Reviews of the 2015 Newbery Award winners

alexander_crossover

Winner: The Crossover by Kwame Alexander Intermediate, Middle School   Houghton   235 pp. 3/14   978-0-544-10771-7   $16.99   g Josh and Jordan (JB), identical twin sons of former basketball phenom Chuck “Da Man” Bell, are ball legends themselves, and they aren’t yet thirteen; Josh is the only middle schooler around who can dunk, JB has a mean three-point […]

Reviews of the 2015 Caldecott Award winners

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Winner: The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat; illus. by the author Primary    Little, Brown    40 pp. 4/14     978-0-316-19998-8     $17.00 Imaginary friend Beekle waits and waits for a child to think him into existence. When it doesn’t happen, Beekle sails off to the real world — a city full of boring adults — […]

Reviews of the 2015 Sibert Award winners

bryant_right word

Winner: The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Bryant; illus. by Melissa Sweet Primary     Eerdmans    48 pp. 9/14     978-0-8028-5385-1     $17.50 Apt language and ingenious imagery combine to tell the life story of Peter Mark Roget, creator of the thesaurus. A solitary, though not unhappy, child, Roget spends his time keeping […]

Reviews of the 2015 Batchelder Award winners

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Winner: Mikis and the Donkey by Bibi Dumon Tak; illus. by Philip Hopman; trans. from the Dutch by Laura Watkinson Primary, Intermediate   Eerdmans   93 pp. 10/14   978-0-8028-5430-8   $13.00 Setting the stage on the island of Corfu, Hopman’s atmospheric opening illustrations pan in from aerial view to village to Mikis’s grandpa under a sycamore tree with […]

Reviews of the 2015 Belpré Author Award winners

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Winner: I Lived on Butterfly Hill by Marjorie Agosín; illus. by Lee White; trans. by E. M. O’Connor Intermediate     Atheneum     455 pp. 3/14    978-1-4169-5344-9    $16.99 Eleven-year-old Chilean girl Celeste faces upheaval when a brutal dictator rises to power, her parents go into hiding, and she is shipped off to Maine. Threads of mysticism lend an […]

Reviews of the 2015 Belpré Illustrator Award winners

Viva Frida

Winner: Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales; illus. by the author with photos by Tim O’Meara Primary, Intermediate  Porter/Roaring Brook  40 pp. 9/14   978-1-59643-603-9   $17.99   g There have been several books for young readers about Frida Kahlo, but none has come close to the emotional aesthetic Morales brings to her subject, as a Mexican artist herself […]

Reviews of the 2015 Printz winners

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Winner: I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson High School   Dial   375 pp. 9/14   978-0-8037-3496-8   $17.99   g In her much-anticipated second book, Nelson (The Sky Is Everywhere, rev. 3/10) delivers another novel of romance, tragedy, grief, and healing, told in poetic prose with the barest hint of magical realism. Jude and Noah are fraternal […]

Reviews of the CSK Illustrator Award winners 2015

copeland_firebird

Illustrator Award Winner: Christopher Myers for Firebird Firebird: Ballerina Misty Copeland 
Shows a Young Girl How to 
Dance like the Firebird by Misty Copeland; 
illus. by Christopher Myers Primary Putnam 40 pp. 9/14 978-0-399-16615-0 $17.99 g Think you can simply write off celebrity books? Think again. American Ballet Theatre soloist Copeland is just as graceful […]

The 2015 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction

Dash

The 2015 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction goes to Dash, by Kirby Larson, published by Scholastic Press. While Mitsi is going to miss spending time with her beloved dog Dash now that Christmas vacation is over, she is looking forward to seeing her best buds Mags and Judy. Mitsy thought the trio would always […]

2015 Sydney Taylor Book Awards

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The winners of the 2015 Sydney Taylor Book Awards are: My Grandfather’s Coat by Jim Aylesworth; illus. by Barbara McClintock (younger); *wipes away a happy tear* Hidden: A Child’s Story of the Holocaust by Loïc Dauvillier; illus. by Marc Lizano; color by Greg Salsedo (older) Storm by Donna Jo Napoli (teen) In each category two Honor […]