Look Back at Our 2022 Stars!

2022 was quite the year for our books! Here are just some of the books that received many starred reviews. From award-winning authors and illustrators to stunning debut novels, this year’s books have garnered much praise in the school & library world, and rightly so. Read below about these acclaimed books and be sure to add them to your shelves to be read for years to come.

From all of us at HarperStacks, Happy Holidays and have a wonderful 2023!




“Exquisite tribute to one of America’s most influential poets.” – Booklist (starred review)




“A richly layered, powerful introduction to an entrepreneur and the problems he solved." — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)




“Belongs on shelves in school and libraries everywhere.” — School Library Journal (starred review)




“A rousing adventure.” — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)




“A must-have for all middle grade historical fiction collections.” — School Library Journal (starred review)





“An emotionally resonant story about authenticity and belonging.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)




“This heart-wrenching story of friendship, family, and belonging is a perfect read.” – Booklist (starred review)




“A marvelous heroic journey.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)





“The honesty and complexity of this book make it a gripping read.” — School Library Journal (starred review)




“Captures the unbalanced experience of an all-consuming love.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)




“A radiant YA debut about biracial identity and the complexity of love for people and places. An incisive read.” — Shelf Awareness (starred review)



“Mind-expanding, guffaw-inducing, and truth-telling—Schrefer’s title guides readers to a frontier where no STEM curriculum has gone before.” — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)




“Ireland mingles an in-depth understanding of human nature with a wildly ambitious reimagining of the Depression era.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)




“A fantasy adventure filled with poignant illustrations, silly banter between friends and fast-paced battle scenes. Worth lingering over.” — BookPage (starred review)




“Jackson skillfully explores internalized and externalized anti-Blackness in this striking horror novel. Bone-chilling.”— Publishers Weekly (starred review)