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Best Middle-Grade Realistic Fiction of 2015

  • 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

    THE TALE OF RESCUE

    OCT. 13, 2015

CHILDREN'S

THE TALE OF RESCUE

by Michael J. Rosen ; illustrated by Stan Fellows

A fine, superbly illustrated tale of adventure, bravery, and loyalty. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    GEORGE

    AUG. 25, 2015

  • 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

    UNUSUAL CHICKENS FOR THE EXCEPTIONAL POULTRY FARMER

    MAY 12, 2015

CHILDREN'S

UNUSUAL CHICKENS FOR THE EXCEPTIONAL POULTRY FARMER

by Kelly Jones ; illustrated by Katie Kath

A delightful protagonist, interesting fowl of various breeds and a cast of appealing second-string characters make this a... 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

    STORMSTRUCK!

    SEPT. 5, 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

    THE SEVENTH MOST IMPORTANT THING

    SEPT. 8, 2015

CHILDREN'S

THE SEVENTH MOST IMPORTANT THING

by Shelley Pearsall

Luminescent, just like the artwork it celebrates. (Historical fiction. 10-14) Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    LOLA LEVINE IS NOT MEAN!

    NOV. 3, 2015

  • CHILDREN'S

    THE THING ABOUT JELLYFISH

    SEPT. 22, 2015

CHILDREN'S

THE THING ABOUT JELLYFISH

by Ali Benjamin

A painful story smartly told, Benjamin’s first solo novel has appeal well beyond a middle school audience. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    ROLLER GIRL

    MARCH 10, 2015

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