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Best Middle-Grade Realism of 2014

  • CHILDREN'S

    THE GREAT GREENE HEIST

    MAY 27, 2014

CHILDREN'S

THE GREAT GREENE HEIST

by Varian Johnson

The elaborate bait and switch of this fast-paced, funny caper novel will surprise its readers as much as the victims.... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    THE MADMAN OF PINEY WOODS

    SEPT. 30, 2014

  • CHILDREN'S

    HIDDEN

    APRIL 1, 2014

GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMICS

HIDDEN

by Loïc Dauvillier ; illustrated by Marc Lizano ; Greg Salsedo

No book can sum up all of the Holocaust, but this graphic novel seems to contain every possible human emotion. Remarkably,... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    OUTSIDE IN

    MAY 13, 2014

CHILDREN'S

OUTSIDE IN

by Sarah Ellis

More than a thoughtful ode to found family, this slim, sweet novel challenges readers to look anew at the ones they have. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    THE KEY THAT SWALLOWED JOEY PIGZA

    SEPT. 2, 2014

  • CHILDREN'S

    THE CROSSOVER

    MARCH 18, 2014

CHILDREN'S

THE CROSSOVER

by Kwame Alexander

Poet Alexander deftly reveals the power of the format to pack an emotional punch. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    DASH

    AUG. 26, 2014

CHILDREN'S

DASH

by Kirby Larson

This emotionally satisfying and thought-provoking book will have readers pulling for Mitsi and Dash. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    NINE OPEN ARMS

    JUNE 24, 2014

  • CHILDREN'S

    RAIN REIGN

    OCT. 7, 2014

CHILDREN'S

RAIN REIGN

by Ann M. Martin

There is no fluff here, just sophisticated, emotionally honest storytelling. (Fiction. 8-12) Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    THE RED PENCIL

    SEPT. 16, 2014

CHILDREN'S

THE RED PENCIL

by Andrea Davis Pinkney ; illustrated by Shane W. Evans

A soulful story that captures the magic of possibility, even in difficult times. (author’s note, illustrator’s note,... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    THE MEANING OF MAGGIE

    MAY 6, 2014

CHILDREN'S

THE MEANING OF MAGGIE

by Megan Jean Sovern

More than an issue novel, Sovern’s debut will be a boon to kids coping with a parent’s illness or the unpredictability of... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    THE DAY MY FATHER BECAME A BUSH

    JAN. 1, 2014

CHILDREN'S

THE DAY MY FATHER BECAME A BUSH

by Joke van Leeuwen ; illustrated by Joke van Leeuwen ; translated by Bill Nagelkerke

A brilliant, eerily engrossing evocation of war as it brushes up against youth—a harsh slice of the world during a mean... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    PACK OF DORKS

    OCT. 7, 2014

CHILDREN'S

PACK OF DORKS

by Beth Vrabel

Lucy’s perfectly feisty narration, the emotionally resonant situations and the importance of the topic all elevate this... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    REVOLUTION

    MAY 27, 2014

CHILDREN'S

REVOLUTION

by Deborah Wiles

Fifty years later, 1960s words and images still sound and resound in this triumphant middle volume of the author’s Sixties... Full review >

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