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.

2017 Titles

6 starred reviews: 4 books



5 starred reviews: 29 books – After the FallI’m Just No Good at RhymingIn the Middle of FallMeet Cindy ShermanSilent Days, Silent Dreams Tumble & Blue; and Windows moved up from 4 stars; Louis Undercover and The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse both moved up from 3 stars



4 starred reviews: 58 books – 5 new titles. Completely new: La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust). Moving up from three stars: CrownMighty MobyPatina; and A Skinful of Shadows.



3 starred reviews: 122 books – 12 new titles that are marked in the citations



6 starred reviews (4 titles):
The Hate U Give. Angie Thomas. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 9780062498533. B, BCCB, HB, K, PW, SLJ.
Long Way Down. Jason Reynolds. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy. 9781481438254. B, BCCB, HB, K, PW, SLJ.
Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers. Deborah Heiligman. Henry Holt. 9780805093391. B, BCCB, HB, K, PW, SLJ.
When’s My Birthday? Julie Fogliano, illus. by Christian Robinson. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. 9781626722934. B, BCCB, HB, K, PW, SLJ.

5 starred reviews (29 titles):
After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again). 
Dan Santat. Roaring Brook. 9781626726826. B, HB, K, PW, SLJ.
American Street. 
Ibi Zoboi. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 9780062473042. B, BCCB, K, PW, SLJ.
Beyond the Bright Sea. Lauren Wolk. Penguin/Dutton. 9781101994856. B, HB, 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, HB, K, PW, SLJ.
A Different Pond. Bao Phi, illus. by Thi Bui. Capstone Young Readers. 9781623708030. B, HB, K, PW, SLJ.
A Face Like Glass. Frances Hardinge. Abrams/Amulet. 9781419724848. B, BCCB, K, PW, SLJ.
Flying Lessons and Other Stories.
Ellen Oh, ed. Crown. 9781101934593. B, BCCB, K, SLJ, PW.
Genuine Fraud. E. Lockhart. Random House/Delacorte. 9780385744775. B, HB, K, PW, SLJ.
Grand Canyon. Jason Chin. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. 9781596439504. B, BCCB, HB, PW, SLJ.
Her Right Foot. Dave Eggers, illus. by Shawn Harris. Chronicle. 9781452162812. B, BCCB, K, PW, SLJ.
I’m Just No Good At Rhyming: And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups. Chris Harris, illus. by Lane Smith. Little, Brown. 9780316266574. B, HB, K, PW, SLJ.
In the Middle of Fall. Kevin Henkes, illus. by Laura Dronzek. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 9780062573117. B, BCCB, HB, K, SLJ.
Landscape with Invisible Hand. M.T. Anderson. Candlewick. 9780763687892. B, HB, K, PW, SLJ.
The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors. Drew Daywalt, illus. by Adam Rex. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 9780062438898. B, BCCB, K, PW, SLJ.
Louis Undercover. Fanny Britt, illus. by Isabelle Arsenault. Groundwood. 9781554988594. B, BCCB, HB, PW, SLJ.
Meet Cindy Sherman: Artist, Photographer, Chameleon. Jan Greenburg and Sandra Jordan. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. 9781626725201. B, HB, K, PW, SLJ.
Midnight at the Electric. Jodi Lynn Anderson. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. B, 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, HB, K, PW.
The Pearl Thief. Elizabeth Wein. Disney-Hyperion. 9781484717165. B, 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, HB, K, PW, SLJ.
The Secret Project. Jonah Winter, illus. by Jeanette Winter. Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane. 9781481469135. B, BCCB, HB, K, PW.
Silent Days, Silent Dreams. Allen Say. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine. 9780545927611. B, BCCB, K, PW, SLJ.
The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Jerry Pinkney. Little, Brown. 9780316341578. B, BCCB, K, PW, SLJ.
Tumble & Blue. Cassie Beasley. Penguin/Dial. 9780525428442. B, HB, K, PW, SLJ.
Windows. Julia Denos, illus. by E.B. Goodale. Candlewick. 9780763690359. B, BCCB, HB, K, SLJ.
Wolf in the Snow. Matthew Cordell. Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends. 9781250076366. B, HB, K, PW, SLJ.
The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse. Mac Barnett, illus. by Jon Klassen. Candlewick. 9780763677541. B, BCCB, HB, PW, SLJ.

4 starred reviews (58 titles):
All Ears, All Eyes. Richard Jackson, illus. by Katherine Tillotson. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy. 9781481415712. B, K, PW, SLJ.
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.
Before She Was Harriet. Lesa Cline-Ransome, illus. by James E. Ransome. Holiday House. 9780823420476. 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, SLJ.
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.
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut. Derrick Barnes, illus. by Gordon C. James. Agate/Bolden/Millner. 9781572842243. HB, K, PW, SLJ.
Disappeared. Francisco X. Stork. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine. 9780545944472. B, HB, K, SLJ.
Egg. Kevin Henkes. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 9780062408723. HB, K, PW, SLJ.
Eliza and Her Monsters. Francesca Zappia. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 9780062290137. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Framers, Their Fights, and the Flaws That Affect Us Today. Cynthia Levinson and Sanford Levinson. Peachtree. 9781561459452. B, K, PW, SLJ.
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. Mackenzi Lee. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. 9780062382801. 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.
How to Be An Elephant: Growing Up In the African Wild. Katherine Roy. Roaring Brook/David Macaulay Studio. 9781626721784. B, HB, PW, SLJ.
In Your Hands. Carole Boston Weatherford, illus. by Brian Pinkney. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum. 9781481462938. B, K, PW, SLJ.
It All Comes Down to This. Karen English. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Clarion. 9780544839571. B, K, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust, Vol. 1). Philip Pullman. Knopf. 9780375815300. B, K, PW, SLJ.
The Librarian of Auschwitz. Antonio Iturbe. Henry Holt/Godwin. 9781627796187. B, K, PW, SLJ.
A List of Cages. Robin Roe. Disney-Hyperion. 9781484763803. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Little & Lion. Brandy Colbert. Little, Brown. 9780316349000. B, BCCB, K, SLJ.
Little Fox in the Forest. Stephanie Graegin. Random House/Schwartz & Wade. 9780553537895. B, BCCB, K, PW.
The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABC’s (the Hard Way). Patrick McDonnell.  Little, Brown. 9780316502467. HB, K, PW, SLJ.
Mama Lion Wins the Race. Jon J. Muth. Scholastic. 9780545852821. B, K, PW, SLJ.
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, SLJ.
Mighty Moby. Barbara DaCosta, illus. by Ed Young. Little, Brown. 9780316299367. B, K, PW, SLJ.
My Pictures After the Storm. Éric Veillé. Lerner/Gecko Press. 9781776571048. BCCB, HB, K, PW.
Nightlights. Lorena Alvarez. Nobrow. 9781910620137. BCCB, K, PW, SLJ.
Now. Antoinette Portis. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. 9781626721371. B, HB, K, SLJ.
One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance. Nikki Grimes. Bloomsbury. 9781619635548. BCCB, K, PW, SLJ.
The Only Fish in the Sea. Philip C. Stead, illus. by Mathew Cordell. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. 9781626722828. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Patina. Jason Reynolds. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy. 9781481450188. B, HB, K, SLJ.
Piecing Me Together. Renée Watson. Bloomsbury. 9781681191058. BCCB, K, PW, SLJ.
The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine. Mark Twain and Philip C. Stead, illus. by Erin Stead. Random House/Doubleday. 9780553523225. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Red Again. Barbara Lehman. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 9780544818590. B, HB, PW, SLJ.
Release. Patrick Ness. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. 9780062403193. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo: The Road to Epoli. Ben Costa and James Parks. Knopf. 9780399556135. BCCB, K, PW, SLJ.
Robinson. Peter Sís. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 9780545731669. HB, K, PW, SLJ.
Round. Joyce Sidman, illus. by Taeeun Yoo. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 9780544387614. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library. Carole Boston Weatherford, illus. by Eric Velasquez. Candlewick. 9780763680466. B, K, PW, SLJ.
A Skinful of Shadows. Frances Hardinge. Abrams/Amulet. 9781419725722. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Speed of Life. Carol Weston. Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky. 9781492654490. B, K, PW, SLJ.
 The Stars Beneath Our Feet. David Barclay Moore. Knopf. 9781524701253. BCCB, K, PW, SLJ.
Strange the Dreamer. Laini Taylor. Little, Brown. 9780316341684. B, BCCB, PW, SLJ.
They Both Die At the End. Adam Silvera. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. 9780062457790. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Thick As Thieves. Megan Whalen Turner. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 9780062568243. B, HB, 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.
The War I Finally Won. Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. Penguin/Dial. 9780525429203. HB, K, PW, SLJ.
We Are Okay. Nina LaCour. Penguin/Dutton. 9780525425892. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Where’s Halmoni? Julie Kim. Sasquatch Books/Little Bigfoot. 9781632170774. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Wishtree. Katherine Applegate, illus. by Charles Santoso. Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends. 9781250043221. B, K, PW, SLJ.
York: The Shadow Cipher. Laura Ruby. HarperCollins/Walden Pond. 9780062306937. B, K, PW, SLJ.
You Bring the Distant Near. Mitali Perkins. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 9780374304904. B, HB, PW, SLJ.

3 starred reviews (122 titles):
The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives. Dashka Slater. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 9780374303235. K, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* Accident! Andrea Tsurumi. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 9780544944800. B, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* Akata Warrior. Nnedi Okorafor. Penguin/Viking. 9780670785612. B, BCCB, SLJ.
Alice Paul and the Fight for Women’s Rights. Deborah Kops. Boyds Mills/Calkins Creek. 9781629793238. B BCCB, K.
All the Wind in the World. Samantha Mabry. Workman/Algonquin. 9781616206666. B, BCCB, SLJ.
All’s Faire in Middle School. Victoria Jamieson. Penguin/Dial. 9780525429982. K, PW, SLJ.
Amina’s Voice. Hena Khan. Simon & Schuster/Salaam Reads. 9781481492065. B, K, SLJ.
The Antlered Ship. Dashka Slater, illus. by Eric & Terry Fan. Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane. 9781481451604. B, K, PW.
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.
Auma’s Long Run. Eucabeth Odhiambo. Lerner/Carolrhoda. 9781512427844. K, PW, SLJ.
Away. Emil Sher, illus. by Qin Leng. Groundwood. 9781554984831. B, K, SLJ.
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.
*NEW* Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court. Kareem Abdul-Jafar and Raymond Obstfeld. Little, Brown. 9780316555388. B, K, SLJ.
The Black Witch. Laurie Forest. Harlequin/HarlequinTeen. 9780373212316. B, K, PW.
Bob, Not Bob! Liz 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.
Charlie & Mouse. Laurel Snyder, illus. by Emily Hughes. 9781452131535. HB, K, PW.
Creepy Pair of Underwear! Aaron Reynolds, illus. by Peter Brown. Simon & Schuster. 9781442402980. B, K, PW.
Danza! Amalia Hernández and El Ballet Folklórico de México. Duncan Tonatiuh. Abrams. 9781419725326. B, K, SLJ.
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.
Dress Codes for Small Towns. Courtney Stevens. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. 9780062398512. B, K, PW.
Elizabeth and Zenobia. Jessica Miller, illus. by Yelena Bryksenkova. Abrams/Amulet. 9781419727245. B, HB, K.
The End of the Wild. Nicole Helget. Little, Brown. 9780316245111. B, K, PW.
The Epic Crush of Genie Lo. F.C. Yee. Abrams/Amulet. 9781419725487. K, PW, SLJ.
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.
The Fashion Committee: A Novel of Art, Crime, and Applied Design. Susan Juby. Penguin/Viking. 9780451468789. HB, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* Feather. Cao Wenxuan, illus. by Roger Mello. Elsewhere Editions. 9780914671855. K, PW, SLJ.
The First Rule of Punk. Celia C. Pérez. Penguin/Viking. 9780425290408. K, PW, SLJ.
Flora and the Chicks. Molly Idle. Chronicle. 9781452146577. K, PW, SLJ.
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.
Full of Fall. April Pulley Sayre. Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane. 9781481479844. B, PW, SLJ.
Garbage Night. Jen Lee. Nobrow/Flying Eye. 9781910620212. B, K, 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.
Girls Made of Snow and Glass. Melissa Bashardoust. Macmillan/Flatiron. 9781250077738. B, K, SLJ.
The Glass Town Game. Catherynne M. Valente, illus. by Rebecca Green. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry. 9781481476966. B, K, PW.
Goldfish Ghost. Lemony Snicket, illus. by Lisa Brown. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. 9781626725072. BCCB, HB, SLJ.
Good Night, Planet. Liniers. TOON Books & Graphics. 9781943145201. B, K, 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.
Hey Black Child. Useni Eugene Perkins, illus. by Bryan Collier. Little, Brown. 9780316360302. K, PW, SLJ.
Honestly Ben. Bill Konigsberg. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine. 9780545858267. B, PW, SLJ.
I Want That Nut! Madeline Valentine. Knopf. 9781101940372. BCCB, K, PW.
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.
*NEW* Kids Like Us. Hilary Reyl. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 9780374306281. B, BCCB, PW.
*NEW* The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic. Leigh Bardugo, illus. by Sara Kipin. Macmillan/Imprint. 9781250122520. B, BCCB, 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.
Lexie the Word Wrangler. Rebecca Van Slyke, illus. by Jessie Hartland. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen. 9780399169571. B, K, PW.
Life on Mars. Jon Agee. Penguin/Dial. 9780399538520. HB, K, SLJ.
Lines. Suzy Lee. Chronicle. 9781452156651. B, K, PW.
Little Wolf’s First Howling. Laura McGee Kvasnosky, illus. by Laura McGee Kvasnosky and Kate Harvey McGee. Candlewick. 9780763689711. B, K, SLJ.
*NEW* Mama Africa!: How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope With Her Song. Kathryn Erskine, illus. by Charly Palmer. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 9780374303013. HB, 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.
Miguel’s Brave Knight: Young Cervantes and His Dream of Don Quixote. Margarita Engle, illus. by Raúl Colón. Peachtree. 9781561458561. B, HB, K.
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.
The Nowhere Girls. Amy Reed. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse. 9781481481731. B, K, SLJ.
On a Magical Do-Nothing Day. Beatrice Alemagna. HarperCollins. 9780062657602. B, K, PW.
Optimists Die First. Susin Nielsen. Random House/Wendy Lamb. 9780553496901. K, PW, SLJ.
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.
Pup and Bear. Kate Banks, illus. by Naoko Stoop. Random House/Schwartz & Wade. 9780399554094. BCCB, 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 Real McCoys. Matthew Swanson, illus. by Robbi Behr. Macmillan/Imprint. 9781250098528. B, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* Red Cloud: A Lakota Story of War and Surrender. S.D. Nelson. Abrams. 9781419723131. B, K, SLJ.
The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet. Carmen Agra Deedy, illus. by Eugene Yelchin. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 9780545722889. HB, K, PW.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Case of R.B.G. vs. Inequality. Jonah Winter, illus. by Stacy Innerst. Abrams. 9781419725593. B, K, PW.
Saints and Misfits. S.K. Ali. Simon & Schuster/Salaam Reads. 9781481499248. B, K, SLJ.
The Secret of Nightingale Wood. Lucy Strange. Scholastic/Chicken House. 9781338157475. B, K, PW.
Shadowhouse Fall. Daniel José Older. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine. 9780545952828. B, K, SLJ.
Slider. Pete Hautman. Candlewick. 9780763690700. B, PW, SLJ.
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.
Speaking Our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation. Monique Gray Smith. Orca. 9781459815834. K, PW, SLJ.
Spill Zone. Scott Westerfeld, illus. by Alex Puvilland. First Second. 9781596439368. B, PW, SLJ.
Spinning. Tillie Walden. First Second. 9781626729407. B, K, PW.
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.
Tash Hearts Tolstoy. Kathryn Ormsbee. Simon & Schuster. 9781481489331. B, K, SLJ.
That Inevitable Victorian Thing. E.K. Johnston. Penguin/Dutton. 9781101994979. B, PW, SLJ.
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.
Thornhill. Pam Smy. Roaring Brook. 9781626726543. BCCB, K, PW.
Threads of Blue. Suzanne LaFleur. Random House/Wendy Lamb. 9781101939994. B, K, SLJ.
Too Shattered for Mending. Peter Brown Hoffmeister. Knopf. 9780553538052. K, PW, SLJ.
Tool of War. Paolo Bacigalupi. Little, Brown. 9780316220835. K, PW, SLJ.
Train I Ride. Paul Mosier. HarperCollins. 9780062455734. B, K, PW.
*NEW* Turtles All the Way Down. John Green. Penguin/Dutton. 9780525555360. B, PW, SLJ.
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.
Warcross. Marie Lu. Penguin/Putnam. 9780399547966. K, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* The Watcher. Nikki Grimes, illus. by Bryan Collier. Eerdmans. 9780802854452. B, K, PW.
*NEW* Whichwood. Tahereh Mafi. Penguin/Dutton. 9781101994795. B, BCCB, K.
Why Am I Me? Paige Britt, illus. by Selina Alko and Sean Qualls. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 9781338053142. K, PW, SLJ.
Wild Beauty. Anna-Marie McLemore. Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends. 9781250124555. B, K, SLJ.
*NEW* Winter Dance. Marion Dane Bauer, illus. by Richard Jones. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 9780544313347. B, K, PW.
The Wonderling. Mira Bartók. Candlewick. 9780763691219. BCCB, K, SLJ.
Words in Deep Blue. Cath Crowley. Knopf. 9781101937648. B, K, SLJ.
The World is Not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid. Jeanette Winter. Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane. 9781481446693. B, K, PW.
Writing Radar: Using Your Journal to Snoop Out and Craft Great Stories. Jack Gantos. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 9780374304560. B, PW, 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.

Happy reading!


3 thoughts on “November 2017 Starred Reviews

    1. I feel the same way about the 2018 stuff. I have so much to read from 2017 still and yet…..I gaze longingly at the 2018 titles and maybe already placed some holds at my library for them! As always, you are quite welcome!


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