Crown Books for Young Readers: Clean Getaway by Nic Stone

Camp Tiger

In her picture book debut, adult author Susan Choi (Trust Exercise, winner of this year's National Book Award for Fiction) teams up with Caldecott Honor recipient John Rocco (Blackout; Noah Builds an Ark) to create a moving story about a young boy finding his independent spirit.

The boy hopes his family's summer camping trip will last forever because he feels apprehensive about starting first grade. At the campsite, the family finds a petite, well-mannered tiger who requests his own tent and becomes the boy's boon companion. With the beast at his side, the boy gains the courage to stand on his own. Camp Tiger (a Summer 2019 Kids' Indie Next List title) lies at the intersection of Life of Pi and Calvin and Hobbes. Rocco's illustrations shine against white backgrounds, and the tiger roars to life in show-stopping spreads; its haunting eyes stare directly at readers through flecks of campfire embers. Like the hero, children ages four to eight will likely take courage from the tiger long after the adventure ends. --Jaclyn Fulwood, youth services manager at Main Branch, Dayton Metro Library