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trated by Bui, the story is set during a predawn father-
son fishing excursion in Minnesota—not a pleasure
outing, but a way to keep the family fed.
The Hate U Give
Angie Thomas. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray.
One of the most talked-about young adult books of
the year, Thomas’s charged debut novel introduces
Starr Carter, an African-American 16-year-old who
witnesses the shooting of a childhood friend by a
white police officer. It’s a riveting exploration of
racism (casual and overt) and a teenager caught
Alan Gratz. Scholastic Press.
Gratz creates powerful connections between past
and present as he interweaves the stories of three
young refugees: a 12-year-old boy fleeing Nazi
Germany for Cuba, an 11-year-old leaving Cuba for
the U.S. in the 1990s, and a 12-year-old boy
escaping the violence of 2015 Syria.
Katherine Applegate, illus. by Charles
Santoso. Feiwel and Friends.
An oak tree named Red narrates this poignant
story from the Newbery Medal–winning author of
The One and Only Ivan. After a Muslim family moves
into a neighborhood and is met with threats, Red
hopes to help keep the community from fracturing,
but there are threats facing the tree, too.
Turning into Keepsakes
I’m Just No Good at Rhyming:
And Other Nonsense for Mischievous
Kids and Immature Grown-Ups
Chris Harris, illus. by Lane Smith. Little, Brown.
Families who love Shel Silverstein—but who are
ready for a 21st-century take on his offbeat and
humorously observant poetry—don’t need to look
further than this uproarious collection from TV
writer and producer Harris and Smith, illustrator
of The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and other
Let’s Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout;
Dance, Spin & Turn It Out! Games,
Stories & Songs from an African
Patricia C. McKissack, illus. by Brian
Pinkney. Random/Schwartz & Wade.
Joyful, illuminating, and rich with historical context, McKissack’s wide-ranging assembly of rhymes,
folktales, proverbs, and more paints a vivid picture
of the songs and stories that have passed through
generations of African-American families.
The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine
Mark Twain and Philip C. Stead, illus. by
Erin Stead. Doubleday.
Working from an unfinished bedtime story Twain told
to his children, Philip and Erin Stead have expanded
and illustrated the tale of a boy named Johnny, who
escapes his cruel grandfather and embarks on a quest
to find a lost prince, into one of the year’s most
unusual and original books for children.
CHILDREN’S & YOUNG ADULT