Junior Edition: New Fiction for Younger Readers by Celia McGee

Junior Edition #44



The Boy and the Giant
The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA

Inventing Victoria

What We Buried







Junior Edition #43



The Day the War Came
Dactyl Hill Squad

The Perfect Candidate

A Room Away from the Wolves








Junior Edition #42



Spell & Spindle
Scream All Night

Final Draft







Junior Edition #41



Little Chef
The Haunted Serpent
Neverworld Wake

The Book of Essie







Junior Edition #40



The 5 O'Clock Band
Running on the Roof of the World
Out of the Blue

The Ruinous Sweep







Junior Edition #39



Big Foot and Little Foot


The Lifters


Isle of Blood and Stone


America Is Not the Heart








Junior Edition #38



The Little Red Fort

The Elephant Thief

Children of Blood and Bone

Along the Indigo





Junior Edition #37



The Chinese Emperor’s New Clothes

The Serpent's Secret

The Journey of Little Charlie

The Book of Pearl







Junior Edition #36



I Wanna Be a Cowgirl
Have Sword, Will Travel

Broken Circle
Devils & Thieves












Junior Edition #35



The Antlered Ship


Rise of the Jumbies


The Exact Location of Home


All the Wind in the World







Junior Edition #34



Give Me Back My Book! 


The Half-True Lies of Cricket Cohen 


Lost Boys 


The Wood







Junior Edition #33



The Bear Who Wasn’t There and the Fabulous Forest


The Wolf Keepers


Projekt 1065


The Sun Is Also a Star







Junior Edition #32



The Water Princess


Wilf the Mighty Worrier Battles a Pirate


Riding Chance


Dark Horses







Junior Edition #31



Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty


Brightwood by Tania Unsworth


The Mighty Odds by Amy Ignatow


The Bombs That Brought Us Together by Brian Conaghan







Junior Edition #30



Suite for Human Nature by Diane Lampert


Mister Cleghorn’s Seal by Judith Kerr 


Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan 


The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight







Junior Edition #29



The Magical Fantastical Fridge by Harlan Coben, illustrated by Leah Tinari 


The Big Dark by Rodman Philbrick


Secrets of the Dragon Tomb by Patrick Samphire


Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit







Junior Edition #28



Ninja Baby by David Zeltser, illustrated by Diane Goode


Kiki and Jacques by Susan Ross


The Beast of Cretacea by Todd Strasser


The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen by Katherine Howe







Junior Edition #27



Melissa's Octopus and Other Unsuitable Pets by Charlotte Voake 


Brilliant by Roddy Doyle, illustrated by Emily Hughes


Look Both Ways in the Barrio Blanco by Judith Robbins Rose


The Americans by Chitra Viraraghavan







Junior Edition #26



What Pet Should I Get? by Dr. Seuss


Escape from Baxters' Barn by Rebecca Bond


Julia and the Art of Practical Travel by Lesley M. M. Blume


Playing a Part by Daria Wilke, translated by Marian Schwartz







Junior Edition #25


Louisa Meets Bear by Lisa Gornick

The Boys of Fire and Ash by Meaghan McIsaac


Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones, illustrated by Kathy Kath 


The Song of Delphine by Kenneth Kraegel 







Junior Edition #24



Tell Me What to Dream About by Giselle Potter


Adventures with Waffles by Maria Parr, translated from the Norwegian by Guy Puzey, illustrated by Kate Forrester


The Girl in the Torch by Robert Sharenow


The Rise and Fall of the Gallivanters by M.J. Beaufrand







Junior Edition #23



The Elephantom by Ross Collins


The Way to Stay in Destiny by Augusta Scattergood


Firstborn by Tor Seidler


Wonder at the Edge of the World by Nicole Helget







Junior Edition #22



Once a Shepherd by Glenda Millard, illustrated by Phil Lesnie


The Island of Dr. Libris by Chris Grabenstein


This Side of Home by Renee Watson


The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro







Junior Edition #21



Farewell Floppy by Benjamin Chaud


Willy Maykit in Space by Greg Trine, illustrated by James Burks


The Wollstonecraft Craft Detective Agency, No. 1: The Case of the Missing Moonstone by Jordan Stratford, illustrated by Kelly Murphy


All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven







Junior Edition #20



Violet and Victor Write the Best-Ever Bookworm Book by Alice Kuipers, Illustrated by Bethanie Deeny Murguia


The Troubles of Johnny Cannon by Isaiah Campbell


The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black


Whipping Boy: The Forty-Year Search For My Twelve-Year-Old Bully by Allen Kurzweil







Junior Edition #19



The Bee Who Spoke: The Wonderful World of Belle and the Bee by Al MacCuish, illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon 


Night Sky Dragons by Mal Peet & Elspeth Graham, illustrated by Patrick Benson


The Iron Trial by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare


Suspicion by Alexandra Monir







Junior Edition #18



Digby O’Day In the Fast Lane by Shirley Hughes, illustrated by Clara Vulliamy


Beyond the Laughing Sky by Michelle Cuevas, illustrated by Julie Morstad


The Paper Cowboy by Kristin Levine


The Name of the Blade by Zoe Marriott







Junior Edition #17



Irene’s Wish by Jerdine Nolen, illustrated by AG Ford


Unstoppable Octobia May by Sharon G. Flake


Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer


Evidence of Things Not Seen by Lindsey Lane







Junior Edition #16



Tumbleweed Baby by Anna Myers, illustrated by Charles Vess


The Glass Mountain: Tales from Poland by Jan Pienkowski retold by David Walser, illustrated by Jan Pienkowski


Secret of the Mountain Dog by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel


Vango: Between Sky and Earth by Timothe de Fombelle, transl. by Sarah Ardizzone







Junior Edition #15



Cats Got Talent written and illustrated by Ron Barrett


Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Brian Biggs


Winterkill: Follow the Wayward Path by Kate A. Boorman


My Favorite Things by Maria Kalman







Junior Edition #14



I’m My Own Dog by David Ezra Stein


Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen 


Fleabrain Loves Franny by Joanne Rocklin


Skink--No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen







Junior Edition #13



My Teacher Is a Monster! (No, I Am Not.) by Peter Brown


The Zero Degree Zombie Zone by Patrik Henry Bass, illustrated by Jerry Craft


Cat in the City by Julie Salamon, illustrated by Jill Weber


Circle of Stones by Catherine Fisher







Junior Edition #12



Winston & George by John Miller, illustrated by Giuliano Cucco


Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve, illustrated by Sarah McIntire


The Actual & Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher by Jessica Lawson


Call Me By My Name by John Ed Bradley







Junior Edition #11



My Pet Book written and illustrated by Bob Staake


Miss Emily by Burleigh Muten, illustrated by Matt Phelan


Bringing Down the Mouse by Ben Mezrich


Pills and Starships by Lydia Millet







Junior Edition #10



Meaniehead by Bruce Eric Kaplan


The Secret Box by Whitaker Ringwald


In the Shadows by Kiersten White and Jim Di Bartolo, with illustrations by Jim Di Bartolo


The Vacationers by Emma Straub







Junior Edition #9



Food Trucks! written and illustrated by Mark Todd


Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald


The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier


We Were Liars by E. Lockhart







Junior Edition #8



Dinner with the Highbrows by Kimberley Willis Holt, illustrated by Kyrsten Brooker


The Carver Chronicles: Dog Days by Karen English, illustrated by Laura Freeman


Mouseheart, Vol. 1 by Lisa Fiedler, illustrated by Vivienne To


The Year She Left Us by Kathryn Ma








Junior Edition #7



The Day I Lost My Superpowers by Michaël Escoffier, illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo
The Lion Who Stole My Arm by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Annabel Wright
Uncertain Glory by Lea Wait

Plus One by Elizabeth Fama









Junior Edition #6



A Gift for Mama by Linda Ravin Lodding, illustrated by Alison Jay


The Children of the King by Sonya Hartnett


Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci







Junior Edition #5



Captain Cat written and illustrated by Inga Moore


Eddie Red Undercover: Mystery on Museum Mile by Marcia Wells, illustrated by Marcos Calo


The Here and Now by Anne Brashares


Dirt Bikes, Drones, and Other Ways to Fly by Conrad Wesselhoeft









Junior Edition #4



Meeting Cezanne by Michael Morpurgo, illustrated by Francois Place


Almost Super by Marion Jensen


The Tyrant’s Daughter by J.C. Carleson


The Ghost of the Mary Celeste by Valerie Martin







Junior Edition #3



Mrs. Noodlekugel and Four Blind Mice by Daniel Pinkwater, illustrated by Adam Stower 


A Hundred Horses by Sarah Lean


Half Bad by Sally Green


The Extra by Kathryn Lasky








Junior Edition #2



Animals in Underwear ABC written and illustrated by Todd Parr


Beauty and the Beast: A Retelling by H. Chuku Lee, illustrated by Pat Cummings


Operation Bunny (Wings & Co.): The First Case by Sally Gardner, illustrated by David Roberts


Zane and the Hurricane: A Story of Katrina by Rodman Philbrick


Reality Boy by A.S. King








Junior Edition #1



Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey written and illustrated by Emily Winfield Martin


The Table Sets Itself written and illustrated by Ben Clanton


Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell, illustrated by Christian Robinson


Game World by C.J. Farley 


The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd










JUNIOR EDITION: New Fiction for Younger Readers by Celia McGee searches recent releases to discover the best kids' fiction out there. Given that the line between what makes a novel perfect for a teenager and just as compelling for an adult is anyone’s guess, Celia will sometimes review an “adult” novel that crosses that divide, as well as books for everyone from pre-schoolers to high-schoolers. We hope Celia's terrific choices help get kids reading, and help create the next generation of readers and writers! 


Celia McGee grew up surrounded by books from an early age. In her column, "JUNIOR EDITION: New Fiction for Younger Readers," she shares her interest in newly-released books for kids, K-12. She also contributes regularly to The New York Times on books, authors and the arts. She has been a publishing columnist for The New York Observer, a media columnist and features writer for the New York Daily News, and a book review editor and contributing writer for New York magazine. She continues to review books for adults. She has served on the board of the National Book Critics' Circle and been Director of the @Macaulay Author Series. She is a board member of The Center for Fiction. Her earlier reading years were spent in Montana and the Netherlands. 



And don’t forget our KidsRead Events and Books For NYC Schools — helping to promote literary fiction and Young Adult novels to under-served public schools right here in New York. Here’s what some participating teachers had to say about recent KidsRead Events:


“One of the things I love most about the program is that the kids really get to see how important the writing process is in their lives as students and adults.”  


“The kids had a wonderful time.  We were sent the books in advance and kids were ready with questions. It was the first time any of them met an author and getting their book signed was an important experience for them.”  


“Knowing they would meet an author was a motivating factor for them to read the novels. And getting to ask questions about an author’s intent was a great complement to our literacy work.”


“I give a few avid readers the books, and the next thing I know I have students hounding me for the book. These trips have had such a positive effect on the students that I have started a book club.”  


“Meeting the different authors has been an eye-opening experience for the students. They get to ask about creating characters, ideas they have about the novel, and they learn the circuitous route the author took finding his/her career. Each of the authors has had a completely different approach, but they have all been enlightening.”