2019 Printz Possibilities through August Stars

For a reminder of the official criteria of the Printz and what I consider traditional contenders vs. outliers, please see my previous 2019 Printz post. You can always find the full policies and procedures here.

Summer ate my time, so we’re looking at three months worth of additions here – 18 new traditional contenders and 13 new outliers. I’ve noted titles which made the National Book Award Longlist and will continue adding award information as it pops up. Now that award season has started, I’m really missing all the insight from the Someday My Printz Will Come team. We must all try to muddle through without them though so lists are after the jump!

Traditional Contenders: 49 titles; 18 are new

after the shot drops book coverall of this is true book coverall that I can fix book coveramerican panda book coveramerican road trip book coveramericanized book coverand the ocean was our sky book coverthe apocalypse of elena mendoza book coverastonishing color of after book coverblood water paint coverbook of pearl book coverboots on the ground coverbrazen book coverburied beneath the baobab tree book coverchasing king's killer book coverCheck, Please!: #Hockey book coverchildren of blood and bone book coverthe cruel prince book coverdread nation book coverDry book coverfacing frederick book coverthe faithful spy book coverfrom twinkle, with love book coverThe Good Demon book coverthe hazel wood book covera heart in a body in the world book coverHey, Kiddo book coverillegal book covera land of permanent goodbyes book covera lite too bright book coverlove hate and other filters book covermonday's not coming book covermy plain jane book coverpicture us in the light book coverplace between breaths book coverthe poet x book coverthe prince and the dressmaker book coverproud book coversadie book coverspeak the graphic novel book coverspooked! book coverSummer Bird Blue book covertess of the road book coverthunderhead book covervotes for women book coverThe war outside book coverwe'll fly away coverwhat I leave behind book coverwhat the night sings book cover

Traditional Contender Citations:
After the Shot Drops. Randy Ribay. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 9781328702272. (3 stars)
*NEW* All of This Is True. Lygia Day Peñaflor. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. 9780062673657. (3 stars)
*NEW* All That I Can Fix. Crystal Chan. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse. 9781534408883. (3 stars)
American Panda. Gloria Chao. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse. 9781481499101. (3 stars)
*NEW* American Road Trip. Patrick Flores-Scott. Macmillan/Henry Holt/Christy Ottaviano. 9781627797412. (3 stars)
Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card. Sara Saedi. Penguin Random House/Knopf. 9781524717797. (4 stars) – non-fiction
*NEW* And the Ocean Was Our Sky. Patrick Ness, illus. by Rovina Cai. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. 9780062860729. (4 stars)
The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza. Shaun David Hutchinson. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse. 9781481498548. (3 stars)
The Astonishing Color of After. Emily X.R. Pan. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316463997. (3 stars)
Blood Water Paint. Joy McCullough. Penguin Random House/Dutton. 9780735232112. (3 stars; NBA Longlist)
The Book of Pearl. Timothée de Fombelle. Candlewick. 9780763691264. (3 stars)
Boots on the Ground: America’s War in Vietnam. Elizabeth Partridge. Penguin Random House/Viking. 9780670785063. (5 stars; NBA Longlist) – non-fiction
Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World. Pénélope Bagieu. Macmillan/First Second. 9781626728691. (5 stars) – non-fiction; graphic
*NEW* Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree.Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. 9780062696724. (3 stars)
Chasing King’s Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassin.
 James L. Swanson. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 9780545723336. (4 stars) – non-fiction
*NEW* Check, Please!: #Hockey. Ngozi Uzaku. Macmillan/First Second. 9781250177964. (3 stars) – graphic
Children of Blood and Bone. Tomi Adeyemi. Macmillan/Henry Holt. 9781250170972. (4 stars)
The Cruel Prince. Holly Black. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316310277. (3 stars)
Dread Nation. Justina Ireland. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 9780062570604. (6 stars)
*NEW* Dry. Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman. Simon & Schuster. 9781481481960. (3 stars)
Facing Frederick: The Life of Frederick Douglass, a Monumental American Man. Tonya Bolden. Abrams/Amulet. 9781419725463. (3 stars) – non-fiction
*NEW* The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler. John Hendrix. Abrams/Amulet. 9781419728389. (3 stars) – non-fiction
From Twinkle, With Love. Sandhya Menon. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse. 9781481495400. (3 stars)
*NEW* The Good Demon. Jimmy Cajoleas, illus. by Michael Hoeweler. Abrams/Amulet. 9781419731273. (3 stars)
The Hazel Wood. Melissa Albert, illus. Jim Tierney. Macmillan/Flatiron. 9781250147905. (5 stars)
*NEW* A Heart in a Body in the World. Deb Caletti. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse/Mercury Ink. 9781481415200. (3 stars)
*NEW* Hey, Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt with Family Addiction. Jarret J. Krosoczka. Scholastic/Graphix. 9780545902472. (3 stars; NBA Longlist) – non-fiction; graphic
*NEW* Illegal. Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin, illus. by Giovanni Rigano. Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky. 9781492662143. (3 stars) – graphic
A Land of Permanent Goodbyes. Atia Abawi. Penguin Random House/Philomel. 9780399546839. (3 stars)
A Lite Too Bright. Samuel Miller. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. 9780062662002. (3 stars)
Love, Hate, and Other Filters. Samira Ahmed. Soho/Soho Teen. 9781616958473. (3 stars)
*NEW* Monday’s Not Coming. Tiffany D. Jackson. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. 9780062422675. (3 stars)
My Plain Jane. Cynthia Hand, Brodie Ashton, and Jodi Meadows. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. 9780062652775. (3 stars)
Picture Us in the Light. Kelly Loy Gilbert. Disney-Hyperion. 9781484726020. (5 stars)
The Place Between Breaths. An Na. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy. 9781481422253. (4 stars)
The Poet X. Elizabeth Acevedo. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. 9780062662804. (4 stars; NBA Longlist)
The Prince and the Dressmaker. Jen Wang. Macmillan/First Second. 9781626723634. (4 stars) – graphic
*NEW* Proud: Living My American Dream: Young Readers Edition. Ibtihaj Muhammad. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316477000. (3 stars) – non-fiction
*NEW* Sadie. Courtney Summers. Macmillan/St. Martin’s/Wednesday Books. 9781250105714. (4 stars)
Speak: The Graphic Novel. Laurie Halse Anderson, illus. by Emily Carroll. Macmillan/Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 9780374300289. (4 stars) – graphic
*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. (5 stars) – non-fiction
*NEW* Summer Bird Blue. Akemi Dawn Bowman. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse. 9781481487757. (3 stars)
Tess of the Road. Rachel Hartman. Penduin Random House/Random. 9781101931288. (3 stars)
Thunderhead. Neal Shusterman. Simon & Schuster. 9781442472457. (5 stars)
Votes for Women!: American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot. Winifred Conkling. Workman/Algonquin Young Readers. 9781616207342. (3 stars) – non-fiction
*NEW* The War Outside.Monica Hesse. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316316699. (3 stars)
We’ll Fly Away. Bryan Bliss. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 9780062494276. (3 stars; NBA Longlist)
What I Leave Behind. Alison McGhee. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy. 9781481476560. (3 stars)
What the Night Sings. Vesper Stamper. Penguin Random House/Knopf. 9781524700386. (3 stars; NBA Longlist)

Outliers: 29 titles; 13 are new

amal unbound book coverThe assassination of brangwain spurge book coverbe prepared book coverbetty before x book coverbook of boy book covercardboard kingdom coverendling the last book coverFinding Langston book coverghost boys book coverthe girl who drew butterflies book coverharbor me book coverThe House in Poplar Wood book coverthe hyena scientist book coverthe journey of little charlie book coverlife inside my mind book coverLouisiana's Way Home book covermartin rising book coverMerci Suárez Changes Gears book coverthe miscalculations of lightning girl book coverthe night diary book coverparker inheritance book coverreboundSea Prayer book coverSweep book coverthousand beginnings and endings book coverthe triumphant tale of the house sparrow book coverthe truth as told by mason buttle book coverWe Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices book cover

Outlier Citations:
*NEW* Amal Unbound. Aisha Saeed. Penguin Random House/Nancy Paulsen. 9780399544682. (3 stars) – young
*NEW* The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge. M. T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin, illus. by Eugene Yelchin. Candlewick. 9780763698225. (3 stars; NBA Longlist) – young
Be Prepared.
Vera Brosgol. Macmillan/First Second. 9781626724457. (4 stars) – young; graphic novel
Betty Before X.
Ilyasah Shabazz with Renée Watson. Macmillan/Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 9780374306106. (3 stars) – young
*NEW* The Book of Boy. Catherine Gilbert Murdock, illus. by Ian Schoenherr. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 9780062686206. (3 stars) – young
The Cardboard Kingdom. Chad Sell, et al. Penguin Random House/Knopf. 9781524719371. (5 stars) – young; graphic novel
Endling: The Last. Katherine Applegate, illus. by Tony Piedra. HarperCollins/Harper. 9780062335524. (4 stars) – young
*NEW* Finding Langston. Lesa Cline-Ransome. Holiday House. 9780823439607. (3 stars) – young
Ghost Boys. Jewell Parker Rhodes. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316262286. (3 stars) – young
The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science. Joyce Sidman. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 9780544717138. (5 stars) – non-fiction; young
*NEW* Harbor Me. Jacqueline Woodson. Penguin Random House/Nancy Paulsen. 9780399252525. (4 stars) – young
*NEW* The House in Poplar Wood. K. E. Ormsbee. Chronicle. 9781452149868. (3 stars) – young
*NEW* The Hyena Scientist. Sy Montgomery, photog. by Nic Bishop. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 9780544635111. (3 stars) – non-fiction; young
Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World. Ashley Herring Blake. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316515467. (3 stars) – young
The Journey of Little Charlie.
Christopher Paul Curtis. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 9780545156660. (5 stars; NBA Longlist) – young
Life Inside My Mind: 31 Authors Share Their Personal Struggles. Jessica Burkhart, ed. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse. 9781481494649. (3 stars) – essays
*NEW* Louisiana’s Way Home. Kate DiCamillo. Candlewick. 9780763694630. (3 stars) – young
Martin Rising: Requiem for a King. Andrea Davis Pinkney, illus. by Brian Pinkney. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 9780545702539. (5 stars) – young
*NEW* Merci Suárez Changes Gears. Meg Medina. Candlewick. 9780763690496. (4 stars) – young
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl. Stacy McAnulty. Penguin Random House/Random. 9781524767570. (3 stars) – young
The Night Diary. Veera Hiranandani. Penguin Random House/Dial. 9780735228511. (3 stars) – young
The Parker Inheritance. Varian Johnson. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine. 9781481470377. (4 stars) – young
Rebound. Kwame Alexander, illus. by Dawud Anyabwile. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 9780544868137. (4 stars) – young
*NEW* Sea Prayer. Khaled Hosseini, illus. by Dan Williams. Penguin Random House/Riverhead. 9780525539094. (3 stars) – picture book
*NEW* Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster. Jonathan Auxier. Abrams/Amulet. 9781419731402. (3 stars) – young
*NEW* A Thousand Beginnings and Endings. Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman, eds. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 9780062671158. (3 stars) – short stories
The Triumphant Tale of the House Sparrow. Jan Thornhill. Groundwood. 9781773060064. (3 stars) – young
The Truth As Told By Mason Buttle. Leslie Connor. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. 9780062491435. (3 stars; NBA Longlist) – young
*NEW* We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices: Words and Images of Hope. Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson, eds. Penguin Random House/Crown. 9780525580423. (3 stars) – anthology

Happy reading!


6 thoughts on “2019 Printz Possibilities through August Stars

    1. I didn’t make the decision based on age; I agree it falls squarely within the Printz age range. Anthologies have an uphill battle towards recognition because they rarely are of a uniform quality. This one could be the exception, but an anthology has never been honored before. Also, I have no idea if all the authors are eligible! Between those two things I banished it to the outliers list. I would also recommend checking out (Don’t) Call Me Crazy! when it comes out on October 2 to see how the two anthologies compare.


      1. Oh. I understand. I thought they were outliers because the age range of interest was lower. Thanks for clarifying. btw- as much as I like Life Inside My Mind, there was very uneven writing, as with most anthologies!


  1. I am moving into my role as a Cybils judge for JH/SH nonfiction so I’m afraid my Printz reading will get set aside until the end of December. I’ll keep watching your lists, though. Thanks so much for doing this! What a year!


    1. Hi Anne! Sorry for the long time no post! I had a huge event at work happening November 4 and then went right to vacation. Diving back in to the data entry now that I’m back so I hope to have something before the end of the month on October stuff. Hope the Cybils reading is going well!

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