June 2017 Starred Reviews

For a variety of reasons June and July got away from me this year: Summer Reading at work along with training two new hires, my in-laws 50th wedding anniversary in July (Congrats again Bob and Monica!) which included a party at my home – the list could go on, but that’s not why we’re here. We’re here for the stars, so without further ado….

June 2017 stars tally:

  •  699 books published in 2017 have been awarded 1151 starred reviews as of the end of June.
  • 2 books have 6 starred reviews, 15 books have 5 starred reviews, 31 books have 4 starred reviews, 71 books have 3 starred reviews, 147 books have 2 starred reviews, 433 books have 1 starred review.

OK – just a slight more ado before we get to the lists – in case you didn’t see the update to my previous post, Kelly Jensen kindly let me know that I had incorrectly recorded Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World as two separate books with two stars each. It actually has four starred reviews! My apologies and thanks to Kelly for pointing it out. And if you hadn’t picked this one up before, you really should. It is part of my vacation reading this week and I can assure you it should not be missed!

6 starred reviews: 2 books – nothing new here



5 starred reviews: 15 books – nothing new here either!



4 starred reviews: 31 books – 3 moved up from the three starred review list (The Book of Mistakes; Martí’s Song for Freedom/Martí Y Sus Versos Por La Libertad; and Round); 4 are entirely new and marked as such in the citations below



3 starred reviews: 71 books – 9 new titles that are marked in the citations



6 starred reviews (2 titles):
The Hate U Give. Angie Thomas. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 9780062498533. B, BCCB, HB, K, PW, SLJ.
Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers. Deborah Heiligman. Henry Holt. 9780805093391. B, BCCB, HB, K, PW, SLJ.

5 starred reviews (15 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.
Bull. David Elliott. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 9780544610606. B, BCCB, HB, K, PW.
Clayton Byrd Goes Underground. Rita Williams-Garcia. HarperCollins/Amistad. 9780062215918. B, K, PW.
A Face Like Glass. Frances Hardinge. Abrams/Amulet. 9781419724848. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Flying Lessons and Other Stories.
Ellen Oh, ed. Crown. 9781101934593. B, BCCB, K, SLJ, PW.
Grand Canyon. Jason Chin. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. 9781596439504. B, BCCB, HB, PW, SLJ.
The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors. Drew Daywalt, illus. by Adam Rex. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 9780062438898. B, BCCB, K, PW, SLJ.
Midnight at the Electric. Jodi Lynn Anderson. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. B, 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.
The Pearl Thief. Elizabeth Wein. Disney-Hyperion. 9781484717165. B, 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, HB, K, PW, SLJ.
The Secret Project. Jonah Winter, illus. by Jeanette Winter. Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane. 9781481469135. B, BCCB, HB, K, PW.
The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Jerry Pinkney. Little, Brown. 9780316341578. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Wolf in the Snow. Matthew Cordell. Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends. 9781250076366. B, HB, K, PW, SLJ.

4 starred reviews (31 titles):
All Ears, All Eyes. Richard Jackson, illus. by Katherine Tillotson. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy. 9781481415712. B, K, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* All the Way to Havana. Margarita Engle, illus. by Mike Curato. Henry Holt. 9781627796422. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Allegedly. Tiffany D. Jackson. HarperCollins/Katherine Teagen. 9780062422644. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Beyond the Bright Sea. Lauren Wolk. Penguin/Dutton. 9781101994856. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Blue Sky White Stars. Sarvinder Naberhaus, illus. by Kadir Nelson. Penguin/Dial. 9780803737006. B, K, PW, SLJ.
The Book of Mistakes. Corinna Luyken. Penguin/Dial. 9780735227927. B, K, PW.
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.
Eliza and Her Monsters. Francesca Zappia. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 9780062290137. B, K, PW.
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. Mackenzi Lee. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. 9780062382801. B, K, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* Genuine Fraud. E. Lockhart. Random House/Delacorte. 9780385744775. B, K, PW, SLJ.
A Greyhound, a Groundhog.
 Emily Jenkins, illus. by Chris Appelhans. Random House/Schwartz & Wade. 9780553498059. B, K, SLJ, PW.
Hello Universe. Erin Entrada Kelly. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 9780062414151. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World. Kelly Jensen, ed. Workman/Algonquin Young Readers. 9781616205867. B, K, PW, SLJ.
History Is All You Left Me. Adam Silvera. SoHo Press/SoHo Teen. 9781616956929. B, K, PW, SLJ.
*NEW*It All Comes Down to This. Karen English. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Clarion. 9780544839571. B, K, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* Landscape with Invisible Hand. M.T. Anderson. Candlewick. 9780763687892. B, K, PW, SLJ.
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.
Martí’s Song for Freedom/Martí Y Sus Versos Por La Libertad. Emma Otheguy, illus. by Beatriz Vidal. Lee & Low/Children’s Book Press. 9780892393756. B, K, PW.
One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance. Nikki Grimes. Bloomsbury. 9781619635548. BCCB, K, PW, SLJ.
Piecing Me Together. Renée Watson. Bloomsbury. 9781681191058. BCCB, K, PW, SLJ.
Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo: The Road to Epoli. Ben Costa and James Parks. Knopf. 9780399556135. BCCB, K, PW.
Round. Joyce Sidman, illus. by Taeeun Yoo. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 9780544387614. B, K, PW.
Speed of Life. Carol Weston. Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky. 9781492654490. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Strange the Dreamer. Laini Taylor. Little, Brown. 9780316341684. B, BCCB, PW, SLJ.
Thick As Thieves. Megan Whalen Turner. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 9780062568243. B, 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 (65 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.
The Art of Starving. Sam J. Miller. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. 9780062456717. 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.
*NEW* Balderdash! John Newbery and the Boisterous Birth of Children’s Books. Michelle Markel, illus. by Nancy Carpenter. Chronicle. 9780811879224. B, PW, SLJ.
Bang. Barry Lyga. Little, Brown. 9780316315500. K, PW, SLJ.
Be Quiet! Ryan T. Higgins. Disney-Hyperion. 9781484731628. K, PW, SLJ.
Beck. Mal Peet with Meg Rosoff. Candlewick. 9780763678425. K, PW, SLJ.
Bob, Not Bob! Liza Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick, illus. by Matthew Cordell. Disney-Hyperion. 9781484723029. BCCB, HB, PW.
Bronze and Sunflower. Cao Wenxuan. Candlewick. 9780763688165. B, K, PW.
Deep in the Woods. Christopher Corr. Quarto/Frances Lincoln. 9781847807267. B, K, PW.
A Dog in the Cave: The Wolves Who Made Us Human. Kay Frydenborg. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 9780544286566. B, K, SLJ.
Dreamland Burning. Jennifer Latham. Little, Brown. 9780316384933. B, K, SLJ.
The End of the Wild. Nicole Helget. Little, Brown. 9780316245111. B, K, PW.
The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora. Pablo Cartaya. Penguin/Viking. 9781101997239. B, K, PW.
Eyes of the World: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and the Invention of Modern Photojournalism. Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos. Henry Holt. 9780805098358. B, HB, K.
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/Balzer + Bray. 9780062434593. B, K, PW.
The Giant Jumperee. Julia Donaldson, illus. by Helen Oxenbury. Penguin/Dial. 9780735227972. K, PW, SLJ.
Goldfish Ghost. Lemony Snicket, illus. by Lisa Brown. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. 9781626725072. BCCB, HB, SLJ.
Harry Miller’s Run. David Almond, illus. by Salvatore Rubbino. Candlewick. 9780763689759. K, PW, SLJ.
Hell and High Water. Tanya Landman. Candlewick. 9780763688752. B, K, PW.
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.
Joplin, Wishing. Diane Stanley. HarperCollins/Harper. 9780062423702. 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.
Life on Mars. Jon Agee. Penguin/Dial. 9780399538520. HB, K, SLJ.
*NEW* Little & Lion. Brandy Colbert. Little, Brown. 9780316349000. B, K, SLJ.
Little Wolf’s First Howling. Laura McGee Kvasnosky, illus. by Laura McGee Kvasnosky and Kate Harvey McGee. Candlewick. 9780763689711. B, K, SLJ.
Mama Lion Wins the Race. Jon J. Muth. Scholastic. 9780545852821. 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.
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.
The Music of Life: Bartolomeo Cristofori & the Invention of the Piano. Elizabeth Rusch, illus. by Marjorie Priceman. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum. 9781481444842. BCCB, K, PW.
My Daddy Rules the World: Poems About Dads. Hope Anita Smith. Henry Holt/Christy Ottaviano. 9780805091892. K, PW, SLJ.
My Pictures After the Storm. Éric Veillé. Lerner/Gecko Press. 9781776571048. BCCB, K, PW.
Nightlights. Lorena Alvarez. Nobrow. 9781910620137. BCCB, K, PW.
*NEW* Now. Antoinette Portis. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. 9781626721371. B, K, SLJ.
*NEW* The Only Fish in the Sea. Philip C. Stead, illus. by Mathew Cordell. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. 9781626722828. B, K, PW.
Optimists Die First. Susin Nielsen. Random House/Wendy Lamb. 9780553496901. K, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* Pandora. Victoria Turnbull. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Clarion. 9780544947337. K, PW, SLJ.
Pathfinders: The Journeys of 16 Extraordinary Black Souls. Tonya Bolden. Abrams. 9781419714559. K, PW, SLJ.
A Perfect Day. Lane Smith. Roaring Brook. 9781626725362. HB, K, 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.
The Quilts of Gee’s Bend. Susan Goldman Rubin. Abrams. 9781419721311. B, K, SLJ.
Real Friends. Shannon Hale, illus. by LeUyen Pham. First Second. 9781626727854. B, PW, SLJ.
The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet. Carmen Agra Deedy, illus. by Eugene Yelchin. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 9780545722889. HB, K, PW.
Saints and Misfits. S.K. Ali. Simon & Schuster/Salaam Reads. 9781481499248. B, K, SLJ.
*NEW* Soldier Boy. Keely Hutton. Farrar, Straus and GIroux. 9780374305635. B, PW, SLJ.
The Song From Somewhere Else. A.F. Harrold, illus. by Levi Pinfold. Bloomsbury. 9781681194141. HB, K, SLJ.
Spill Zone. Scott Westerfeld, illus. by Alex Puvilland. First Second. 9781596439368. B, PW, SLJ.
Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth. Frank Cottrell Boyce. HarperCollins/Walden Pond. 9780062643629. B, K, SLJ.
Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees. Mary Beth Leatherdale, illus. by Eleanor Shakespeare. Annick Press. 9781554518951. B, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* Tash Hearts Tolstoy. Kathryn Ormsbee. Simon & Schuster. 9781481489331. B, K, SLJ.
*NEW* This Beautiful Day. Richard Jackson, illus. by Suzy Lee. 9781481441391. 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.
*NEW* Tumble & Blue. Cassie Beasley. Penguin/Dial. 9780525428442. 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.
An Uninterrupted View of the Sky. Melanie Crowder. Penguin/Philomel. 9780399169907. K, PW, SLJ.
Walk With Me. Jairo Buitrago, illus. by Rafael Yockteng. Groundwood. 9781554988570. K, PW, SLJ.
Words in Deep Blue. Cath Crowley. Knopf. 9781101937648. B, K, SLJ.
Yours Sincerely, Giraffe. Megumi Iwasa, illus. by Jun Takabatake. Gecko Press. 9781927271889. B, K, SLJ.

For information on titles with one or two starred reviews, please see the spreadsheet.

I will leave you with the following picture:
James and I celebrated our 5th anniversary yesterday at Universal Studios with our friend and LA host Susan along for the fun. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was all I hoped and dreamed and the rest of the park wasn’t too shabby either.

Happy reading!


2 thoughts on “June 2017 Starred Reviews

    1. That one looks like so much fun to me! I’m still working my way through my picks for the first quarter of the year, but The Gentlemen’s Guide may sneak ahead of some of those!


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