low. Oct. 2018. p. 64.

Lewis, Gill. A Story Like the Wind. illus. by Jo Weaver. Eerdmans. Oct. 2018. p. 66.

Munday, Evan. Connect the Scotts: The Dead Kid Detective Agency. ECW. Oct. 2018. p. 68.

Orr, Wendy. Swallow’s Dance. Pajama. Oct. 2018. p. 68.

Reynolds, Jason. Lu. S. & S. Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Bks. Oct. 2018. p. 69.

Schrefer, Eliot. Orphaned. Scholastic. Sept. 2018. p. 70.



Acosta, Daniel. Iron River. Cinco Puntos. Sept. 2018. p. 73.

Barker, Michelle. The House of One Thousand Eyes. Annick Pr. Sept. 2018. p. 74.

Black, Holly. The Wicked King. Little, Brown. Jan. 2019. p. 76. POP

Dao, Julie C. Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix. Philomel. Nov. 2018. p. 76.

Elston, Ashley. The Lying Woods. Disney-Hyperion. Nov. 2018. p. 76.

Garcia, Mia. The Resolutions. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Bks. Nov. 2018. p. 76.

Levy, Dana Alison. It Wasn’t Me. Delacorte. Nov. 2018. p. 73.

London, Alex. Black Wings Beating. Farrar. Sept. 2018. p. 77.

Lyons, CJ. The Color of Lies. Blink. Nov. 2018. p. 77.

Shusterman, Neal & Jarrod Shusterman. Dry. S. & S. Oct. 2018. p. 78.

Smith, Cynthia Leitich. Hearts Unbroken. Candlewick. Oct. 2018. p. 78.

Tan, Shaun. Tales from the Inner City. illus. by author. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Bks. Sept. 2018. p. 74.

Watson, Mary. The Wren Hunt. Bloomsbury. Nov. 2018. p. 74.

Yu, Mimi. The Girl King. Bloomsbury. Jan. 2019. p. 81.


Graphic Novels

Lafrenais, Amanda, ed. FTL, Y’all!. illus. by various. Iron Circus. Aug. 2018. p. 81.

Vaughn, Sarah. Sleepless: Vol. 1. illus. by Leila Del Duca & Alissa Sallah. Image. Jul. 2018. p. 82.

WaldEn, Tillie. On a Sunbeam. illus. by author. First Second. Oct. 2018. p. 82.



Barton, Chris. What Do You Do with a Voice Like That?: The Story of Extraordinary ­Congresswoman Barbara Jordan. illus. by Ekua Holmes. S. & S./Beach Lane. Sept. 2018. p. 84.

Brill, Marlene Targ. Dolores Huerta Stands Strong: The Woman Who Demanded Justice. Ohio Univ. Pr. Jul. 2018. p. 88.

Coulson, Art. Unstoppable: How Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team ­Defeated Army. illus. by Nick Hardcastle. Capstone. Aug. 2018. p. 84.

Rhuday-Perkovich, Olugbmisola. Someday Is Now: Clara Luper and the 1958 Oklahoma City Sit-ins. illus. by Jade Johnson. Seagrass. Aug. 2018. p. 86.

Rich, KaeLyn. Girls Resist!: A Guide to ­Activism, Leadership, and Starting a Revolution. illus. by Giulia Sagramola. Quirk. Aug. 2018. p. 90.

Sarkeesian, Anita & Ebony Adams. History vs Women: The Defiant Lives That They Don’t Want You To Know. Feiwel & Friends. Oct. 2018. p. 90.

Stevenson, Bryan A. Just Mercy: A True Story of the Fight for Justice. Delacorte. Sept. 2018. p. 90.



Herrera, Juan Felipe. Imagine. illus. by ­Lauren Castillo. Candlewick. Oct. 2018. p. 93.

Kaufman, Caroline. Light Filters In: ­Poems. ­illus. by Yelena Bryksenkova. HarperCollins/Harper. May 2018. p. 93.

Slade, Suzanne. Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon. illus. by Thomas Gonzalez. Peachtree. Sept. 2018. p. 94.



Ginns, Russell. Samantha Spinner and the Super-Secret Plans. Listening Library. Feb. 2018. p. 46.

Grimes, Nikki. Between the Lines. Recorded Bks. Feb. 2018. p. 48.

Hiranandani, Veera. The Night Diary. Listening Library. Mar. 2018. p. 47.


Professional Reading

Carstensen, Angela. The Reader’s Advisory Guide to Teen Literature. ALA Editions. Jun. 2018. p. 95.

Moss, Gabrielle. Paperback Crush: The Totally Radical History of ’80s and ’90s Teen Fiction. Quirk. Oct. 2018. p. 95.

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