Sunday, January 9, 2011

2011 Titles That Caught My Eye

Here is a list of 2011 titles I am looking forward to. Many of the titles in January have already been released I was a little heavy handed with the cover images but I couldn't help it, there are a lot of great covers.

If the title is italicized the story - features kids or color or has a diverse cast. If such a title is not italicized either I forgot to do it or I didn't know. So please feel free to tell me in the comment box.

All authors and illustrators of color will have an asterisk next to their name.

Before I get to January, here are three YA books that were published at the end of December

Bitter Melon by Cara Chow* - Ari's review
Teenie by Christopher Grant* - My review
Shadow Walker by L.A. Banks* - No review, but check out an excerpt

Picture Books

Shoe la la by Karen Beaumont illus. by Leuyen Pham*
A Nation's Hope : The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis by Matt de la Pena* - Kadir Nelson* Giant Steps to Change the World by Spike Lee* and Tonya Lewis* illus. Sean Qualls*
Roots and Blues: A Celebration by Arnold Adoff illus. by R . Gregory Christie*
Before there was Mozart by Lesa Cline Ransome* illus. by James E. Ransome*

Middle Grade

The Great Wall of Lucy Wu by Wendy Wan- Long Shang* my review
The Reinvention of Bessica Lefter by Kristen Tracy
Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy
Camo Girl by Kekly Magoon* my review
Wheels of Change : How Woman Rode the Bicycle to Freedom
by Sue Macy
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly (Paperback)

Young Adult

The Latte Rebellion by Sarah Jamila Stevenson*
The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
Slice of Cherry by Dia Reeves* my review
Sequins Secrets and Silver Linings by Sophia Bennett My review
Blessed by Cynthia Letich Smith*
Jazz in Love by Neesha Meminger* Edi's review and interview with the author

Daughter of Xanadu by Dori Jones Yang*
The Dark Goddess by Sarwat Chadda*
Orchards by Holly Thompson
Good Fortune by Noni Carter* (Paperback)
Sweet Hereafter by Angela Johnson* (Paperback)
Tales of the Madman Underground by John Barnes (Paperback)
Mare's War by Tanita Davis* (Paperback)
Picture Books/Early Reader

The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred by Samantha R. Vamos illus by Rafael Lopez
Argus by Michelle Knudsen illus. by Andrea Wesson
Ballpark Mysteries : The Fenway Foul Up by David A. Kelly

Middle Grade

A Dog's Way Home by Bobbie Pyron
The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander
Inside Out and Black Again by Thanhha Lai*
Tall Story by Candy Gourlay*
How Lamar's Bad Prank Won a Bubba Sized Trohpy by Crystal Allen*
The Prince of Fenway Park by Julianna Baggott (Paperback)
Young Adult

Trapped by Michael Northrop - out now my review
Pink by Lili Wilkinson
Pickup Game edited by Marc Aronson and Charles R Smith
SkateFate by Juan Felipe Herrera*
Death Cloud by Andrew Lane
The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney
Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon* (Paperback)
Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork* (Paperback)

Middle Grade

Dragonbreath: Lair of the Bat Monster by Ursula Vernon
Warp Speed by Lisa Yee*
Glitz by Philana Marie Boles*
The Popularity Papers Book Two by Amy Ignatow
Celestial Globe by Marie Rutkoski (Paperback)
The Big Splash by Jack D. Ferraiolo (Paperback)

Young Adult

Fury of Phoenix by Cindy Pon*
What Can't Wait by Ashley Hope Perez*
The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta
Blink &Caution by Tim Wynne Jones
Subway Girl by PJ Converse
I Am J by Chris Beam
The Way the Door Closes by Hope Anita Smith* (Paperback)
The Post Slave of Cuba by Margarita Engle* illus by Sean Qualls* (Paperback)
Nurse, Solider Spy -story of Sarah Edmounds by Marissa Moss illus. by John Hendrix (NF)
Picture Book
Ladder to the Moon by Maya Soetoro-Ng* illus. by Yuyi Morales*

Middle Grade

Operation Redwood by S. Terrell French (Paperback)
Okay For Now by Gary D. Schmidt
Theodosia and the Last Pharaoh by R.L. LaFevers
Bird in a Box by Andrea Davis Pinkney* illus. by Sean Qualls*
Sidekicks by Jack D Ferraiolo

Young Adult

Boyfriends With Girlfriends by Alex Sanchez*
Abandon by Meg Cabot
The Returning by Christine Hinwood
You Don't Have a Clue edited by Sarah Cortez*
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor*
The Time Traveling Fashonisita by Bianca Turestsky
Huntress by Malinda Lo*


Summer Jackson: Grown Up by Teresa E. Harris*
Diego Rivera His World and Ours by Duncan Tonatiuth*
Ellray Jakes is Not a Chicken by Sally Warner
The Lemonade Crime by Jacqueline Davies
I So Don't Do Famous by Barrie Summy
Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge
The Midnight Gate by Helen Stringer
Jeremy Bender vs. The Cupcake Cadets by Eric Luper
Fibble: The Fourth Circle of Heck by Dale E. Bayse

Young Adult

Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia Mccall*
Compulsion by Heidi Ayarbe
My Life, The Theater, and Other Tragedies by Allen Zadoff
Shine by Lauren Myracle
Notes from the Blender by Brendan Halpin and Trish Cook
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
Putting Makeup on Dead People by Jen Violi


OyMG by Amy Fellner Dominy
Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach

Picture Book/Early Reader
Waiting for the Biblioburro by Monica Brown* illus. by John Parra*
The Bravest Woman in America by Marissa Moss illus. by Andrea URen
Nikki & Deja Election Madness by Karen English* illus. by Laura Freeman*
Middle Grade
The Detention Club by David Yoo*
The Fast and the Furriest by Andy Behrens (Paperback)

Young Adult

Dreams of Significant Girls by Cristina Garcia*
Silhouetted by the Blue by Traci L Jones*
The Bestest Ramadan Ever by Medeia Sharif*
Luminous by Dawn Metcalf
Wildcat Fireflies by Amber Kizer


Chirchir is Singing by Kelly Cunnane illus. by Jude Daly
Vanished by Sheela Chari*
How Dalia put a big yellow comforter inside of a tiny blue box by Linda Heller
Sweetly by Jackson Pearce
Want to Go Private by Sarah Darer Littman
Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey


Circus Galacticus by Deva Fagan
Bronxwood by Coe Booth*
Return to Me by Justina Chen Headley*
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
All the Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake*
Dear Bully edited by Megan Kelley Hall and Carrie Jones


Carol H Rasco said...

Wow, you are SO organized! I am keeping this list, how very helpful it will be to me, thank you. I'll look forward to your reactions to those I have already read (primarily paperbacks of course)....thanks again!

Sarah Rettger said...

Doret, this isn't fair! Do you realize how many more books are on my TBR list now that I've read this post?

Interesting trend, btw - apparently this is the year for picture books about Sarah Edmonds. Lerner has one coming out too, by Carrie Jones (as in the one who usually writes YA).

Charlotte said...

goodness, that's a lot! I don't have time to look closely right now, but Shadow Walker has gone right smack on my list!

MissA said...

The Latte Rebellion is about a poc and by a poc. But I'm guessing you already knew that :)

Luckily for me, most of these are already on my to-read list. I covered my eyes before looking at new titles because my Goodreads list and shelves just can't take any more books!

*retreats back to finals cave*

Doret said...

Carol- This is the most organized I will be all year and shall treat myself by not posting again until Wednesday.

Sarah or should I say Digital Concierge - thanks for letting me know about Carrie Jones PB, I'll be sure to get it from Netgalley

Charlotte - I am looking forward to reading Banks YA debut as well, especially after checking out of the excerpt

Ari - Thanks, I missed marking Latte Rebellion

Candy Gourlay said...

oh my - did you really read all that? fantastic!

Candy Gourlay said...

And thanks for putting Tall Story on your eye catching list!

Anonymous said...

PINK and I AM J both have diverse casts!

Unknown said...

2011 isn't even two weeks old and I'm already super excited for all of the books I've seen on lists like this. I thought 2010 was going to be huge, since a few of my favorite series were concluding, but I'm definitely more excited about the new stuff for 2011! (It also seems like so far this is a good year for books about a person of color to actually feature a POC on their cover)

Doret said...

Candy - Much congrats on your upcoming U.S. release (finally) looking forward to finally geting to read Tall Story

Karen - Thank you. Having to go back to italicized makes me very happy

Angela - There are a lot of great books coming out this year

Iron Guy Carl said...

I'm looking forward to the Roots and Blues book. I'll have to check and see if Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library will get it. Thanks for commenting on my blog.

Samantha Vamos said...

Hello Doret. The farm maiden, her illustrator Rafael Lopez, and I thank you for including "The Cazuela That The Farm Maiden Stirred." I was really delighted to see it in your list. All best and happy new year, Samantha Vamos

Madigan Mirza said...

What a great list! I can't believe you've got nearly the whole year mapped out. I think I've worked out what interests me, up until... March or so.

I'm excited for The Latte Rebellion.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Doret! Now I just added a bazillion more books to my son's wishlist. :-O