2016 Nominees: young readers

THE BEST MAN by Richard Peck
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A nostalgic slice of Rockwell Americana with a contemporary filling. Delicious—take a bite. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Male role models aren't a scarce commodity for Archer Magill, but when two of them fall in love, what does that mean for his comprehension of the weird world of adults? Then there's all that impending puberty stuff. Read full book review >
THE WATER PRINCESS by Susan Verde
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Though told by two outsiders to the culture, this timely and well-crafted story will educate readers on the preciousness of potable water. (Picture book. 5-8)"
An international story which tackles a serious global issue with Reynolds' characteristic visual whimsy. Read full book review >
THE POET'S DOG by Patricia MacLachlan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A quiet, elegant, poignant story suffused with humor, heart, and goodness. (Fantasy. 6-12)"
An unusual dog rescues two children from a storm. Read full book review >
BAD GIRLS OF FASHION by Jennifer Croll
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Richly detailed and engagingly written, Croll's captivating study is sure both to enlighten and embolden fashion-minded youth. (index, bibliography, further reading) (Nonfiction. 10-17)"
A probing look at influential women in fashion history. Read full book review >
HANK'S BIG DAY by Evan Kuhlman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Excellent layout, text, and illustrations make for a thoroughly satisfying story. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Pill bug Hank's day moves from ordinary to extraordinary when Amelia, a dark-skinned girl with huge eyes and black braids, gives him a ride on her pilot's helmet. Read full book review >
BEAUTIFUL BLUE WORLD by Suzanne LaFleur
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Deeply emotional, compelling, and brilliant. (Fiction. 10-14)"
War is raging in Sofarende, and it will have profound and devastating effects on 12-year-old Mathilde. No one is safe. Read full book review >
THE GRACES by Laure Eve
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Powerful. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
A teenage girl becomes obsessed with a family of reputed witches in this British author's North American debut. Read full book review >
THE VERY FLUFFY KITTY, PAPILLON by A.N. Kang
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Puffy Papillon's the most charming puss to pop up in years! (Picture book. 3-8)"
Fluffy kitty Papillon is lighter than air! Read full book review >
THE BRANCH by Mireille Messier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Brimming with personality and passion, this protagonist is a joy to know. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Introductory scenes present a young pink-skinned girl with a brown pageboy struggling to fall asleep as she tracks the sights and sounds of the ice storm at her window. Read full book review >
A SQUIGGLY STORY by Andrew Larsen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"This book offers a fine mirror for brown boys who aspire to write, but it's also a great pro-literacy story for all children about brown kids who hold reading and writing in high regard.(Picture book. 4-8)"
A positive tale of how a story can emerge organically from an inkling of an idea to an imaginative literary excursion—even at the hands of preliterate kids. Read full book review >
VAULT OF SHADOWS by Jonathan Maberry
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Magic, aliens, and now…zombies—a can't-miss combination. (Fantasy/science fiction. 8-12)"
Eleven-year-old white Milo Silk continues to lead the Orphan Army against the evil extraterrestrial Swarm in this follow-up to The Orphan Army (2015). Read full book review >
THE SNURTCH by Sean Ferrell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Original in its visual and linguistic presentation of behavioral problems, this important call for understanding should sit on library, classroom, and bedrooms shelves—the high ones, just above a Snurtch's reach. (Picture book. 2-8)"
The Snurtch sits in Ruthie's seat at school, all furry, spiky, goofy, and googly-eyed, waiting—just as she expected. Read full book review >

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