2019 Newbery Possibilities through August Stars

There’s a ton of new titles to check into with this update because it’s covering three moths of added reviews: June, July and August. Heavy Medal is back in full swing and they actually do some in-depth analysis to identify contenders, so I encourage everyone to check in on the discussions over there – especially if you’re overwhelmed by the amount of titles listed here and want to narrow your reading focus.

For a reminder of the criteria please visit the official Newbery page or you can get a brief overview at my previous Newbery post.

This year my Newbery contender lists are broken down by format: Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Graphic Novels/Comics, Non-Fiction, Picture Books (Fiction and Non-Fiction), and Easy Readers/Early Chapter Books.

I have also included a list of books that I think are ineligible with a brief note of why, but here’s your regular reminder that I am not a member of the Newbery committee and have no information on official committee rulings. A few notes on titles that were added this month: I think  Check, Please!: # Hockey is ineligible because it was originally published as a webcomic, but I’m not at all sure of that. Also, for anthologies I’m currently only looking up editors. If the editors meet the nationality/residence requirements I’m putting them on the contender lists; if they don’t (with some basic searching, I think Elsie Chapman is neither a U.S. citizen nor a U.S. resident sadly knocking out A Thousand Beginnings and Endings) I’m putting them on the ineligible list. If anyone has additional info on eligibility for any of the titles I’ve got on the ineligible list, please let me know in the comments!

With August stars entered, there were 139 titles with three or more starred reviews which means there’s 47 new titles . I’ve noted next to titles if they made the National Book Longlist or were named Kirkus Prize Finalists since that adds a little extra weight to their chances. See where everything ends up after the jump!

Middle Grade Fiction:  28 books – 11 new books

amal unbound book coveraru shah and the end of time book coverThe assassination of brangwain spurge book coverbetty before x book coverbob book coverbook of boy book coverendling the last book coverFinding Langston book coverfront desk book coverghost boys book coverharbor me book coverThe House in Poplar Wood book coverhurricane child book coverivy aberdeen's letter to the world book coverthe journey of little charlie book coverLouisiana's Way Home book coverMerci Suárez Changes Gears book coverthe miscalculations of lightning girl book coverthe night diary book coverout of left field book coverparker inheritance book coverrebound book coversaving winslow book coversecret sisters of the salty sea book coverSweep book coverthe truth as told by mason buttle book coverwhere the watermelons grow book coveryou go first cover

*NEW* Amal Unbound. Aisha Saeed. Penguin Random House/Nancy Paulsen. 9780399544682. (3 stars)
Aru Shah and the End of Time. 
Roshani Chokshi. Disney-Hyperion/Rick Riordan Presents. 9781368012355. (3 stars)
*NEW* The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge. M. T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin, illus. by Eugene Yelchin. Candlewick. 9780763698225. (3 stars) – NBA LONGLIST
Betty Before X.
Ilyasah Shabazz with Renée Watson. Macmillan/Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 9780374306106. (3 stars)
Bob. Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead, illus. by Nicholas Gannon. Macmillan/Feiwel and Friends. 9781250166623. (3 stars)
*NEW* The Book of Boy. Catherine Gilbert Murdock, illus. by Ian Schoenherr. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 9780062686206. (3 stars)
Endling: The Last. Katherine Applegate, illus. by Tony Piedra. HarperCollins/Harper. 9780062335524. (4 stars)
*NEW* Finding Langston. Lesa Cline-Ransome. Holiday House. 9780823439607. (3 stars)
Front Desk. Kelly Yang. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine. 9781338157796. (4 stars)
Ghost Boys. Jewell Parker Rhodes. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316262286. (3 stars)
*NEW* Harbor Me. Jacqueline Woodson. Penguin Random House/Nancy Paulsen. 9780399252525. (4 stars) – KIRKUS FINALIST
*NEW* The House in Poplar Wood. K. E. Ormsbee. Chronicle. 9781452149868. (3 stars)
Hurricane Child. Kheryn Callender. Scholastic. 9781338129304. (3 stars)
Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World. Ashley Herring Blake. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316515467. (3 stars)
The Journey of Little Charlie. Christopher Paul Curtis. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 9780545156660. (5 stars) – NBA LONGLIST
*NEW* Louisiana’s Way Home. Kate DiCamillo. Candlewick. 9780763694630. (3 stars)
*NEW* Merci Suárez Changes Gears. Meg Medina. Candlewick. 9780763690496. (4 stars) – KIRKUS FINALIST
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl. Stacy McAnulty. Penguin Random House/Random. 9781524767570. (3 stars)
The Night Diary. Veera Hiranandani. Penguin Random House/Dial. 9780735228511. (3 stars)
Out of Left Field. Ellen Klages. Penguin Random House/Viking. 9780425288597. (3 stars)
The Parker Inheritance. Varian Johnson. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine. 9781481470377. (4 stars)
Rebound. Kwame Alexander, illus. by Dawud Anyabwile. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 9780544868137. (4 stars)
*NEW* Saving Winslow. Sharon Creech. HarperCollins/Harper. 9780062570703. (3 stars)
Secret Sisters of the Salty Sea. Lynne Rae Perkins. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 9780062499660. (3 stars)
*NEW* Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster. Jonathan Auxier. Abrams/Amulet. 9781419731402. (3 stars)
The Truth As Told By Mason Buttle. Leslie Connor. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. 9780062491435. (3 stars) – NBA LONGLIST
*NEW* Where the Watermelons Grow. Cindy Baldwin. HarperCollins/Harper. 9780062665867. (3 stars)
You Go First. Erin Entrada Kelly. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 9780062414182. (3 stars)

Young Adult Fiction:  32 books – 10 new books

after the shot drops book coverall of this is true book coverall that I can fix book coveramerican panda book coveramerican road trip book coverand the ocean was our sky book coverthe apocalypse of elena mendoza book coverastonishing color of after book coverblood water paint coverchildren of blood and bone book coverthe cruel prince book coverdread nation book coverDry book coverfrom twinkle, with love book coverThe Good Demon book coverthe hazel wood book covera heart in a body in the world 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 coverSummer Bird Blue book covertess of the road book coverthunderhead book coverThe war outside book coverwe'll fly away coverwhat I leave behind book coverwhat the night sings book cover

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)
*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. B, PW, SLJ. – NBA LONGLIST
Children of Blood and Bone.
Tomi Adeyemi. Macmillan/Henry Holt. 9781250170972. (4 stars) – KIRKUS FINALIST
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)
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)
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) – KIRKUS FINALIST; NBA LONGLIST
*NEW* Summer Bird Blue. Akemi Dawn Bowman. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse. 9781481487757. (3 stars)
Tess of the Road. Rachel Hartman. Penguin Random House/Random. 9781101931288. (3 stars)
Thunderhead. Neal Shusterman. Simon & Schuster. 9781442472457. (5 stars)
*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

Graphic Novels/Comics:  5 books – 2 new books

be prepared book covercardboard kingdom coverHey, Kiddo book coverKnights vs. Dinosaurs book coverthe prince and the dressmaker book cover

Be Prepared. Vera Brosgol. Macmillan/First Second. 9781626724457. (4 stars)
The Cardboard Kingdom. 
Chad Sell, et al. Penguin Random House/Knopf. 9781524719371.(5 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
*NEW* Knights vs. Dragons. Matt Phelan. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 9780062686237. (3 stars)
The Prince and the Dressmaker.
Jen Wang. Macmillan/First Second. 9781626723634. (4 stars)

Non-Fiction:  14 books – 5 new

americanized book coverboots on the ground covercamp panda book coverchasing king's killer book coverfacing frederick book coverthe faithful spy book coverthe girl who drew butterflies book coverthe hyena scientist book coverlife inside my mind book covermartin rising book coverproud book coverspooked! book covervotes for women book coverWe Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices book cover

Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card. Sara Saedi. Penguin Random House/Knopf. 9781524717797. (4 stars)
Boots on the Ground: America’s War in Vietnam. Elizabeth Partridge. Penguin Random House/Viking. 9780670785063 (5 stars) – NBA LONGLIST
Camp Panda: Helping Cubs Return to the Wild. Catherine Thimmesh. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 9780544818910. (3 stars)
Chasing King’s Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassin. James L. Swanson. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 9780545723336. (4 stars)
Facing Frederick: The Life of Frederick Douglass, a Monumental American Man. Tonya Bolden. Abrams/Amulet. 9781419725463. (3 stars)
*NEW* The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler. John Hendrix. Abrams/Amulet. 9781419728389. (3 stars)
The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science. Joyce Sidman. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 9780544717138. (5 stars)
*NEW* The Hyena Scientist. Sy Montgomery, photog. by Nic Bishop. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 9780544635111. (3 stars)
Life Inside My Mind: 31 Authors Share Their Personal Struggles. Jessica Burkhart, ed. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse. 9781481494649. (3 stars)
Martin Rising: Requiem for a King. Andrea Davis Pinkney, illus. by Brian Pinkney. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 9780545702539. (5 stars)
*NEW* Proud: Living My American Dream: Young Readers Edition. Ibtihaj Muhammad. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316477000. (3 stars)
*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)
Votes for Women!: American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot. Winifred Conkling. Workman/Algonquin Young Readers. 9781616207342. (3 stars)
*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)

Picture Books: 42 books – 12 new books

alma and how she got her name book coverbetween the lines book coverA Big Mooncake for Little Star book coverblue book coverbusy creatures day eatingThe Day You Begin book coverdinosaur expert book coverdrawn together book coverevery month is a new year coverthe field book covergame changers book covergeraldine book covergood rosie book covergrace for gus book coverthe great dictionary caper book coverhello hello book coverhello lighthouse book covera house that once was book coveri got it book coverimagine book coverin the past book coverislandborn book coverjoan procter, dragon doctor book coverjulian is a mermaid book covera lady has the floor book coverlibba: the magnificent life of elizabeth cotten book coverlove book covera most unusual day book covernew shoes book coverocean meets sky book coverthe other ducks book coverotis and will book coverpie is for sharing book coverrodent rascals book coverthe rough patch book covera round of robins book coverSea Prayer book coverThe Stuff of Stars book coverThank You, Omu! book coverthey say blue book coververnon is on his way book coverwhale in a fishbowl cover

Alma and How She Got Her Name. Juana Martinez-Neal. Candlewick. 9780763693558. (3 stars)
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. (4 stars)
*NEW* A Big Mooncake for Little Star. Grace Lin. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316404488. (5 stars)
*NEW* Blue. Laura Vaccaro Seeger. Macmillan/Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. 9781626720664. (3 stars)
A Busy Creature’s Day Eating: An Alphabetical Smorgasbord. Mo Willems. Disney-Hyperion. 9781368013529. (3 stars)
*NEW* The Day You Begin. Jacqueline Woodson, illus. by Rafael López. Penguin Random House/Nancy Paulsen. 9780399246531. (3 stars)
*NEW* The Dinosaur Expert. Margaret McNamara, illus. by G. Brian Karas. Pengin Random House/Schwartz & Wade. 9780553511437. (3 stars)
*NEW* Drawn Together. Minh Lê, illus. Dan Santat. Disney-Hyperion. 9781484767603. (5 stars)
Every Month Is a New Year: Celebrations Around the World. Marilyn Singer, illus. by Susan L. Roth. Lee & Low. 9781620141625. (3 stars)
The Field. Baptiste Paul, illus. by Jacqueline Alcántara. NorthSouth. 9780735843127. (3 stars)
*NEW* Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams. Lesa Cline-Ransome, illus. by James E. Ransome. Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman. 9781481476843. (3 stars)
Geraldine. Elizabeth Lilly. Macmillan/Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. 9781626723597. (3 stars)
*NEW* Good Rosie! Kate DiCamillo, illus. by Harry Bliss. Candlewick. 9780763689797. (3 stars)
Grace for Gus. Harry Bliss. Harpercollins/Katherine Tegen. 9780062644107. (3 stars)
The Great Dictionary Caper. Judy Sierra, illus. by Eric Comstock. Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman. 9781481480048. (3 stars)
Hello Hello. Brendan Wenzel. Chronicle. 9781452150147. (3 stars)
Hello Lighthouse. Sophie Blackall. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316362382. (5 stars)
A House That Once Was. Julie Fogliano, illus. by Lane Smith. Macmillan/Roaring Brook. 9781626723146. (3 stars)
I Got It! David Wiesner. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Clarion. 9780544309029. (4 stars)
*NEW* Imagine! Raúl Colón. Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman. 9781481462730. (4 stars)
In the Past: From Trilobites to Dinosaurs to Mammoths in More than 500 Million Years. David Elliott, illus. by Matthew Trueman. Candlewick. 9780763660734. (3 stars)
Islandborn. Junot Díaz, illus. by Leo Espinosa. Penguin Random House/Dial. 9780735229860. (3 stars)
Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles. Patricia Valdez, illus. by Felicita Sala. Penguin Random House/Knopf. 9780399557255. (3 stars)
Julián Is a Mermaid. Jessica Love. Candlewick. 9780763690458. (5 stars)
A Lady Has the Floor: Belva Lockwood Speaks Out for Women’s Rights. Kate Hannigan, illus. by Alison Jay. Boyds Mill/Calkins Creek. 9781629794532. (3 stars)
Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten. Laura Veirs, illus. by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. Chronicle. 9781452148571. (3 stars)
Love. Matt de la Peña, illus. by Loren Long. Penguin Random House/Putnam. 9781524740917. (4 stars)
A Most Unusual Day. Sydra Mallery, illus. by E.B. Goodale. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 9780062364302. (3 stars)
*NEW* New Shoes. Chris Raschka. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 9780062657527. (3 stars)
Ocean Meets Sky. Terry and Eric Fan. Simon & Schuster. 9781481470377. (4 stars)
The Other Ducks. Ellen Yeomans, illus. by Chris Sheban. Macmillan/Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. 9781626725027. (3 stars)
Otis and Will Discover the Deep: The Record-Setting Dive of the Bathysphere. Barb Rosenstock, illus. by Katherine Roy. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316393829. (4 stars)
Pie is for Sharing. Stephanie Parsley Ledyard, illus. by Jason Chin. Macmillan/Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. 9781626725621. (3 stars)
Rodent Rascals. Roxie Munro. Holiday House. 9780823438600. (3 stars)
The Rough Patch. Brian Lies. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 9780062671271. (3 stars)
A Round of Robins. Katie Hesterman, illus. by Sergio Ruzzier. Penguin Random House/Nancy Paulsen. 9780399547782. (3 stars)
*NEW* Sea Prayer. Khaled Hosseini, illus. by Dan Williams. Penguin Random House/Riverhead. 9780525539094. (3 stars)
*NEW* The Stuff of Stars. Marion Dane Bauer, illus. by Ekua Holmes. Candlewick. 9780763678838. (3 stars)
*NEW* Thank You, Omu! Oge Mora. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316431248. (3 stars)
They Say Blue. Jillian Tamaki. Abrams. 9781419728518. (4 stars)
Vernon Is on His Way: Small Stories. Philip C. Stead. Macmillan/Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. 9781626726550. (3 stars)
Whale in a Fishbowl. Troy Howell, illus. by Richard Jones. Penguin Random House/Schwartz & Wade. 9781524715182. (4 stars)

Easy Readers/Early Chapter Books:  1 book

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Baby Monkey, Private Eye. Brian Selznick and David Serlin, illus. by Brian Selznick. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 9781338180619. (6 stars)

Ineligible:  17 books – 7 new books
*NEW* Blue Rider. Geraldo Valério. Groundwood. 9781554989812. – Brazilian-Canadian author
The Book of Pearl. 
Timothée de Fombelle. Candlewick. 9780763691264. – French author
Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World. 
Pénélope Bagieu. Macmillan/First Second. 9781626728691. – French author
*NEW* Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree. Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. 9780062696724.  – Nigerian author
*NEW* Check, Please!: #Hockey. Ngozi Uzaku. Macmillan/First Second. 9781250177964.  – ineligible because previously published as webcomic?
The Funeral. Matt James. Groundwood. 9781554989089.  – Canadian author
I Walk With Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness. Kerascoët. Penguin Random House/Schwartz & Wade. 9781524769550. – French author
*NEW* Illegal. Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin, illus. by Giovanni Rigano. Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky. 9781492662143.  – Irish author (Colfer)
*NEW* LlamaPhones. Janik Coat. Abrams/Appleseed. 9781419728273. – French author
On the Other Side of the Garden. Jairo Buitrago, illus. by Rafael Yockteng. Groundwood. 9781554989836. – Colombian author
Petra. Marianna Coppo. Penguin Random House Canada/Tundra. 9780735262676.  – Italian author
*NEW* Sadie. Courtney Summers. Macmillan/St. Martin’s/Wednesday Books. 9781250105714.  – Canadian
Speak: The Graphic Novel. Laurie Halse Anderson, illus. by Emily Carroll. Macmillan/Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 9780374300289. – per the Newbery Definitions #5 regarding original work
A Stone for Sascha. Aaron Becker. Candlewick. 9780763665968. – wordless
The Tale of Angelino Brown. David Almond, illus. by Alex T. Smith. Candlewick. 9780763695637. – British author
*NEW* A Thousand Beginnings and Endings. Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman, eds. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 9780062671158. – at least one Canadian author
The Triumphant Tale of the House Sparrow. Jan Thornhill. Groundwood. 9781773060064. – Canadian author

Happy reading!


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