2017 Finalists: young readers

WALK WITH ME by Jairo Buitrago
Kirkus Star
by Jairo Buitrago, illustrated by Rafael Yockteng, translated by Elisa Amado
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 14, 2017

"Emotionally resonant in the loveliest of ways. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A lion accompanies a child on a walk home during a day in the city in this wistful tale of parental absence. Read full book review >
BRONZE AND SUNFLOWER by Cao Wenxuan
Kirkus Star
by Cao Wenxuan, translated by Helen Wang, illustrated by Meilo So
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 14, 2017

"Readers of all ages should be prepared to laugh, cry, and sigh with satisfaction. (historical note, author's note) (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
Set during China's Cultural Revolution (1960s-70s), this import follows the trials and tribulations of a poor, rural family. Read full book review >
THE MARROW THIEVES by Cherie  Dimaline
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"A dystopian world that is all too real and that has much to say about our own. (Science fiction. 14-adult)"
In an apocalyptic future Canada, Indigenous people have been forced to live on the run to avoid capture by the Recruiters, government military agents who kidnap Indians and confine them to facilities called "schools." Read full book review >
IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THIS by Karen English
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 11, 2017

"A slice of African-American life seldom explored in stories for young people and a must for readers of middle-grade fiction. (Historical fiction. 10-12)"
Twelve-year-old Sophie is the younger of two sisters in an upper-middle-class African-American family in 1965 Los Angeles. Read full book review >
ME TALL, YOU SMALL by Lilli  L'Arronge
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2017

"This book delights on many levels as it affirms the importance of young children's close relationships. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Readers tall and small will recognize themselves between the pages of this book. Read full book review >
THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"This story is necessary. This story is important. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter is a black girl and an expert at navigating the two worlds she exists in: one at Garden Heights, her black neighborhood, and the other at Williamson Prep, her suburban, mostly white high school. Read full book review >

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The Kirkus Prize is one of the richest literary awards in the world, with a prize of $50,000 bestowed annually to authors of fiction, nonfiction and young readers’ literature. It was created to celebrate the 81 years of discerning, thoughtful criticism Kirkus Reviews has contributed to both the publishing industry and readers at large. Books that earned the Kirkus Star with publication dates between Sept. 1, 2016 to Aug. 31, 2017 (see FAQ for exceptions), are automatically nominated for the 2017 Kirkus Prize, and the winners will be selected on November 2, 2017, by an esteemed panel composed of nationally respected writers and highly regarded booksellers, librarians and Kirkus critics.