2017 1st Quarter Starred Reviews

First quarter 2017 journals are all entered finally. 447 books published in 2017 have been awarded 730 starred reviews. That’s a lot of good books to look at already, so let’s dive right  in!

6 starred reviews: 1 book
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5 starred reviews: 8 books

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4 starred reviews: 20 books

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3 starred reviews: 42 books

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Citations:
6 starred reviews (1 title):
The Hate U Give. Angie Thomas. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 9780062498533. B, BCCB, HB, K, PW, SLJ.

5 starred reviews (8 titles):
American Street. 
Ibi Zoboi. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 9780062473042. B, BCCB, K, PW, SLJ.
Big Cat, Little Cat. Elisha Cooper. Roaring Brook. 9781626723719. BCCB, HB, K, PW, SLJ.
Flying Lessons and Other Stories.
Ellen Oh, ed. Crown. ISBN 9781101934593. B, BCCB, K, SLJ, PW.
Grand Canyon. Jason Chin. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. 9781596439504. B, BCCB, HB, 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, HB, K, PW, SLJ.
The Secret Project. Jonah Winter, illus. by Jeanette Winter. Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane. 9781481469135. B, BCCB, HB, K, PW.
Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers. Deborah Heiligman. Henry Holt. 9780805093391. B, HB, K, PW, SLJ.
Wolf in the Snow. Matthew Cordell. Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends. 9781250076366. B, HB, K, PW, SLJ.

4 starred reviews (20 titles):
All Ears, All Eyes. Richard Jackson, illus. by Katherine Tillotson. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy. 9781481415712. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Allegedly. Tiffany D. Jackson. HarperCollins/Katherine Teagen. 9780062422644. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Bull. David Elliott. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 9780544610606. B, BCCB, HB, K.
City of Saints & Thieves. Natalie C. Anderson. Penguin/Putnam. 9780399547584. B, BCCB, PW, SLJ.
Crossing Ebenezer Creek. Tonya Bolden. Bloomsbury. 9781599903194. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Egg. Kevin Henkes. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 9780062408723. HB, K, PW, SLJ.
A Face Like Glass. Frances Hardinge. Abrams/Amulet. 9781419724848. B, K, PW, SLJ.
A Greyhound, a Groundhog.
 Emily Jenkins, illus. by Chris Appelhans. Random House/Schwartz & Wade. ISBN 9780553498059. B, K, SLJ, PW.
Hello Universe. Erin Entrada Kelly. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 9780062414151. B, K, PW, SLJ.
History Is All You Left Me. Adam Silvera. SoHo Press/SoHo Teen. ISBN 9781616956929. B, K, SLJ, PW.
The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors. Drew Daywalt, illus. by Adam Rex. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 9780062438898. B, BCCB, K, PW.
A List of Cages. Robin Roe. Disney-Hyperion. 9781484763803. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Little Fox in the Forest. Stephanie Graegin. Random House/Schwartz & Wade. 9780553537895. B, BCCB, K, PW.
One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance. Nikki Grimes. Bloomsbury. 9781619635548. BCCB, K, PW, SLJ.
Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets. Kwame Alexander with Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth, illus. by Ekua Holmes. Candlewick. 9780763680947. B, BCCB, K, PW.
Strange the Dreamer. Laini Taylor. Little, Brown. 9780316341684. B, BCCB, PW, SLJ.
The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Jerry Pinkney. Little, Brown. 9780316341578. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Town Is By the Sea. Joanne Schwartz, illus. by Sydney Smith. Groundwood. 9781554988716. B, HB, K, SLJ.
Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team. Steve Sheinkin. Roaring Brook. 9781596439542. B, HB, K, SLJ.
We Are Okay. Nina LaCour. Penguin/Dutton. 9780525425892. B, K, PW, SLJ.

3 starred reviews (42 titles):
Alice Paul and the Fight for Women’s Rights. Deborah Kops. Boyds Mills/Calkins Creek. 9781629793238. B BCCB, K.
Amina’s Voice. Hena Khan. Simon & Schuster/Salaam Reads. 9781481492065. B, K, SLJ.
Antoinette. Kelly DiPucchio, illus. by Christian Robinson. 9781481457835. B, K, PW.
Ashes to Asheville. Sarah Dooley. Penguin/Putnam. 9780399165047. B, PW, SLJ.
Away. Emil Sher, illus. by Qin Leng. Groundwood. 9781554984831. B, K, SLJ.
Bang. Barry Lyga. Little, Brown. 9780316315500. K, PW, SLJ.
Beck. Mal Peet with Meg Rosoff. Candlewick. 9780763678425. K, PW, SLJ.
Bronze and Sunflower. Cao Wenxuan. Candlewick. 9780763688165. B, K, PW.
Deep in the Woods. Christopher Corr. Quarto/Frances Lincoln. 9781847807267. B, K, PW.
Dreamland Burning. Jennifer Latham. Little, Brown. 9780316384933. B, K, SLJ.
The End of the Wild. Nicole Helget. Little, Brown. 9780316245111. B, K, PW.
Forever, or a Long, Long Time. Caela Carter. HarperCollins. 9780062385680. B, K, SLJ.
Frederick Douglass: The Lion Who Wrote History. Walter Dean Myers, illus. by Floyd Cooper. HarperCollins. 9780060277093. B, PW, SLJ.
Gem & Dixie. Sara Zarr. Harpercollins/B alzer + Bray. 9780062434593. B, K, PW.
Harry Miller’s Run. David Almond, illus. by Salvatore Rubbino. Candlewick. 9780763689759. K, PW, SLJ.
Honestly Ben. Bill Konigsberg. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine. 9780545858267. B, PW, SLJ.
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life. Benjamin Alire Sáenz. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Clarion. 9780544586505. K, PW, SLJ.
Isaac the Alchemist: Secrets of Isaac Newton, Reveal’d. Mary Losure. Candlewick. 9780763670634. HB, K, SLJ.
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.
Life on Mars. Jon Agee. Penguin/Dial. 9780399538520. HB, K, SLJ.
Little Wolf’s First Howling. Laura McGee Kvasnosky, illus. by Laura McGee Kvasnosky and Kate Harvey McGee. Candlewick. 9780763689711. B, K, SLJ.
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.
Me and Marvin Gardens. Amy Sarig King. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine. 9780545870740. HB, PW, SLJ.
The Murderer’s Ape. Jakob Wegelius. Random House/Delacorte. 9781101931752. B, K, PW.
Nightlights. Lorena Alvarez. Nobrow. 9781910620137. BCCB, 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 Pearl Thief. Elizabeth Wein. Disney-Hyperion. 9781484717165. B, K, PW.
A Perfect Day. Lane Smith. Roaring Brook. 9781626725362. HB, K, SLJ.
Piecing Me Together. Renée Watson. Bloomsbury. 9781681191058. K, PW, SLJ.
Posted. John David Anderson. HarperCollins/Walden Pond. 9780062338204. B, K, PW.
Princess Cora and the Crocodile. Laura Amy Schlitz, illus. by Brian Floca. Candlewick. 9780763648220. B, PW, SLJ.
Priscilla Gorilla. Barbara Bottner, illus. by Michael Emberley. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum. 9781481458979. K, PW, SLJ.
Round. Joyce Sidman, illus. by Taeeun Yoo. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 9780544387614. B, K, PW.
Speed of Life. Carol Weston. Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky. 9781492654490. K, PW, SLJ.
This House, Once. Deborah Freedman. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum. 9781481442848. K, PW, SLJ.
Train I Ride. Paul Mosier. HarperCollins. 9780062455734. B, K, PW.
The Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwell Pitts: Being an Absolutely Accurate Autobiographical Account of My Follies, Fortune, and Fate. Avi. Workman/Algonquin. 9781616205645. B, K, PW.
The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling. Timothy Basil Ering. Candlewick. 9780763664329. B, K, SLJ.
Walk With Me. Jairo Buitrago, illus. by Rafael Yockteng. Groundwood. 9781554988570. K, PW, SLJ.
Yours Sincerely, Giraffe. Megumi Iwasa, illus. by Jun Takabatake. Gecko Press. 9781927271889. B, K, SLJ.

I’m stopping with three stars on the citations mostly due to time constraints. For information on titles with one or two starred reviews, please see the spreadsheet. Happy reading!

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6 thoughts on “2017 1st Quarter Starred Reviews

  1. Jen, I’m so excited about this. I *might* get to work with the accelerated readers at the girls’ school next year; and I really want to use contemporary books. I had no idea where to start, except I want to do Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan with the 5th graders. Thank you!

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    1. Ooh – what a great opportunity! Let me know if you have questions about anything. I listened to Echo on audio which had the bonus of the harmonica music included and loved it.

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  2. Yay! I saw that you updated your spreadsheet-I really like how you organize it by colors/stars. I make an abridged copy of it for our staff only and include DDC info for the books that we have/are on order; your hard work is very much appreciated!

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    1. I’m so glad it’s helpful for your staff! I know some people find the colors overwhelming, but they really help me visually sort quickly.Thanks for sharing how you use it; it’s always fun to hear the ways other people find it useful.

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