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crime tears them apart. Amber has visions of a
new inmate who will change the fate of everyone
in her correctional facility. The two narratives alternate in this ghostly tale of magic realism.
The Weight of Feathers. By Anna-Marie
McLemore. St. Martin’s/Thomas Dunne, $18.99
The Palomas and Corbeaus are rival performing troupes, each with its own set of mysteries. In
this book of forbidden love—and with a hint of
magic—Lace and Cluck develop a relationship
first fueled by superstition but then by so much
more. A 2016 Morris Honor Book.
When Everything Feels like the Movies.
By Raziel Reid. Arsenal Pulp, $15.95
To Jude/Judy, school is like a film set: outside of
school, Jude/Judy is the reviled star who attracts
all of the paparazzi. Jude/Judy doesn’t and doesn’t
want to—and those stars always attract attention.
A 2016 Top 10 Rainbow List Book.
Wolf by Wolf. By Ryan Graudin. Little, Brown,
In a world where the Axis powers won the war,
Yael uses a unique ability to compete against 19
other teenagers in a motorcycle race from Germany to Japan.
The Wrath and the Dawn. By Renée Ahdieh.
Putnam, $17.99 (9780399171611).
A romantic, sumptuous reimagining of the legend of Scheherazade and the Arabian Nights.
X. By Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon.
Candlewick, $16.99 (9780763669676).
This fictionalized account of Malcolm X’s teen
years poignantly presents the young man’s struggles with identity, racism, and crime. A 2016
Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book.
NOTABLE CHILDREN’S BOOKS,
This list was compiled by the Notable Children’s
Books Committee of the Association for Library
Service to Children (ALSC). The committee,
comprising librarians from throughout the U.S.,
selected the titles from the several thousand children’s books published during 2015. Included are
books of fiction, information, poetry, and pictures—all of special interest and value to children
through age 14.
An Ambush of Tigers: A Wild Gathering
of Collective Nouns. By Betsy R. Rosenthal.
Illus. by Jago. Lerner/Millbrook, $19.99
This collection of humorous illustrations and
clever wordplay introduces children to the wide
variety of animal groups, such as a prickle of porcupines and a tower of giraffes.
Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret. By Bob
Shea. Illus. by the author. Disney/Hyperion,
Ballet Cat loves ballet more than anything.
What happens when her best friend, Sparkles,
doesn’t want to play ballet every day? Find out in
this early reader, which breezily dances along.
Beep! Beep! Go to Sleep! By Todd Tarpley.
Illus. by John Rocco. Little, Brown, $17
Three rowdy robots keep a young boy awake
with their requests for more oil, tightened bolts,
loosened fan belts, and more. Will a bedtime story
finally lead to sleep?
Boats for Papa. By Jessixa Bagley. Illus. by the
author. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter, $17.99
Bagley’s gentle artwork and warm story sensitively portray Buckley’s way of coping with the
absence of his father by making boats from found
The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, and Harlem’s
Greatest Bookstore. By Vaunda Micheaux
Nelson. Illus. by R. Gregory Christie.
Carolrhoda, $17.99 (9780761339434).
Lewis Michaux Jr. takes readers through the
National Memorial African Bookstore in Harlem.
This one-of-a-kind store offered a place for African Americans to read, learn, and debate ideas for
more than 40 years. A 2016 Coretta Scott King
Illustrator Honor Book.
A Chicken Followed Me Home! Questions and
Answers about a Familiar Fowl. By Robin Page.
Illus. by the author. Simon & Schuster/Beach
Lane, $17.99 (9781481410281).
Whether they own chickens or not, young readers will use this handy guide to answer their basic
questions about the familiar fowl.
Detective Gordon: The First Case. By Ulf
Nilsson. Illus. by Gitte Spee. Tr. by Julia
Marshall. Gecko, $16.99 (9781927271490).
Squirrel’s nuts have been stolen! Never fear; a
bulbous toad, Detective Gordon, and his new
mouse assistant, Buffy, are on the case. A delightful mystery.
Don’t Throw It to Mo! By David A. Adler.
Illus. by Sam Ricks. Penguin, $14.99
Underdog football player Mo Jackson may be
the smallest kid on his team, but Coach Steve has
a plan for him to save the day. The 2016 Theodor
Seuss Geisel Award winner.
Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage
Changed Music. By Margarita Engle. Illus. by
Rafael López. HMH, $16.99 (9780544102293).
In this story inspired by a real musician, a
girl in Cuba longs to play the drums, and with
perseverance, she breaks down the gender bar-
rier, eventually becoming a famous drummer. The
TOP 10 QUICK PICKS, 2016
All titles were published in 2015 unless otherwise noted. For the complete list, visit ala.org/
Dumplin’. By Julie Murphy. HarperCollins/
Balzer+Bray, $17.99 (9780062327185).
Plus-sized Willowdean and her outcast
friends challenge social norms in small-town
Texas. A 2016 Best Fiction for Young Adults.
Everything, Everything. By Nicola Yoon.
Illus. by David Yoon. Delacorte, $18.99
Madeline Whittier is allergic to the world
and hasn’t left her house in 17 years. When
Olly moves in next door with his own complicated life, Maddy suddenly feels like she can see
the future—and it could be a disaster. A 2016
Best Fiction for Young Adults.
The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A
Handbook for Girl Geeks. By Sam Maggs.
illus. Quirk, $15.95 (9781594747892).
An illustrated guide to navigating the world
of fandom and conventions for female geeks.
The Iron Trial. By Holly Black and
Cassandra Clare. 2014. Scholastic, $17.99
After hearing his father’s horror stories of the
mage world all his life, Callum tries his hardest
to fail the entrance exams for the Magisterium.
He fails so spectacularly that they decide to take
Nimona. By Noelle Stevenson. Illus.
by the author. Harper Teen, $17.99
Nimona can, literally, be anything she wants,
and what she wants more than anything is to be
evil Lord Ballister Blackheart’s sidekick. When
these two team up, the lines between good and
evil begin to blur, and chaos reigns. A 2016 Top
10 Great Graphic Novels for Teens.
Rad American Women A–Z: Rebels,
Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our
History . . . and Our Future! By Kate Schatz.
Illus. by Miriam Klein Stahl. City Lights,
A diverse collection of rad American women
for every letter of the alphabet.
Red Queen. By Victoria Aveyard. Harper Teen,
Mare lives in a dystopian society where the
color of your blood determines your fate. Her
life is turned upside down when it is discovered
that she possesses superhuman gifts.
Shadowshaper. By Daniel José Older.
Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine, $17.99
Sierra discovers that her heritage allows her
to tap into the magic in art. Now she must
use that power to stop the evil rising in her
neighborhood. A 2016 Top 10 Best Fiction for
The Silence of Six. By E. C. Myers. 2014.
Adaptive, $17.99 (9780996066624).
After Max’s best friend kills himself in front
of the whole world, Max must solve the mystery before the government tracks him down.
Zeroboxer. By Lee Fonda. Flux, $11.99
Carr Luka discovers a secret that threatens his
status as the best zero-gravity fighter on Earth
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