Monthly Archives: April 2016

March 2016 Stars Update

Well it’s been a very exciting March! Elizabeth Bluemle posted about the Starred Reviews Spreadsheet over at ShelfTalker on the Publishers Weekly site. Elizabeth’s list of starred reviews that she posted quarterly is one of the things that inspired me to start my own spreadsheet all the way back in 2011 so it was pretty amazing to see my own name on her blog! Her post mentioned sorting by publisher so I’m working on adding publisher information to the 2016 spreadsheet, but it may be awhile until I get everything updated so please note that’s a work in progress. I’m also new to sorting out publisher vs. imprint stuff so let me know in the comments if you see an inaccuracy (particularly if you’re from the publisher!).

Here’s the other excitement: We have our first 5 star books! But first, a rundown of the stats for the year so far:

  • 690 stars have been awarded to 437 books
  • 2 books have 5 stars, 20 books have 4 stars, 41 books have 3 stars, 103 books have 2 stars, 271 books have 1 star
  • Breakdown of the 690 stars by journal: Booklist 129; Bulletin 18; Horn Book 15; Kirkus 225; PW 176; SLJ 127.
  • The Bulletin is the holdout for both of our 5 star books, but their reviewing schedule tends to run towards the later end so stars for these two could still be coming! (In fact, I peeked at the April Bulletin and at least one will be moving into the 6 star category next month…….)

Without further ado may I present the 2 books which have received 5 starred reviews:



4 stars (20 titles):

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3 stars (41 titles) – like last month I’ve left out subtitles for some of the non-fiction and books new to the list are in bold:

Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
Anything But Ordinary Addie by Mara Rockliff
Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat
Character, Driven by David Lubar
The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox
Cricket Song by Anne Hunter
Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling by Tony Cliff
The Door By the Staircase by Katherine Marsh
Draw the Line by Laurent Linn
Emma and Julia Love Ballet by Barbara McClintock
Essential Maps for the Lost by Deb Caletti
Free Verse by Sarah Dooley
Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford
Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett
The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle
Grumpy Pants by Claire Messer
Half Lost by Sally Green
Horrible Bear! by Ame Dyckman
Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar
Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee
Miss Mary Reporting by Sue Macy
The Most Important Thing by Avi
My Name Is Not Friday by Jon Walter
The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos
The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks
The Night Gardener by Terry and Eric Fan
The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
Spot, the Cat by Henry Cole
The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters
The Storyteller by Aaron Starmer
Swap! by Steve Light
A Tangle of Gold by Jaclyn Moriarty
Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach
Their Great Gift by John Coy
There Is a Tribe of Kids by Lane Smith
Twenty Yawns by Jane Smiley
When Mischief Came to Town by Katrina Nannestad
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk
You Never Heard of Casey Stengel?! by Jonah Winter

For complete information on any of these titles check out theĀ spreadsheet.