May 2016 Stars Update

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



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:



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.


2 thoughts on “May 2016 Stars Update

    1. You’re welcome! It’s important to me to acknowledge those who help catch my errors because there’s a lot of data to track here and I am far from perfect. Thanks for being one of those people!


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