2017 Nominees: young readers (page 3)

ONE DARK THRONE  by Kendare Blake
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Achingly gorgeous and gruesomely fascinating. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
Three sisters intensify their deadly struggle for the crown in the second of a horror-tinged fantasy series. Read full book review >
MELVIN THE MOUTH by Katherine Blanc
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Dandy and dazzling and top-notch fun. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A day in the youth of motor-mouth Mel Blanc, written by his daughter-in-law. Read full book review >
FEATHER by Cao Wenxuan
Kirkus Star
by Cao Wenxuan, illustrated by Roger Mello, translated by Chloe Garcia Roberts
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"This Zen exploration of belonging and groundedness is further enhanced by a sensitive translation and pithy, philosophical introductions by both creators—masterful storytelling. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In this first collaboration between Chinese author Cao and Brazilian artist Mello—both of whom are recent Hans Christian Andersen award winners—a feather embarks on a quest to discover to whom she belongs. Read full book review >
DICTIONARY OF WITCHES by Grégoire  Solotareff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"A surprising treat with a cackle on every page, this is a perfect book for Halloween or any day ending in Y. (Picture book. 6-adult)"
French artist and author Solotareff provides readers of most ages with an alphabetical guide to identifying, understanding, and avoiding the witch community. Read full book review >
CLARA HUMBLE by Anna Humphrey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"Smart, lively, and genuine, Clara Humble will feel familiar to anyone who has ever ignored that worried feeling in the pit of their stomach. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Clara Humble (who is not so humble) gets to show off her stuff on television when her favorite show, Smarty Pants, comes to town! Read full book review >
LETTERS TO A PRISONER by Jacques Goldstyn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"'The pen is mightier than the sword' lives on. (author's note) (Picture book. 8-12)"
In this wordless picture book, a light-skinned man moves from a peaceful protest march with his young child to imprisonment for his views and finally back to his home—with the help of letters from around the world. Read full book review >
DREAMS BEYOND THE SHORE by Tamika Gibson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"A beautiful, gently woven reflection on family, choices, and the power of perception. (Fiction. 13-17)"
Chelsea Marchand does not care about politics, law, or Oxford University. Read full book review >
ONCE UPON A JUNGLE by Laura  Knowles
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"The heart of an ecosystem has never been better presented for young readers. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
A jungle ecosystem is described in words and pictures in this picture book. Read full book review >
BAABWAA AND WOOLIAM by David Elliott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Great for knitters, for readers, for fun-seeking adventurers. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A wolf and two sheep in a funny-ever-after tale? Yes! Read full book review >
CRAZY ABOUT CATS by Owen Davey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"There's lots going on here, and all of it good. (index) (Informational picture book. 5-10)"
An informational picture book explores the mammal family of felids—cats. Read full book review >
THE EXACT LOCATION OF HOME by Kate Messner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Middle school worries and social issues skillfully woven into a moving, hopeful, STEM-related tale. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Following the precise coordinates of geocaching doesn't yield the treasure Kirby Zagonski Jr. seeks: his missing father. Read full book review >
CASTLE IN THE STARS by Alex Alice
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Like the best steampunk, this story is one excellent distraction after another, with enough blueprints to hold people's attention while they're waiting for Book 2. (Graphic steampunk. 10-16)"
Some people will love this fanciful tale of a 19th-century space race so much they never finish it. 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.