Each year, our staff has read their agreed upon favorites ranging from picture books to novels, fiction and non fiction-- and come up with a title that stands out as the one we can't stop talking about.

Hicklebee's Book of the Year! Fall 2020

Winners ~ Fall 2020

This season we are proud to announce that we have two new winners--one a novel and one an illustrated book. And the winners are ...

Novel - We are Not Free by Tracy Chee

We Are Not Free, by Traci Chee, is an immersive, heart-breaking chronicle, told in 14 voices, of the incarceration of Japanese-Americans after the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Uprooted from their lives in San Francisco, the teens try to stay bonded amid the flood of conflicting emotions that accompany their relocation and loss of freedom. While the internment has been the focus of other books for young readers and has long been recognized as a shameful fact of American history, We Are Not Free still startles.






Illustrated Book - The Barnabus Project

Barnabus, a wee cross between an elephant and a mouse, is one of the "Failed Projects" hidden deep beneath the Perfect Pets emporium of a busy city. When it appears that a drastic lab clean-up threatens him and his colorfully named peers, he leads a bell-jar breakout--one that takes them up to see the night sky he's always dreamed of.

Terry, Eric, and Devin Fan grew up together in Toronto and have been long-time collaborators. The Barnabus Project has gorgeous illustrations--full of humor with a Monsters, Inc., vibe. And the book can be as soulful as E.T. in teaching a lesson about acceptance.



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ISBN: 9780358131434
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2020

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By Traci Chee, Erika Aishii (Narrator), Brittany Ishibashi (Narrator), Terry Kitagawa (Narrator), Kurt Sanchez Kanazawa (Narrator), Scott Keiji Takeda (Narrator), Dan Woren (Narrator), Grace Rolek (Narrator), Ryan Potter (Narrator), Sophie Oda (Narrator), Christopher Naoki Lee (Narrator), Ali Fumiko (Narrator), Andrew Kishino (Narrator)
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ISBN: 9780358343165
Availability: Backordered
Published: HMH Audio - September 1st, 2020

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ISBN: 9780735263260
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tundra Books - September 1st, 2020