June 2018 Starred Reviews

June 2018 stars tally:

  • 726 books published in 2018 have been awarded 1114 starred reviews as of the end of June.  2 books have 6 starred reviews; 13 books have 5 starred reviews, 19 books have 4 starred reviews, 66 books have 3 starred reviews, 137 books have 2 starred reviews, 489 books have 1 starred review.
  •  Drawn Together jumps on to the list all the way up at 5 stars, 1 book has been added with 4 stars and 6 books have been added with 3 stars

Since I’m once again running behind, I’m going to move right on to entering July information. Once I have the July reviews done, I’ll update the Newbery and Printz contender lists for both months combined.

6 starred reviews:  2 books

baby monkey private eye book coverdread nation book cover

5 starred reviews:  13 books – Drawn Together is brand new to the list and The Funeral moves up from 4 stars

boots on the ground book coverbrazen book covercardboard kingdom coverthe funeral book coverdrawn together book coverthe girl who drew butterflies book coverthe hazel wood book coverhello lighthouse book coverthe journey of little charlie book coverjulian is a mermaid book covermartin rising book coverpicture us in the light book coverthunderhead book cover

4 starred reviews: 19 books – 1 book is entirely new: Spooked! How a Radio Broadcast and the War of the Worlds Sparked the 1938 Invasion of America; 1 book moves up from the three star list: Pie is for Sharing

americanized book coverbe prepared book coverbetween the lines book coverchasing king's killer book coverchildren of blood and bone book coverendling the last book coverfront desk coveri got it book coverlove book coverocean meets sky book coverotis and will coverparker inheritance book coverpie is for sharing book coverthe place between breaths book coverpoet x book coverthe prince and the dressmaker book coverspeak the graphic novel book coverspooked! book coverwhale in a fishbowl cover

3 starred reviews: 66 books – 6 new titles: All of This Is TrueAll That I Can FixAmal UnboundMonday’s Not ComingNew Shoes; and A Thousand Beginnings and Endings

after the shot drops book coverall of this is true book coverall that I can fix book coveralma and how she got her name book coveramal unbound book coveramerican panda book coverthe apocalypse of elena mendoza book coveraru shah and the end of time book coverastonishing color of after book coverbetty before x book coverblood water paint coverbob book coverthe book of pearl book coverbusy creatures day eatingcamp panda book coverthe cruel prince book coverevery month is a new year coverfacing frederick book coverthe field book coverfrom twinkle with love covergeraldine coverghost boys book covergrace for gus book coverthe great dictionary caper book coverhello hello book covera house that once was book coverhurricane child book coverI walk with Vanessa book coverin the past 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 covera lite too bright coverlove hate and other filters book coverthe miscalculations of lightning girl covermonday's not coming book covera most unusual day book covermy plain jane covernew shoes book coverthe night diary book coveron the other side of the garden book coverthe other ducks coverout of left field coverpetra book coverrebound coverrodent rascals book coverthe rough patch book covera round of robins book coversecret sisters of the salty sea book coverstone for sascha covertale of angelino brown book covertess of the road book coverthey say blue book coverthousand beginnings and endings book coverthe triumphant tale of the house sparrow book coverthe truth as told by mason buttle book coververnon is on his way book covervotes for women book coverwe'll fly away coverwhat I leave behind book coverwhat the night sings book coveryou go first cover

6 starred reviews (2 titles):
Baby Monkey, Private Eye. Brian Selznick and David Serlin, illus. by Brian Selznick. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 9781338180619. B, BCCB, HB, K, PW, SLJ.
Dread Nation. Justina Ireland. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 9780062570604. B, BCCB, HB, K, PW, SLJ.

5 starred reviews (13 titles):
Boots on the Ground: America’s War in Vietnam. Elizabeth Partridge. Penguin Random House/Viking. 9780670785063. B, BCCB, HB, K, PW.
Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World. Pénélope Bagieu. Macmillan/First Second. 9781626728691. B, BCCB, K, PW, SLJ.
 The Cardboard Kingdom. Chad Sell, et al. Penguin Random House/Knopf. 9781524719371. B, BCCB, K, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* Drawn Together. Minh Lê, illus. Dan Santat. Disney-Hyperion. 9781484767603. B, BCCB, K, PW, SLJ.
The Funeral. Matt James. Groundwood. 9781554989089. B, BCCB, K, PW, SLJ.
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.
Hello Lighthouse. Sophie Blackall. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316362382. B, BCCB, K, PW, SLJ.
The Journey of Little Charlie. Christopher Paul Curtis. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 9780545156660. BCCB, HB, K, PW, SLJ.
Julián Is a Mermaid. Jessica Love. Candlewick. 9780763690458. BCCB, HB, K, PW, SLJ.
Martin Rising: Requiem for a King. Andrea Davis Pinkney, illus. by Brian Pinkney. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 9780545702539. B, HB, K, PW, SLJ.
Picture Us in the Light. Kelly Loy Gilbert. Disney-Hyperion. 9781484726020. B, BCCB, K, PW, SLJ.
Thunderhead. Neal Shusterman. Simon & Schuster. 9781442472457. B, BCCB, K, PW, SLJ.

4 starred reviews (19 titles):
Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card. Sara Saedi. Penguin Random House/Knopf. 9781524717797. B, BCCB, K, SLJ.
Be Prepared. Vera Brosgol. Macmillan/First Second. 9781626724457. B, HB, 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.
Chasing King’s Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassin.
 James L. Swanson. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 9780545723336. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Children of Blood and Bone. Tomi Adeyemi. Macmillan/Henry Holt. 9781250170972. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Endling: The Last. Katherine Applegate, illus. by Tony Piedra. HarperCollins/Harper. 9780062335524. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Front Desk. Kelly Yang. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine. 9781338157796. B, BCCB, K, SLJ.
I Got It! David Wiesner. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Clarion. 9780544309029. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Love. Matt de la Peña, illus. by Loren Long. Penguin Random House/Putnam. 9781524740917. HB, K, PW, SLJ.
Ocean Meets Sky. Terry and Eric Fan. Simon & Schuster. 9781481470377. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Otis and Will Discover the Deep: The Record-Setting Dive of the Bathysphere. Barb Rosenstock, illus. by Katherine Roy. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316393829. BCCB, HB, PW, SLJ.
The Parker Inheritance. Varian Johnson. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine. 9781481470377. B, BCCB, PW, SLJ.
Pie is for Sharing. Stephanie Parsley Ledyard, illus. by Jason Chin. Macmillan/Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. 9781626725621. B, BCCB, HB, K.
The Place Between Breaths. An Na. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy. 9781481422253. B, K, PW, SLJ.
The Poet X. Elizabeth Acevedo. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. 9780062662804. HB, K, PW, SLJ.
The Prince and the Dressmaker. Jen Wang. Macmillan/First Second. 9781626723634. B, HB, PW, SLJ.
Speak: The Graphic Novel. Laurie Halse Anderson, illus. by Emily Carroll. Macmillan/Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 9780374300289. B, HB, K, SLJ.
*NEW* Spooked! How a Radio Broadcast and the War of the Worlds Sparked the 1938 Invasion of America. Gail Jarrow. Boyds Mills/Calkins Creek. 9781629797762. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Whale in a Fishbowl. Troy Howell, illus. by Richard Jones. Penguin Random House/Schwartz & Wade. 9781524715182. B, BCCB, K, PW.

3 starred reviews (66 titles):
After the Shot Drops. Randy Ribay. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 9781328702272. K, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* All of This Is True. Lygia Day Peñaflor. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. 9780062673657. BCCB, K, SLJ.
*NEW* All That I Can Fix. Crystal Chan. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse. 9781534408883. BCCB, K, SLJ.
Alma and How She Got Her Name. Juana Martinez-Neal. Candlewick. 9780763693558. B, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* Amal Unbound. Aisha Saeed. Penguin Random House/Nancy Paulsen. 9780399544682. K, PW, SLJ.
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.
Aru Shah and the End of Time. Roshani Chokshi. Disney-Hyperion/Rick Riordan Presents. 9781368012355. K, PW, SLJ.
The Astonishing Color of After. Emily X.R. Pan. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316463997. B, PW, SLJ.
Betty Before X. Ilyasah Shabazz with Renée Watson. Macmillan/Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 9780374306106. K, PW, SLJ.
Blood Water Paint. Joy McCullough. Penguin Random House/Dutton. 9780735232112. B, PW, SLJ.
Bob. Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead, illus. by Nicholas Gannon. Macmillan/Feiwel and Friends. 9781250166623. B, PW, SLJ.
The Book of Pearl. Timothée de Fombelle. Candlewick. 9780763691264. B, BCCB, K.
A Busy Creature’s Day Eating: An Alphabetical Smorgasbord. Mo Willems. Disney-Hyperion. 9781368013529. B, PW, SLJ.
Camp Panda: Helping Cubs Return to the Wild. Catherine Thimmesh. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 9780544818910. B, K, SLJ.
The Cruel Prince. Holly Black. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316310277. B, PW, SLJ.
Every Month Is a New Year: Celebrations Around the World. Marilyn Singer, illus. by Susan L. Roth. Lee & Low. 9781620141625. B, K, PW.
Facing Frederick: The Life of Frederick Douglass, a Monumental American Man. Tonya Bolden. Abrams/Amulet. 9781419725463. B, K, SLJ.
The Field. Baptiste Paul, illus. by Jacqueline Alcántara. NorthSouth. 9780735843127. B, HB, K.
From Twinkle, With Love. Sandhya Menon. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse. 9781481495400. B, K, SLJ.
Geraldine. Elizabeth Lilly. Macmillan/Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. 9781626723597. K, PW, SLJ.
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.
Hello Hello. Brendan Wenzel. Chronicle. 9781452150147. B, K, PW.
A House That Once Was. Julie Fogliano, illus. by Lane Smith. Macmillan/Roaring Brook. 9781626723146. B, K, SLJ.
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.
In the Past: From Trilobites to Dinosaurs to Mammoths in More than 500 Million Years. David Elliott, illus. by Matthew Trueman. Candlewick. 9780763660734. B, K, SLJ.
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.
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.
Life Inside My Mind: 31 Authors Share Their Personal Struggles. Jessica Burkhart, ed. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse. 9781481494649. B, PW, SLJ.
A Lite Too Bright. Samuel Miller. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. 9780062662002. B, K, SLJ.
Love, Hate, and Other Filters. Samira Ahmed. Soho/Soho Teen. 9781616958473. B, PW, SLJ.
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl. Stacy McAnulty. Penguin Random House/Random. 9781524767570. K, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* Monday’s Not Coming. Tiffany D. Jackson. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. 9780062422675. BCCB, PW, SLJ.
A Most Unusual Day. Sydra Mallery, illus. by E.B. Goodale. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 9780062364302. K, PW, SLJ.
My Plain Jane. Cynthia Hand, Brodie Ashton, and Jodi Meadows. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. 9780062652775. B, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* New Shoes. Chris Raschka. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 9780062657527. BCCB, PW, SLJ.
The Night Diary. Veera Hiranandani. Penguin Random House/Dial. 9780735228511. K, PW, SLJ.
On the Other Side of the Garden. Jairo Buitrago, illus. by Rafael Yockteng. Groundwood. 9781554989836. K, PW, SLJ.
The Other Ducks. Ellen Yeomans, illus. by Chris Sheban. Macmillan/Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. 9781626725027. B, K, PW.
Out of Left Field. Ellen Klages. Penguin Random House/Viking. 9780425288597. B, K, PW.
Petra. Marianna Coppo. Penguin Random House Canada/Tundra. 9780735262676. B, K, PW.
Rebound. Kwame Alexander, illus. by Dawud Anyabwile. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 9780544868137. B, K, SLJ.
Rodent Rascals. Roxie Munro. Holiday House. 9780823438600. B, K, PW.
The Rough Patch. Brian Lies. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 9780062671271. B, PW, SLJ.
A Round of Robins. Katie Hesterman, illus. by Sergio Ruzzier. Penguin Random House/Nancy Paulsen. 9780399547782. HB, PW, SLJ.
Secret Sisters of the Salty Sea. Lynne Rae Perkins. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 9780062499660. B, BCCB, PW.
A Stone for Sascha. Aaron Becker. Candlewick. 9780763665968. K, PW, SLJ.
The Tale of Angelino Brown. David Almond, illus. by Alex T. Smith. Candlewick. 9780763695637. BCCB, K, PW.
Tess of the Road. Rachel Hartman. Penguin Random House/Random. 9781101931288. B, BCCB, K.
They Say Blue. Jillian Tamaki. Abrams. 9781419728518. B, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* A Thousand Beginnings and Endings. Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman, eds. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 9780062671158. K, PW, SLJ.
The Triumphant Tale of the House Sparrow. Jan Thornhill. Groundwood. 9781773060064. B, K, SLJ.
The Truth As Told By Mason Buttle. Leslie Connor. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. 9780062491435. K, PW, SLJ.
Vernon Is on His Way: Small Stories. Philip C. Stead. Macmillan/Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. 9781626726550. B, PW, SLJ.
Votes for Women!: American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot. Winifred Conkling. Workman/Algonquin Young Readers. 9781616207342. HB, K, PW.
We’ll Fly Away. Bryan Bliss. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 9780062494276. B, K, PW.
What I Leave Behind. Alison McGhee. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy. 9781481476560. B, K, PW.
What the Night Sings. Vesper Stamper. Penguin Random House/Knopf. 9781524700386. K, PW, SLJ.
You Go First. Erin Entrada Kelly. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 9780062414182. BCCB, K, SLJ.

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

Happy reading!

2 thoughts on “June 2018 Starred Reviews

    1. Ask and ye shall receive! I finally posted July starred reviews tonight. Hoping to make more progress this week and post August starred reviews by early next week. Then it’s on to the Newbery and Printz updates – assuming life doesn’t intervene. Fingers crossed!


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