April 2019 Starred Reviews

Yes, you’re reading that right – this is just the April starred reviews list. I’ll be skipping the April Newbery and Printz updates in favor of moving right into entering May starred reviews in the spreadsheet.

April 2019 stars tally:

  • 511 books published in 2019 have been awarded 794 starred reviews as of the end of March. 2 books have 6 starred reviews, 4 books have 5 starred reviews, 20 books have 4 starred reviews, 39 books have 3 starred reviews, 119 books have 2 starred reviews, 327 books have 1 starred review.
  • No new books with 6 starred reviews; 1 book moves up to 5 starred reviews from  4 starred reviews, 4 titles with 4 starred reviews are new; 9 titles have been added with 3 starred reviews

2019 Starred Reviews

6 starred reviews:  2 books

On the Come Up book coverShout book cover

On the Come Up. Angie Thomas. HaperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 9780062498564. B, BCCB, HB, K, PW, SLJ.
Shout. Laurie Halse Anderson. Penguin Random House/Viking. 9780670012107. B, BCCB, HB, K, PW, SLJ.

5 starred reviews:  4 books – The Undefeated moves up to 5 starred reviews from 4 starred reviews

Lovely War book coverPay Attention, Carter Jones book coverTwo Brothers, Four Hands book coverThe Undefeated book cover

Lovely War. Julie Berry. Penguin Random House/Viking. 9780451469939. B, HB, K, PW, SLJ.
Pay Attention, Carter Jones. 
Gary D. Schmidt. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Clarion. 9780544790858. B, HB, K, PW, SLJ.
Two Brothers, Four Hands: The Artists Alberto and Diego Giacometti. Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan, illus. by Hadley Hooper. Holiday House/Neal Porter. 9780823441709. B, HB, K, PW, SLJ.
The Undefeated. Kwame Alexander, illus. by Kadir Nelson. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Versify. 9781328780966. B, HB, K, PW, SLJ.

4 starred reviews: 20 books – 4 new titles The Important Thing About Margaret Wise BrownThe Line TenderOther Words for Home; and We Rule the Night

Vamos! Let's go the Market book coverAnother book coverThe Bell Rang book coverBlack Enough book coverThe Bridge Home book coverCourting Darkness book coverThe Gilded Wolves book coverGood Boy book coverThe Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown book coverInternment book coverLet 'Er Buck! book coverThe Line Tender book coverNew Kid book coverOther Words for Home book coverThe Roots of Rap book coverSal & Gabi Break the Universe book coverSweeping Up the Heart book coverVoices book coverWe Rule the Night book coverWe Set the Dark on Fire book cover

¡Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market! Raúl the Third. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Versify. 9781328557261. BCCB, HB, PW, SLJ.
Another. Christian Robinson. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum. 9781534421677. HB, K, PW, SLJ.
The Bell Rang.
James E. Ransome. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy. 9781442421134. B, HB, K, PW.
Black Enough: Stories of Being Young and Black in America
. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 9780062698728. B, K, PW, SLJ.
The Bridge Home. Padma Venkatraman. Penguin Random House/Nancy Paulsen. 9781524738112. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Courting Darkness. Robin LaFevers. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 9780544991194. B, K, PW, SLJ.
The Gilded Wolves. Roshani Chokshi. Macmillan/St. Martin’s/Wednesday Books. 9781250144546. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Good Boy. Sergio Ruzzier. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum. 9781481499064. B, HB, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown. Mac Barnett, illus. by Sarah Jacoby. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 9780062393449. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Internment. Samira Ahmed. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316522694. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Let ‘Er Buck!: George Fletcher, the People’s Champion. Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illus. by Gordon C. James. Lerner/Carolrhoda. 9781512498080. B, K, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* The Line Tender. Kate Allen. Penguin Random House/Dutton. 9780735231603. B, BCCB, K, PW.
New Kid. Jerry Craft. HarperCollins/Harper. 9780062691194. B, K, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* Other Words for Home. Jasmine Warga. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 9780062747808. B, K, PW, SLJ.
The Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip-Hop. Carole Boston Weatherford, illus. by Frank Morrison. Bonnier/Little Bee. 9781499804119. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Sal & Gabi Break the Universe. Carlos Hernandez. Hachette/Disney-Hyperion/Rick Riordan. 9781368022828. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Sweeping Up the Heart. Kevin Henkes. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 9780062852540. HB, K, PW, SLJ.
Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc. David Elliott. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 9781328987594. BCCB, K, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* We Rule the Night. Claire Eliza Bartlett. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316417273. B, K, PW, SLJ.
We Set the Dark on Fire. Tehlor Kay Mejia. HaperCollins/Katherine Tegen. 9780062691316. B, K, PW, SLJ.

3 starred reviews:  39 books – 9 are new: Camp Tiger; How It Feels to Float; It Feels Good to Be YourselfThe Last Last-Day-of-SummerLaura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With MeLet Me Hear a RhymeThe RunawaysWe Are Displaced; and With the Fire on High

Because of the Rabbit book coverBloom Boom book coverCamp Tiger book coverDig. book coverDragon Pearl book coverEventown book coverFear of Missing Out book coverGenesis Begins Again book coverGittel's Journey book coverA Good Kind of Trouble book coverHow It Feels to Float book coverThe Iliad book coverIt Feels Good to Be Yourself book coverThe Last Last-Day-of-Summer book coverLaura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me book coverLet Me Hear a Rhyme book coverLittle Doctor and the Fearless Beast coverThe Lost Girl book coverThe Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James book coverMoon Within book coverMummies Exposed book coverNever Caught book coverThe Next Great Paulie Fink book coverNine Months book coverOnce & Future book coverThe Proper Way to Meet a Hedgehog book coverA Ray of Light book coverThe Runaways book coverSoaring Earth book coverSpin book coverSuperlative Birds book coverThis Promise of Change book coverThe True History of Lyndie B. Hawkins book coverThe Waning Age book coverWe Are Displaced book coverThe Weight of Our Sky book coverWhat Is Given From the Heart book coverThe Wicked King book coverWith the Fire on High book cover

Because of the Rabbit. Cynthia Lord. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 9780545914246. B, K, PW.
Bloom Boom! 
April Pulley Sayre. Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane. 9781481494724. B, K, SLJ.
*NEW* Camp Tiger. Susan Choi, illus. by John Rocco. Penguin Random House/Putnam. 9780399173295. B, K, PW.
Dig. A.S. King. Penguin Random House/Dutton. 9781101994917. B, BCCB, HB.
Dragon Pearl. Yoon Ha Lee. Hachette/DIsney-Hyperion/Rick Riordan. 9781368013352. K, PW, SLJ.
Eventown. Corey Ann Haydu. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. 9780062689801. K, PW, SLJ.
Fear of Missing Out. Kate McGovern. Macmillan/Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 9780374305475. B, K, SLJ.
Genesis Begins Again. Alicia D. Williams. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy. 9781481465809. K, PW, SLJ.
Gittel’s Journey: An Ellis Island Story. Lesléa Newman, illus. by Amy June Bates. Abrams. 9781419727474. B, PW, SLJ.
A Good Kind of Trouble. Lisa Moore Ramée. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 9780062836687. K, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* How It Feels to Float. Helena Fox. Penguin Random House/Dial. 9780525554295. B, K, PW.
The Iliad. Gareth Hinds, adapter. Candlewick. 9780763681135. BCCB, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* It Feels Good to Be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity. Theresa Thorn, illus. by Noah Grigni. Macmillan/Henry Holt. 9781250302953. B, K, PW.
*NEW* The Last Last-Day-of-Summer. Lamar Giles, illus. by Dapo Adeola. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Versify. 9781328460837. B, K, PW.
*NEW* Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me. Mariko Tamaki, illus. by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell. Macmillan/First Second. 9781626722590. B, K, PW.
*NEW* Let Me Hear a Rhyme. Tiffany D. Jackson with Malik “Malik-16” Sharif. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. 9780062840325. B, K, PW.
Little Doctor and the Fearless Beast. Sophie Gilmore. Owlkids. 9781771473446. B, K, PW.
The Lost Girl. Anne Ursu. HarperCollins/Walden Pond. 9780062275097. B, PW, SLJ.
The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James. Ashley Herring Blake. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316515535. B, K, SLJ.
The Moon Within. Aida Salazar. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine. 9781338283372. K, PW, SLJ.
Mummies Exposed! Kerrie Logan Hollihan. Abrams. 9781419731679. B, K, SLJ.
Never Caught, The Story of Ona Judge: George and Martha Washington’s Courageous Slave Who Dared to Run Away; Young Reader’s Edition. Erica Armstrong Dunbar, illus. by Kathleen Van Cleve. Simon & Schuster/Aladdin. 9781534416178. BCCB, K, SLJ.
The Next Great Paulie Fink. Ali Benjamin. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316380881. K, PW, SLJ.
Nine Months: Before a Baby is Born. Miranda Paul, illus. by Jason Chin. Holiday House/Neal Porter. 9780823441617. B, K, PW.
Once & Future. Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy. Hachette/Little, Brown/Jimmy Patterson. 9780316449274. K, PW, SLJ.
The Proper Way to Meet a Hedgehog and Other How-To Poems. Paul B. Janeczko, ed., illus. by Richard Jones. Candlewick. 9780763681685. B, K, PW.
A Ray of Light. Walter Wick. Scholastic. 9780439165877. B, K, SLJ.
*NEW* The Runaways. Ulf Stark, illus. by Kitty Crowther. Lerner/Gecko Press. 9781776572335. B, K, PW.
Soaring Earth. Margarita Engle. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum. 9781534429536. HB, K, SLJ.
Spin. Lamar Giles. Scholastic. 9781338219210. B, K, SLJ.
Superlative Birds. Leslie Bulion, illus. by Robert Meganck. Peachtree. 9781561459513. B, BCCB, K.
This Promise of Change: One Girl’s Story in the Fight for School Equality. Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy. Bloomsbury. 9781681198521. K, PW, SLJ.
The True History of Lyndie B. Hawkins. Gail Shepherd. Penguin Random House/Kathy Dawson. 9780525428459. B, K, PW.
The Waning Age. S.E. Grove. Penguin Random House/Viking. 9780451479853. K, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World. Malala Yousafzai with Liz Welch. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316523646. K, PW, SLJ.
The Weight of Our Sky. Hanna Alkaf. Simon & Schuster/Salaam Reads. 9781534426085. K, PW, SLJ.
What Is Given From the Heart. Patricia C. McKissack, illus. by April Harrison. Penguin Random House/Schwartz & Wade. 9780375836152. K, PW, SLJ.
The Wicked King
. Holly Black. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316310352. B, K, SLJ.
*NEW* With the Fire on High. Elizabeth Acevedo. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. 9780062662835. B, PW, SLJ.

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

Happy reading!

2 thoughts on “April 2019 Starred Reviews

  1. Honestly I am feeling more overwhelmed and behind than ever before. I’ve read SHOUT; I had to return ON THE COME UP to the library unread and then got back in line; I currently have downloaded THE LOVELY WAR and pray I will have time to listen to it before it is due back but another one and half books stand between me and it. I’ve read WE SET THE DARK ON FIRE and VOICES. Once again, I will try to read all the YA 4+ starred books but I feel like I may not be able to keep up. I also want to read DIG even though it only has three stars, it is A.S. King after all. I may skip the two 4 star books which are parts of a series, Gilded Wolves and Courting Darkness. It seems unlikely that the Printz committee will pick them because they are incomplete. How are you doing on the list?


    1. Also overwhelmed! I own copies of several of these – We Set the Dark on Fire; Let Me Hear a Rhyme; Shout and The Gilded Wolves, but haven’t read any of them yet. I’m partway into library copies of both We Set the Dark on Fire and Black Enough, but I’m really struggling to focus enough to read anything since summer reading started at my library. Only things I have read are New Kid; Pay Attention, Carter Jones; Dragon Pearl; and On the Come Up. I do have some vacation coming up so hopefully I’ll be able to get some reading done then!


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