Page history last edited by RichiesPicks 2 weeks, 3 days ago

Richie's Picks


great new and upcoming books for children and young adults



All reviews (alphabetically by title):










Richie's faculty page


Like Richie's Picks on Facebook 

Richie's Facebook page

2015 CLSA Presentation


About Richie 

Best of the Year lists


Get the newest Richie's Picks emailed to you by joining the Richie's Picks group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/richiespicks/


You can contact me at BudNotBuddy@aol.com


FTC NOTICE: Richie receives free books from lots of publishers who hope he will Pick their books. You can figure that any review here was written after reading and dog-earring a free copy received. Richie retains these review copies for his rereading pleasure and for use in his booktalks at schools and libraries.




Most Recent Picks

TOMMY: THE GUN THAT CHANGED AMERICA by Karen Blumenthal, Roaring Brook, June 2015, 240p., ISBN: 978-1-62672-084-8
OVERTURNING WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS: SCIENCE SERVING JUSTICE by Elizabeth A. Murray, PhD, Twenty-First Century Books, January 2015, 120p., 978-1-4677-2513-2 
I, FLY: THE BUZZ ABOUT FLIES AND HOW AWESOME THEY ARE by Bridget Heos and Jennifer Plecas, ill., Henry Holt, March 2015, 48p., ISBN: 978-0-8050-9469-5
THE KIDNEY HYPOTHETICAL: OR HOW TO RUIN YOUR LIFE IN SEVEN DAYS by Lisa Yee, Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine, March 2015, 272p., ISBN: 978-0-545-23094-0 
ENCHANTED AIR: TWO CULTURES, TWO WINGS: A MEMOIR by Margarita Engle, Atheneum, August 2015, 208p., ISBN: 978-1-4814-3522-2 
HAVE YOU SEEN MY MONSTER? by Steve Light, Candlewick, May 2015, 48p., ISBN: 978-0-7636-7513-4
THE NEW SMALL PERSON by Lauren Child, Candlewick, February 2015, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-7636-7810-4

CHOCOLATE: SWEET SCIENCE AND DARK SECRETS OF THE WORLD’S FAVORITE TREAT by Kay Frydenborg, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, April 2015, 272 p., ISBN: 978-0-544-17566-2

NO PARKING AT THE END TIMES by Bryan Bliss, Greenwillow, February 2015, 272p., ISBN: 978-0-06-227541-7

RED BUTTERFLY by A.L. Sonnichsen, Simon & Schuster, February 2015, 400p., ISBN: 978-1-4814-1109-7

PINSTRIPE PRIDE: THE INSIDE STORY OF THE NEW YORK YANKEES by Marty Appel, Simon & Schuster, February 2015, 288p., ISBN: 978-1-4814-1602-3

RAINDROPS ROLL by April Pulley Sayre, Beach Lane, January 2015, 40p., ISBN: 978-1-4814-2064-8

WE ARE ALL MADE OF MOLECULES by Susin Nielsen, Wendy Lamb Books, May 2015, 256p., ISBN: 978-0-553-49686-4 
LITTLE BLUE TRUCK (Lapboard book edition) by Alice Schertle and Jill McElmurry, HMH, March 2015, 30p., ISBN: 978-0-544-05685-5
NOAH WEBSTER: MAN OF MANY WORDS by Catherine Reef, Clarion, August 2015, 224p., ISBN: 978-0-54412983-2
TALKIN’ GUITAR: A STORY OF YOUNG DOC WATSON by Robbin Gourley, Clarion, March 2015, 40p., ISBN: 978-0-544-12988-7 
SEEDS OF FREEDOM: THE PEACEFUL INTEGRATION OF HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA by Hester Bass and E.B. Lewis, ill., Candlewick, January 2015, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-7636-6919-5
THE UNTOLD HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, YOUNG READERS EDITION, VOLUME 1 1898-1945 by Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick, adapted by Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Atheneum, December 2014, 400p., ISBN: 978-1-4814-2173-7

BLACKBIRD FLY by Erin Entrada Kelly, Greenwillow, March 2015, 304p., ISBN: 978-0-06-223861-0

TWENTY-TWO CENTS: MUHAMMAD YUNUS AND THE VILLAGE BANK by Paula Yoo and Jamel Akib, ill., Lee & Low, September 2014, 40p., ISBN: 978-1-60060-658-8
LISTEN, SLOWLY by Thanhha Lai, Harper, February 2015, 272p., ISBN: 978-0-06--222918-2
BLUE ON BLUE by Dianne White and Beth Krommes, ill., Beach Lane Books, December 2014, 48p., ISBN: 978-1-4424-1267-5

THE BULLIES OF WALL STREET by Sheila Bair, Simon & Schuster, April 2015, 272p., ISBN: 978-1-4814-0085-5

FREEDOM RIDER DIARY: SMUGGLED NOTES FROM PARCHMAN PRISON by Carol Ruth Silver, University Press of Mississippi, April 2014, 188p., ISBN: 978-1-61703-887-7

THE HONEST TRUTH by Dan Gemeinhart, Scholastic Press, January 2015, 240p., ISBN: 978-0-545-66573-5

BECAUSE THEY MARCHED: THE PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN FOR VOTING RIGHTS THAT CHANGED AMERICA by Russell Freedman, Holiday House, August 2014, 96p., ISBN: 978-0-8234-2921-9

THE CROSSOVER by Kwame Alexander, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, March 2014, 240p., ISBN: 978-0-544-10771-7 

GO, SHAPES, GO! by Denise Fleming, Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane, October 2014, 40p., ISBN: 978-1-4424-8240-1

I KNOW A BEAR by Mariana Ruiz Johnson, Random House/Schwartz & Wade, September 2014, 28p., ISBN: 978-0-385-38614-2

HUG MACHINE by Scott Campbell, Atheneum, August 2014, 40p., ISBN: 978-1-4424-5935-9 

JOLTIN’ JOE DIMAGGIO by Jonah Winter and James E. Ransome, ill., Atheneum, September 2014, 48p., ISBN: 978-1-4169-4080-7

NUTS TO YOU by Lynne Rae Perkins, Greenwillow, September 2014, 272p., ISBN: 978-0-06-009275-7

THE WAY TO THE ZOO by John Burningham, Candlewick Press, August 2014, 40p., ISBN: 978-0-7636-7317-8 

THOMAS PAINE: CRUSADER FOR LIBERTY by Albert Marrin, Knopf, November 2014, 176p., ISBN: 978-0-385-38605-0

THE SMALLEST GIRL IN THE SMALLEST GRADE by Justin Roberts and Christian Robinson, ill., Putnam, September 2014, 40p., ISBN: 978-0-399-25743-8

FORGET ME NOT by Nancy Van Laan and Stephanie Graegin, ill, Random House/Schwartz and Wade, August 2014, 40p., ISBN: 978-0-449-81543-4
LITTLE POEMS FOR TINY EARS by Lin Oliver and Tomie dePaola, ill., February 2014, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-399-16605-X
THE RIGHT WORD: ROGET AND HIS THESAURUS by Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet, ill., Eerdman’s Books for Young Readers, September 2014, 42p., ISBN: 978-0-8028-5385-1
GRAVITY by Jason Chin, Roaring Brook, April 2014, 32p., ISBN: 978-1-59643-717-3
ED AND TED AND TED’S DOG FRED (My Readers, Level 2) by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton, ill., Square Fish/Macmillan, May 2014, 32p., 978-1-250-04448-8

THE FREEDOM SUMMER MURDERS by Don Mitchell, Scholastic Press, April 2014, 256p., ISBN: 978-0-545-47725-3

EYES WIDE OPEN: GOING BEHIND THE ENVIRONMENTAL HEADLINES by Paul Fleischman, Candlewick, September 2014, 208p., ISBN: 978-0-7636-7102-0

SEPARATE IS NEVER EQUAL: SYLVIA MENDEZ & HER FAMILY’S FIGHT FOR DESEGREGATION by Duncan Tonatiuh, Abrams, May 2014, 40p., ISBN: 978-1-4197-1054-4

DEATH COMING UP THE HILL by Chris Crowe, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, October 2014, 208p., ISBN: 978-0-544-30215-0

THE FAMILY ROMANOV: MURDER, REBELLION & THE FALL OF IMPERIAL RUSSIA by Candace Fleming, Random House/Schwartz & Wade Books, July 2014, 304p., ISBN: 978-0-375-86782-8

THE SCRAPS BOOK: NOTES FROM A COLORFUL LIFE by Lois Ehlert, Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane Books, March, 2014,  72 p., ISBN: 978-1-4424-3571-1

ELIZABETH, QUEEN OF THE SEAS by Lynne Cox and Brian Floca, ill., Random House/Schwartz & Wade Books, May 2014, 48p., ISBN: 978-0-375-95888-5

GUILTY? CRIME, PUNISHMENT, AND THE CHANGING FACE OF JUSTICE by Teri Kanefield, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, November 2014, 144p., ISBN: 978-0-544-14596-1

TELEPHONE by Mac Barnett and Jen Corace, ill., Chronicle, September 2014, 40p., ISBN: 978-1-4521-1023-9

BROWN GIRL DREAMING by Jacqueline Woodson, Nancy Paulsen Books, August 2014, 336p., ISBN: 978-0-399-25251-8 

THE PORT CHICAGO 50: DISASTER, MUTINY, AND THE FIGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS by Steve Sheinkin, Roaring Brook, January 2014, 208p., ISBN: 978-1-59643-796-8

FIREFLY JULY: A YEAR OF VERY SHORT POEMS selected by Paul B. Janeczko and Melissa Sweet, ill. Candlewick, March 2014, 48p., ISBN: 978-0-7636-4842-8

A VOLCANO BENEATH THE SNOW: JOHN BROWN'S WAR AGAINST SLAVERY by Albert Marrin, Knopf, April 2014, 256p., ISBN: 978-0-307-98152-3

JOSEPHINE: THE DAZZLING LIFE OF JOSEPHINE BAKER by Patricia Hruby Powell and Christian Robinson, ill., Chronicle, January 2014, 102p., ISBN: 978-1-4521-0314-3

MY BUS by Byron Barton, Greenwillow, April 2014, 40p., ISBN: 978-0-06-228736-6 

IDA M. TARBELL: THE WOMAN WHO CHALLENGED BIG BUSINESS -- AND WON! by Emily Arnold McCully, Clarion, July 2014, 288p., ISBN: 978-0-547-29092-8

HOW I DISCOVERED POETRY by Marilyn Nelson and Hadley Hooper, ill., Dial, January 2014, 112p., ISBN: 978-0-8037-3304-6 

THE HERE AND NOW by Ann Brashares, Delacorte, April 2014, 256p., ISBN: 978-0-385-73680-0 


SEARCHING FOR SARAH RECTOR: THE RICHEST BLACK GIRL IN AMERICA by Tonya Bolden, Abrams, January 2014, 80p., ISBN: 978-1-4197-0846-6 

THE IMPOSSIBLE KNIFE OF MEMORY by Laurie Halse Anderson, Viking, January 2014, 304p., ISBN: 978-0-670-01209-1 



Comments (0)

You don't have permission to comment on this page.