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Best Middle-Grade Historical Fiction of 2015

  • CHILDREN'S

    ADAM AND THOMAS

    OCT. 6, 2015

  • CHILDREN'S

    FINDING SOMEPLACE

    AUG. 4, 2015

  • 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

    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

    SUNNY SIDE UP

    AUG. 25, 2015

GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMICS

SUNNY SIDE UP

by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm ; illustrated by Matthew Holm

Funny, poignant, and reassuringly upbeat by the end but free of glib platitudes or easy answers. 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

    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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  • 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

    ECHO

    FEB. 24, 2015

CHILDREN'S

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

    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

    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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