Monthly Archives: July 2016

June 2016 Stars Update

We’re halfway through the calendar year – although really that’s more than halfway through the review year (I saw a review this month for a book publishing in November – yikes!). So let’s take a moment to compare this year to previous years also know as: here’s a fun graph!ReviewsbyYearGraphJune2016
It’s really too early to posit anything about the year based on these numbers – it looks like it’s shaping up just about the same as last year? Maybe the numbers for the 5 and 6 starred review counts will be slightly lower, but 3 and 4 starred reviews look to be slightly over half the numbers as last year which makes sense given where we are in the year. What we can see is that, in general, the number of multi-starred titles has increased since 2011. Of course now I’m greedy for data like how many total reviews, both starred and unstarred, have been published by each journal – just think of the ratios that could be figured with that! Maybe someday…..In the meantime, here’s the lists for June.

Moving up to six starred reviews is Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie and illustrated by Yuyi Morales!

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Stats for the year so far(ETA: Thanks to Matt Bowers who caught in the comments that I had not correctly noted As Brave As You with 3 stars – I apparently entered the SLJ review but didn’t group it with the others – numbers have been updated to account for this and the title itself added to the 3-star list):

  • 1098 stars have been awarded to 689 books.
  • 3 books have 6 stars, 5 books have 5 stars, 29 books have 4 stars, 67 books have 3 stars, 153 books have 2 stars, 432 books have 1 star
  • Breakdown of the 1098 stars by journal: Booklist 227; Bulletin 43; Horn Book 27; Kirkus 338; PW 268; SLJ 195.
  • Weird fact of the month: Horn Book has no unique titles starred at the moment – everything they’ve given a star has also been recognized by someone else.

5 starred reviews – 5 titles; Frank and Lucky Get Schooled is new to the 5 starred reviews list:

4 starred reviews – 29 titles; The Airport Book; Character, Driven; School’s First Day of School;  and The Storyteller (by Evan Turk – there’s two books with this title this year!) are new to the 4 starred reviews list:

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3 starred reviews – 67 titles – new books are in bold:
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
As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds
Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann
Bubonic Panic by Gail Jarrow
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
Free Verse by Sarah Dooley
Full of Beans by Jennifer L. Holm
Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle
The Great White Shark Scientist by Sy Montgomery
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
Lion Lessons by Jon Agee
Lucky Strikes by Louis Bayard

Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee
The Memory Book by Lara Avery
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
The Reader by Traci Chee
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
The Secret Subway by Shana Corey
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
Spot, the Cat by Henry Cole
Steamboat School by Deborah Hopkinson
The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters
Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley
The Storyteller by Aaron Starmer
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
The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas
Waiting for High Tide by Nikki McClure
When Mischief Came to Town by Katrina Nannestad
When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes
When We Was Fierce by E.E. Charlton-Trujillo
The Wolf’s Boy by Susan Williams Beckhorn

You Never Heard of Casey Stengel?! by Jonah Winter

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

May 2016 Newbery Contender Update

newberycontendergraphicNewbery time! To see why this is so late take a peek at the May Printz Update. To see a rationale for how I put together this list take a peek at the April Newbery Update.

Three lists: List one – traditional middle grade novel and non-fiction contenders, List 2 – outliers (picture books, graphics, titles for the upper age range), List 3: non-US authors (ineligible – IF my googling of nationality/residence is accurate).   92 titles have 3 or more stars as of the end of May. New titles are in bold.

Traditional Contenders (17 books):
Booked by Kwame Alexander – 4 stars
Bubonic Panic by Gail Jarrow – non-fiction
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 (59 books):
¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z!/Olinguito, from A to Z! by Lulu Delacre – picture book – 4 stars
The Airport Book by Lisa Brown – picture book
American Girls by Alison Umminger – YA

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
Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann – YA
Best Frints in the Universe – Antoinette Portis – picture book – 4 stars
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
Cloth Lullaby by Amy Novesky – picture book biography
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
Flora and the Peacocks by Molly Idle – picture book
Frank and Lucky Get Schooled by Lynne Rae Perkins – picture book

Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford – picture book – 4 stars
The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle – YA
Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley – YA
Horrible Bear! by Ame Dyckman – picture book
I Am Pan! by Mordicai Gerstein – graphic
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
Nobody Likes a Goblin by Ben Hatke – graphic picture book
One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree by Daniel Bernstrom – picture book
The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry – YA – 5 stars
Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff – YA
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
School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex – picture book
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
Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley – YA
The Storyteller by Evan Turk – picture book
Summer Days and Summer Nights ed. by Stephanie Perkins – YA short stories – 4 stars
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
This Is Not a Picture Book by Sergio Ruzzier- picture book
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 – 5 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 (16 books): (based on brief internet research-not the final authority)
Dara Palmer’s Major Drama by Emma Shevah – UK
Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling by Tony Cliff – Canadian
Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston – Canadian – 4 stars
Flannery by Lisa Moore – Canadian
Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett – Australian – 4 stars
Grumpy Pants by Claire Messer – UK
Half Lost by Sally Green – UK
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge – UK – 6 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 – 4 stars
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!

May 2016 Printz Contender Update

printzcontendergraphicSo – this is obviously quite late – and I haven’t entered any June stars in the spreadsheet yet. The following things have contributed to this: our Summer Book Buddies program has over 100 readers registered this year – that’s 20 more than we’ve every had before – which means I’m now supervising 105 high school volunteers helping with that and 9 other summer volunteer programs; my Grandma turned 90 this summer so we had a big family celebration that knocked out a bunch of my weekend time; as my previous post noted, I was lucky enough to get to go to ALA this year; a good friend is getting married and there was a bachelorette lake house weekend event to attend; and finally – a grant we were told was due July 31 was actually due July 1 which means that’s all I spent the last two days on basically. Phew! The life of a public librarian in the summer!

But enough about me – for information on how I’m creating these lists see the April Printz Update. The first list is more traditional contenders. The 2nd list is the titles that just barely touch the age range or are non-fiction.

92 titles have been awarded 3 or more stars this year (6 stars-2, 5 stars-5, 4 stars-25, 3 stars-60). 1 of the 5 star books is too young; 9 of the 4 star books are too young, 26 of the 3 star books are too young. That leaves us with 56 books to consider. Books that are new to the list this month are in bold.

List One (34 titles):
American Girls by Alison Umminger
Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann
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
Flannery by Lisa Moore
Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett – 4 stars
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 – 6 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
Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff
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
Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley
Summer Days and Summer Nights ed. by Stephanie Perkins – 4 stars
A Tangle of Gold by Jaclyn Moriarty – 4 stars
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 (22 titles):
Booked by Kwame Alexander – 4 stars
Bubonic Panic by Gail Jarrow
The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox
Dara Palmer’s Major Drama by Emma Shevah
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) – 5 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!