Youth All Stars 2006: For All Ages

Annotated lists of books receiving at least one starred review from one of four major review sources: Booklist, Kirkus, LJ and PW. The review source assigns the star.
The list includes both fiction and nonfiction books. Titles are arranged alphabetically by author. The edition listed is the trade book, library bindings are not listed unless that is the only available format.

Titles received starred reviews from Booklist, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, School Library Journal, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and Horn Book. The theme information is derived from cataloging information and is not comprehensive.

Grade & age designations are approximate, parental judgement should be used. Not all books are suitable for all readers/listeners.

Annotations are from Advance, the Ingram Book Magazine or the Library of Congress CIP description.


  • The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation: The Pox Party
    Author: Anderson, M.T.
    Publisher: Candlewick $ 17.99 ISBN: 0763624020 Date: 2006
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    Various diaries, letters, and other manuscripts chronicle the experiences of Octavian, a young African American, from birth to age 16, as he is brought up as part of a science experiment in the years leading up to and during the Revolutionary War.
    Ages: 14-17 Category: Fiction | Historical
  • Crispin: At the Edge of the World
    Author: Avi
    Publisher: Hyperion $ 16.99 ISBN: 078685152x Date: 2006
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    In this riveting sequel to the Newbery Award-winning Crispin: The Cross of Lead--the second book in a planned trilogy--Avi explores themes of war, religion, and family as he continues the adventures of Crispin and Bear.
    Ages: 10-14 Category: Fiction | Action & Adventure
  • Framed
    Author: Boyce, Frank Cottrell
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 16.99 ISBN: 0060734027 Date: 2006
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    A few things to know about Dylan -He is the only boy in his entire town-so forget about playing soccer. His best friends are two pet chickens. His family owns the world's only gas station/coffee house-their pies are to die for, but profits are in the hole. Criminal instincts run in his family-his sister is a mastermind-in-training, and the tax men are after his father for questioning. And one more small thing about nine-year-old Dylan-the crime of the century has just fallen into his lap. With the same easy mix of wit, warmth, and wonder that made his debut novel, Millions, an award-winning international bestseller, Frank Cottrell Boyce tells the story of a boy who reminds an entire town of the power of art. - Publisher Marketing
    Ages: 8-12 Category: Fiction | Humorous
  • Monster Blood Tatoo: Foundling
    Author: Cornish, D.M.
    Publisher: Putnam $ 18.99 ISBN: 039924628x Date: 2006
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    The orphan Rossamund--a boy with a girl's name--begins his journey through the perilous Half-Continent where the human race lives in perpetual conflict withmonsters of every shape and description.
    Ages: 9-12 Category: Fiction | Speculative
  • The Loud Silence of Francine Green
    Author: Cushman, Karen
    Publisher: Clarion $ 16 ISBN: 0618504559 Date: 2006
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    Once again, Newbery Medalist Cushman (The Midwife's Apprentice) follows a young woman's progress toward her true self, this time exploring the nature of friendship and the experience of growing up Catholic in an era that is both fascinating and relevant to today's young people.
    Ages: 10-14 Category: Fiction | Historical
  • The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
    Author: DiCamillo, Kate
    Publisher: Candlewick $ 18.99 ISBN: 0763625892 Date: 2006
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    Parents' Choice Award (Spring) | Winner Quill Awards | Nominee
    The Newbery Medal-winning author of The Tale of Despereaux returns with this story about a toy china rabbit named Edward Tulane. When he becomes lost, Edward takes an extraordinary journey and shows readers a true miracle.
    Ages: 7-12 Category: Fiction | Action & Adventure
  • Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini
    Author: Fleischman, Sid
    Publisher: Greenwillow $ 18.99 ISBN: 0060850949 Date: 2006
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    In this passionate biography, the Newbery Medal-winning author of The Whipping Boy turns his eye to the greatest magician of them all: Harry Houdini.
    Ages: 9+ Category: Biography
  • Stay With Me
    Author: Freymann-Weyr, Garret
    Publisher: Houghton $ 16 ISBN: 0618605711 Date: 2006
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    Sixteen-year-old Leila Abranel loves her older half-sisters--from her father's first marriage--but does not know them well. When her sister Rebecca commits suicide, Leila wants to know why and begins navigating her family's breakdown.
    Ages: 12-17 Category: Fiction
  • The Braid
    Author: Frost, Helen
    Publisher: FSG $ 16 ISBN: 0374309620 Date: 2006
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    In this unforgettable novel, award-winning poet Helen Frost eloquently twists strand over strand of language, braiding the words at the edges of the poems to bring new poetic forms to life while intertwining the destinies of two young girls and the people who cross their paths.
    Ages: 12+ Category: Fiction | Historical | Poetry
  • River Secrets
    Author: Hale, Shannon
    Publisher: Bloomsbury $ 17.95 ISBN: 1582349010 Date: 2006
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    Newbery-Honor winner Shannon Hale returns the reader to the intrigue and magic of Bayern, first introduced in her critically acclaimed novel, The Goose Girl. Enter a world where even those with no special magical skills find in themselves something they never imagined. - Publisher Marketing
    Ages: 12-17 Category: Fiction | Action & Adventure | Speculative Fiction
  • Lugalbanda: the Boy Who Was Caught Up in a War
    Author: Henderson, Kathy
    Publisher: Candlewick $ 16.99 ISBN: 0763627828 Date: 2006
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    Parents' Choice Award (Spring) Winner
    Found in Iraq and older than the Bible, the Koran, or the Torah, this stirring epic--the world's oldest written story discovered 150 years ago--is a tale of childhood and courage that is remarkably relevant even today.
    Ages: 8-12 Category: Folklore
  • Lilly's Big Day
    Author: Henkes, Kevin
    Publisher: Greenwillow $ 16.99 ISBN: 0060742364 Date: 2006
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    The Caldecott Medal-winning author/illustrator of Kitten's First Full Moon brings back his beloved character from Lilly's Chocolate Heart to star in a brand-new picture book in which Lilly prepares to be the flower girl at her teacher's wedding.
    Ages:4-8 Category: Picture Book
  • The Adventure of Marco Polo
    Author: Freedman, Russell
    Publisher: Arthur Levine $ 17.99 ISBN: 043952394x Date: 2006
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    Marco Polo shook Europe with descriptions of the world he'd seen on his epic journey to the court of Kublai Khan, but had he really seen the "Roof of the World" in Central Asia, and the "City of Heaven" in far-off China or was he a charlatan who saw nothing more than the conjurings of his inventive mind?
    Ages: 9-12 Category: History
  • Pancakes for Supper
    Author: Isaacs, Anne
    Publisher: Scholastic $ 15.99 ISBN: 0439644836 Date: 2006
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    This deliciously satisfying story by an award-winning author and artist is inspired by the 19th-century Helen Bannerman classic.
    Ages: 3-5 Category: Folklore
  • Over a Thousand Hills I Walk With You
    Author: Jansen, Hanna
    Publisher: Carolrhoda $ 16.99 ISBN: 1575059274 Date: 2006
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    Ages: 13-17 Category: Fiction
  • Dreamhunter
    Author: Knox, Elizabeth
    Publisher: FSG $ 19 ISBN: 0374318530 Date: 2006
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    Laura comes from a world similar to our own except for one
    difference: it is next to the Place, an unfathomable land that
    fosters dreams of every kind and is inaccessible to all but a
    select few, the Dreamhunters. These are individuals with special
    gifts: the ability to catch larger-than-life dreams and relay them
    to audiences in the magnificent dream palace, the Rainbow
    Opera. People travel from all around to experience the benefits
    of the hunters' unique visions. Now fifteen-year-old Laura and
    her cousin Rose, daughters of Dreamhunters, are eligible to test
    themselves at the Place and find out whether they qualify for
    the passage. But nothing can prepare them for what they are
    about to discover. For within the Place lies a horrific secret kept
    hidden by corrupt members of the government. And when
    Laura's father, the man who discovered the Place, disappears,
    she realizes that this secret has the power to destroy everyone
    she loves . . . In the midst of a fascinating landscape, Laura's dreamy
    childhood is ending and a nightmare beginning. This rich
    novel, filled with beauty, danger, politics, and intrigue, comes to
    a powerful crescendo, leaving readers clamoring for Book Two. - Publisher Marketing
    Ages: 13-17 Category: Fiction | Speculative
  • Raiders Night
    Author: Lipsyte, Robert
    Publisher: Avon $ 15.99 ISBN: 0060599464 Date: 2006
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    The award-winning author of The Contender delivers an absorbing, eye-opening glimpse into the increasingly high-stakes world of high school football, where everyone--coaches, parents, and players--knows that winning really is the only option, no matter the cost.
    Ages: 14-17 Category: Fiction | Sports
  • Gossamer
    Author: Lowry, Lois
    Publisher: Walter Lorraine $ 16 ISBN: 0618685502 Date: 2006
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    In a haunting story that tiptoes between reality and imagination, a lonely, sensitive woman and a damaged, angry boy face their own histories and discover what they can be to one another, renewed by the strength that comes from a tiny, caring creature they will never see.
    Ages: 10-14 Category: Speculative Fiction
  • Little Lost Bat
    Author: Markle, Sandra & Alan Marks (ilt)
    Publisher: Charlesbridge $ 15.95 ISBN: 157091656x Date: 2006
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    A baby Mexican free-tailed bat clings to the ceiling of a crowded, noisy cave, waiting for his mother to return from her daily hunting trip. After three days of searching and waiting, he is rescued by a bat that is in a strangely similar circumstance. A surprising story of adoption in the animal kingdom based on current research.
    Ages: 4-8 Category: Nonfiction
  • Cyrano
    Author: McCaughrean, Geraldine
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 16 ISBN: 0152058052 Date: 2006
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    Award-winning British author McCaughrean brilliantly brings a familiar and lovable character to life.
    Ages: 12-17 Category: Fiction
  • I'm Dirty
    Author: McMullan, Kate & Jim
    Publisher: Joanna Cotler $ 16.99 ISBN: 0060092939 Date: 2006
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    Clank! Rattle! Bang! Who's making all that noise? "Backhoe Loader, reporting for duty." Cleaning up a mess? Easy as pie. Make that a mud pie. RRRRRM! RRRRRM! Who wants to be clean when it's so much fun being dirty? Clunk! I just LOVE my job! - Publisher Marketing
    Ages: 4-8 Category: Picture Book | Transportation
  • Jazz
    Author: Myers, Walter Dean & Christopher (ilt)
    Publisher: Holiday House $ 18.95 ISBN: 0823415457 Date: 2006
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    Ages: 4-8 Category: Picture Book | Music
  • Bread and Roses, Too
    Author: Paterson, Katherine
    Publisher: Clarion $ 16 ISBN: 0618654798 Date: 2006
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    Rosa"s mother is singing again, for the first time since Papa died in an accident in the mills. But instead of filling their cramped tenement apartment with Italian lullabies, Mamma is out on the streets singing union songs, and Rosa is terrified that her mother and older sister, Anna, are endangering their lives by marching against the corrupt mill owners. After all, didn"t Miss Finch tell the class that the strikers are nothing but rabble-rousers--an uneducated, violent mob? Suppose Mamma and Anna are jailed or, worse, killed? What will happen to Rosa and little Ricci? When Rosa is sent to Vermont with other children to live with strangers until the strike is over, she fears she will never see her family again. Then, on the train, a boy begs her to pretend that he is her brother. Alone and far from home, she agrees to protect him . . . even though she suspects that he is hiding some terrible secret. From a beloved, award-winning author, here is a moving story based on real events surrounding an infamous 1912 strike. - Publisher Marketing
    Ages: 10-14 Category: Fiction | Historical
  • Clementine
    Author: Pennypacker, Sara & Marla Frazee (ilt)
    Publisher: Hyperion $ 14.99 ISBN: 0786838825 Date: 2006
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    The author of Stewart's Cape and Stewart Goes to School introduces a new charmingly flawed and quirky character with an altogether unforgettable voice.
    Ages: 8 -10 Category: Fiction
  • Larklight: A Rousing Tale of Dauntless Pluck in the Farthest Reaches of Space
    Author: Reeve, Philip & David Wyatt (ilt)
    Publisher: Bloomsbury $ 16.95 ISBN: 1599900203 Date: 2006
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    Arthur (Art) Mumsby and his irritating sister, Myrtle, live with their father in a huge and rambling house called Larklight . . . that just happens to be traveling through outer space.
    Ages: 10-13 Category: Fiction | Action & Adventure | Speculative
  • What the Moon Saw
    Author: Resau, Laura
    Publisher: Delacorte $ 15.95 ISBN: 0385733437 Date: 2006
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    Clara Luna's name means "clear moon" in Spanish. But lately, her head has felt anything but clear. One day a letter comes from Mexico, written in Spanish: "Dear Clara, We invite you to our house for the summer. We will wait for you on the day of the full moon, in June, at the Oaxaca airport. Love, your grandparents." Fourteen-year-old Clara has never met her father's parents. She knows he snuck over the border from Mexico as a teenager, but beyond that, she knows almost nothing about his childhood. When she agrees to go, she's stunned by her grandparents' life: they live in simple shacks in the mountains of southern Mexico, where most people speak not only Spanish, but an indigenous language, Mixteco. The village of Yucuyoo holds other surprises, too-- like the spirit waterfall, which is heard but never seen. And Pedro, an intriguing young goatherder who wants to help Clara find the waterfall. Hearing her grandmother's adventurous tales of growing up as a healer awakens Clara to the magic in Yucuyoo, and in her own soul. What The Moon Saw is an enchanting story of discovering your true self in the most unexpected place. - Publisher Marketing
    Ages: 10-14 Category: Fiction
  • Under the Baseball Moon
    Author: Ritter, John H.
    Publisher: Philomel $ 16.99ISBN: 0399236236 Date: 2006
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    Andy Ramos dreams of taking his unique fusion of Latin jazz, rock, and hip-hop straight to the top. When he crosses paths with a softball pitcher with Olympian dreams, the mysterious fusion of their athletic and musical skills changes everything.
    Ages: 11-16 Category: Fiction | Sports
  • The Foreshadowing
    Author: Sedgwick, Marcus
    Publisher: Wendy Lamb $ 16.95 ISBN: 0385746466 Date: 2006
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    As World War I rages, 15-year-old Sasha, a well-to-do and sheltered English girl, wants to become a nurse. When she helps at a hospital, Sasha is able to see when someone is going to die. When she sees her brother in a premonition, she pretends to be a nurse and goes behind the front lines to prevent his death.
    Ages: 12-17 Category: Fiction | Historical
  • Mommy?
    Author: Sendak, Maurice
    Publisher: Scholastic $ 24.95 ISBN: 0439880505 Date: 2006
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    In one hilarious pop up extravaganza after another, a plucky little boy wanders to everybody's favorite monsters in search of his Mommy. Sendak's first pop up book is masterfully paper engineered by Reinhart.
    Ages: 4-8 Category: Pop Up Book
  • The Case of the Missing Marquess: An Enola Holmes Mystery
    Author: Springer, Nancy
    Publisher: Philomel $ 10.99 ISBN: 0399243046 Date: 2006
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    A new series featuring Sherlock Holmes' much-younger sister Enola begins. When her mother disappears, Enola is determined to find her and sets out to the heart of London. There Enola becomes involved in the kidnapping of a young marquess.
    Ages: 9-12 Category: Fiction | Mystery & Detective
  • Bella at Midnight: The Thimble, The Ring, And the Slippers of Glass
    Author: Stanley, Diane
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 15.99 ISBN: 0060775734 Date: 2006
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    Loosely based on "Cinderella," this fairy tale features a memorable heroine who embarks on a stirring adventure when she discovers her surprising destiny.
    Ages: 10-14 Category: Fiction | Fairy Tales
  • Ptolemy's Gate
    Author: Stroud, Jonathan
    Publisher: Miramax $ 17.95 ISBN: 0786818611 Date: 2006
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    VOYA :Best Speculative Fiction
    In this thrilling conclusion of the Bartimaeus trilogy, the destinies of Bartimaeus, Nathaniel, and Kitty are thrown together once more. For the first time, the secrets of Bartimaeus's past are revealed, and the threesome must face treacherous magicians, unravel a masterfully complex conspiracy, and defeat a formidable faction of demons.
    Ages: 9-12 Category: Fiction | Speculative
  • It's Kind of a Funny Story
    Author: Vizzini, Ned
    Publisher: Miramax $ 16.95 ISBN: 0786851961 Date: 2006
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    The author of Be More Chill takes a poignant look at teenage depression in this remarkably moving and authentic picture of the physicality, the despair, and even the hilarity of depression.
    Ages: 13-17 Category: Fiction
  • The Rules of Survival
    Author: Werlin, Nancy
    Publisher: Dial $ 16.99ISBN: 0803730012 Date: 2006
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    National Book Awards Finalist
    In this thought-provoking exploration of self-reliance and the nature of evil, a young boy sees that he needs to take action to save his family from his unpredictable mother.
    Ages: 14-17 Category: Fiction | Suspense
  • Flotsam
    Author: Weisner, David
    Publisher: Clarion $ 17 ISBN: 0618194576 Date: 2006
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    In this wordless masterpiece from a two-time Caldecott medalist, a bright, science-minded boy goes to the beach equipped to collect and examine flotsam--anything floating that has been washed ashore.
    Ages: 5-8 Category: Picture Book

Starred Review Lists

Books that received at least one starred review from Booklist, Kirkus, LJ, and PW.

2013 Crime Fiction: Jan-June | Fiction: Jan-June | Speculative Fiction

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