July 2018 Starred Reviews

Some month I’m going to be able to say that I’m completely caught up. This is not that month. I finally have July stars entered, but still have work to do since it’s already almost mid-September. I need to get the August stars sorted out before I do updated Newbery and Printz posts. But in better news, Heavy Medal is back and starting off their season! If you’re into the Newbery Medal and mock discussions, check out their opening list of titles to watch.

Award season is going to get started pretty soon as well! The first date I have on my calendar is this Wednesday, September 12 when the National Book Longlist for Young People’s Literature will be announced followed by September 25 when the Kirkus Prize Finalists will be announced.

As far as starred reviews go, I can tell the Fall publishing season is being reflected here because books with 3 starred reviews jumped from 66 to 82 titles which is huge compared to what was added in June.

July 2018 stars tally:

  • 858 books published in 2018 have been awarded 1322 starred reviews as of the end of July.  2 books have 6 starred reviews; 15 books have 5 starred reviews, 21 books have 4 starred reviews, 82 books have 3 starred reviews, 167 books have 2 starred reviews, 571 books have 1 starred review.
  •  A Big Mooncake for Little Star jumps on to the list all the way up at 5 stars, 1 book has been added with 4 stars, and 18 (!) books have been added with 3 stars

6 starred reviews:  2 books

baby monkey private eye book coverdread nation book cover

5 starred reviews:  15 books – A Big Mooncake for Little Star is brand new to the list and Spooked! moves up from 4 stars

a big mooncake for little star book coverboots 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 coverspooked! book coverthunderhead book cover

4 starred reviews: 21 books – 1 book is entirely new: Imagine!; 2 books move up from the three star list: Rebound and They Say Blue

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 coverimagine 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 coverrebound coverspeak the graphic novel book coverthey say blue book coverwhale in a fishbowl cover

3 starred reviews: 82 books – 18 new titles: BlueBlue RiderThe Book of BoyBuried Beneath the Baobab TreeThe Dinosaur Expert; The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler; Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena WilliamsGood Rosie!Harbor MeA Heart in a Body in the WorldThe Hyena ScientistIllegalLlamaphonesMerci Suárez Changes GearsProud: Living My American Dream: Young Readers EditionSaving WinslowThe War Outside; and Where the Watermelons Grow

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 coverblue book coverblue rider book coverbob book coverbook of boy book coverthe book of pearl book coverburied beneath the baobab tree book coverbusy creatures day eatingcamp panda book coverthe cruel prince book coverdinosaur expert book coverevery month is a new year coverfacing frederick book coverthe faithful spy book coverthe field book coverfrom twinkle with love covergame changers book covergeraldine coverghost boys book covergood rosie book covergrace for gus book coverthe great dictionary caper book coverharbor me book covera heart in a body in the world book coverhello hello book covera house that once was book coverhurricane child book coverthe hyena scientist book coverI walk with Vanessa book coverillegal 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 coverllamaphoneslove hate and other filters book coverMerci Suárez Changes Gears 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 coverproud book coverrodent rascals book coverthe rough patch book covera round of robins book coversaving winslow book coversecret sisters of the salty sea book coverstone for sascha covertale of angelino brown book covertess of the road 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 coverThe war outside book coverwe'll fly away coverwhat I leave behind book coverwhat the night sings book coverwhere the watermelons grow 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 (15 titles):
*NEW* A Big Mooncake for Little Star. Grace Lin. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316404488. BCCB, HB, K, PW, SLJ.
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.
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.
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, BCCB, K, PW, SLJ.
Thunderhead. Neal Shusterman. Simon & Schuster. 9781442472457. B, BCCB, K, PW, SLJ.

4 starred reviews (21 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.
*NEW* Imagine! Raúl Colón. Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman. 9781481462730. 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.
Rebound. Kwame Alexander, illus. by Dawud Anyabwile. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 9780544868137. B, HB, K, SLJ.
Speak: The Graphic Novel. Laurie Halse Anderson, illus. by Emily Carroll. Macmillan/Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 9780374300289. B, HB, K, SLJ.
They Say Blue. Jillian Tamaki. Abrams. 9781419728518. B, HB, 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 (82 titles):
After the Shot Drops. Randy Ribay. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 9781328702272. K, PW, SLJ.
All of This Is True. Lygia Day Peñaflor. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. 9780062673657. BCCB, K, SLJ.
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.
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.
*NEW* Blue. Laura Vaccaro Seeger. Macmillan/Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. 9781626720664. B, K, SLJ.
*NEW* Blue Rider. Geraldo Valério. Groundwood. 9781554989812. HB, K, PW.
Bob. Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead, illus. by Nicholas Gannon. Macmillan/Feiwel and Friends. 9781250166623. B, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* The Book of Boy. Catherine Gilbert Murdock, illus. by Ian Schoenherr. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 9780062686206. B, HB, K.
The Book of Pearl. Timothée de Fombelle. Candlewick. 9780763691264. B, BCCB, K.
*NEW* Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree.Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. 9780062696724. B, K, PW.
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.
*NEW* The Dinosaur Expert. Margaret McNamara, illus. by G. Brian Karas. Pengin Random House/Schwartz & Wade. 9780553511437. B, K, 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.
*NEW* The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler. John Hendrix. Abrams/Amulet. 9781419728389. 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.
*NEW* Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams. Lesa Cline-Ransome, illus. by James E. Ransome. Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman. 9781481476843. B, HB, 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.
*NEW* Good Rosie! Kate DiCamillo, illus. by Harry Bliss. Candlewick. 9780763689797. K, 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* Harbor Me. Jacqueline Woodson. Penguin Random House/Nancy Paulsen. 9780399252525. B, K, PW.
*NEW* A Heart in a Body in the World. Deb Caletti. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse/Mercury Ink. 9781481415200. 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.
*NEW* The Hyena Scientist. Sy Montgomery, photog. by Nic Bishop. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 9780544635111. B, BCCB, K.
I Walk With Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness. Kerascoët. Penguin Random House/Schwartz & Wade. 9781524769550. K, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* Illegal. Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin, illus. by Giovanni Rigano. Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky. 9781492662143. B, K, PW.
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.
*NEW* LlamaPhones. Janik Coat. Abrams/Appleseed. 9781419728273. B, K, PW.
Love, Hate, and Other Filters. Samira Ahmed. Soho/Soho Teen. 9781616958473. B, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* Merci Suárez Changes Gears. Meg Medina. Candlewick. 9780763690496. B, K, PW.
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl. Stacy McAnulty. Penguin Random House/Random. 9781524767570. K, PW, SLJ.
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 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.
*NEW* Proud: Living My American Dream: Young Readers Edition. Ibtihaj Muhammad. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316477000. B, K, PW.
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.
*NEW* Saving Winslow. Sharon Creech. HarperCollins/Harper. 9780062570703. K, 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.
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.
*NEW* The War Outside. Monica Hesse. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316316699. B, PW, SLJ.
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.
*NEW* Where the Watermelons Grow. Cindy Baldwin. HarperCollins/Harper. 9780062665867. B, 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!


1 thought on “July 2018 Starred Reviews

  1. Thank you for this post made surely in the busiest part of your year. I am halfway done with SPOOKED and will request REBOUND by Alexander and I’ll be caught up on all the 4 and 5 books, still leaving me with DREAD NATION…for some reason I can’t get started on that book. Zombies could be the reason.


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