2017 Nominees: young readers (page 4)

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 >
SWING IT, SUNNY by Jennifer L. Holm
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Another radiant outing. (Graphic historical fiction. 9-11)"
A home-centered sequel to Sunny Side Up (2015), with incidents joyful and otherwise in a middle schooler's life. Read full book review >
SHADOWHOUSE FALL  by Daniel José Older
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Lit. (Urban fantasy. 14-adult)"
Sierra and the shadowshapers are back in this sequel to Shadowshaper (2015). Read full book review >
THE DATE TO SAVE by Stephanie Kate Strohm
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Fast-paced, smart, and often hilarious. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A scheduling error crams the biggest events of the school year all into one weekend, forcing the students of San Anselmo Prep to confront old fears, forge new relationships, and find a missing dragon's head. Read full book review >
GOOD NIGHT, PLANET by Liniers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Liniers continues his run of clever comics for kids, with a fun adventure and panels full of easy-to-follow action. Delightful. (Graphic fantasy. 4-8)"
After a day full of play with her toy fawn, Planet, a little blonde white girl drifts off to sleep—and Planet is off to play for the night. Read full book review >
LANDSCAPE WITH INVISIBLE HAND by M.T. Anderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Resplendent with Anderson's trademark dry, sarcastic wit, this brief, complicated read serves as a scathing social commentary and, as the title indicates, an interrogation of free market economics. (Science fiction. 14-adult)"
Humans inhabit the bottom echelons in this brief satirical novel of alien invasion that envisions a scenario more whimper than bang. Read full book review >
GIANT PUMPKIN SUITE by Melanie Heuiser Hill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A winning debut. (Fiction. 9-12)"
When a girl's giant talent seems finished, a giant pumpkin demonstrates life's just beginning. Read full book review >
TOO SHATTERED FOR MENDING by Peter Brown Hoffmeister
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Proof that even in the darkness, there can be light. (Fiction. 14-adult)"
When 16-year-old Little McCardell's grandfather disappears, it is up to him to clean up the mess that's left behind. Read full book review >
THREADS OF BLUE by Suzanne LaFleur
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A deeply moving and powerful condemnation of war's devastation. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Mathilde made a dangerous decision to free her Tyssian prisoner-of-war friend when she and the other children were fleeing Faetre at the conclusion of Beautiful Blue World (2016). Read full book review >
SMOOT by Michelle Cuevas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Not since Peter Pan's has a shadow commanded such well-deserved attention. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In the middle of a city filled with Old World stuccoed walls and tiled roofs, a boy's shadow yearns to break free. Read full book review >
WATER IN MAY by Ismée Williams
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Fierce and tender—and absolutely worth reading. (glossary of Dominican words) (Fiction. 12-18)"
Debut author Williams creates an unforgettable young character who will make readers reconsider their assumptions about teen moms, in particular Latina teen moms. 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.