New Release Spotlight: February 5, 2019

Happy Year of the Pig! Today, China celebrates the start of the Lunar New Year. This is a huge holiday in China–the biggest, actually. Schools are closed for two or three weeks, and traffic in Shanghai is very light. If you want to hear more about what it’s like to live in Shanghai during Chinese New Year, I’ve posted lots of photos, information, and two videos to my MrsReaderPants FaceBook page.

Congratulations to Amanda from Virginia Beach, VA for winning last week’s New Release Spotlight giveaway! Amanda chose A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer as her prize. I’ve got another NRS giveaway this week, so don’t forget to enter at the bottom of the post!

It really is a good thing I’m off this week because the New Release Spotlight is HUGE this week. I’ve spotlighted 24 titles, but that is not nearly all of this week’s new releases. Most of the titles on this list received at least one starred review, and many received multiple stars. One middle grade title this week has six starred reviews!

NOTE: Titles start with YA and go down in age to picture books at the end. Scroll to the bottom for sequels. Titles highlighted in purple are those that received two or more starred professional reviews.

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The Weight of Our Sky (Hanna Alkaf)

Melati Ahmad looks like your typical movie-going, Beatles-obsessed sixteen-year-old. Unlike most other sixteen-year-olds though, Mel also believes that she harbors a djinn inside her, one who threatens her with horrific images of her mother’s death unless she adheres to an elaborate ritual of counting and tapping to keep him satisfied.

A trip to the movies after school turns into a nightmare when the city erupts into violent race riots between the Chinese and the Malay. When gangsters come into the theater and hold movie-goers hostage, Mel, a Malay, is saved by a Chinese woman, but has to leave her best friend behind to die.

PAGES: 277
GENRES: historical fiction
THEMES: mental health, Chinese-Malay Conflict 1969, Asia
READALIKES: Evening Is the Whole Day (Preeta Samarasan), Everlasting Nora (Marie Miranda Cruz)
STARS AND AWARDS: Kirkus starred, Publishers Weekly starred, SLJ starred

WHAT THE REVIEWS SAY: “Unabashedly rooted in the author’s homeland and confronting timely topics and challenging themes, this book has broad appeal for teen readers.” (Kirkus starred review, 15 Dec 2018)

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On the Come Up (Angie Thomas)

Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big, she’s got massive shoes to fill. But when her mom loses her job, food banks and shut-off notices become as much a part of her life as beats and rhymes. With homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it — she has to make it.

PAGES: 447
GENRES: realistic fiction
THEMES: rap music, poverty, homelessness
READALIKES: The Poet X (Acevedo), Rani Patel in Full Effect (Patel); Spin (Giles)
STARS AND AWARDS: Kirkus starred, Booklist starred

WHAT THE REVIEWS SAY: ” The rawness of Bri’s narrative demonstrates Thomas’ undeniable storytelling prowess as she tells truths that are neither pretty nor necessarily universally relatable.” (Kirkus starred review, 15 Jan 2019)

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Enchantée (Gita Trelease)

Paris is a labyrinth of twisted streets filled with beggars and thieves, revolutionaries and magicians. Camille Durbonne is one of them. She wishes she weren’t…

When smallpox kills her parents, Camille must find a way to provide for her younger sister while managing her volatile brother. Relying on magic, Camille painstakingly transforms scraps of metal into money to buy food and medicine they need. But when the coins won’t hold their shape and her brother disappears with the family’s savings, Camille pursues a richer, more dangerous mark: the glittering court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

PAGES: 449
GENRES: fantasy
THEMES: French Revolution, Paris, magic
READALIKES: The Belles (Clayton), Caraval (Garber), The Gilded Wolves (Chokshi)

WHAT THE REVIEWS SAY: “Romance and fantasy readers will enjoy the magic realism, ruse and tension of Camille’s double identity, authentic historical references, and Camille’s daring, passionate spirit. A must-have.” (SLJ starred review, 1 Jan 2019)

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A Danger to Herself and Others (Alyssa Sheinmel)

Hannah knows there’s been a mistake, She doesn’t need to be institutionalized. What happened to her roommate at that summer program was an accident. As soon as the doctor and judge figure out that she isn’t a danger to herself or others, she can go home to start her senior year. Those college applications aren’t going to write themselves. Until then, she’s determined to win over the staff and earn some privileges so she doesn’t lose her mind to boredom.

PAGES: 338
GENRES: thriller
THEMES: mental health
READALIKES: You Were Here (McCarthy), My Sister Rosa (Larbalestier)

WHAT THE REVIEWS SAY: “Though the novel centers on the theme of mental illness and its devastating consequences, it is fully engaging and manages to avoid being too gloomy. The author’s beautiful prose strikes a perfect balance between serious emotion and humorous dialogue.” (SLJ starred review, 1 Dec 2019)

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The Waning Age (S.E. Grove)

The time is now. The place is San Francisco. The world is filled with adults devoid of emotion and children on the cusp of losing their feelings–of “waning”–when they reach their teens.

Natalia Pena has already waned. So why does she love her little brother with such ferocity that, when he’s kidnapped by a Big Brother-esque corporation, she’ll do anything to get him back?

PAGES: 347
GENRES: Science fiction, dystopia
THEMES: corporate greed, love, siblings
READALIKES: Delirium (Oliver), Wither (DeStefano), Flawed (Ahern)
STARS AND AWARDS: Kirkus starred, SLJ starred

WHAT THE REVIEWS SAY: “Unexpected twists create a fast-paced plot. Topics of suicide, rape, extreme violence, and murder arise but are discussed with reserved detail and sensitivity.” (SLJ, 1 Jan 2019)

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Courting Darkness (Robin LaFevers)

Companion duology to: His Fair Assassin.

When Sybella discovers there is another trained assassin from St. Mortain’s convent deep undercover in the French court, she must use every skill in her arsenal to navigate the deadly royal politics and find her sister-in-arms before her time–and that of the newly crowned queen–runs out. Told in alternating voices.

PAGES: 503
GENRES: fantasy
THEMES: French history, assassins
READALIKES: The Red Queen (Aveyard), Grave Mercy (LaFevers), Three Dark Crowns (Blake)
STARS AND AWARDS: Booklist starred, Kirkus starred, Publishers Weekly starred, SLJ starred

WHAT THE REVIEWS SAY: “A first-purchase gem of historical fantasy for high school and public libraries that will delight fans and engage newcomers.” (SLJ starred review, 1 Dec 2018)

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The Giver: Graphic Novel (Lois Lowry, P. Craig Russell)

This graphic novel is based on Lowry’s The Giver and is a must in all middle school libraries.

Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.

PAGES: 176
GENRES: science fiction, dystopia, graphic novel
THEMES: conformity, social control
READALIKES: To Kill a Mockingbird: Graphic Novel (Lee, Fordham), Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation (Frank, Polonsky), A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel (L’Engle, Larson)
STARS AND AWARDS: Kirkus starred, SLJ starred

WHAT THE REVIEWS SAY: “By depicting human figures with uncommonly precise realism, bearing calm, smiling demeanors and moving through tidy 1950s style settings, [Russell] establishes an almost trite air of utopian normality at the outset…” (Kirkus starred review, 15 Dec 2018)

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Best Babysitters Ever (Caroline Cala)

Pairs perfectly with Telgemeier’s Babysitters Club graphic novels!

Once upon a time, a girl named Kristy Thomas had a great idea: to form The Baby-Sitters Club with her best friends. And now twelve-year-old Malia Twiggs has had a great idea too. Technically, she had Kristy’s idea. (And technically, little kids seem gross and annoying, but a paycheck is a paycheck). After a little convincing, Malia and her friends Dot and Bree start a babysitting club to earn funds for an epic birthday bash. But babysitting definitely isn’t what they thought it would be.

PAGES: 259
GENRES: graphic novel, humor
THEMES: babysitting
READALIKES: The Babysitters Club graphic novel series (Martin, Telgemeier), Awkward (Chmakova), Sunny Side Up (Holm)

WHAT THE REVIEWS SAY: “In her middle grade debut, Cala artfully uses humorous banter to paint the dissimilar friends’ realistic relationships as well as their bumbling efforts to vocalize their feelings and advocate for themselves.” (Publishers Weekly, 17 Dec 2018)

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Straw Into Gold: Fairy Tales Re-Spun
(Hilary McKay; illustrated by Sarah Gibb)

Imagine Hansel and Gretel’s story from their teacher’s point of view, when Gretel submits her report of, “What I Did in the Holidays, and Why Hansel’s Jacket Is So Tight.” Learn the story of how Rumpelstiltskin was used by a greedy girl who wanted to marry a prince in “Straw into Gold.” Find out what was really underneath all those mattresses the unlucky princess had to sleep on in “The Prince and the Problem.”

PAGES: 293
GENRES: short stories, retellings, fairy tales
THEMES: Hansel & Gretel, Rapunzel, Snow White, and many more retellings
READALIKES: The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner and Other Stories (Pratchett), Brave Red, Smart Frog: A New Book of Old Tales (Jenkins, Eason)
STARS AND AWARDS: Publishers Weekly Annex starred

WHAT THE REVIEWS SAY: “The present-day adventures of Rapunzel’s two children frame her tale; Snow White reaches into her past to tell her granddaughter the story of a girl who escapes from her wicked stepmother to live with dwarfs (and offers to take her to visit the seven, still living in the forest)…” (Publishers Weekly Annex starred review, 17 Dec 2018)

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Pay Attention, Carter Jones (Gary D. Schmidt)

This is the one with six starred reviews!

Carter Jones is astonished early one morning when he finds a real English butler, bowler hat and all, on the doorstep–one who stays to help the Jones family, which is a little bit broken. In addition to figuring out middle school, Carter has to adjust to the unwelcome presence of this new know-it-all adult in his life and navigate the butler’s notions of decorum. And ultimately, when his burden of grief and anger from the past can no longer be ignored, Carter learns that a burden becomes lighter when it is shared.

PAGES: 217
GENRES: humor, realistic fiction
THEMES: family problems, manners
READALIKES: Mary Poppins (Travers), Okay for Now (Schmidt), Mel Foster and the Demon Butler (Golding)
STARS AND AWARDS: SIX STARRED REVIEWS!!!! (Hornbook, SLJ, School Library Connection, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Booklist)

WHAT THE REVIEWS SAY: “Not so much an unreliable narrator as an evasive one, Carter has things on his mind that initially he’s not ready to deal with, much less communicate to others.” (Booklist starred review, 1 Dec 2018)

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Ruby in the Sky (Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo)

Debut author! Twelve-year-old Ruby Moon Hayes does not want her new classmates to ask about her father. She does not want them to know her mother has been arrested. And she definitely does not want to make any friends. Ruby just wants to stay as silent and invisible as a new moon in the frozen sky. She and her mother won’t be staying long in Vermont anyway, and then things can go back to the way they were before everything went wrong.

But keeping to herself isn’t easy when Ahmad Saleem, a Syrian refugee, decides he’s her new best friend. Or when she meets “the Bird Lady,” a recluse named Abigail who lives in a ramshackle shed near Ruby’s house.

PAGES: 294
GENRES: realistic fiction
THEMES: bullying, women’s rights, prejudice, immigration
READALIKES: The Lost Girl (Anna Ursu), 14 Hollow Road (Bishop), Nowhere Boy (Marsh)
STARS AND AWARDS: Kirkus starred, Booklist starred

WHAT THE REVIEWS SAY: “The stories of the main characters intertwine beautifully, each one demonstrating the self-trust that enables them to do the right thing and to forgive.” (Kirkus starred review, 15 Dec 2018)

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The Bridge Home (Padma Venkatraman)

Life is harsh in Chennai’s teeming streets, so when runaway sisters Viji and Rukku arrive, their prospects look grim. Very quickly, eleven-year-old Viji discovers how vulnerable they are in this uncaring, dangerous world. Fortunately, the girls find shelter–and friendship–on an abandoned bridge. With two homeless boys, Muthi and Arul, the group forms a family of sorts.

PAGES: 207
GENRES: realistic fiction
THEMES: homelessness, poverty, India, Asia, epistolary format
READALIKES: A Time to Dance (Venkatraman), No Fixed Address (Nielsen), Everlasting Nora (Marie Miranda Cruz)
STARS AND AWARDS: Booklist starred, Kirkus starred, Publishers Weekly Annex starred

WHAT THE REVIEWS SAY: “This is a poignant portrait of love, sacrifice, and chosen family in the midst of poverty.” (Publishers Weekly Annex starred review, 15 Dec 2018)

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New Kid (Jerry Craft)

Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade. As he makes the daily trip from his Washington Heights apartment to the upscale Riverdale Academy Day School, Jordan soon finds himself torn between two worlds–and not really fitting into either one.

PAGES: 249
GENRES: realistic fiction, humor, graphic novel
THEMES: race relations, middle school
READALIKES: Hey, Kiddo (Krosoczka), Illegal (Colfer)
STARS AND AWARDS: Booklist starred, Kirkus starred, Publishers Weekly starred, SLJ starred

WHAT THE REVIEWS SAY: “Speaking up about the unrepresented experience of so many students makes this a necessary book, particularly for this age group. Possibly one of the most important graphic novels of the year.” (Boolist starred review, 15 Nov 2018)

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The Lost Rainforest: Gogi’s Gambit
(Eliot Schrefer, illustrated by Emilia Dziubak)

Sequel to: Mez’s Magic; included here because of multiple starred reviews.

Caldera always existed in harmony between the creatures who walk by day and those who walk by night–until an ancient evil awakened. In the year since the shadowwalkers’ narrow escape from the Ant Queen, the ants’ destruction has only spread. Gogi, a shadowwalker monkey still learning to wield his fire powers, embarks on a quest with his friends–including a healing bat, an invisible panther, and a tree frog who controls the winds–for a powerful object that can harness the magic of the eclipse to defeat the Ant Queen.

PAGES: 337
GENRES: fantasy
THEMES: endangered species, rainforests, environmental protection
READALIKES: Endangered (Schrefer), The One and Only Ivan (Applegate), Endling: The Last (Applegate)
STARS AND AWARDS: Kirkus starred, Booklist starred

WHAT THE REVIEWS SAY: “Another knockout in a series that will appeal to nature lovers, animal lovers, and fans of magical adventure.” (Kirkus starred review, 1 Oct 2018)

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Hedy and Her Amazing Invention
(Jan Wahl; illustrated by Morgana Wallace)

Note that there are TWO Hedy Lamarr books coming out this week! See the READALIKES below for the second title.

This picture book tells the story of the pioneering scientific work and inspiring courage of Hedy Lamarr, the famous Hollywood actress who fought against old-fashioned parents, a domineering husband, prejudice, and stereotypes to become an accomplished inventor whose work helped pave the way for many of the communications technologies we enjoy today.

GENRES: picture book
THEMES: STEAM, Hedy Lamarr, feminism, inventions
READALIKES: Hedy Lamarr’s Double Life (Wallmark, Wu)–also releases Feb. 5, 2019, Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code (Wallmark, Wu)
STARS AND AWARDS: Booklist starred

WHAT THE REVIEWS SAY: “Although there is insufficient contextualization of how her opportunities may have been limited by gender roles of the time, this is a clear and interesting portrait, and Hedy is portrayed as a strong, intelligent woman full of talent and innovation…” (Kirkus, 1 Dec 2018)

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Under My Hijab (Hena Khan, Aaliya Jaleel)

Grandma’s hijab clasps under her chin. Auntie pins hers up with a whimsical brooch. Jenna puts a sun hat over hers when she hikes. Iman wears a sports hijab for tae kwon do. As a young girl observes the women in her life and how each covers her hair a different way, she dreams of the possibilities in her own future and how she might express her personality through her hijab.

GENRES: picture book
THEMES: Islamic clothing, hijab, women
READALIKES: Mommy’s Khimar (Thompkins-Bigelow, Glenn), I Can Wear Hijab Anywhere! (Ibrihim)–board book

WHAT THE REVIEWS SAY: “An endnote provides further information about hijab, what the word means, when women choose to wear it, why they choose to wear it, and that some women, like the author of the book, choose not to wear it.” (Kirkus, 15 Nov 2018)

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Spencer and Vincent, The Jellyfish Brothers (Tony Johnston, Emily Dove)

When jellyfish brothers Spencer and Vincent are separated during a big storm, it will take the help of many friends and all of their brotherly love to reunite them.

GENRES: picture book
THEMES: siblings, humor, jellyfish
READALIKES: Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea (Clanton), Starfish, Where Are You? (Barroux)

WHAT THE REVIEWS SAY: “Throughout this adventure, Johnston’s playful narrative employs repetition as well as highfalutin vocabulary, adding a lyrical swell to the collective rescue efforts of creatures great and small.” (Kirkus, 15 Dec 2018)

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Princess Puffybottom…and Darryl (Susin Nielsen and Olivia Chin Mueller)

Princess Puffybottom has the perfect life – her subjects serve her delicious meals, clean up her ‘delicate matters’ and wait on her hand and foot. Life is good…until Darryl arrives. Princess Puffybottom thinks he’s disgusting, horrid and a true animal. Though she tries everything in her power to banish him (including hypnosis, trickery and even sabotage), it looks like this puppy is here to stay.

GENRES: picture book
THEMES: sibling rivalry, sharing
READALIKES: Poor Puppy and Bad Kitty (Bruel), Plenty of Love To Go Around (Clark)
STARS AND AWARDS: Kirkus starred

WHAT THE REVIEWS SAY: “Nielsen’s tale and Mueller’s digitally created pooch and puss pair perfectly, the princess acting as a nice stand-in for a pampered first child. The light touch of humor and twist at the end make this a must for storytime collections.” (Kirkus starred review, 1 Oct 2018)

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Let ‘Er Buck (Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, Gordon C. James)

In 1911, three men were in the final round of the famed Pendleton Round-Up. One was white, one was Indian, and one was black. When the judges declared the white man the winner, the audience was outraged. They named black cowboy George Fletcher the “people’s champion” and took up a collection, ultimately giving Fletcher far more than the value of the prize that went to the official winner.

GENRES: picture book, nonfiction, biography
THEMES: African-American history, rodeos, prejudice and racism
READALIKES: The Original Cowgirl: The Wild Adventures of Lucille Mulhall (Lang, Beaky)
STARS AND AWARDS: Kirkus starred, SLJ starred, Booklist starred, Publishers Weekly starred

WHAT THE REVIEWS SAY: “The rollicking language and gorgeous art make this a terrific read-aloud and conversation starter for older elementary students.” (SLJ starred review, 1 Jan 2019)

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The Girl and the Wolf (Katherena Vermette, Julie Flett)

While picking berries with her mother, a little girl wanders too far into the woods. When she realizes she is lost, she begins to panic. A large grey wolf makes a sudden appearance between some distant trees. Using his sense of smell, he determines where she came from and decides to help her. Through a series of questions from the wolf, the little girl realizes she had the knowledge and skill to navigate herself—she just needed to remember that those abilities were there all along.

GENRES: picture book
THEMES: Native Americans, confidence in abilities
READALIKES: Bob and Joss Take a Hike! (McCleery, Vogel), Good Night, Wind: A Yiddish Folktale (Marshall, Doliveux)–released on February 26, 2019
STARS AND AWARDS: Kirkus starred

WHAT THE REVIEWS SAY: “A tale about knowledge, power, and trust that reminds readers we used to speak with animals and still do—it already feels like a classic.” (Kirkus starred review, 15 Dec 2018)

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Bloom Boom! (April Pulley Sayre)

When spring arrives, flowers of all kinds sprout and grow buds and bloom. Sometimes, they bloom a few at a time. But other times, many will bloom at once in a colorful flower boom! This photographic exploration of flowers goes from the desert to the woodlands and beyond, celebrating their beautiful variety and the science behind these colorful displays.

GENRES: nonfiction picture book
THEMES: botany, flowers, spring
READALIKES: Plants Can’t Sit Still (Hirsch), Planting a Rainbow (Ehlert)
STARS AND AWARDS: Booklist starred, Kirkus starred, SLJ starred

WHAT THE REVIEWS SAY: “A charming introduction to flowering plants, this is an obvious addition to a nature-themed storytime that can also can be read alone by budding readers.” (Kirkus starred review, 15 Oct 2018)

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Fast Enough Bessie Stringfield’s First Ride (Joel Christian Gill)

Fast Enough combines an imagined story of Bessie Stringfield as a young girl with historical facts about Bessie as an adult. Bessie Stringfield went on to become the first African-American woman to travel solo across the United States on a motorcycle. Not only was she fast, but she was a true adventurer, daring to ride to places unsafe for African Americans in the 1930s and ’40s.

GENRES: picture book biography
THEMES: prejudice and racism, feminism, bicycle racing
READALIKES: Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman (Krull, Diaz), Fly High!: The Story of Bessie Coleman (Borden, Kroeger, Flavin)
STARS AND AWARDS: Kirkus starred

WHAT THE REVIEWS SAY: “A playful introduction to Bessie’s exciting, triumphant, and unforgettable story.” (Kirkus starred review, 15 Jan 2019)

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Crab Cake: Turning the Tide Together (Andrea Tsurumi)

Under the sea, fish do what fish do: Seahorse hides, Pufferfish puffs up, Parrotfish crunches coral, and Crab…bakes cakes?
Scallop swims, Dolphin blows bubbles, and…Crab bakes cakes.
And so life goes on, until one night when everything changes with a splash!
In the face of total disaster, can Crab’s small, brave act help the community come together and carry on?

GENRES: picture book
THEMES: community, environmentalism
READALIKES: Accident! (Tsurumi), The Digger and the Flower (Kuefler), I’m a Manatee (Lithgow)
STARS AND AWARDS: Kirkus starred, Publishers Weekly starred

WHAT THE REVIEWS SAY: “Just baking a cake might seem frivolous, but readers come away with the idea that nourishing and supporting one another is the only way to change the world.” (Kirkus starred review, 1 Oct 2018)

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Gittel’s Journey: An Ellis Island Story
(Leslé Newman; illustrated by Amy June Bates)

Brings to life a not too distant history of immigration to Ellis Island. When it’s time for nine-year-old Gittel and her mother to leave their homeland behind and go to America for the promise of a new life, a health inspection stops any chance of Gittel’s mother joining her daughter on the voyage. Knowing she may never see her mother again, Gittel must find the courage within herself to leave her family behind.

GENRES: picture book
THEMES: immigration, Ellis Island
READALIKES: Her Right Foot (Eggers, Harris), The Dress and the Girl (Andros, Morstad)
STARS AND AWARDS: Booklist starred, SLJ starred, Publishers Weekly starred

WHAT THE REVIEWS SAY: “The ending, handled with both restraint and warmth, relies on one of those improbable twists of good fortune that define so many immigrant stories-and it’s based on a real event.” (Publishers Weekly stared review, 29 Oct 2018)

This week’s sequels (YA):

This week’s sequels (MG):

This week’s sequels (elementary):

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  • Thank you for the elementary titles. I love reading your reviews and about your experiences in China but as an elementary school librarian the titles you highlight are often beyond my students. There are so many great options this week. I will be putting together an order.
    Happy Year of The Pig!

    • Glad you found some good ones this week! I have been trying to spotlight the younger titles a bit more equally, so it makes me smile that you noticed!

    • I know, right! I have a certain list of tasks to do each day of the week to ensure I post my NRS lists every Tuesday. Wedensdays are my day to compile a list of as many titles as I can find releasing the next week. When I started this list last Wednesday, I had yet another reason to be thankful for my Chinese New Year break. The original list had 54 different titles!

  • Lots of great books this week. I'm looking forward to reading the GN adaptation of The Giver and see how it compares to the novel.

    • I am really excited for that one, too! I'm in an international school where English is not the native language of most of my students. We have class sets of The Giver, and the graphic novel version will help students who struggle to read it with their class.

    • My same thought. Our 8th graders read it each year, but a graphic novel could be perfect for those who struggle in reading or just a great addition to show from a document camera for all to enjoy.

  • I'm so looking forward to reading: Pay Attention, Carter Jones (Gary D. Schmidt). Our little school in northern California has more and more students from dysfunctional families and I think this could be the perfect book for them and others to related to.


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