Saturday, December 30, 2017

Year in Review: Nonfiction and Realistic Fiction

Nonfiction:

Picture Books

  1. Language of Angels. Richard Michelson. 2017. Charlesbridge. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]  
  2. The Legendary Miss Lena Horne. Carole Boston Weatherford. Illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon. 2017. 48 pages. [Source: Library] 
  3. Freedom in Congo Square. Carole Boston Weatherford. Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. 2016. 34 pages. [Source: Library]  
  4. Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life. Ashley Bryan. 2016. 56 pages. [Source: Library]
  5. When Jackie Saved Grand Central. Natasha Wing. 2017. HMH. 48 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  6. Penguin Day. Nic Bishop. 2017. Scholastic. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]  
  7. How Does My Home Work? Chris Butterworth. Illustrated by Lucia Gaggiotti. 2017. [Oct. 24] Candlewick. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  8. I am Jim Henson. Brad Meltzer. Illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos. 2017. 40 pages. [Source: Library] 
  9. This Is How We Do It. Matt LaMothe. 2017. Chronicle. 52 pages. [Source: Library]

MG & YA
  1. Ugly. Robert Hoge. 2016. 208 pages. [Source: Library]
  2. Some Writer: The Story of E.B. White. 2016. HMH. 176 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
Adult
  1. Caught in the Revolution. Helen Rappaport. 2017. 464 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  2. Gosnell: The Untold Story of America's Most Prolific Serial Killer. 2017. 347 pages. [Source: Library]
  3. Hidden Figures. Margo Lee Shetterly. 2016. 349 pages. [Source: Borrowed from Friend]
  4. Go Down Together. Jeff Guinn. 2008. 468 pages. [Source: Library]
Realistic Fiction:
  1. One Last Word. Nikki Grimes. 2017. Bloomsbury. 128 pages. [Source: Library]
  2. Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess. Shari Green. 2017. 240 pages. [Source: Library] 
  3. Real Friends. Shannon Hale. 2017. 214 pages. [Source: Library] 
  4. Wish. Barbara O'Connor. 2016. FSG. 240 pages. [Source: Library] 
  5. Train I Ride. Paul Mosier. 2017. HarperCollins. 192 pages. [Source: Library]
  6. Giant Pumpkin Suite. Melanie Heuiser Hill. 2017. Candlewick Press. 448 pages. [Source: Review copy]  
  7. The Hate U Give. Angie Thomas. 2017. 444 pages. [Source: Library] 
  8. Piecing Me Together. Renee Watson. 2017. Bloomsbury. 272 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  9. Big & Little Questions (According to Wren Jo Byrd). Julie Bowe. 2017. 240 pages. [Source: Library]
  10. Far from the Tree. Robin Benway. 2017. HarperCollins. 384 pages. [Source: Library]

© 2017 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

1 comments:

Barbara H. 3:48 PM  

I enjoyed the movie Hidden Figures - I imagine the book is fascinating as well.

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