26 Riveting Reads from Debut Authors Claire Winn, Naomi Gibson, Adrea Theodore, & More | Starred Reviews, February 2022

Excellent audiobooks, stories to support social-emotional learning, and a handy guide to anime and manga are among this month's 26 starred reviews, spanning picture books, chapter books, middle grade, YA, and more.

A History of Me (Theodore) ©2022 by Erin Robinson

Picture Books

Chen, Shige. I Love You. illus. by Pia ­Valentinis & Mario Onnis. ­Reycraft.

Emily, Rachel. In You I See: A Story That Celebrates the Beauty Within. illus. by Jodie Howard. DK.

Riddiough, Lisa Frenkel. Letters to Live By: An Alphabet Book with Intention. illus. by Asa Gilland. Running Pr.

Shum, Benson. Anzu the Great Kaiju. Roaring Brook. 

Tarnowska, Wafa’. Nour’s Secret Library. ­illus. by Vali Mintzi. Barefoot.

Theodore, Adrea. A History of Me. illus. by Erin Robinson. Holiday House/Neal Porter.


Chapter Books

Hay, Sam. Happily Ever After Rescue Team. illus. by Genevieve Kote. Feiwel & Friends.


Middle Grade

Hahn, Dee. The Grave Thief. Puffin Canada. 

Lloyd-Jones, Emily. Unseen Magic. HarperCollins/Greenwillow.

Rubin, Adam. Ice Cream Machine. illus. by various. Putnam. 



Chee, Traci. A Thousand Steps into Night. HarperCollins/Clarion. 

Gibson, Naomi. Every Line of You. Scholastic/Chicken House. 

Nazemian, Abdi. The Chandler Legacies. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 

Olson, Jessica S. A Forgery of Roses. Inkyard. 

Sepetys, Ruta. I Must Betray You. Philomel. 

Stewart, Erin. The Words We Keep. Delacorte. 


Graphic Novels

Yamada, Kanehito. Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End: Vol. 1. illus. by Tsukasa Abe. Viz Media.



Gravel, Elise with Mykaell Blais. Pink, Blue, and You!: Questions for Kids About Gender Stereotypes. Random/Anne Schwartz. 

Harvey, Jeanne Walker. Ablaze with Color: A Story of Painter Alma Thomas. illus. by Loveis Wise. HarperCollins. 

Henderson, Robert M. Quick Guide to Anime and Manga. ReferencePoint. 

Marwan, Zahra. Where Butterflies Fill the Sky: A Story of Immigration, Family, and Finding Home. Bloomsbury.



Forman, Gayle. Frankie & Bug. S. & S. Audio. 

Clayton, Dhonielle & others. Blackout. HarperAudio. 

Lo, Malinda. Last Night at the Telegraph Club. Listening Library. 

Oh, Axie. XOXO. HarperAudio. 

Winn, Claire. City of Shattered Light. Tantor. 

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