Monthly Archives: January 2016

January Stars Update

All the January starred reviews for the six journals I track have been entered. Here’s a list of 2016 titles with three or four stars (nothing has received 5 or 6 stars yet). For the 4 star books I’ve added their covers, three star books just have title and author listed – for more complete information check out the spreadsheet itself. Happy reading!

4 stars (5 titles):

3 stars (23 titles):
Character, Driven by David Lubar
The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox
Cricket Song by Anne Hunter
Emma and Julia Love Ballet by Barbara McClintock
Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston
Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford
The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle
Half Lost by Sally Green
Horrible Bear! by Ame Dyckman
I Hear a Pickle and Smell, See, Touch & Taste It, Too! by Rachel Isadora
Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee
The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork
My Name Is Not Friday by Jon Walter
Samurai Rising by Pamela S. Turner
Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book) by Julie Falatko
The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters
Swap! by Steve Light
Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach
When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons by Julie Fogliano
When Mischief Came to Town by Katrina Nannestad
The White Cat and the Monk by Jo Ellen Bogart
The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
You Never Heard of Casey Stengel?! by Jonah Winter


Hello! I’m Jen J. and I love books – particularly children’s and young adult literature – and I love spreadsheets. You may have seen me over in the comments of Heavy Medal or Someday My Printz Will Come posting about updates to my spreadsheets over the summers or posting about fun things like percentages or odds or the such. Welcome to my brand spankin’ new blog designed to collect those spreadsheets in one easy web location instead of buried about in the comments on posts. I don’t know how often I’ll be blogging, but I’ll be updating my spreadsheets regularly. Take a look around, make yourself at home and see what’s here!