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Best Middle-Grade Books of 2015 That Celebrate Difference and Diversity

  • CHILDREN'S

    THE SONG WITHIN MY HEART

    OCT. 1, 2015

CHILDREN'S

THE SONG WITHIN MY HEART

by David Bouchard ; illustrated by Allen Sapp

A stunning picture book that celebrates life, family relations, and determination to preserve traditions and heritage. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    THE WAR THAT SAVED MY LIFE

    JAN. 8, 2015

CHILDREN'S

THE WAR THAT SAVED MY LIFE

by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Set against a backdrop of war and sacrifice, Ada’s personal fight for freedom and ultimate triumph are cause for celebration. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    GONE CRAZY IN ALABAMA

    APRIL 21, 2015

CHILDREN'S

GONE CRAZY IN ALABAMA

by Rita Williams-Garcia

Rich in all areas, Delphine and her sisters’ third outing will fully satisfy the many fans of their first two. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    STELLA BY STARLIGHT

    JAN. 6, 2015

CHILDREN'S

STELLA BY STARLIGHT

by Sharon M. Draper

A tale of the Jim Crow South that’s not sugar-coated but effective, with a trustworthy narrator who opens her heart and... Full review >

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  • TEEN

    ECHO

    FEB. 24, 2015

TEEN

ECHO

by Pam Muñoz Ryan ; illustrated by Dinara Mirtalipova

A grand narrative that examines the power of music to inspire beauty in a world overrun with fear and intolerance, it’s... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    NIGHT ON FIRE

    SEPT. 1, 2015

CHILDREN'S

NIGHT ON FIRE

by Ronald Kidd

Beautifully written and earnestly delivered, the novel rolls to an inexorable, stunning conclusion readers won’t soon forget. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    LITTLE ROBOT

    SEPT. 1, 2015

GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMICS

LITTLE ROBOT

by Ben Hatke ; illustrated by Ben Hatke

Girl power at its best. A sure winner! (Graphic novel. 3-12) Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    FULL CICADA MOON

    SEPT. 8, 2015

CHILDREN'S

FULL CICADA MOON

by Marilyn Hilton

In her acknowledgments, the author states that Mimi is “for anyone who has big dreams but is short on courage.” By the... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    AMAZING PLACES

    OCT. 1, 2015

CHILDREN'S

AMAZING PLACES

edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins ; illustrated by Chris Soentpiet & Christy Hale

Amazing, indeed: American readers will come away both proud of what the country has to offer and eager to visit the sites in... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    BLACKBIRD FLY

    MARCH 24, 2015

CHILDREN'S

BLACKBIRD FLY

by Erin Entrada Kelly

Children’s literature has been waiting for Apple Yengko—a strong, Asian-American girl whose ethnic identity simultaneously... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    POEMS IN THE ATTIC

    MAY 15, 2015

CHILDREN'S

POEMS IN THE ATTIC

by Nikki Grimes ; illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon

Succinct poetry shines in this impassioned celebration of history; the stories of this African-American family traveling the... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF CRAZY HORSE

    NOV. 10, 2015

CHILDREN'S

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF CRAZY HORSE

by Joseph M. Marshall III ; illustrated by Jim Yellowhawk

This powerful introduction to a great warrior and leader invites readers to ponder the meaning of “hero.” (author’s note,... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    FINDING SOMEPLACE

    AUG. 4, 2015

  • CHILDREN'S

    GEORGE

    AUG. 25, 2015

  • CHILDREN'S

    THE MARVELS

    SEPT. 15, 2015

CHILDREN'S

THE MARVELS

by Brian Selznick ; illustrated by Brian Selznick

Time, grief, forgiveness, and love intersect in epic theater celebrating mysteries of the heart and spirit. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    DREAM ON, AMBER

    OCT. 6, 2015

CHILDREN'S

DREAM ON, AMBER

by Emma Shevah ; illustrated by Helen Crawford-White

A gutsy girl in a laugh-out-loud book that navigates tough issues with finesse. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    RED BUTTERFLY

    FEB. 3, 2015

CHILDREN'S

RED BUTTERFLY

by A.L. Sonnichsen

An adoption story that’s rich in family complexities and that readers won’t abandon. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    FUNNY BONES

    AUG. 25, 2015

CHILDREN'S

FUNNY BONES

by Duncan Tonatiuh ; illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh

Following on his Sibert Honor–winning Separate Is Never Equal (2014), Tonatiuh further marks himself as a major nonfiction... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    LOLA LEVINE IS NOT MEAN!

    NOV. 3, 2015

  • CHILDREN'S

    HILO

    SEPT. 1, 2015

GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMICS

HILO

by Judd Winick ; illustrated by Judd Winick

A wholeheartedly weird and wonderful tale of friendship, acceptance, and robots Full review >

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