42 Fantastic Titles by Varsha Bajaj, Faith Erin Hicks, Daniel José Older & More | Starred Reviews, August 2022

Welcome students back to school with a fresh batch of star-studded titles! For the month of August, we have books about first day of school jitters, haunting YA, nonfiction centering marginalized histories, and so much more.


Who Stole My Leg? (Andrés) ©2022 illus. by Myriam Cameros Sierra.


Back to School

Button, Lana. Tayra’s Not Talking. illus. by Christine Battuz. Kids Can. p. 71.

Manoli, Costantia. Tomatoes in My Lunchbox. illus. by Magdalena Mora. Roaring Brook. p. 71.

Peterson, Ellie. School Is Wherever I Am. Roaring Brook. p. 72.


Picture Books

Andrés, José Carlos. Who Stole My Leg? tr. by Robin Sinclair. illus. by Myriam Cameros Sierra. NubeOcho. p. 74.

Fraser, Lu. The Witchling’s Wish. illus. by Sarah Massini. Bloomsbury. p. 76.

Grimes, Nikki. Playtime for Restless Rascals. illus. by Elizabeth Zunon. Sourcebooks. p. 77.

Howell-Baptiste, Kirby. Little Black Girl: Oh, the Things You Can Do! illus. by Paul Davey. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen. p. 78.

Kamanda, Ali & Jorge Redmond. Black Boy, Black Boy. illus. by Ken Daley. Sourcebooks. p. 78.

Lo, Richard. After the Moonrise. Muddy Boots. p. 78.

Wong-Kalu, Hinaleimoana, Dean Hamer & Joe Wilson. Kapaemahu. illus. by Daniel Sousa. Penguin/Kokila. p. 79.


Chapter Books

Fernandez, Caroline. Asha and Baz Meet Mary Sherman Morgan. illus. by Dharmali Patel. Common Deer. p. 82.


Middle Grade

Bajaj, Varsha. Thirst. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen. p. 85.

Cartaya, Pablo. The Last Beekeeper. HarperCollins. p. 85.



Ahmed, Samira. Hollow Fires. Little, Brown. p. 90.

Caletti, Deb. The Epic Story of Every Living Thing. Random/Labyrinth Road. p. 90.

Chokshi, Roshani, Evelyn Skye & Sandhya Menon. Three Kisses, One Midnight. Wednesday Bks. p. 89.

Jackson, Tiffany D. The Weight of Blood. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. p. 91.

La Sala, Ryan. The Honeys. Scholastic/PUSH. p. 92.

Padilla, Francesca. What’s Coming to Me. Soho Teen. p. 92.

Shaw, Tucker. When You Call My Name. Holt. p. 93.


Graphic Novels

Gonzalez, Christina Diaz. Invisible. illus. by Gabriela Epstein. Scholastic/Graphix. p. 87.

Heagerty, Mat. Lumberjackula. illus. by Sam Owen. S. & S. p. 87.

Hicks, Faith Erin. Ride On. First Second. p. 88.



Balfe, Abigail. A Different Kind of Normal: My Real-Life COMPLETELY True Story About Being Unique. Crown. p. 100.

Davey, Owen. Passionate About Penguins. Flying Eye. p. 96.

Eszterhas, Suzi. A Leopard Diary: My Journey into the Hidden World of a Mother and Her Cubs. Owlkids. p. 96.

Hoyt, Megan. The Greatest Song of All: How Isaac Stern United the World to Save Carnegie Hall. illus. by Katie Hickey. HarperCollins/Quill Tree. p. 97.

Kapp, Diana. Girls Who Green: Thirty-Four Rebel Women Out to Save Our Planet. illus. by Ana Jarén. Delacorte. p. 101.

Macaulay, David. Mammoth Math: Everything You Need to Know About Numbers. DK. p. 97.

McCarthy, Cory. Hope Is an Arrow: The Story of Lebanese-American Poet Kahlil Gibran. illus. by Ekua Holmes. Candlewick. p. 98.

McDonald, Liam. Indigenous America. Penguin Workshop. p. 101.

Portis, Antoinette. A Seed Grows. Holiday House/Neal Porter. p. 99.

Singleton, Chris & Dean Burrell. Baseball Around the World: How the World Plays the Game. Bushel & Peck. p. 99.



Yolen, Jane & Heidi E. Y. Stemple. Yuck, You Suck!: Poems About Animals That Sip, Slurp, Suck. illus. by Eugenia Nobati. Millbrook. p. 102.



Cohen, Emi Watanabe. The Lost Ry. Recorded Books. p. 65.

de la Cruz, Melissa. Cinder & Glass. Listening Library. p. 67.

Lukens, F.T. So This Is Ever After. S. & S. Audio. p. 68.

Older, Daniel José. Ballad & Dagger. Disney-Hyperion. p. 68.

Pullman, Philip. I Was a Rat! Listening Library. p. 66.

Salvatore, Steven. And They Lived... Bloomsbury. p. 68.

Soontornvat, Christina. The Last ­Mapmaker. OrangeSky Audio. p. 66.

Wong-Kalu, Hinaleimoana, Dean ­Hamer & Joe Wilson. Kapaemahu. ­Listening Library. p. 65.

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