SLJ’s Starred Reviews | January 2017

This month's can't-miss titles include Jason Chin's stunning look at the Grand Canyon, George O'Connor's graphic novel treatment of the goddess of the hunt, and a charming new chapter book from Laura Amy Schlitz.

1701-star-pb-cbPicture Books

BANSCH, Helga. At Night. illus. by author. Eerdmans. Aug. 2016. p. 64.

Cordell, Matthew. Wolf in the Snow. illus. by author. Feiwel & Friends. Jan. 2017. p. 68.

Cousins, Lucy. Hooray for Birds! illus. by author. Candlewick. Feb. 2017. p. 69.

Ering, Timothy Basil. The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling. illus. by author. Candlewick. Feb. 2017. p. 70.

Freedman, Deborah. This House, Once. illus. by author. S. & S./Atheneum. Feb. 2017. p. 70.

Jackson, Richard. All Ears, All Eyes. illus. by Katherine Tillotson. Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Bks. Mar. 2017. p. 73.

NOVESKY, Amy. Love Is a Truck. illus. by Sara Gillingham. Cameron. Nov. 2016. p. 66.

Root, Phyllis. Anywhere Farm. illus. by G. Brian Karas. Candlewick. Mar. 2017. p. 76.

Smith, Lane. A Perfect Day. illus. by author. Roaring Brook. Mar. 2017. p. 77.

Chapter Books

Blabey, Aaron. The Bad Guys in Mission Unpluckable. illus. by author. Scholastic. Mar. 2017. p. 80. POP

Schlitz, Laura Amy. Princess Cora and the Crocodile. illus. by Brian Floca. Candlewick. Mar. 2017. p. 81.

1701-star-mg-yaMiddle Grade

Carroll, Emma. In Darkling Wood. Delacorte. Mar. 2017. p. 83.

Kelly, Erin Entrada. Hello, Universe. illus. by Isabel Roxas. ­HarperCollins/Greenwillow. Mar. 2017. p. 88.

Langer, Dana. Siren Sisters. S. & S./Aladdin. Jan. 2017. p. 88.


Anderson, Natalie C. City of Saints & Thieves. Putnam. Jan. 2017. p. 96.

Heilig, Heidi. The Ship Beyond Time. Harper Collins/Greenwillow. Mar. 2017. p. 101.

Konigsberg, Bill. Honestly Ben. Scholastic/ Arthur A. Levine Bks. Apr. 2017. p. 102.

Nix, Garth. Frogkisser! Scholastic. Mar. 2017. p. 103.

Roe, Robin. A List of Cages. Disney-Hyperion. Jan. 2017. p. 104.

Sáenz, Benjamin Alire. The Inexplicable Logic of My Life. Clarion. Mar. 2017. p. 105. POP

Thomas, Angie. The Hate U Give. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. Feb. 2017. p. 106.

Watson, Renée. Piecing Me Together. Bloomsbury. Feb. 2017. p. 96.

Wolf, Allan. Who Killed Christopher Goodman? Candlewick. Mar. 2017. p. 106.

1701-star-gn-nfGraphic Novels

Koch, Falynn. Bats: Learning To Fly. illus. by author. First Second. Feb. 2017. p. 120.

O’Connor, George. Artemis: Wild Goddess of the Hunt. illus. by author. First Second. Jan. 2017. p. 120. POP

Rapp, Adam. Decelerate Blue. illus. by Mike Cavallaro. First Second. Feb. 2017. p. 107.


Chin, Jason. Grand Canyon. illus. by author. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter Bks. Feb. 2017. p. 109.

Engle, Margarita. Bravo!: Poems About Amazing Hispanics. illus. by Rafael López. Holt. Mar. 2017. p. 117.

Jensen, Kelly, ed. Here We Are: 44 Voices Write, Draw, and Speak About Feminism for the Real World. illus. by Laura Palese. Algonquin. Jan. 2017. p. 118.

Markle, Sandra. The Search for Olinguito: Discovering a New Species. Millbrook. Jan. 2017. p. 112.

Pringle, Laurence. The Secret Life of the Red Fox. illus. by Kate Garchinsky. Boyds Mills. Mar. 2017. p. 113.


The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes. Dist. by Dreamscape. 2016. p. 49.

Super Hummingbirds. Dist. by PBS. 2016. p. 53.


Creech, Sharon. Moo. HarperCollins. Nov. 2016. p. 53.

Gidwitz, Adam. The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog. Listening Library. Sept. 2016. p. 53.

Lin, Grace. When the Sea Turned to Silver. Hachette Audio. Oct. 2016. p. 53.

Peck, Richard. The Best Man. Listening Library. Sept. 2016. p. 54.

Reynolds, Jason. Ghost. S. & S. Audio. Aug. 2016. p. 54.

Professional Reading

Scales, Pat R. Defending Frequently Challenged Young Adult Books: A Handbook for Librarians and Educators. Rowman & Littlefield. Sept. 2016. p. 122.

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