February 2018 Starred Reviews

February 2018 stars tally:

  • 343 books published in 2018 have been awarded 509 starred reviews as of the end of February.  3 books have 5 starred reviews, 11 books have 4 starred reviews, 30 books have 3 starred reviews, 61 books have 2 starred reviews, 238 books have 1 starred review.
  • 18 new books have been added for February – 6 with four stars and 12 with three stars

5 starred reviews: 3 books – Thunderhead moves up from 4 stars

the girl who drew butterflies book coverthe hazel wood book coverthunderhead book cover

4 starred reviews: 11 books – 6 are brand new to the three star plus list: Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card; Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World; Dread Nation; The Funeral; Hello Lighthouse; I Got It!

americanized book coverbaby monkey private eye book coverbetween the lines book coverbrazen book coverchasing king's killer book coverdread nation book coverthe funeral book coverhello lighthouse book coveri got it book coverthe journey of little charlie book covermartin rising book cover

3 starred reviews:  30 books –  12 new titles: American PandaChildren of Blood and BoneGhost BoysHurricane ChildIslandborn/LolaJoan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loves ReptilesLife Inside My Mind: 31 Authors Share Their Personal StrugglesOn the Other Side of the GardenRodent RascalsSpeak: The Graphic NovelThey Say Blue; and What the Night Sings

after the shot drops book coveramerican panda book coverthe apocalypse of elena mendoza book coverbetty before x book coverchildren of blood and bone book coverthe cruel prince book coverfacing frederick book coverghost boys book covergrace for gus book coverthe great dictionary caper book coverhurricane child book coverI walk with Vanessa book coverislandborn book coverivy aberdeen's letter to the world book coverjoan procter, dragon doctor book covera lady has the floor book covera land of permanent goodbyes book coverlibba: the magnificent life of elizabeth cotten book coverlife inside my mind book coverlove book coverlove hate and other filters book coverthe night diary book coveron the other side of the garden book coverpetra book coverthe prince and the dressmaker book coverrodent rascals book coverspeak the graphic novel book coverthey say blue book coverthe truth as told by mason buttle book coverwhat the night sings book cover

5 starred reviews (3 titles):
The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science. Joyce Sidman. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 9780544717138. B, HB, K, PW, SLJ.
The Hazel Wood. Melissa Albert, illus. Jim Tierney. Macmillan/Flatiron. 9781250147905. B, BCCB, K, PW, SLJ.
Thunderhead. Neal Shusterman. Simon & Schuster. 9781442472457. B, BCCB, K, PW, SLJ.

4 starred reviews (11 titles):
*NEW* Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card. Sara Saedi. Penguin Random House/Knopf. 9781524717797. B, BCCB, K, SLJ.
Baby Monkey, Private Eye. Brian Selznick and David Serlin, illus. by Brian Selznick. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 9781338180619. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went From the Football Field to the Art Gallery. Sandra Neil Wallace, illus. by Bryan Collier. Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman. 9781481443876. B, K, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World. Pénélope Bagieu. Macmillan/First Second. 9781626728691. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Chasing King’s Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassin.
 James L. Swanson. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 9780545723336. B, K, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* Dread Nation. Justina Ireland. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 9780062570604. B, K, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* The Funeral. Matt James. Groundwood. 9781554989089. B, K, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* Hello Lighthouse. Sophie Blackall. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316362382. B, K, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* I Got It! David Wiesner. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Clarion. 9780544309029. B, K, PW, SLJ.
The Journey of Little Charlie. Christopher Paul Curtis. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 9780545156660. BCCB, K, PW, SLJ.
Martin Rising: Requiem for a King. Andrea Davis Pinkney, illus. by Brian Pinkney. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 9780545702539. B, K, PW, SLJ.

3 starred reviews (30 titles):
After the Shot Drops. Randy Ribay. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 9781328702272. K, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* American Panda. Gloria Chao. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse. 9781481499101. B, PW, SLJ.
The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza. Shaun David Hutchinson. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse. 9781481498548. B, PW, SLJ.
Betty Before X. Ilyasah Shabazz with Renée Watson. Macmillan/Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 9780374306106. K, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* Children of Blood and Bone. Tomi Adeyemi. Macmillan/Henry Holt. 9781250170972. B, K, PW.
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.
*NEW* Ghost Boys. Jewell Parker Rhodes. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316262286. B, PW, SLJ.
Grace for Gus. Harry Bliss. Harpercollins/Katherine Tegen. 9780062644107. HB, K, PW.
The Great Dictionary Caper. Judy Sierra, illus. by Eric Comstock. Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman. 9781481480048. B, K, PW.
*NEW* Hurricane Child. Kheryn Callender. Scholastic. 9781338129304. B, K, SLJ.
I Walk With Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness. Kerascoët. Penguin Random House/Schwartz & Wade. 9781524769550. K, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* Islandborn/Lola. Junot Díaz, illus. by Leo Espinosa. Penguin Random House/Dial. 9780735229860. B, PW, SLJ.
Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World. Ashley Herring Blake. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316515467. K, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles. Patricia Valdez, illus. by Felicita Sala. Penguin Random House/Knopf. 9780399557255. B, PW, SLJ.
A Lady Has the Floor: Belva Lockwood Speaks Out for Women’s Rights. Kate Hannigan, illus. by Alison Jay. Boyds Mill/Calkins Creek. 9781629794532. B, K, PW.
A Land of Permanent Goodbyes. Atia Abawi. Penguin Random House/Philomel. 9780399546839. K, PW, SLJ.
Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten. Laura Veirs, illus. by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. Chronicle. 9781452148571. K, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* Life Inside My Mind: 31 Authors Share Their Personal Struggles. Jessica Burkhart, ed. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse. 9781481494649. B, PW, SLJ.
Love. Matt de la Peña, illus. by Loren Long. Penguin Random House/Putnam. 9781524740917. K, PW, SLJ.
Love, Hate, and Other Filters. Samira Ahmed. Soho/Soho Teen. 9781616958473. B, PW, SLJ.
The Night Diary. Veera Hiranandani. Penguin Random House/Dial. 9780735228511. K, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* On the Other Side of the Garden. Jairo Buitrago, illus. by Rafael Yockteng. Groundwood. 9781554989836. K, PW, SLJ.
Petra. Marianna Coppo. Penguin Random House Canada/Tundra. 9780735262676. B, K, PW.
The Prince and the Dressmaker. Jen Wang. Macmillan/First Second. 9781626723634. B, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* Rodent Rascals. Roxie Munro. Holiday House. 9780823438600. B, K, PW.
*NEW* Speak: The Graphic Novel. Laurie Halse Anderson, illus. by Emily Carroll. Macmillan/Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 9780374300289. B, K, SLJ.
*NEW* They Say Blue. Jillian Tamaki. Abrams. 9781419728518. B, PW, SLJ.
The Truth As Told By Mason Buttle. Leslie Connor. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. 9780062491435. K, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* What the Night Sings. Vesper Stamper. Penguin Random House/Knopf. 9781524700386. K, PW, SLJ.

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

Happy reading!


4 thoughts on “February 2018 Starred Reviews

  1. My new goal is to read all the 4+ starred reviewed YA books. I have about five of them in a pile from the library already and just put another three on hold. Maybe this year I will actually keep up with the goal. I doubt it, but a girl can dream. Hope you are recovering and able to get out in the sunshine!


    1. I am doing well! I’ve actually been back at work all this week and the knee is holding up ok so far.

      4+ starred reviewed YA books seems like a doable goal to me. I used to think I should try 3+ stars, but that list seems to get longer every year!

      Right now I have all three books with 5 starred reviews in my house – The Hazel Wood came in my first OwlCrate box, I bought Thunderhead on sale and I have The Girl Who Drew Butterflies checked out from the library. Now it’s just making the time to sit down and read them!


  2. Jen, I just want to thank you again for creating and maintaining this web site. Once again my Baker and Taylor order carts are all backed up and your February round up has given me the chance to zero in on several multi starred titles buried in those carts. Now if I could only magically create some extra time so I could read more of them.


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