Junior Edition: New Fiction for Younger Readers by Celia McGee

Junior Edition #34

featuring: 

 

Give Me Back My Book! 

 

The Half-True Lies of Cricket Cohen 

 

Lost Boys 

 

The Wood

 

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Junior Edition #33

featuring: 

 

The Bear Who Wasn’t There and the Fabulous Forest

 

The Wolf Keepers

 

Projekt 1065

 

The Sun Is Also a Star

 

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Junior Edition #32

featuring: 

 

The Water Princess

 

Wilf the Mighty Worrier Battles a Pirate

 

Riding Chance

 

Dark Horses

 

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Junior Edition #31

featuring: 

 

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

 

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Junior Edition #30

featuring:

 

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

 

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Junior Edition #29

featuring:

 

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

 

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Junior Edition #28

featuring:

 

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

 

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Junior Edition #27

featuring:

 

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

 

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Junior Edition #26

featuring: 

 

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

 

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Junior Edition #25

featuring: 


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 

 

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Junior Edition #24

featuring: 

 

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

 

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Junior Edition #23

featuring: 

 

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

 

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Junior Edition #22

featuring: 

 

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

 

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Junior Edition #21

featuring: 

 

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

 

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Junior Edition #20

featuring: 

 

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

 

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Junior Edition #19

featuring: 

 

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

 

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Junior Edition #18

featuring: 

 

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

 

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Junior Edition #17

featuring: 

 

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

 

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Junior Edition #16

featuring: 

 

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

 

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Junior Edition #15

featuring: 

 

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

 

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Junior Edition #14

featuring: 

 

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

 

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Junior Edition #13

featuring: 

 

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

 

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Junior Edition #12

featuring: 

 

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

 

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Junior Edition #11

featuring: 

 

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

 

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Junior Edition #10

featuring: 

 

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

 

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Junior Edition #9

featuring: 

 

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

 

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Junior Edition #8

featuring: 

 

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

 

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Junior Edition #7

featuring: 

 

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

 

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Junior Edition #6

featuring: 

 

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

 

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Junior Edition #5

featuring: 

 

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

 

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Junior Edition #4

featuring: 

 

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

 

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Junior Edition #3

featuring: 

 

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

 

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Junior Edition #2

featuring: 

 

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

 

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Junior Edition #1

featuring: 

 

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

 

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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, from pre-K through high school. 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. Director of the @Macaulay Author Series, she has served on the board of the National Book Critics' Circle, and 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.”