Printz Possibilities Updated for April Stars

See the Early Printz Possibilities post for information on criteria and how I’m dividing the lists. Titles new to the list since the April stars have been entered are marked in bold. We have five new traditional contenders with three or more stars and six more outliers.

I do want to remind everyone that the criteria for starred reviews varies significantly from the criteria for the Printz – there are plenty of books out there that the real committee members will be looking at that aren’t on this list and some that are on both of these lists that they’ve probably already judged unworthy of serious consideration.

Traditional Printz Contenders – 26 books:


Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson (4 stars)
American Street by Ibi Zoboi (5 stars)
Bang by Barry Lyga. Little, Brown (3 stars)
by Mal Peet with Meg Rosoff (3 stars)
Bull by David Elliott (5 stars)
City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson (4 stars)
Crossing Ebenezer Creek by Tonya Bolden (4 stars)
Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham (3 stars)
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia (3 stars)
A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge (4 stars)
Gem & Dixie by Sara Zarr (3 stars)
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (4 stars)
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (6 stars)
History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera (4 stars)
Honestly Ben by Bill Konigsberg (3 stars)
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (3 stars)
A List of Cages by Robin Roe (4 stars)
Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson (4 stars)
The Murderer’s Ape by Jakob Wegelius (3 stars)
Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen (3 stars)
The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein (4 stars)
Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson (4 stars)
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (4 stars)
Thick As Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner (3 stars)
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour (4 stars)
Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley (3 stars)

Outliers – 29 books:


Alice Paul and the Fight for Women’s Rights by Deborah Kops (3 stars) – non-fiction
Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan (3 stars) – young
Ashes to Asheville by Sarah Dooley (3 stars) – young
Bronze and Sunflower by Cao Wenxuan (3 stars) – young
Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia (3 stars) – young
The End of the Wild
by Nicole Helget (3 stars) – young
Flying Lessons and Other Stories
edited by Ellen Oh (5 stars) – young; short stories
Forever, or a Long, Long Time by Caela Carter (3 stars) – young
Grand Canyon by Jason Chin (5 stars) – young; non-fiction
Harry Miller’s Run by David Almond, illus. by Salvatore Rubbino (3 stars) – young
Hello Universe
 by Erin Entrada Kelly (4 stars) – young
Isaac the Alchemist: Secrets of Isaac Newton, Reveal’d by Mary Losure (3 stars) – non-fiction
Joplin, Wishing by Diane Stanley (3 stars) – young
The March Against Fear: The Last Great Walk of the Civil Rights Movement and the Emergence of Black Power
by Ann Bausum (3 stars) – non-fiction
Me and Marvin Gardens
by Amy Sarig King (3 stars) – young
by Lorena Alvarez (3 stars) – young; graphic novel
One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance
by Nikki Grimes (4 stars) – young; poetry
Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets by Kwame Alexander with Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth, illus. by Ekua Holmes (4 stars) – young; poetry
Pathfinders: The Journeys of 16 Extraordinary Black Souls
by Tonya Bolden (3 stars) – non-fiction
Posted by John David Anderson (3 stars) – young
Real Friends by Shannon Hale, illus. by LeUyen Pham (3 stars) – young; graphic memoir
Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo: The Road to Epoli by Ben Costa and James Parks (3 stars) – young; graphic novel

Speed of Life by Carol Weston (4 stars) – young
Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cottrell Boyce (3 stars) – young
Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees by Mary Beth Leatherdale, illus. by Eleanor Shakespeare (3 stars) – non-fiction

Train I Ride by Paul Mosier (3 stars) – young
Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team
by Steve Sheinkin (4 stars) – non-fiction
The Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwell Pitts: Being an Absolutely Accurate Autobiographical Account of My Follies, Fortune, and Fate by Avi (3 stars) – young
Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman (6 stars) – non-fiction

I want to give special notice to one of the outliers – Vincent and Theo by Deborah Heiligman has now received six starred reviews. While I’ve placed all the non-fiction in the outliers list due to the rarity of non-fiction being honored, prior to March, Book Three winning this year? The last prose non-fiction book to be honored by a Printz committe was in 2010 and it was Charles and Emma by none other than Deborah Heiligman. So ignore it at your risk! I had it checked out, but there were holds so I had to return it before it made it to the top of my pile.

Hope everyone is enjoying their mock choices so far – I know I have! I’m hoping to post a couple more updates following the holiday weekend and then it will be on to May stars. Happy reading!


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