Reviews of the 2016 Printz Award winners

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Winner: Bone Gap by Laura Ruby High School   Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins   353 pp. 3/15   978-0-06-231760-5   $17.99 Finn has always been considered a little strange, and now that Roza has disappeared, his small town of Bone Gap holds him responsible. Finn alleges that she was kidnapped, but he cannot offer up a useful description of the […]

Reviews of the 2016 Newbery Award winners

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Winner: Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña; illus. by Christian Robinson Primary Putnam 32 pp. 1/15 978-0-399-25774-2 $16.99 CJ, a young black boy, has a flurry of questions for his grandmother one rainy day: “How come we gotta wait for the bus in all this wet?” “How come we don’t got […]

Reviews of the 2016 Caldecott Award winners

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Winner: Finding Winnie: The True Story of the 
World’s Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick; 
illus. by Sophie Blackall Primary   Little, Brown   56 pp. 10/15   978-0-316-32490-8   $18.00   g A little boy named Cole curls in the crook of his mother’s arm and asks for a story; she spins him two. The first one tells of […]

Review of Emma and Julia Love Ballet

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Emma and Julia Love Ballet by Barbara McClintock; 
illus. by the author Preschool, Primary   Scholastic   32 pp. 3/16   978-00-439-89401-2   $16.99   g “Emma wakes up early. Julia wakes up early, too…They both have ballet lessons this morning.” McClintock follows young Emma as she goes to her ballet lesson and professional dancer Julia as she attends company […]

Review of A Year Without Mom

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A Year Without Mom by Dasha Tolstikova; 
illus. by the author Middle School   Groundwood   168 pp. 10/15   978-1-55498-692-7   $19.95 e-book ed. 978-155498-693-4   $16.95 Tolstikova’s illustrated memoir recounts the time when her mother relocated to America for graduate school and she, twelve years old, was left in the care of her grandparents in Moscow. Through present-tense […]

Review of Carry On: The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow

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Carry On: The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow by Rainbow Rowell High School   St. Martin’s Griffin   522 pp. 10/15   978-1-250-04955-1   $19.99 e-book ed. 978-1-4668-5054-5   $9.99 In Fangirl (rev. 11/13), protagonist Cath wrote fanfiction for the fictitious “Simon Snow” fantasy series. Now Rowell has written a novel set in Simon Snow’s universe and using many […]

Additional ALA Awards 2016

Alex Awards for the ten best adult books that appeal to teen audiences • All Involved by Ryan Gattis (Ecco) • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Spiegel & Grau) • Bones & All by Camille DeAngelis (St. Martin’s) • Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits by David Wong (Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s) • Girl […]

Review of I Hear a Pickle (and Smell, See, Touch, 
and Taste It, Too!)

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I Hear a Pickle (and Smell, See, Touch, 
and Taste It, Too!) by Rachel Isadora; illus. by the author Preschool   Paulsen/Penguin   32 pp. 1/16   978-0-399-16049-3   $16.99   g Starting with a clever, attention-grabbing title, Isadora’s book about the five senses is aimed perfectly at another sense — kids’ sense of humor. Separate sections, beginning with sound […]

Review of Game Changer: John McLendon and the Secret Game

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Game Changer: John McLendon and the Secret Game by John Coy; illus. by Randy DuBurke Primary, Intermediate   Carolrhoda   32 pp. 10/15   978-1-4677-2604-7   $17.99 e-book ed. 978-1-4677-8810-6   $17.99 Based closely on a 1996 New York Times article by Scott Ellsworth, this picture book tells the dramatic story of an illegal college basketball game planned and played […]

Review of City of Halves

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City of Halves by Lucy Inglis Middle School, High School   Chicken House/Scholastic   361 pp. 11/15   978-0-545-82958-8   $17.99   g e-book ed. 978-0-545-83054-6   $17.99 While on reconnaissance for her lawyer father in the City of London, sixteen-year-old Lily is viciously attacked by a two-headed dog and discovers the existence of the other half of the City she […]