Monthly Archives: February 2017

2017 Titles with Starred Reviews – a First Look

I started this post almost two months ago. I was experimenting with using citations so the list would be more easily printable. Given that it took me this long, it’s likely I won’t keep up with the citations, so enjoy them while they’re here. I’m a little rusty on citations, so my apologies if I’ve noted something wrong – especially in the publishing/imprints. Also it’s immediately out of date since it doesn’t take into account any 2017 journals – this is just 2017 titles that received stars in 2016 journals.

As of December 31 there are 157 books either published or due to be published in 2017 that have received 244 stars.

4 starred reviews: 7 books


3 starred reviews: 17 books




4 starred reviews (7 titles):
Flying Lessons and Other Stories.
Ellen Oh, ed. Crown. ISBN 9781101934593. B, K, SLJ, PW.
A Greyhound, a Groundhog. Emily Jenkins, illus. by Chris Appelhans. Random House/Schwartz & Wade. ISBN 9780553498059. B, K, SLJ, PW.
History Is All You Left Me. Adam Silvera. SoHo Press/SoHo Teen. ISBN 9781616956929. B, K, SLJ, PW.
One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance. Nikki Grimes. Bloomsbury. 9781619635548. BCCB, K, PW, SLJ.
Rivers of Sunlight: How the Sun Moves Water Around the Earth. Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm, illus. by Molly Bang. Scholastic/Blue Sky. 9780545805414. B, K, PW, SLJ.
We Are Okay. Nina LaCour. Penguin/Dutton. 9780525425892. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Wolf in the Snow. Matthew Cordell. Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends. 9781250076366. B, HB, K, PW.

3 starred reviews (17 titles):
Allegedly. Tiffany D. Jackson. HarperCollins/Katherine Teagen. 9780062422644. B, K, PW.
American Street. Ibi Zoboi. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 9780062473042. B, K, PW.
Antoinette. Kelly DiPucchio, illus. by Christian Robinson. 9781481457835. B, K, PW.
Dreamland Burning. Jennifer Latham. Little, Brown. 9780316384933. B, K, SLJ.
Egg. Kevin Henkes. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 9780062408723. K, PW, SLJ.
Frederick Douglass: The Lion Who Wrote History. Walter Dean Myers, illus. by Floyd Cooper. HarperCollins. 9780060277093. B, PW, SLJ.
The Hate U Give. Angie Thomas. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 9780062498533. B, K, PW.
Hello Universe. Erin Entrada Kelly. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 9780062414151. B, K, PW.
The Legendary Miss Lena Horne. Carole Boston Weatherford, illus. by Elizabeth Zunon. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum. 9781481468244. B, K, PW.
Let’s Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout; Dance, Spin & Turn It Out!: Games, Songs, and Stories from an African American Childhood. Patricia C. McKissack, ed., illus. by Brian Pinkney. Random House/Schwartz & Wade. 9780375870880. K, PW, SLJ.
A List of Cages. Robin Roe. Disney-Hyperion. 9781484763803. B, K, PW.
Little Fox in the Forest. Stephanie Graegin. Random House/Schwartz & Wade. 9780553537895. B, K, PW.
The March Against Fear: The Last Great Walk of the Civil Rights Movement and the Emergence of Black Power. Ann Bausum. National Geographic Kids. 9781426326653. K, PW, SLJ.
The Murderer’s Ape. Jakob Wegelius. Random House/Delacorte. 9781101931752. B, K, PW.
Optimists Die First. Susin Nielsen. Random House/Wendy Lamb. 9780553496901. K, PW, SLJ.
Pathfinders: The Journeys of 16 Extraordinary Black Souls. Tonya Bolden. Abrams. 9781419714559. K, PW, SLJ.
The Secret Project. Jonah Winter, illus. by Jeanette Winter. Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane. 9781481469135. B, K, PW.

2 starred reviews (32 titles):
ABC Pasta: An Entertaining Alphabet. Juana Medina. Penguin/Viking. 9781101999783. B, SLJ.
Big Cat, Little Cat. Elisha Cooper. Roaring Brook. 9781626723719. K, PW.
Bull. David Elliott. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 9780544610606. B, K.
Eyes of the World: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and the Invention of Modern Photojournalism. Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos. Henry Holt. 9780805098358. B, K.
Fire Color One. Jenny Valentine. Penguin/Philomel. 9780399546921. BCCB, K.
Forever, or a Long, Long Time. Caela Carter. HarperCollins. 9780062385680. K, SLJ.
Gorilla Down. Gill Lewis, illus. by Susan Meyer. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy. 9781481486576. K, PW.
Grand Canyon. Jason Chinn. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. 9781596439504. B, PW.
The Harlem Charade. Natasha Tarpley. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 9780545783873. K, PW.
Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World. Kelly Jensen, ed. Workman/Algonquin Young Readers. 9781616205867. K, PW.
Isaac the Alchemist: Secrets of Isaac Newton, Reveal’d. Mary Losure. Candlewick. 9780763670634. K, SLJ.
Lesser Spotted Animals: The Coolest Creatures You’ve Never Heard Of. Martin Brown. Scholastic/David Fickling. 9781338089349. B, K.
Life in a Fishbowl. Len Vlahos. Bloomsbury. 9781681190358. B, PW.
Life on Mars. Jon Agee. Penguin/Dial. 9780399538520. K, SLJ.
The Lotterys Plus One. Emma Donoghue, illus. by Caroline Hadilaksono. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine. 9780545925815. K, PW.
Loving Vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case. Patricia Hruby Powell, illus. by Shadra Strickland. Chronicle. 9781452125909. B, K.
Me and Marvin Gardens. Amy Sarig King. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine. 9780545870740. PW, SLJ.
Noisy Night. Mac Barnett, illus. by Brian Biggs. Roaring Brook. 9781596439672. B, K.
Piecing Me Together. Renée Watson. Bloomsbury. 9781681191058. K, PW.
The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet. Carmen Agra Deedy, illus. by Eugene Yelchin. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 9780545722889. K, PW.
See You in the Cosmos. Jack Cheng. Penguin/Dial. 9780399186370. K, PW.
Silver Stars. Michael Grant. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. 9780062342188. B, K.
Stone Mirrors: The Sculpture and Silence of Edmonia Lewis. Jeannine Atkins. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum. 9781481459051. B, K.
This House, Once. Deborah Freedman. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum. 9781481442848. K, PW.
Tony. Ed Galing, Illus. by Erin E. Stead. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. 9781626723085. K, PW.
Train I Ride. Paul Mosier. HarperCollins. 9780062455734. K, PW.
Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team. Steve Sheinkin. Roaring Brook. 9781596439542. B, K.
The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling. Timothy Basil Ering. Candlewick. 9780763664329. B, K.
Velocity. Chris Wooding. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 9780545944946. K, PW.
The Warden’s Daughter. Jerry Spinelli. Knopf. 9780375831997. K, PW.
What Will Grow? Jennifer Ward, illus. by Susie Ghahremani. Bloomsbury. 9781681190303. PW, SLJ.
When Morning Comes. Arushi Raina. Tradewind. 9781896580692. K, PW.

1 star (101 titles):
10 Things I Can See From Here. Carrie Mac. Knopf. 9780399556258. K.
Adrift: An Odd Couple of Polar Bears. Jessica Olien. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 9780062451774. BCCB.
Alice Paul and the Fight for Women’s Rights. Deborah Kops. Boyds Mills/Calkins Creek. 9781629793238. K.
Another Castle: Grimoire. Andrew Wheeler, illus. by Paula Ganucheau. Oni. 9781620103111. PW.
At the Edge of the Universe. Shaun David Hutchinson. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse. 9781481449663. K.
Beautiful Broken Girls. Kim Savage. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 9780374300593. K.
Becoming Bach. Tom Leonard. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. 9781626722866. SLJ.
Bird, Balloon, Bear. Il Sung Na. Knopf. 9780399551550. K.
Blueberry Pancakes Forever. Angelica Banks, illus. by Stevie Lewis. Henry Holt. 9781627791564. K.
Bob, Not Bob! Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick, illus. by Matthew Cordell. Disney-Hyperion. 9781484723029. PW.
Braced. Alyson Gerber. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine. 9780545902144. K.
Bronze and Sunflower. Cao Wenxuan. Candlewick. 9780763688165. PW.
Calico Girl. Jerdine Nolen. Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman. 9781481459815. K.
Captain Pug. Laura James, illus. by Eglantine Ceulemans. Bloomsbury. 9781681193809. SLJ.
Caraval. Stephanie Garber. Flatiron. 9781250095251. PW.
The Carpenter. Bruna Barros. Gibbs Smith. 9781423646761. K.
A Cat Named Swan. Holly Hobbie. Random House. 9780553537444. PW.
City of Saints & Thieves. Natalie C. Anderson. Penguin/Putnam. 9780399547584. PW.
A Crack in the Sea. H.M. Bouwman, illus. by Yuko Shimizu. Penguin/Putnam. 9780399545191. PW.
Dad and the Dinosaur. Gennifer Choldenko, illus. by Dan Santat. Penguin/Putnam. 9780399243530. PW.
Daughter of the Pirate King. Tricia Levenseller. Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends. 9781250095961. PW.
Delivery. Aaron Meshon. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum. 9781481441759. K.
Dorothea Lange: The Photographer Who Found the Faces of the Depression. Carole Boston Weatherford, illus. by Sarah Green. Albert Whitman. 9780807516997. K.
Dreadnought. April Daniels. Diversion Books. 9781682300688. K.
Empress of a Thousand Skies. Rhoda Belleza. Penguin/Razorbill. 9781101999103. K.
The Ethan I Was Before. Ali Standish. HarperCollins. 9780062433381. PW.
Fred Korematsu Speaks Up. Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi, illus. by Yutaka Houlette. Heyday. 9781597143584. K.
Freya. Matthew Lawrence. Macmillan/Imprint. 9781250088178. K.
Frogkisser. Garth Nix. Scholastic. 9781338052084. K.
Gem & Dixie. Sara Zarr. Harpercollins/B alzer + Bray. 9780062434593. B.
Girl Rising. Tonya Lee Stone. Random House/Wendy Lamb. 9780553511468. K.
The Goldfish Boy. Lisa Thompson. Scholastic. 9781338053944. K.
Goodbye Days. Jeff Zentner. Crown. 9780553524062. B.
Hair. Leslie Patricelli. Candlewick. 9780763679316. PW.
Harry Miller’s Run. David Almond, illus. by Salvatore Rubbino. Candlewick. 9780763689759. PW.
Heart to Heart. Lois Ehlert. Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane. 9781481480871. PW.
Hunted. Meagan Spooner. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. 9780062422286. K.
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life. Benjamin Alire Sáenz. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Clarion. 9780544586505. K.
Jack London and the Klondike Gold Rush. Peter Lourie, illus. by Wendell Minor. Henry Holt. 9780805097573. B.
Just a Girl. Carrie Mesrobian. HarperCollins. 9780062349910. B.
A Kids’ Guide to America’s First Ladies. Kathleen Krull, illus. by Anna DiVito. HarperCollins/Harper. 9780062381071. K.
The Land of Nod. Robert Louis Stevenson, illus. by Robert Hunter. Nobrow/Flying Eye. 9781911171041. PW.
Last Day on Mars. Kevin Emerson. HarperCollins/Walden Pond Press. 9780062306715. K.
The Last of August. Brittany Cavallaro. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. 9780062398949. B.
Laundry Day. Jessixa Bagley. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. 9781626723177. PW.
Legends’ Lair: Where History Is Made. Joe O’Brien. Dufour Editions/O’Brien Press. 9781847178268. K.
Mama’s Kisses. Kate McMullan, illus. Tao Nyeu. Penguin/Dial. 9780525428329. PW.
The Many Reflections of Miss Jane Deming. J. Anderson Coats. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum. 9781481464963. K.
Maresi. Maria Turtschaninoff. Abrams/Amulet. 9781419722691. B.
Marlo. Christopher Browne. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 9780062441133. K.
Mickey Mantle: The Commerce Comet. Jonah Winter, illus. by C.F. Payne. Random House/Schwartz & Wade. 9781101933527. SLJ.
Mighty Mighty Construction Site. Sherri Rinker Duskey, illus. by Tom Lichtenheld. Chronicle. 9781452152165. PW.
Mission to Pluto: The First Visit to an Ice Dwarf and the Kuiper Belt. Mary Kay Carson, illus. by Tom Uhlman. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 9780544416710. K.
Molly & Pim and the Millions of Stars. Martine Murray. Knopf. 9780399550409. SLJ.
MWD: Hell Is Coming Home. Brian David Johnson & Jan Egelson, illus. by Laila Milevski & Karl Stevens. Candlewick. 9780763657062. K.
My Valley. Claude Ponti, illus. by Alyson Waters. Elsewhere Editions. 9780914671626. K.
Nemesis. Brendan Reichs. Penguin/Putnam. 9780399544934. K.
NewsPrints. Ru Xu. Scholastic/Graphix. 9780545803113. SLJ.
No More Bows. Samantha Coterill. HarperCollins/Harper. 9780062408709. K.
North, South, East, West. Margaret Wise Brown, illus. by Greg Pizzoli. HarperCollins/Haper. 9780060262785. K.
Nowhere Near You. Leah Thomas. Bloomsbury. 9781681191782. B.
Our Own Private Universe. Robin Talley. Harlequin/Harlequin Teen. 9780373211982. K.
Our Very Own Dog. Amanda McCardie, illus. by Salvatore Rubbino. Candlewick. 9780763689483. K.
Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets. Kwame Alexander with Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth, illus. by Ekua Holmes. 9780763680947. PW.
Pablo in the Snow. Teri Sloat, illus. by Rosalinde Bonnet. Henry Holt/Christy Ottaviano. 9781627794121. B.
Perfect. Nicola Davies, illus. by Cathy Fisher. Graffeg/Trafalgar Square. 9781910862469. K.
A Perfect Day. Lane Smith. Roaring Brook. 9781626725362. K.
Poison’s Kiss. Breeana Shields. Random House. 9781101937822. BCCB.
Princess Cora and the Crocodile. Laura Amy Schlitz, illus. by Brian Floca. Candlewick. 9780763648220. B.
Priscilla Gorilla. Barbara Bottner, illus. by Michael Emberley. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum. 9781481458979. K.
The Radius of Us. Marie Marquardt. St. Martin’s/Griffin. 9781250096890. SLJ.
Samson: The Piranha Who Went to Dinner. Tadgh Bentley. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 9780062335371. K.
Scar Island. Dan Gemeinhart. Scholastic. 9781338053845. K.
The Search for Olinguito: Discovering a New Species. Sandra Markle. Lerner/Millbrook. 9781512410150. K.
Shackles From the Deep: Tracing the Path of a Sunken Slave Ship, a Bitter Past, and a Rich Legacy. Michael Cottman. National Geographic. 9781426326639. B.
Shake a Leg, Egg! Kurt Cyrus. Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane. 9781481458481. K.
Short. Holly Goldberg Sloan. Penguin/Dial. 9780399186219. B.
Soldier Song: A True Story of the Civil War. Debbie Levy, illus. Gilbert Ford. Disney-Hyperion. 9781484725986. PW.
The Someday Birds. Sally J. Pla, illus. by Julie McLaughlin. HarperCollins. 9780062445766. PW.
A Song About Myself. John Keats, illus. by Chris Raschka. Candlewick. 9780763650902. K.
Spring Hare. Eugene Yelchin. Henry Holt. 9781627793926. PW.
Storm Horse. Nick Garlick. Scholastic/Chicken House. 9780545904148. B.
The Storm Whale in Winter. Benji Davies. Henry Holt. 9781250111869. B.
Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday and the Power of a Protest Song. Gary Golio, illus. by Charlotte Riley-Webb. Lerner/Millbrook. 9781467751230. K.
The Sweetest Sound. Sherri Winston. Little, Brown. 9780316302951. K.
Ten Miles One Way. Patrick Downes. Penguin/Philomel Books. 9780399544996. K.
Things to Do. Elaine Magliaro, illus. by Catia Chien. Chronicle. 9781452111247. PW.
Thunder Underground. Jane Yolen, illus. by Josée Masse. Boyds Mill/Wordsong. 9781590789360. K.
The Time Museum. Matthew Loux. First Second. 9781596438491. K.
Time Now to Dream. Timothy Knapman, illus. by Helen Oxenbury. Candlewick. 9780763690786. K.
The Truth of Right Now. Kara Lee Corthron. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse. 9781481459471. K.
Warrior Bronze. Michelle Paver. Penguin/Dial. 9780803738843. K.
Watersong. Tim McCanna, illus. by Richard Smythe. Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman. 9781481468817. K.
What’s the Big Deal About First Ladies. Ruby Shamir, illus. by Matt Faulkner. Penguin/Philomel. 9780399547249. K.
When My Sister Started Kissing. Helen Frost. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 9780374303037. K.
When the Rain Comes. Alma Fullerton, illus. by Kim LaFave. Pajama Press. 9781772780123. K.
The White Road of the Moon. Rachel Neumeier. Knopf. 9780553509328. K.
Wintersong. S. Jae-Jones. St. Martin’s/Thomas Dunne. 9781250079213. B.
XO,OX: A Love Story. Adam Rex, illus. by Scott Campbell. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. 9781626722880. PW.
The You I’ve Never Known. Ellen Hopkins. Simon & Schuster/McElderry. 9781481442909. PW.
Yvain: The Knight of the Lion. M.T. Anderson, illus. by Andrea Offermann. Candlewick. 9780763659394. PW.

Now I have to catch up on all those 2017 journals! In the meantime – happy reading!