While a number of book industry magazines review books ahead of publication, Kirkus Reviews has a reputation for being one of the toughest to impress. Starred reviews are not handed out often.
Every year Kirkus considers all the books that achieved starred reviews and awards a $50,000 cash prize—one of the largest literary prizes in the world—to a fiction, a nonfiction, and a young readers' book.
Of the 1,272 books that garnered starred reviews in 2017, here are this year's Kirkus Prize winners along with the judges' statements:
YOUNG READERS' LITERATURE
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