Monthly Archives: May 2016

May 2016 Stars Update

The Lie Tree joins Jazz Day in the six starred reviews club!

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Also, as a special note, I totally missed Booklist’s starred review of Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. It is now in its rightful place on the list of books with 3 starred reviews and that entry is in the spreadsheet. Thanks to Anne of My Head Is Full of Books for catching that it was missing!

Updated stats for the year so far:

  • 943 stars have been awarded to 591 books (note: 2015 titles are still racking up a few stars here and there – those stars are not included in these numbers).
  • 2 books have 6 stars, 5 books have 5 stars, 25 books have 4 stars, 60 books have 3 stars, 127 books have 2 stars, 372 books have 1 star
  • Breakdown of the 943 stars by journal: Booklist 193; Bulletin 32; Horn Book 27; Kirkus 291; PW 231; SLJ 169.

5 starred reviews – 5 titles; Wet Cement is new to the 5 starred reviews list:

passionofdolssaraymienightingale
thunderboyjrwewillnotbesilent

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4 starred reviews – 25 titles; Best Frints in the Whole Universe, Freedom in Congo Square, Golden Boys, Summer Days and Summer Nights, and A Tangle of Gold are new to the 4 starred reviews list:

olinguitobestfrints bittersideofsweet booked burnbabyburn exitpursuedbyabearfreedomincongosquaregoldenboys ihearapickle ideasareallaround memoryoflight pax ravenkingsamurairising snappsythealligator sophiequireandthelaststoryguardsummerdaysandnightstangleofgold tribeofkidsunbecoming wearetheants whengreenbecomestomatoes Groundwood Logos Spine wildrobotwolfhollow

3 starred reviews – 60 titles – new books are in bold:
The Airport Book by Lisa Brown
American Girls by Alison Umminger
Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
Anything But Ordinary Addie by Mara Rockliff
Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat
Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann
Bubonic Panic by Gail Jarrow

Character, Driven by David Lubar
The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox
Cloth Lullaby by Amy Novesky
Cricket Song by Anne Hunter
Dara Palmer’s Major Drama by Emma Shevah
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
Flannery by Lisa Moore
Flora and the Peacocks by Molly Idle
Frank and Lucky Get Schooled by Lynne Rae Perkins
Free Verse by Sarah Dooley
The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle
Grumpy Pants by Claire Messer
Half Lost by Sally Green
Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
Horrible Bear! by Ame Dyckman
Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar
I Am Pan! by Mordicai Gerstein
Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee
Miss Mary Reporting by Sue Macy
The Most Important Thing by Avi
Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson
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
Nobody Likes a Goblin by Ben Hatke
On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis
One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree by Daniel Bernstrom
Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff
Prairie Dog Song by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex
The Secret Subway by Shana Corey
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
Spot, the Cat by Henry Cole
The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters
Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley
The Storyteller by Aaron Starmer
The Storyteller by Evan Turk
Swap! by Steve Light
Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach
Their Great Gift by John Coy
This Is Not a Picture Book by Sergio Ruzzier
Twenty Yawns by Jane Smiley
Waiting for High Tide by Nikki McClure
When Mischief Came to Town by Katrina Nannestad
When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes
You Never Heard of Casey Stengel?! by Jonah Winter

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

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April 2016 Newbery Contender Update

newberycontendergraphicMay is a crazy busy time for me personally (lots of family birthdays) and professionally (hellloooo Summer Reading prep!), but I’m finally getting to the April Newbery Update. This is another one I was doing in the comments – in this case over at Heavy Medal, but formatting in the comments is tough (I can’t make anything bold, copying and pasting is dicey – one wrong move and I’ve lost an entire comment) so I’ll post a link there and put the actual info here.

The Newbery has been all over the place the last few years so there’s three lists here – traditional middle grade novel and non-fiction contenders, a 2nd list of outliers (which…..probably shouldn’t be considered outliers anymore….) and a 3rd list with non-US authors.  It’s probably a good idea to remind yourself of the official Terms and Criteria now and then. For contender and handicapping purposes (kidding – I do not gamble and wouldn’t even know how to begin to handicap this race), I’m looking at anything with 3 or more stars. That’s 75 books – and only 14 have ineligible authors – so hopefully people have been busy reading! New titles are in bold.

Traditional Contenders:
Booked by Kwame Alexander – 4 stars
The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox
The Door By the Staircase by Katherine Marsh
Free Verse by Sarah Dooley
Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar
Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee
The Most Important Thing by Avi – short stories
Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson
Pax by Sara Pennypacker – 4 stars
Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo – 5 stars
Samurai Rising by Pamela S. Turner – non-fiction – 4 stars
Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard – 4 stars
The Storyteller by Aaron Starmer
We Will Not Be Silent by Russell Freedman – non-fiction – 5 stars
The Wild Robot by Peter Brown – 4 stars
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk – 4 stars

Outliers:
¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z!/Olinguito, from A to Z! by Lulu Delacre – picture book – 4 stars
Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit – top of Newbery age range
Anything But Ordinary Addie by Mara Rockliff – picture book biography
Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat – picture book
The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan – top of Newbery age range – 4 stars
Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina – YA – 4 stars
Character, Driven by David Lubar – top of Newbery age range
Cricket Song by Anne Hunter – picture book
Draw the Line by Laurent Linn – YA
Emma and Julia Love Ballet by Barbara McClintock – picture book
Essential Maps for the Lost by Deb Caletti – YA
Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford – picture book
The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle – YA
Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley – YA
Horrible Bear! by Ame Dyckman – picture book
I Hear a Pickle and Smell, See, Touch & Taste It, Too! by Rachel Isadora – picture book – 4 stars
Ideas Are All Around by Philip C. Stead – picture book – 4 stars
Jazz Day by Roxane Orgill – poetry collection – 6 stars
The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork – top of Newbery age range – 4 stars
Miss Mary Reporting by Sue Macy – picture book biography
The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos – YA
One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree by Daniel Bernstrom – picture book
The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry – YA – 5 stars
Prairie Dog Song by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore – non-fiction picture book
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater – YA – 4 stars
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys – YA
The Secret Subway by Shana Corey – picture book
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner – YA
Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book) by Julie Falatko – picture book – 4 stars
Spot, the Cat by Henry Cole – picture book
The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters – YA
Summer Days and Summer Nights ed. by Stephanie Perkins – YA short stories
Swap! by Steve Light – picture book
Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach – YA
There Is a Tribe of Kids by Lane Smith – picture book – 4 stars
Their Great Gift by John Coy – picture book non-fiction
Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie – picture book – 5 stars
Twenty Yawns by Jane Smiley – picture book
Waiting for High Tide by Nikki McClure – picture book
We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson – YA – 4 stars
Wet Cement by Bob Raczka – poetry collection – 4 stars
When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons by Julie Fogliano – poetry – 4 stars
When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes – picture book
The White Cat and the Monk by Jo Ellen Bogart – picture book – 4 stars
You Never Heard of Casey Stengel?! by Jonah Winter – picture book biography

Non-US authors: (based on brief internet research-not the final authority)
Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling by Tony Cliff – Canadian
Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston – Canadian – 4 stars
Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett – Australian
Grumpy Pants by Claire Messer – UK
Half Lost by Sally Green – UK
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge – UK – 5 stars
My Name Is Not Friday by Jon Walter – UK
The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks – Canadian
The Night Gardener by Terry and Eric Fan – Canadian
On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis – Dutch
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton – Canadian
A Tangle of Gold by Jaclyn Moriarty – Australian
Unbecoming by Jenny Downham – UK – 4 stars
When Mischief Came to Town by Katrina Nannestad – Australian

For complete publication information on any of these titles check out the spreadsheet. Happy reading!

April 2016 Printz Contender Update

printzcontendergraphicPreviously I had been posting a monthly contender update over at SLJ’s Someday My Printz Will Come in the comments, but it’s really hard to format things in their comment editor so I’m moving them here and just posting a link there.

For information on the Printz criteria please see the Award Policies and Procedures. Some general bits to keep in mind: The age range for the Printz is 12-18 and the award is for literary quality not popularity. Given how widely the award committees have been casting their nets lately, the only thing I’m looking at for this list is whether at least one of the journals that awarded a star has an age range that overlaps the Printz age range.

When looking at titles that are considered contenders for the ALA awards, the general consensus is that anything that receives 3 or more stars deserves a look at least. Could be a brief look, but a look nonetheless. Something else to think about here is that the criteria for the Printz is not the same as the criteria any of the journals have for giving a book a starred review – and here’s your reminder that the process and criteria for awarding stars varies widely among the six journals I track.

With all that out of the way – let’s get to the lists! The first list is more traditional contenders. The 2nd list is the titles that just barely touch the age range or are non-fiction since non-fiction hasn’t been awarded since 2010 when Charles and Emma won the inaugural YALSA Excellence in Non-Fiction Award and took a Printz Honor.

75 titles have been awarded 3 or more stars this year (6 stars-1, 5 stars-5, 4 stars-21, 3 stars-48). 1 of the 5 star books is too young; 7 of the 4 star books are too young, 18 of the 3 star books are too young. That leaves us with 49 books to consider. And by us, I mostly mean you since I am super behind on my reading this year and the swirling books in the graphic above haunt my dreams and to-do lists lately. Books that are new to the list this month are in bold.

List One (29 titles):
Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan – 4 stars
Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina – 4 stars
Character, Driven by David Lubar
Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling by Tony Cliff – (Graphic)
Draw the Line by Laurent Linn
Essential Maps for the Lost by Deb Caletti
Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston – 4 stars
Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett
The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle
Half Lost by Sally Green
Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge – 5 stars
The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork – 4 stars
My Name is Not Friday by Jon Walter
The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos
The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks (Graphic)
On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis
The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry – 5 stars
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater – 4 stars
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters
Summer Days and Summer Nights ed. by Stephanie Perkins
A Tangle of Gold by Jaclyn Moriarty
Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach
Unbecoming by Jenny Downham – 4 stars
We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson – 4 stars

List Two (20 titles):
Booked by Kwame Alexander – 4 stars
The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox
The Door By the Staircase by Katherine Marsh
Free Verse by Sarah Dooley
Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar
Jazz Day by Roxane Orgil – 6 stars
Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee
Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson
The Most Important Thing by Avi
Pax by Sara Pennypacker – 4 stars
Prairie Dog Song by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore
Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo – 5 stars
Samurai Rising by Pamele S. Turner (Non-Fiction) – 4 stars
Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard by Jonathan Auxier – 4 stars
The Storyteller by Aaron Starmer
We Will Not Be Silent by Russell Freedman – (Non-Fiction) – 5 stars
Wet Cement by Bob Raczka – (Poetry) – 4 stars
When Mischief Came to Town by Katrina Nannestad
Wild Robot by Peter Brown – 4 stars
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk – 4 stars

For complete publication information on any of these titles check out the spreadsheet. Happy reading!

April 2016 Stars Update

April numbers are in – one book has been acclaimed by all six journals: Jazz Day by Roxane Orgill, illustrated by Francis Vallejo!jazzdayUpdated stats for the year so far:

  • 814 stars have been awarded to 510 books
  • 1 book has 6 stars, 5 books have 5 stars, 21 books have 4 stars, 47 books have 3 stars, 122 books have 2 stars, 314 books have 1 star
  • Breakdown of the 814 stars by journal: Booklist 156; Bulletin 29; Horn Book 15; Kirkus 268; PW 195; SLJ 151.

Here are the 5 books which have received 5 starred reviews:

lietreepassionofdolssa
raymienightingale
thunderboyjrwewillnotbesilent

 

4 stars (21 titles):

olinguito bittersideofsweet booked burnbabyburn exitpursuedbyabear ihearapickle ideasareallaround memoryoflight pax ravenkingsamurairising snappsythealligator sophiequireandthelaststoryguard tribeofkidsunbecoming wearetheants wetcement whengreenbecomestomatoes Groundwood Logos Spine wildrobotwolfhollow

 

3 stars (47 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
Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
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
Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson
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
On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis
One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree by Daniel Bernstrom
Prairie Dog Song by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
The Secret Subway by Shana Corey

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
Summer Days and Summer Nights ed. by Stephanie Perkins
Swap! by Steve Light
A Tangle of Gold by Jaclyn Moriarty
Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach
Their Great Gift by John Coy
Twenty Yawns by Jane Smiley
Waiting for High Tide by Nikki McClure
When Mischief Came to Town by Katrina Nannestad
When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes
You Never Heard of Casey Stengel?! by Jonah Winter

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