2017 Nominees: young readers (page 2)

RISE OF THE JUMBIES by Tracey Baptiste
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A stirring and mystical tale sure to keep readers thinking past the final page. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Corinne La Mer has settled back into island life after her fight with the jumbie Severine (The Jumbies, 2015), but no sooner does normalcy arrive than it leaves again when an earthquake rocks the island and her friend Laurent goes missing. Read full book review >
JINGLE BELLS by Susan Jeffers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A perfect choice for reading or singing on wintry nights. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Jeffers continues her series of interpretations of traditional holiday stories and songs (The Twelve Days of Christmas, 2013, etc.) with this large-format version of the beloved holiday song. Read full book review >
<i>THE NUTCRACKER</i> IN HARLEM by T.E. McMorrow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"An intriguing integration of The Nutcracker's magic into a new setting and a welcome addition to the shelf of Nutcracker-themed picture books. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The plot structure of The Nutcracker ballet's first act is used as the inspiration for this Jazz Age-era story about a shy girl in Harlem. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE REINDEER by Nicola Killen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"One of those rare birds: an original and entertaining Christmas story with its own understated charm. (Picture book. 2-6)"
On Christmas Eve, a little girl named Ollie meets one of Santa's reindeer. Read full book review >
A CHRISTMAS FOR BEAR  by Bonny Becker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Another appealing adventure for this delightful duo, just right for a Christmas Eve storytime, perhaps enjoyed with a plate of pickles. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In their sixth adventure together, best friends Bear and Mouse celebrate Christmas with pickles, a poem, and presents. Read full book review >
PICK A PINE TREE by Patricia Toht
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Pick this delightful story for a Christmas storytime, for library collections, or for family reading around the Christmas tree. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A family of four buys a cut pine tree, takes it home, and, with the help of friends, decorates it for their Christmas tree. Read full book review >
CHASING AUGUSTUS by Kimberly Newton Fusco
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"God's bones! Magnificent. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Could Rosie's life be much worse? Read full book review >
SAVING MARTY by Paul Griffin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Smart, honest, and heart-achingly real. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A failing peach farm and a mountain of bills force 12-year-old Lorenzo Ventura's mother to consider selling his best friend, Marty—a pig who thinks he is a dog. Read full book review >
THE STARS BENEATH OUR FEET by David Barclay Moore
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A debut that serves as a powerful instructive for writing from and reading the intersections—125th Street-size intersections for all readers to enjoy. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Multicultural Harlem lives again in this daringly diverse tale of growing up against the odds and the imaginative, healing possibilities that we can create through the choices we make. Read full book review >
SHAKEN by Tim Tebow
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A Christian perspective with a wider appeal. (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback Tebow pens a guide aimed at helping young people find a better way to live, adapted from his book for adults of the same name. Read full book review >
BOUND BY ICE by Sandra Neil Wallace
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Highly appealing narrative nonfiction for anyone who loves true adventure. (authors' note, bibliography, source notes, index) (Nonfiction. 11-15)"
A gripping account of a disastrous 1879 American expedition to find the North Pole. Read full book review >
BUILDABLOCK  by Christopher Franceschelli
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Sure to inspire calls of 'READ IT AGAIN!' (Board book. 1-3)"
A chunky board book with ingenious gatefolds, flaps, die-cuts, and construction trucks galore. 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.