This Time Last Year – Award Winning Books From May 2016


From the top books published in May 2016, the following titles went on to win awards and live up to their pre-pub hype








9780545846608 Save me a seat
By: Sarah Weeks

Ravi has just moved to the United States from India and has always been at the top of his class; Joe has lived in the same town his whole life and has learning problems–but when their lives intersect in the first week of fifth grade they are brought together by a common enemy (the biggest bully in their class) and the need to take control of their lives. Ages 8-12

0399176268 Hensel & Gretel, ninja chicks
By: Corey Rosen Schwartz

To save their father from being stir-fried, two ninja chicken sisters take on a dark tangled forest, a tricky house made of corn bread, and an even trickier fox.  Ages 5-8

9781619637238 Duck, Duck, Porcupine!
By: Salina Yoon

Big Duck likes to boss around her younger brother, Little Duck, and she fancies herself the leader of their trio when joined by their gentle friend Porcupine. Little Duck does not speak yet, but through his expressions and his actions, he shows that he has a better grasp on any situation than his older sister.  Ages 5-7

148473274X The hidden oracle
By: Rick Riordan

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. He must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favor.  Ages 10-13

0399175415 Outrun the moon
By: Stacey Lee

On the eve of the San Fransisco Earthquake of 1906, Mercy Wong–daughter of Chinese immigrants–is struggling to hold her own among the spoiled heiresses at prestigious St. Clare’s School. When tragedy strikes, everyone must band together to survive.  Ages 12-18

9781101994825 Wolf Hollow : a novel
By: Lauren Wolk

Twelve-year-old Annabelle must learn to stand up for what’s right in the face of a manipulative and violent new bully who targets people Annabelle cares about, including a homeless World War I veteran.  Ages 10-14


It ain’t so awful, falafel
By: Firoozeh Dumas

Eleven-year-old Zomorod, originally from Iran, tells her story of growing up Iranian in Southern California during the Iranian Revolution and hostage crisis of the late 1970s.  Ages 10-12

9781626720565 There is a tribe of kids
By: Lane Smith

Simple text follows a young boy and the many animals he meets on his adventure through the jungle.  Ages 5-8

0062422588 The Crown’s Game
By: Evelyn Skye

VikaAndreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters — the only two in Russia — and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side. And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill — the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death. Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter – even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has? For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime.
But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with — beautiful, whip smart, imaginative — and he can’t stop thinking about her. And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love… or be killed himself. As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear… the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.  Ages 14 and up

9781250078407 If I was your girl
By: Meredith Russo

Amanda Hardy only wants to fit in at her new school, but she is keeping a big secret, so when she falls for Grant, guarded Amanda finds herself yearning to share with him everything about herself, including her previous life as Andrew.  Ages 12-18

9781452138169 Flora and the peacocks
By: Molly Idle

In this wordless book with interactive flaps, a little girl named Flora forms a friendship with two peacocks as the three learn to dance together.  Ages 3-6

9780545865043 Barnacle is bored
By: Jonathan Fenske

Barnacle is bored by the monotony of the tides, and envies the fish who swim freely–until an eel comes along.  Ages 3-5

1481404547 The unexpected everything
By: Morgan Matson

Seventeen year old Andie always has a plan, but when her father suffers a political scandal, her summer med school program is taken away from her, and a new guy comes into the picture, she finds a lot of unexpected things can happen when you’re busy making other plans.  Ages 12-18

9780316013727 Thunder Boy Jr.
By: Sherman Alexie,Yuyi Morales

Thunder Boy Jr. wants a normal name…one that’s all his own. Dad is known as Big Thunder, but Little Thunder doesn’t want to share a name.  Ages 5-8

9781442466029 Some kind of happiness
By: Claire Legrand

Finley Hart is sent to her grandparents’ house for the summer, but her anxiety and overwhelmingly sad days continue until she escapes into her writings which soon turn mysteriously real and she realizes she must save this magical world in order to save herself.  Ages 8-12

9781619636361 The Firefly code
By: Megan Frazer Blakemore

Mori and her friends live a normal life on Firefly Lane in Old Harmonie, a utopian community where every kid knows he or she is genetically engineered to be better and smarter, but when a strangely perfect new girl named Ilana moves in, the friends begin to question the only world they have ever known.  Ages 8-12

9780316298018 Mayday
By: Karen Harrington

Twelve-year-old Wayne Kovok loses his uncle to war and his voice to a plane crash in the same year and must learn to speak up as he navigates relationships with his father, grandfather, and new friend, Denny Rosenblatt.  Ages 11-14


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