SLJ’s Starred Reviews | March 2016

Check out SLJ's March 2016 starred titles, from Corinne Duyvis's sophomore effort, On the Edge of Gone, and Stonewall-winning Sex Is a Funny Word: A Book About Bodies, Feelings, and You.

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BARROW, David. Have You Seen Elephant? illus. by author. Gecko. Mar. 2016. p. 100.

BROWN, Lisa. The Airport Book. illus. by author. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter Bks. May 2016. p. 102.

COLE, Henry. Spot, the Cat. illus. by author. S. & S./Little Simon. Mar. 2016. p. 104.

DUBUC, Marianne. The Animals’ Ark. illus. by author. Kids Can. Apr. 2016. p. 106.

Judge, Lita. Hoot and Peep. illus. by author. Dial. Mar. 2016. p. 110.

Messer, Claire. Grumpy Pants. illus. by author. Albert Whitman. May 2016. p. 116.

Nash, Scott. Shrunken Treasures: Literary Classics, Short and Sweet. illus. by author. Candlewick. Apr. 2016. p. 116.

Ottley, Matt. Parachute. illus. by Danny Parker. Eerdmans. Mar. 2016. p. 120.

Smiley, Jane. Twenty Yawns. illus. by Lauren Castillo. Amazon/Two Lions. Apr. 2016. p. 122.

Smith, Monique Gray. My Heart Fills with Happiness. illus. by Julie Flett. Orca. 2016. p. 99.

1603-Stars-CB-YAChapter Books

Nilsson, Ulf. Detective Gordon: A Complicated Case. illus. by Gitte Spee. Gecko. Mar. 2016. p. 125.

Middle Grade

DiCamillo, Kate. Raymie Nightingale. Candlewick. Apr. 2016. p. 127

Erdrich, Louise. Makoons. illus. by author. HarperCollins. Aug. 2016. p. 127.

Farrey, Brian. The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse. Algonquin. Apr. 2016. p. 128.

Lane, Kathleen. The Best Worst Thing. Little, Brown. Jun. 2016. p. 132.

Ross, Joel. The Lost Compass. HarperCollins. May 2016. p. 137.


Berry, Julie. The Passion of Dolssa. Viking. Apr. 2016. p. 143.

Boyne, John. The Boy at the Top of the Mountain. Holt. Jun. 2016. p. 148.

Chokshi, Roshani. The Star-Touched Queen. St. Martin’s Griffin. Apr. 2016. p. 151.

Duyvis, Corinne. On the Edge of Gone. Amulet. Mar. 2016. p. 152.

Hartnett, Sonya. Golden Boys. Candlewick. Apr. 2016. p. 154.

Heppermann, Christine. Ask Me How I Got Here. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. May 2016. p. 154.

Quick, Matthew. Every Exquisite Thing. Little, Brown. May 2016. p. 156.

Reuter Hapgood, Harriet. The Square Root of Summer. Roaring Brook. May 2016. p. 157.

Stiefvater, Maggie. The Raven King. Scholastic. May 2016. p. 159.

1603-Stars-GN-AB4TGraphic Novels

Baldwin, Christopher. Little Dee and the Penguin. illus. by author. Dial. Apr. 2016. p. 141.

Gerstein, Mordicai. I Am Pan. illus. by author. Roaring Brook. Mar. 2016. p. 176.


Fogliano, Julie. When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons. illus. by Julie Morstad. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter Bks. Mar. 2016. p. 167.

Freedman, Russell. We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler. Clarion. May 2016. p. 175.

Frost, Helen. Among a Thousand Fireflies. photos by Rick Lieder. Candlewick. Mar. 2016. p. 167.

Guiberson, Brenda Z. The Deadliest Creature in the World. illus. by Gennady Spirin. Holt. Aug. 2016. p. 167.

Kanefield, Teri. The Extraordinary Suzy Wright: A Colonial Woman on the Frontier. Abrams. Mar. 2016. p. 176.

Osborne, Linda Barrett. This Land Is Our Land: A History of American Immigration. Abrams. Apr. 2016. p. 177.

Silverberg, Cory. Sex Is a Funny Word: A Book About Bodies, Feelings, and You. illus. by Fiona Smyth. Seven Stories. 2015. p. 171.

Sutcliffe, Jane. Will’s Words: How William Shakespeare Changed the Way You Talk. illus. by John Shelley. Charlesbridge. Mar. 2016. p. 172.

Adult Books 4 Teens

Wong, David. Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits. St. Martin’s/Thomas Dunne Bks. 2015. p. 165.


Blood Lions: Bred for the Bullet. Dist. by PBS. 2015. p. 60.

Inhalant Abuse: One Huff Can Kill. Dist. by Human Relations Media. 2016. p. 62.


APPLEGATE, Katherine. Crenshaw. Listening Library. 2015. p. 63.

Krasner, Barbara. Goldie Takes a Stand: Golda Meir’s First Crusade. 1 CD. 10 min. Dreamscape. 2015. p. 63.

OKORAFOR, Nnedi. Binti. Macmillan Audio. 2015. p. 66.

RESAU, Laura. The Lighting Queen. Scholastic Audiobooks. 2015. p. 64.

Schlitz, Laura Amy. The Hired Girl. Recorded Books. 2015. p. 67.


Come Bien! Eat Right! Performed by José-Luis Orozco. Smithsonian Folkways. 2015. p. 67.

Home. Performed by Tim Kubart. Tim Kubart and the Space Cadets. 2015. p. 67.

Simpático. Performed by Renee & Friends. One Melody Records. 2015. p. 68.

Trees. Performed by Molly Ledford & Billy Kelly. 2015. p. 68.

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