List of Reviews by Title – 2017

This is a listing of all my 2017 reviews roughly grouped by type (fiction or non-fiction and picture or chapter book) and then alphabetically.  Board books are listed separately.  Please keep in mind that this is NOT a recommendation list, I review many books that I either do not like, or do not recommend to others.  If you are looking to browse reviews by other characteristics, I have a more comprehensive listing of my commonly used tags broken down by category.

In 2017 I reviewed 98 books from various categories.
I also reviewed 10 board books.

Picture Book Fiction (8 books)

The Answer, written by Rebecca Sugar, illustrated by Elle Michalka and Tiffany Ford.

Best Friends in the Snow by Angela Shelf Medearis, illustrated by Ken Wilson-Max.

Katie Fry, Private Eye: The Lost Kitten by Katherine Cox, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton.

Pizza Party by Grace Maccarone, illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully.

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.

Visiting Day, by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by James E. Ransome.

We Can! (also titled If You Can, I Can) by Gay Su Pinnell, illustrated by Barbara Duke.

We’re All Wonders by R.J. Palacio.

Chapter Book Fiction (47 books)

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian: A Novel by Sherman Alexie, illustrated by Ellen Forney.

Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan.

Anna Hibiscus by Antinuke.

The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich.

The Buried Bones Mystery (Clubhouse Mysteries #1) by Sharon M. Draper, illustrated by Jesse Joshua Watson.

The Case of the Missing Trophy by Angela Shelf Medearis, illustrated by Robert Papp.

Children of the Fire by Harriette Gillem Robinet.

Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream by Jenny Han, illustrated by Julia Kuo.

Donavan’s Double Trouble by Monalisa DeGross, illustrated by Amy Bates.

EllRay Jakes is Not a Chicken! (EllRay Jakes #1) by Sally Warner, illustrated by Jamie Harper.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon.

Extra Credit by Andrew Clements, illustrated by Mark Elliott.

Felix Yz by Lisa Bunker.

Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler.

Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith.

George by Alex Gino.

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill.

Gloria Rising by Ann Cameron, illustrated by Lis Toft.

Gloria’s Way by Ann Cameron, illustrated by Lis Toft.

Hold Tight, Don’t Let Go: A Novel of Haiti by Laura Rose Wagner.

Johnny Hiro: Half Asian, All Hero by Fred Chao.

The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste.

A Long Walk to Water: A Novel Based on a True Story by Linda Sue Park.

Malice in Ovenland by Micheline Hess.

The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork.

Monster by Walter Dean Myers.

On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis.

The Outside Circle by Patti LaBoucane-Benson, illustrated by Kelly Mellings.

President of the Whole Fifth Grade by Sherri Winston.

Push by Sapphire.

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen.

Rickshaw Girl by Mitali Perkins, illustrated by Jamie Hogan.

Saints and Misfits: a novel by S.K. Ali.

Say You’re One of Them by Uwem Akpan.

Shine, Coconut Moon by Neesha Meminger.

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett.

Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo.

Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes, illustrations by Neil Brigham.

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon.

A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic by Lisa Papademetriou.

A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han.

The Warriors by Joseph Bruchac.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin.

A Wizard Alone by Diane Duane.

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

Picture Book Non-Fiction (11 books)

Coretta Scott by Ntozake Shange, illustrated by Kadir Nelson.

Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave by Laban Carrick Hill, illustrated by Bryan Collier.

The Girls in the Circle by Nikki Giovanni, illustrated by Cathy Ann Johnson.

Ida B. Wells: Let the Truth Be Told by Walter Dean Meyers, illustrated by Bonnie Christensen.

Major Taylor: Champion Cyclist by Lesa Cline-Ransome, illustrated by James E. Ransome.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day by Robin Nelson.

Mission to Space by John Herrington.

Singing for Dr. King by Angela Shelf Medearis, illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu.

This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman, illustrated by Kristyna Litten.

When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip-Hop by Laban Carrick Hill, Illustrated by Theodore Taylor III.

Who Are You? The Kid’s Guide to Gender Identity by Brook Pessin-Whedbee, illustrated by Naomi Bardoff.

Chapter Book Non-Fiction (32 books)

As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised As A Girl by John Colapinto.

Bad Blood: The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment (New and Expanded Edition) by James H. Jones.

Born On a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant by Daniel Tammet.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer.

A Child Shall Lead Them: Martin Luther King Jr., Young People, and the Movement by Rufus Burrow Jr.

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose.

Coretta Scott King: Dare to Dream by Angela Shelf Medearis, illustrated by Anna Rich.

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon.

Educating All God’s Children: What Christians Can – and Should – Do to Improve Public Education for Low-Income Kids by Nicole Baker Fulgham.

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel.

Getting a Life with Asperger’s: Lessons Learned on the Bumpy Road to Adulthood by Jesse A. Saperstein.

Hidden Figures:  The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly.

I Got This: To Gold and Beyond by Lauren Hernandez.

I’ll Scream Later by Marlee Matlin, with Betsy Sharkey.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.

The Kidnapped Prince: The Life of Olaudah Equiano by Olaudah Equiano, adapted by Ann Cameron.

The Kids Got It Right: How the Texas All-Stars Kicked Down Racial Walls by Jim Dent.

Lion (previously titled A Long Way Home) by Saroo Brierly.

The Lucky Few: Finding God’s Best in the Most Unlikely Places by Heather Avis.

Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror, a report of the Equal Justice Initiative.  EBOOK.

Malcolm X: A Graphic Biography by Andrew Helfer, art by Randy DuBurke.

A Negro Explorer at the North Pole by Matthew Henson.  EBOOK.

Prisoners Without Trial: Japanese Americans in World War II by Roger Daniels.

Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love, and So Much More by Janet Mock.

Rosa Parks: My Story by Rosa Parks, with Jim Haskins.

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman.

The Temporary Bride: A Memoir of Love and Food in Iran by Jennifer Klinec.

Thirty Million Words: Building a Child’s Brain – Tune In, Talk More, Take Turns by Dana Suskind, Beth Suskind, and Leslie Lewinter-Suskind.

This Kid Can Fly: It’s About Ability (Not Disability) by Aaron Philip, with Tonya Bolden.

Two Tickets to Freedom: The True Story of William and Ellen Craft, Fugitive Slaves by Florence B. Freedman, illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats.

An XL Life: Staying Big at Half the Size by Big Boy (Kurt Alexander).

Un-Ashamed by Lecrae Moore, with Jonathan Merritt.

Diverse Board Books (page)

The ten board books I reviewed in 2017 were:

Baby Dance by Ann Taylor, illustrated by Marjorie van Heerden.
I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont, illustrated by David Catrow. Not recommended!
It’s Ramadan, Curious George by Hena Khan, illustrated by Mary O’Keefe Young.
My Heart Fills With Happiness by Monique Gray Smith, illustrated by Julie Flett.
Peekaboo Morning by Rachel Isadora.
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.
Snow by Carol Thompson.
We Sang You Home by Richard Van Camp, illustrated by Julie Flett.
Whose Knees Are These? by Jabari Asim, illustrated by LeUyen Pham.
Whose Toes Are Those? by Jabari Asim, illustrated by LeUyen Pham.

Last updated on January 20th, 2018.

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