Monthly Archives: April 2019

March 2019 Starred Reviews

March 2019 stars tally:

  • 421 books published in 2019 have been awarded 649 starred reviews as of the end of March. 2 books have 6 starred reviews, 3 books have 5 starred reviews, 17 books have 4 starred reviews, 30 books have 3 starred reviews, 95 books have 2 starred reviews, 274 books have 1 starred review.
  • On the Come Up and Shout both move up to 6 starred reviews; 1 book is new with 5 starred reviews and 1 book moves up to 5 starred reviews from 3 starred reviews, 2 titles with 4 starred reviews are new with 5 titles moving up from 3 stars; 8 titles have been added with 3 starred reviews

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2020 Printz Possibilities through February Stars

Time to update the list of Printz contenders for February starred reviews. For information about criteria please see my first Printz post for this year or check out the official Printz criteria page.

This year I’ve organized contenders by format: Novels, Comics, Non-Fiction. There’s two outliers lists – one for younger novels and one for anything else (essay collections, short stories, younger comics, etc.). I’m still not including titles that end at age 12 for their review ranges (i.e ages 8-12) unless I’ve heard Printz buzz about them. To see why I stick with three starred reviews despite this year’s winners not justifying that, see this old Someday My Printz post.

41 books have three starred reviews or more as of the end of February 2019. 16 of those are picture books or novels with an audience that doesn’t fit the Printz age range so aren’t mentioned here at all. 12 are young adult novels, 1 is a young adult comic; 3 are young adult non-fiction; 7 are younger novel outliers and 2 are other outliers.
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2020 Newbery Possibilities through February Stars

A nasty cold knocked me out for half of March so this post is much later than I had hoped. On the bright side – Heavy Medal has its first set of suggestions up ! Go see what their readers have recommended should be on your radar for the Newbery this year and watch for their next post soliciting suggestions – it should be up very soon .

For this blog’s purposes, contenders have three or more starred reviews and are broken down into these lists: Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Comics, Non-Fiction, Picture Books (Fiction and Non-Fiction), Easy Readers/Early Chapter Books, and Ineligibles.

Two titles have me in a bit of a quandary over eligibility – The Iliad adapted by Gareth Hinds and The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander. Neither is a super likely contender – The Iliad is a graphic adaptation and only barely hits the upper limit of the Newbery age range while The Undefeated is a picture book. My question on both rests on Newbery Definition #5 which regards “original work.” The Iliad might not be eligible depending on how much the text has been rewritten or adapted (From Newbery Definition #5: “Original work” means that the text was created by this writer and no one else. It may include original retellings of traditional literature, provided the words are the author’s own.). The Undefeated looks like it was originally presented as spoken word poetry in a video for ESPN’s The Undefeated website. Newbery Definition #5 continues: “Further, “original work” means that the text is presented here for the first time and has not been previously published elsewhere in this or any other form.  Text reprinted or compiled from other sources are not eligible. Abridgements are not eligible.” Where do video and performance fit in this criteria? The definition specifically says text – does that mean only the written word? Right now I lean toward The Iliad being ineligible and The Undefeated being eligible and they are noted as such below, but if anyone has any insight into whether they are eligible or not, please share in the comments!

Standard disclaimer: I am not affiliated with the Newbery committee and I have no knowledge of their official rulings on eligibility – I’m making my best guesses based on the terms and criteria and internet searches regarding citizenship/residency. For a more thorough breakdown of the criteria you can see my first Newbery post of the year or just go read the official word from ALSC.

As of the end of February there were 41 titles with three or more starred reviews which means there are 19 new books listed here. Lists are after the jump. Continue reading 2020 Newbery Possibilities through February Stars