Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2022

Hello, jFIC fans,

Here’s a short list of new and notable juvenile books by AAPI authors:

Dream, Annie, Dream by Waka T. Brown

Aru Shah and the Nectar of Immortality (the final book in the Pandava Series) by Roshani Chokshi

Jennifer Chan Is Not Alone by Tae Keller

The Turtle of Michigan (companion to The Turtle of Oman) by Naomi Shihab Nye

Omar Rising (companion to Amal Unbound) by Aisha Saeed

The Last Mapmaker by Christina Soontornvat

“Drinking tea alone / every day the butterfly / stops by.” ~Kobayashi Issa

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2021 FAVORITES

Hello, jFIC fans,

These are my favorite 2021 juvenile books. I’ve included links to the Kirkus reviews.

The In-Between by Rebecca K.S. Ansari
https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/rebecca-ks-ansari/the-in-between-ansari/
The Republic of Birds by Jessica Miller
https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/jessica-miller/the-republic-of-birds/
The Secret Starling by Judith Eagle
https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/judith-eagle/the-secret-starling/
Kaleidoscope by Brian Selznick
https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/brian-selznick/kaleidoscope-selznick/
Cinders and Sparrows by Stefan Bachmann
https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/stefan-bachmann/cinders-sparrows/
The Kids of Cattywampus Street by Lisa Jahn-Clough
https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/lisa-jahn-clough/the-kids-of-cattywampus-street/

Happy reading!

“Keep calm and drink your tea.” ~Found at https://www.keepcalmandcarryon.com/

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For Black History Month

Hello, jFIC fans,

To celebrate Black History Month, here are five outstanding 2021 books by African American authors:

Fast Pitch by Nick Stone 2021

Playing the Cards You’re Dealt by Varian Johnson 2021

Forever This Summer (sequel to Love Like Sky) by Leslie C. Youngblood 2021

Black Boy Joy: 17 Stories Celebrating Black Boyhood edited by Kwame Mbalia 2021

Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewel Parker Rhodes 2021

For more books by African American authors, see my post titled “Celebrating Valentine’s Day and Black History Month.”

Happy reading!

“I always get up and make a cup of coffee while it is still dark — it must be dark — and then I drink the coffee and watch the light come.” ~Toni Morrison

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JFIC Mysteries: A Diverse List

Hello, jFIC fans,

Winter is the perfect season to curl up with with a good mystery and a hot beverage. Here’s a list (alpha by author) of juvenile mysteries along with their year of publication. Several are by BIPOC authors.

If You Find This by Matthew Baker 2015

Chasing Vermeer and sequels by Blue Balliett 2004+

Brixton Brothers Series by Mac Barnett 2009+

The Red Blazer Girls Mystery Series by Michael D. Beil 2009+

The Book Scavenger Series by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman 2015+

Zora and Me: the Song of Ivory by Victoria Bond & T.R. Simon 2010 (BIPOC)

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusty Bowling 2017

Flavia de Luce Mystery Series by Alan Bradley 2009+ (classified as for adults, but suitable for pre-teen and teen advanced readers)

The Usual Suspects by Maurice Broaddus 2019 (BIPOC)

Myrtle Hardcastle Mysteries by Elizabeth C. Bunce 2020+

The World’s Greatest Detective by Caroline Carlson 2016

Me, Frida, and the Secret of the Peacock Ring by Angela Cervantes 2018 (BIPOC)

Finding Mighty by Sheela Chari 2017 (BIPOC)

The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd 2007

The Ambrose Deception by Emily Ecton 2018

Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald 2014

Pumpkin Falls Mystery Series by Heather Vogel Frederick 2014+

FunJungle Series by Stuart Gibbs 2010+

The Detective’s Assistant by Kate Hannigan 2015

The Lost Art Mysteries by Deron R. Hicks 2017+

Aggie Morton, Mystery Queen Series by Marthe Jocelyn 2021+

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson 2018 (BIPOC)

OC Daniel by Wesley King 2016

The Wig in the Window (2013) & The Tiara on the Terrace (2016) by Kristen Kittscher 

Goldie Vance Series by Hope Larson (graphic novels) 2020+(BIPOC)

Nooks and Crannies by Jennifer Lawson 2015

Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars by Tracy Mack and Michael Citrin 2007

From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks 2020 (BIPOC)

Greenglass House and sequels by Kate Milford 2014+

Framed! Series by James Ponti 2016+

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin 1978

A-Z Mystery Series and Capital Mystery Series (for Emergent Readers) by Ron Roy 1997+

Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective Series by Octavia Spencer 2015+

Enola Holmes Mystery Series by Nancy Springer (novels and graphic novels) 2006+

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead 2009

The Guggenheim Mystery by Robin Stevens 2017

Wells & Wong Mystery Series by Robin Stevens 2014+

The Harlem Charade by Natasha Tarpley 2017 (BIPOC)

The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson 2017

Mo & Dale Mystery Series by Sheila Turnage 2012+

Sammy Keyes Mystery Series by Wendelin Van Draanen 1998+

Eddie Red Undercover Series by Marcia Wells 2014+

Ernestine, Catastrophe Queen by Merrill Wyatt 2018+

Tangled Up in Luck by Merrill Wyatt 2021

The Emperor’s Riddle by Kat Zhang 2017 (BIPOC)

And let’s not forget the classics:

Hardy Boys Adventures by Franklin W. Dixon 1927+

Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kastner 1929

Nancy Drew Series by Carolyn Keene 1930+

Trixie Belden Mysteries by Kathryn Kenny 1948+

Encyclopedia Brown Series by Donald J Sobol 1963+

The Boxcar Children Series by Gertrude Chandler Warner 1924+

My favorite? The Enola Holmes Mystery Series by Nancy Springer!

Happy reading!

“Tea and books: Mmmmm, two of life’s exquisite pleasures that together bring near-bliss.” ~Christine Hanrahan

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Wintry Adventures

Hello, jFIC fans,

For the holiday season, here’s a diverse list of books with a wintry setting. Brrr!

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken

The Girl Who Speaks Bear by Sophie Anderson

The Forgotten Girl by India Hill Brown

The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson

The Bears on Hemlock Mountain by Alice Dalgliesh

The Lotterys More or Less by Emma Donoghue

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee

Absolutely Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick

Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman

The Doldrums and the Helmsley Curse by Nicholas Gannon

Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner

Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser

Winterhouse by Ben Guterson

Very Rich by Polly Horvath

WinterFrost by Michelle Houts

Moominland Midwinter by Tove Jansson

Ice Dogs by Terry Lynn Johnson

Brother’s Keeper by Julie Lee

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

The Poet’s Dog by Patricia MacLachlan

Greenglass House by Kate Milford

Lara’s Gift by Annemarie O’Brien

Astrid the Unstoppable by Maria Parr

The Barren Grounds by David A. Robertson

May B. by Caroline Starr Rose

Jasper and the Riddle of Riley’s Mine by Caroline Starr Rose

The Evil Wizard Smallbone by Delia Sherman

Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu

The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Lost Frost Girl by Amy Wilson

Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin

“It snowed last year too: I made a snowman and my brother knocked it down and I knocked my brother down and then we had tea.”
~Dylan Thomas (from A Child’s Christmas in Wales)


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Spooky JFIC Revisited

Hello, jFIC fans,

Here’s a copy of my 2019 post on spooky reads:

October is my favorite month of the year, not just because it’s so cool and colorful, but because it has the funnest holiday: Halloween! To celebrate, here’s a list of creepy reads that’ll leave you feeling delightfully spooked. Read them at night with a steaming cup of your favorite autumn tea.

The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson

Small Spaces, Dead Voices, and Dark Waters by Katherine Arden

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

The House With a Clock in Its Walls and other books by John Bellairs

Doll Bones by Holly Black

The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury

The Ghost Road by Chris Cotter

The Witches by Roald Dahl

A Curious Tale of the In-Between by Lauren DeStefano

Watch Hollow by Gregory Funaro

The Graveyard Book and Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Wait Till Helen Comes and other books by Mary Downing Hahn

The Great Ghost Rescue and Dial-a-Ghost by Eva Ibbotson

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

How to Catch a Bogle Trilogy by Catherine Jinks

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The Dark Thirty by Patricia McKissack

The Book of Bad Things and other books by Dan Poblocki

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (three books) by Alvin Schwartz

City of Ghosts, Tunnel of Bones, and Bridge of Souls by Victoria Schwab

Beware! scary stories picked by by R.L. Stine

Goosebumps Series by R.L. Stine

Lockwood & Co Series by Jonathan Stroud  

The Accidental Afterlife of Thomas Marsden by Emma Trevayne

Nightbooks by J.A. White

Happy reading!

Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and teapot bubble. Give me autumn, give me tea; Give me spooky Halloweens!

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For Hispanic Heritage Month

Hello, jFIC fans, 

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15), here are several jFIC books that are available in both English and Spanish:

Island Treasures / Tesoros de mi isla by Alma Flor Ada

Island Treasures: Growing Up in Cuba by [Alma Flor Ada, Antonio Martorell, Edel Rodriguez]

Before We Were Free / Antes de ser libres by Julia Álvarez

Return to Sender / Devolver al remitente by Julia Álvarez

How Tía Lola Came to (Visit) Stay / De cómo tía Lola vino (de visita) a quedarse by Julia Álvarez

The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora / El épico fracaso de Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya 

Lety Out Loud / Lety alza su voz by Angela Cervantes

Merci Suárez Changes Gears / Merci Suárez se pone las pilas by Meg Medina

The First Rule of Punk / La primera regla del punk by Celia C. Pérez

Becoming Naomi León / Yo, Naomi León by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Echo / Eco by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Esperanza Rising / Esperanza Renace by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Mañanaland / Mañanaland by Pam Muñoz Ryan

The Wild Book / El libro salvaje by Juan Villoro

Happy reading!

“I do what I can to make the world a happier place. For example, I had my coffee today.” ~Sweatpants And Coffee, LLC

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JFIC Novels That Take Place in the Summer

Hello, jFIC fans,

My July 12, 2017 post was a list of “100 Juvenile Books That Take Place in the Summer.” Here are some more. These were published between 2017-2021. 

JFIC novels that take place in the summer and were published between 2017 and 2021:

All the Ways Home by Elsie Chapman

Any Day with You by Mae Respicio

August Isle by Ali Standish

Battle of Junk Mountain (The) by Lauren Abbey Greenberg

Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol (Graphic Novel)

Brother Wars: Cabin Eleven by Steven K Smith

Camp Average by Craig Battle

Camp by Kayla Miller (Graphic Novel) 

Camp Clique by Eileen Moskowitz-Palma

Caterpillar Summer by Gillian McDunn

Chirp by Kate Messner

Effie Starr Zook Has One More Question by Martha Freeman

Emperor’s Riddle (The) by Kat Zhang

Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora (The) by Pablo Cartaya

Finally, Something Mysterious by Doug Cornett

Forever This Summer by Leslie C Youngblood

From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks

Girls of Firefly Cabin (The) by Cynthia Ellingsen

Guggenheim Mystery (The) by Robin stevens

High Rise Mystery by Sharna Jackson

Hope in the Holler by Lisa Lewis Tyre

House that Lou Built (The) by Mae Respicio

Jelly Bean Summer by Joyce Magnin

Junior Lifeguards Series by Elizabeth Doyle Carey

Key to Everything (The) by Pat Schmatz

Kind of Paradise (A) by Amy Rebecca Tan

Lemons by Melissa Savage

Line Tender (The) by Kate Allen

Matchstick Castle (The) by Keir Graff

Mystery of the Moon Tower (The) by Francesco Sedita

Parker Inheritance (The) by Varian Johnson

Quicksand Pond by Janet Taylor Lisle

Rambler Steals Home (A) by Carter Higgins

Rating Your Bunkmates and Other Camp Crimes by Jennifer Orr

Rules of the Ruff by Heidi Lang

Season of Styx Malone (The) by Kekla Magoon

Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Shouting at the Rain by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Silver Meadows Summer by Emma Otheguy

Stand Up, Yumi Chung! by Jessica Kim

Summer and July by Paul Mosier

Summer at Meadow Wood by Amy Rebecca Tan

This Would Make a Good Story Someday by Dana Alison Levy

Thousand Questions (A) by Saadia Faruqi

To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan

What Happens Next by Claire Swinarski

When I Hit the Road by Nancy J Cavanaugh

When Life Gives You Mangos by Kareen Getten

Where the Watermelons Grow by Cindy Baldwin

Wild Blues by Beth Kephart

Wrong Way Summer by Heidi Lang

Of the ones I’ve read, I particularly enjoyed Lemons by Melissa Savage, a funny and touching story of two friends searching for BigFoot while coping with family loss.   

Happy reading!

American-style iced tea is the perfect drink for a hot, sunny day. It’s never really caught on in the UK, probably because the last time we had a hot, sunny day was back in 1957.” ~Tom Holt

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JFIC with Grandparents

Hello, jFIC fans,

May is both Older Americans Month and Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Here’s a list of 25 middle grade books that include grandparents. Several are by Asian American authors.

The Blackbird Girls / Anne Blankman

The Witches / Roald Dahl

Louisiana’s Way Home / Kate DiCamillo

Brendan Buckley’s Universe and Everything in It / Sundee Tucker Frazier

The Fourteenth Goldfish / Jennifer L. Holm

Sunny Side Up / Jennifer L. Holm

The Thing About Luck / Cynthia Kadohata

When You Trap a Tiger / Tae Keller

Listen, Slowly / Thanhha Lai

Dream Within a Dream / Patricia MacLachlan

In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse / Joseph Marshall III

Merci Suárez Changes Gears / Meg Medina

Chirp / Kate Messner

The Turtle of Oman / Naomi Shihab Nye

Astrid the Unstoppable / Maria Parr

A Long Way from Chicago / Richard Peck

A Year Down Yonder / Richard Peck

As Brave as You / Jason Reynolds

The Good Thieves / Katherine Rundell

The Great Wall of Lucy Wu / Wendy Wan-Long Shang

Heidi / Johanna Spyri

The Runaways / Ulf Stark

Clean Getaway / Nic Stone

Gone Crazy in Alabama / Rita Williams-Garcia

Echo Mountain / Lauren Wolk

Happy reading!

“Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves — slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

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JFIC Novels in Verse

Hello, jFIC fans,

April is National Poetry Month, so here’s a list of outstanding novels written in verse. All have received starred reviews, and several have also won awards.

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander (award winner)

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The Canyon’s Edge by Dusti Bowling (starred reviews)

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Serafina’s Promise by Ann E. Burg (award winner)

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Love That Dog (award winner), Moo, and Saving Winslow (starred reviews) by Sharon Creech

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The Wild Book by Margarita Engle (starred reviews)

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Starfish by Lisa Fipps 2021 (starred reviews)

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Garvey’s Choice (starred reviews) and Words with Wings (award winner) by Nikki Grimes

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Catching a Storyfish by Janice N. Harrington (starred reviews)

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Out of the Dust (award winner) and Witness (starred reviews) by Karen Hesse

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Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton (starred reviews)

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Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai (award winner)

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The One Thing You’d Save by Linda Sue Park 2021 (starred reviews)

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The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkey (starred reviews)

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May B. by Caroline Starr Rose (award winner)

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Land of the Cranes and The Moon Within by Aida Salazar (starred reviews)

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Red Butterfly by A.L. Sonnichsen (starred reviews)

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The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary by Laura Shovan (award winner)

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Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga (award winner)

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Brown Girl Dreaming (award winner memoir) and Before the Ever After (award winner) by Jacqueline Woodson

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For a more extensive list of middle grade novels in verse, visit this excellent website: https://readingmiddlegrade.com/middle-grade-novels-in-verse/

Happy reading!

Time for you and time for me,
And time yet for a hundred indecisions,
And for a hundred visions and revisions,
Before the taking of toast and tea
.”
~T.S. Eliot

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