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2021 Printz Possibilities through February Stars

Printz Update! For information about criteria please see the January Printz post or the official criteria straight from YALSA.

41 books published in 2020 have three starred reviews or more as of the end of February 2020 reviews. That’s 15 new titles to look at this month. 7 of those are picture books, poetry collections or novels with an audience that doesn’t fit the Printz age range. Adding that to last month’s 12 gives us 19 titles that aren’t mentioned here at all. Break down of those that are listed: 4 young adult novels, 3 young adult comics; 2 young adult non-fiction; 10 younger novel outliers and 3 other outliers.

Contenders are organized 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 or Grades 3-6) unless I’ve heard Printz buzz about them. 

Novels: 4 titles – Raybearer is new

All the Days Past, All the Days to Come book coverNot So Pure and Simple book coverRaybearer book coverRed Hood book cover

Novel Citations: 4 titles
All the Days Past, All the Days to Come. Mildred D. Taylor. Penguin Random House/Viking. 9780399257308. B, K, PW.
Not So Pure and Simple. 
Lamar Giles. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. 9780062349194. B, K, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* Raybearer. Jordan Ifueko. Abrams/Amulet. 9781419739828. B, K, PW.
Red Hood. Elana K. Arnold. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 9780062742353. B, PW, SLJ.

Comics: 3 titles – nothing new here

Almost American Girl book coverAstronauts book coverBanned Book Club book cover

Comics: 3 titles
Almost American Girl: An Illustrated Memoir. Robin Ha. HaperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 9780062685100. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Astronauts: Women on the Final Frontier. Jim Ottaviani, illus. by Maris Wicks. Macmillan/First Second. 9781626728776. B, K, PW.
Banned Book Club. Kim Hyun Sook and Ryan Estrada, illus. by Ko Hyung-Ju. Iron Circus. 9781945820427. B, PW, SLJ.

Non-Fiction: 2 titles – nothing new here

The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh book coverStamped book cover

Non-Fiction Citations: 2 titles
The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh. Candace Fleming. Penguin Random House/Schwartz & Wade. 9780525646549. B, BCCB, HB, K, PW, SLJ.
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-Winning Stamped From the Beginning. Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316453691. B, K, PW, SLJ.

Outliers – Young Novels: 10 titles – 5 new: Efrén Divided, The Girl Who Speaks BearThe List of Things That Will Not Change, The Magnificent Monsters of Cedar Street, and Rick

Efrén Divided book coverFrom the Desk of Zoe Washington book coverThe Girl Who Speaks Bear book coverKing and the Dragonflies book coverThe List of Things That Will Not Change book coverThe Magnificent Monsters of Cedar Street book coverMañanaland book coverRick book coverThe Thief Knot book coverWhen You Trap a Tiger book cover

Outliers – Young Novel Citations: 10 titles
*NEW* Efrén Divided. 
Ernesto Cisneros. HarperCollins/Harper. 9780062881687. B, K, PW.
From the Desk of Zoe Washington. 
Janae Marks. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. 9780062875853. B, K, PW.
*NEW* The Girl Who Speaks Bear. Sophie Anderson. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 9781338580839. B, K, PW.
King and the Dragonflies. 
Kacen Callender. Scholastic Press. 9781338129335. B, HB, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* The List of Things That Will Not Change. Rebecca Stead. Penguin Random House/Wendy Lamb. 9781101938096. B, K, PW.
*NEW* The Magnificent Monsters of Cedar Street. Lauren Oliver, illus. by Ethan M. Aldridge. HarperCollins/Harper. 9780062345073. K, PW, SLJ.
Mañanaland. Pam Muñoz Ryan. Scholastic Press. 9781338157864. B, K, PW.
*NEW* Rick. Alex Gino. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 9781338048100. B, K, PW, SLJ.
The Thief Knot: A Greenglass House Story. Kate Milford, illus. by Jaime Zollars. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Clarion. 9781328466891. B, K, SLJ.
When You Trap a Tiger. 
Tae Keller. Penguin Random House. 9781524715700. B, BCCB, K, PW, SLJ.

Outliers – Others: 3 titles – 2 new: 19 Love Songs is short stories; Snapdragon is a younger graphic novel

19 Love Songs book coverSnapdragon book coverThis Book Is Anti-Racist book cover

Outliers – Others Citations: 1 title
*NEW* 19 Love Songs. David Levithan. Penguin Random House/Knopf. 9781984848635. B, BCCB, SLJ.
*NEW* Snapdragon. Kat Leyh. Macmillan/First Second. 9781250171115. B, K, PW.
This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How To Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work. 
Tiffany Jewell, illus. by Aurélia Durand. Quarto Knows/Frances Lincoln. 9780711245211. K, PW, SLJ.

I still haven’t read any other 2020 books, but I have Not So Pure and Simple checked out from Libby and right before my library closed to the public I grabbed: Yes No Maybe So, Red Hood, We Unleash the Merciless Storm, Astronauts, and The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh. If I can ever get my mind to settle, I’m looking forward to digging in to all of those!

If you are feeling the lack of access to print libraries, I would encourage you not to forget about the electronic resources your library may have. While OverDrive/Libby holdings can vary widely from library to library, I think hoopla is a little more consistent across systems so I looked the books on this list up there. Of course, not all libraries have hoopla at all, but if you do, I found the following titles available:
Not So Pure and Simple – ebook and audiobook
Red Hood – audiobook
Efrén Divided – ebook
From the Desk of Zoe Washington – ebook and audiobook (oooh – narrated by Bahni Turpin!)
King and the Dragonflies – audiobook
The Magnificent Monsters of Cedar Street  – ebook and audiobook
Mañanaland – audiobook

Happy reading!

2 thoughts on “2021 Printz Possibilities through February Stars

    1. Yes! This is so true. If I didn’t need something to keep my mind busy when I’m not working, I wouldn’t even be updating here. I hope you’re weathering the pandemic as well as possible!


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