Monthly Archives: December 2017

November 2017 Starred Reviews

The end of the year is fast approaching – that means Best Book lists are arriving! PW, Kirkus, Horn Book and SLJ are already out – you can see them in my Best Books 2017 Spreadsheet. Booklist is announcing theirs via newsletter this week; the Bulletin Blue Ribbons won’t come out ’til January.

Several of the journals have switched over to primarily reviewing 2018 titles at this point so there’s fewer additions to the 2017 list than in previous months. However, the 2018 list is starting to build already – I’ve listed those here, but will probably do two separate posts next month once the December reviews are tallied.  I’m also still discovering online only starred reviews from Kirkus – if you see something I’ve missed please send it my way.

November 2017 stars tally:

  • 1079 books published in 2017 have been awarded 1861 starred reviews as of the end of November.
  • 4 books have 6 starred reviews, 29 books have 5 starred reviews, 58 books have 4 starred reviews, 122 books have 3 starred reviews, 228 books have 2 starred reviews, 638 books have 1 starred review.
  • 102 books published in 2018 have been awarded 131 starred reviews as of the end of November.  1 book has 4 starred reviews, 6 books have 3 starred reviews, 14 books have 2 starred reviews, 81 books have 1 starred review.

2018 Titles:

4 starred reviews: 1 book

3 starred reviews: 6 books

4 starred reviews (1 title):
The Hazel Wood. Melissa Albert, illus. Jim Tierney. Macmillan/Flatiron. 9781250147905. B, K, PW, SLJ.

3 starred reviews (6 titles):
The Cruel Prince. Holly Black. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316310277. B, PW, SLJ.
Facing Frederick: The Life of Frederick Douglass, a Monumental American Man. Tonya Bolden. Abrams/Amulet. 9781419725463. B, K, SLJ.
The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science. Joyce Sidman. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 9780544717138. B, K, PW.
Love, Hate, and Other Filters. Samira Ahmed. Soho/Soho Teen. 9781616958473. B, PW, SLJ.
Martin Rising: Requiem for a King. Andrea Davis Pinkney, illus. by Brian Pinkney. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 9780545702539. B, K, PW.
The Truth As Told By Mason Buttle. Leslie Connor. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. 9780062491435. K, PW, SLJ.

2017 titles are after the jump.

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