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SLJ's Reviews of the 2018 National Book Award Longlisters

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Sports Are Fantastic Fun!

This book is fantastic fun and a strong addition to any nonfiction collection.

Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise

Multiple award-winning author and illustrator Stein has created a noteworthy title for library shelves in addition to his already beloved collection of picture books. A terrific choice for one-on-one and small group sharing.

Star Wars Lost Stars: Vol. 1

Perfect for reluctant readers and anyone who enjoys the "Star Wars" franchise.


Cheery illustrations enhance this uplifting story about a young girl and her grandmother.

The Stuff of Stars

An inspiring match of writing and art. Perfect for one-on-one sharing.

Under the Same Sky

A delightful book with wide appeal that should be welcome in most collections.

The Flight of Swans

A finely crafted and compelling fairy-tale retelling. Hand to voracious fantasy readers and fans of Gail Carson Levine and Shannon Hale.

Holes in the Sky

Most libraries will welcome Polacco's message of understanding and mutual affection. The length of the narrative seems to suggest a one-on-one read.

To Be Honest

A first purchase for libraries serving adolescents.

Where She Fell

A solid purchase for middle and high school libraries where survival fiction is in demand.

The Girl with the Dragon Heart

Recommended for fans of Tamora Pierce and Gail Carson Levine, or anyone looking for a book which features strong women who save the day.

Come November

With an engaging plot premise, a strong, flawed heroine and a touch of romance, this book will fly off the shelf.

Better You Than Me

A feel-good story with a few life lessons. A solid purchase for most middle school collections.

You Don't Know Everything, Jilly P.

Gino's sophomore effort is every bit as affecting and important as their first novel, George. Jilly is a realistic role model, particularly for young white readers, on how to listen with an open heart, build authentic friendships, and use one's privilege for good.


A poignant and well-crafted tale for fans of Weeks's previous novels and readers who enjoy character-driven family narratives set in small towns.

The Darkdeep

Swiftly paced and peppered with wit, this darkly entertaining tale is sure to engage horror fans.

Peace and Me

A beautifully executed, powerful book. A remarkable addition to illustrated biography collections.

Rock What Ya Got

A book with a terrific message about finding the best parts of ourselves without judgment, and reminding all readers to "rock what ya got!" An excellent addition to picture book shelves.

Part of Your World: A Twisted Tale

Purchase where retellings and mermaid fantasies are popular.

Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret

Nonstop action and a mix of full-color photographs and drawings throughout make this appealing to aspiring explorers and reluctant readers alike, and the cliffhanger ending ensures they'll be coming back for more.

Ra the Mighty: Cat Detective of Pharaoh's Court

A charming page-turner of a mystery; recommend to cat lovers and young Egyptologists.

Noodleheads Find Something Fishy

A must-buy for graphic novel collections.

Will You Help Me Fall Asleep?

. This zany offering is not a typical bedtime story; the teacher's relaxation method may be useful for even the youngest listener at the end of day. Recommended.

Be Everything at Once: Tales of a Cartoonist Lady Person

Recommended for most graphic novel collections.

Spying on Whales: The Past, Present, and Future of Earth's Most Awesome Creatures

A fast, fun, and informative read that is ideal for research and pleasure alike.

Spill Zone: The Broken Vow

Between Westerfeld's masterly storytelling and Puvilland's impeccable art, this is a must-read for Spill Zone fans.

Nowhere Boy

Thoughtfully touching on immigration, Islamophobia, and terrorism, this novel is a first-purchase. Hands to fans of Alan Gratz's Refugee.

Earthrise: Apollo 8 and the Photo That Changed the World

A fine snapshot of a milestone event in U.S. and world history for robust nonfiction picture book collections.


A sweeping, engrossing drama full of important moments. Recommended for all library collections.

The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone

This quirky and endearing adventure set in a captivating, off-beat world is an excellent purchase wherever fantasy circulates well.

The Colors of the Rain

A strong addition to any middle grade collection in need of nuanced realistic fiction.


Teens who enjoy reading extended fight scenes and want immersion in an extraordinary world will enjoy Kornher-Stace’s second act. A strong choice for speculative fiction shelves.

All the Stars Denied

An intense and enlightening historical fiction title that’s highly recommended for all libraries.


Readers will enjoy this fun perspective on the mischievous and furry camp thieves. A lively choice for storytime sharing.

I Am Human: A Book of Empathy

An age-appropriate and hopeful look at what it means to be a connected human on this planet. It can be read as a picture book with big ideas or used as a great discussion starter.

Me, Myselfie, & I: A Cautionary Tale

A worthwhile family read.

Blanca & Roja

A magical and lovely first purchase for all YA shelves.

Billy Stuart and the Zintrepids

Jon Scieszka's "Time Warp Trio" meets "Geronimo Stilton" in this full-color hybrid, which should appeal to reluctant readers and avid readers alike.

Garbage Island

This entertaining animal adventure stands out from similar fare because of its strong characters and an underlying message of environmental awareness.

The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy

An incredible, must-have follow-up full of old characters and new, blood and guts, and a delightful barrage of sarcasm.


An original take on metafictional themes. Hand to readers who enjoy Cornelia Funke's Inkheart.

Lucy and the String

This perfect blend of words and pictures is sure to have kids chuckling and perhaps trying their own string creations. A fun addition for most libraries.

The Red Ribbon

An additional purchase for most young adult collections.

Dear Professor Whale

An ode to the joys of friendship and letter-writing, this is a great choice for early chapter book readers.

The Eleventh Trade

Sami's story sheds light on the special challenges, determination, faith, resilience, and post-traumatic stress that impact and shape the lives of many refugees.

Auntie Luce's Talking Paintings

An excellent selection for exploring deep connections to Haiti through love, family, history, and art.

Girls on the Line

Recommended purchase, especially for YA collections serving older teens or new adults.

Galápagos Girl/Galapagueña

Readers are presented here with an unsung and worthy heroine. Recommended for picture book and biography collections.

Extravaganza at the Plaza

An ideal selection for readers who enjoy Junie B. Jones and Judy Moody.

The Wind Called My Name

A much-needed and well-written addition to the slate of middle grade novels set during the Great Depression.

Henri's Hats: Pixar Animation Studios Artist Showcase

A general purchase, particularly where the illustrator's works are popular or there is demand for the series.


A must-have where fantastical thrillers are popular.

A Fall Ball for All

A poetic tribute to autumn winds and woodland animals. Great for storytime or one-on-one sharing.

The Middle-Route Run

A must for fans of the previous entry.

Mech Cadet Yu: Vol. 1

A must-have series starter.

When a Woman Rises

This is a wonderfully written coming-of-age novel with a great balance of anecdotes about the Chiapas culture and a central driving narrative about tragedy and the lives of women bound by culture and expectations.

My Real Name Is Hanna

A strong choice for young adult shelves.

Quiet Wyatt

A fantastic addition to library collections, either as a read-aloud or a one-on-one selection.

Little Whale

Pair this great read-aloud with Sharon Kate Cooper's informative When Whales Cross the Sea: The Gray Whale Migration for a second look at these majestic creatures.

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