The Stars So Far, 2012

Elizabeth Bluemle -- June 28th, 2012

All right, Readers, we listened! Here once more is The Stars So Far, a project gathering all the year’s starred reviews for children’s and YA books from Booklist, The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, the Horn Book, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal (and VOYA — Voice of Youth Advocates — whose starred titles will be added in the next update).

Starred reviews are excellent guideposts, but they don’t tell the whole story, of course. There are amazing books out there that never receive a starred review but are popular and/or critical favorites nonetheless.

So far, I’ve logged 719 starred reviews, representing several hundred titles. This is a detail-laden process, and as careful as I try to be, there will be bobbles here and there. For instance, I try to cull all reviews of 2012 books from 2011 and 2012 review sources, but there were some technical difficulties accessing some data from Kirkus’s 2011 fall indexes; those are being corrected in the upcoming week.

Publishers, please alert me to any oversights at ebluemle AT, including the review sources and dates for the starred reviews. Thanks! Please do NOT send VOYA stars. As I mentioned above, the VOYA stars will be included in the next update. (Please also do not alert me of missing price and/or ISBN info from a correct title entry. This will be completed shortly.) Please note: starred reviews are counted only when they have been officially published by the review magazines, so if your book has an upcoming star, never fear; it will be included in a future update.

If you want the cleanest, most consistently formatted version of this list, check back here several days after the original post, when I’ll have been able to make any fixes.

Receiving a starred review is a rare and wonderful honor for a book and its creators, so we hope this list will be a handy resource for buyers of all stripes. The list was compiled from all the review sources by one little indie bookseller, not by Amazon or B&N, so if you are using this as a purchasing tool, please consider ordering from any of your favorite independents instead of a chain or online megastore. If you don’t have an indie near you, you can find independent bookstores that sell online at

Happy reading!



Code Name Verity. Elizabeth Wein. Disney-Hyperion, $16.99. 978-1-4231-5219-4

Fault in Our Stars, The. John Green. Dutton, $17.99. 978-0-525-47881-2

Z Is for Moose. Kelly Bingham, illus. by Paul O. Zelinsky. Greenwillow, $16.99. 978-0-06-079984-7



Green. Laura Vaccaro Seeger. Roaring Brook/Porter, $16.99. 978-1-59643-397-7



Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass: The Story Behind an American Friendship. Russell Freedman. Clarion, $18.99. 978-0-547-38562-4

and then it’s spring. Julie Fogliano, illus. by Erin E. Stead. Roaring Brook/Porter, $16.99. 978-1-59643-624-4

Beetle Book, The. Steve Jenkins. Houghton Mifflin, $16.99. 978-0-547-68084-2

Bitterblue. Kristin Cashore. Dial, $19.99. 978-0-8037-3473-9

Black Hole Is NOT a Hole, A. Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano, illus. by Michael Carroll. Charlesbridge, $18.95. 9781570917837

Boy on Cinnamon Street, The. Phoebe Stone. Scholastic/Levine, $16.99. 978-0-545-21512-1

Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team. Audrey Vernick, illus. by Steven Salerno. Clarion, $16.99. 978-0-547-38557-0

Chloe. Peter McCarty. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, $16.99. 978-0-06-114291-8

Disenchantments, The. Nina LaCour. Dutton, $16.99. 978-0-525-42219-8

Drowned Cities, The. Paolo Bacigalupi. Little, Brown, $17.99. 978-0-316-05624-3

Dying to Know You. Aidan Chambers. Abrams/Amulet, $16.95. 978-1-4197-0165-8

Extra Yarn. Mac Barnett, illus. by Jon Klassen. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, $16.99. 978-0-06-195338-5

Grave Mercy. Robin LaFevers. Houghton Mifflin, $16.99.  978-0-547-62834-9

Jimmy the Greatest! Jairo Buitrago, trans. from the Spanish by Elisa Amado, illus. by Rafael Yockteng. Groundwood, $18.95. 978-1-55498-178-6

Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle. Claire A. Nivola. FSG/Foster, $17.99. 978-0-374-38068-7

Miles to Go for Freedom: Segregation and Civil Rights in the Jim Crow Years. Linda Barrett Osborne. Abrams, $24.95. 978-1-4197-0020-0

Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95. Phillip Hoose. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $21.99. 978-0-374-30468-3

No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller. Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illus. by R. Gregory Christie. Carolrhoda Lab, $17.95. 978-0-7613-6169-5

Seraphina. Rachel Hartman. Random, $17.99.  978-0-375-86656-2

Titanic: Voices from the Disaster. Deborah Hopkinson. Scholastic Press, $17.99. 978-0-545-11674-9

Traction Man and the Beach Odyssey. Mini Grey. Knopf, $16.99. 978-0-375-86952-5

Water Sings Blue: Ocean Poems. Kate Coombs, illus. by Meilo So. Chronicle, $16.99. 978-0-8118-7284-3

We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March. Cynthia Y. Levinson. Peachtree, $19.95. 978-1-56145-627-7



After the Snow. S.D. Crockett. Feiwel and Friends, $16.99. 978-0-312-64169-6

Auntie Yang’s Great Soybean Picnic. Ginnie Lo, illus. by Beth Lo. Lee & Low, $18.95. 9781600604423

Barnum’s Bones: How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World. Tracey Fern, illus. by Boris Kulikov. FSG/Ferguson, $17.99 (9780374305161

Beneath a Meth Moon. Jacqueline Woodson. Penguin/Paulsen, $16.99. 978-0-399-25250-1

Boy + Bot. Ame Dyckman, illus. by Dan Yaccarino. Knopf, $16.99. 978-0-375-86756-9

Caddy’s World. Hilary McKay. S&S/McElderry, $16.99. 978-1-4424-4105-7

Chaos, The. Nalo Hopkinson. S&S/McElderry, $16.99. 978-1-4169-5488-0

Chuck Close Face Book. Chuck Close. Abrams, $18.95. 978-1-4197-0163-4

Confusion of Princes, A. Garth Nix. HarperCollins, $17.99. 9780060096946

Crow. Barbara Wright. Random, $16.99. 978-0-375-86928-0

Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip. Jordan Sonnenblick. Scholastic Press, $17.99. 978-0-545-32069-6

Difference Between You and Me, The. Madeleine George. Viking, $16.99. 978-0-670-01128-5

Duckling Gets a Cookie, The!? Mo Willems. Hyperion, $15.99. 978-1-4231-5128-9

Fairy Ring, The: Or, Elsie and Frances Fool the World. Mary Losure. Candlewick, $16.99. 9780763656706

Final Four, The. Paul Volponi. Viking, $16.99. 9780670012640

Forget-Me-Nots: Poems to Learn by Heart. Selected by Mary Ann Hoberman, illus. by Michael Emberley. Little, Brown/Tingley, $19.99. 978-0-316-12947-3

Froi of the Exiles. Melina Marchetta. Candlewick, $18.99. 978-0-7636-4759-9

Greyhound of a Girl, A. Roddy Doyle. Abrams/Amulet, $16.95. 978-1-4197-0168-9

Hero of Little Street, The. Gregory Rogers. Porter/Roaring Brook.

Hide & Seek. Il Sung Na. Knopf, $15.99. 978-0-375-87078-1

Home for Bird, A. Philip C. Stead. Roaring Brook/Porter, $16.99. 978-1-59643-711-1

Homer. Elisha Cooper. Greenwillow, $16.99. 978-0-06-201248-7

It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw. Don Tate, illus. by R. Gregory Christie. Lee & Low, $17.95. 9781600602603

Just Behave, Pablo Picasso! Jonah Winter, illus. by Kevin Hawkes. Scholastic/Levine, $18.99. 978-0-545-13291-6

Just Ducks! Nicola Davies, illus. by Salvatore Rubbino. Candlewick, $15.99. 978-0-7636-5936-3

Keeping the Castle. Patrice Kindl. Viking, $16.99. 978-0-670-01438-5

Kindred Souls. Patricia MacLachlan. HarperCollins/Tegen, $15.99. 978-0-06-052297-1

Lions of Little Rock, The. Kristin Levine. Putnam, $16.99. 978-0-399-25644-8

Master of Deceit: J. Edgar Hoover and America in the Age of Lies. Marc Aronson. Candlewick, $25.99. 978-0-7636-5025-4

Minette’s Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat. Susanna Reich, illus. by Amy Bates. Abrams, $16.95. 9781419701771

Miseducation of Cameron Post, The. Emily M. Danforth. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, $17.99. 978-0-06-202056-7

Mom, It’s My First Day of Kindergarten! Hyewon Yum. FSG/Foster, $16.99. 978-0-374-35004-8

Mr. and Mrs. Bunny—Detectives Extraordinaire! Polly Horvath, illus. by Sophie Blackall. Random/Schwartz & Wade, $16.99. 978-0-375-86755-2

Never Fall Down. Patricia McCormick. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, $17.99. 978-0-06-173093-1

Obsidian Blade, The. Pete Hautman. Candlewick, $16.99. 978-0-7636-5403-0

Ocean Sunlight: How Tiny Plants Feed the Seas. Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm. Scholastic/Blue Sky, $18.99. 978-0-545-27322-0

Penny and Her Song. Kevin Henkes. Greenwillow, $12.99. 978-0-06-208195-7

Sadie and Ratz. Sonya Hartnett, illus. by Ann James. Candlewick, $14.99. 978-0-7636-5315-6

Second Life of Abigail Walker, The. Frances O’Roark Dowell. S&S/Atheneum, $16.99. 978-1-442-40593-6

Step Gently Out. Helen Frost, photos. by Rick Lieder. Candlewick, $15.99. 978-0-7636-5601-0

Summer of the Gypsy Moths. Sara Pennypacker. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, $15.99.  978-0-06-196420-6

There Is No Dog. Meg Rosoff. Putnam, $17.99. 978-0-399-25764-3

Three Times Lucky. Sheila Turnage. Dial. $16.99 978080376702

To the Mountaintop: My Journey Through the Civil Rights Movement. Charlayne Hunter-Gault. Roaring Brook/Flash Point, $22.99. 978-1-59643-605-3

Waiting. Carol Lynch Williams. S&S/Wiseman, $16.99. 978-1-4424-4353-2

Wicked and the Just, The. Jillian Coats Anderson. Harcourt, $16.99. 9780547688374

Wonder. R.J. Palacio. Knopf, $15.99. 978-0-375-86902-0



1-2-3 Peas. Keith Baker. S&S/Beach Lane, $16.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-4424-4551-2

Amazing Adventures of John Smith, Jr. aka Houdini, The. Peter Johnson. Harper, $15.99. 9780061988905

Amazing Harry Kellar, The: Great American Magician. Gail G. Jarrow. Boyds Mills/Calkins Creek, $17.95. 9781590788653

Amelia Anne Is Dead and Gone. Kat Rosenfield. Dutton, $17.99. 978-0-525-42389-8

Animal Masquerade. Marianne Dubuc, trans. from the French by Yvette Ghione. Kids Can, $16.95. 978-1-55453-782-2

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. Benjamin Alire Sáenz. Simon & Schuster, $16.99. 978-1-4424-0892-0

Ballerina Swan. Allegra Kent, illus. by Emily Arnold McCully. Holiday House, $16.95. 9780823423736

Beach Feet. Kiyomi Konagaya, trans. from the Japanese by Yuki Kaneko, illus. by Masamitsu Saito. Enchanted Lion (Consortium, dist.), $14.95. 978-1-59270-121-6

Best Shot in the West: The Adventures of Nat Love. Patricia C. McKissack & Frederick L. McKissack, illus. by Randy DuBurke. Chronicle, $19.99. 9780811857499

Bon Appétit!: The Delicious Life of Julia Child. Jessie Hartland. Random/Schwartz & Wade, $17.99. 978-0-375-86944-0

Brixen Witch, The. Stacy DeKeyser, illus. by John Nickle. S&S/McElderry, $15.99. 9781442433281

Bus Called Heaven, A. Bob Graham. Candlewick, $16.99. 9780763658939

Butterfly Clues, The. Kate Ellison. Egmont USA, $17.99. 9781606842638

Case of the Deadly Desperados, The. Caroline Lawrence. Putnam, $16.99. 9780399256332

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again. Frank Cottrell Boyce, illus. by Joe Berger. Candlewick, $15.99. 978-0-7636-5957-8

Chomp. Carl Hiaasen. Knopf, $16.99. 9780375868429

Chopsticks. Jessica Anthony & Rodrigo Corral. Penguin/Razorbill, $19.99. 9781595144355

Demolition. Sally Sutton, illus. by Brian Lovelock. Candlewick, $15.99. 9780763658304

Dog in Charge. K.L. Going, illus. by Dan Santat. Dial, $16.99. 978-0-8037-3479-1

Double. Jenny Valentine. Disney-Hyperion, $16.99. 978-1-4231-4714-5

Dragonswood. Janet Lee Carey. Dial, $17.99. 9780803735040

Dunderheads Behind Bars, The. Paul Fleischman, illus. by David Roberts. Candlewick, $16.99. 978-0-7636-4543-4

Enchanted. Alethea Kontis. Harcourt, $16.99. 9780547645704

Explorer: The Mystery Boxes. ed. Kazu Kibuishi. Abrams/Amulet, $10.95. 9781419700095

Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau, The. Michelle Markel, illus. by Amanda Hall. Eerdmans, $17. 978-0-8028-5364-6

Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It: False Apology Poems. Gail Carson Levine, illus. by Matthew Cordell. Harper, $15.99. 978-0-06-178725-6

Freedom Song: The Story of Henry “Box” Brown. Sally M. Walker, illus. by Sean Qualls. HarperCollins, $17.99. 9780060583101

Freedom’s a-Callin Me. Ntozake Shange, illus. by Rod Brown. Collins/Amistad, $16.99. 978-0-06-133741-3

Friends with Boys. Erin Faith Hicks. First Second, $15.99. 9781596435568

Gem. Holly Hobbie. Little, Brown, $16.99. 978-0-316-20334-0

Giants Beware. Rafael Rosado and Jorge Aguirre. Roaring Brook/First Second, $14.99. 978-1-59643-582-7

Girl with Borrowed Wings, The. Rinsai Rossetti. Dial, $16.99. 978-0-8037-3566-8

Girls of No Return. Erin Saldin. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine, $17.99. 9780545310260

Great Cake Mystery, The: Precious Ramotswe’s Very First Case. Alexander McCall Smith, illus. by Iain McIntosh. Random/Anchor, $12.99. 978-0-307-74389-3

Hades: Lord of the Dead, Book 4. (Olympians Series). George O’Connor. First Second/Porter, $16.99 9781596437616. pb. $9.99, 9781596434349

Hans My Hedgehog: A Tale from the Brothers Grimm. Kate Coombs, illus. by John Nickle. S&S/Atheneum, $16.99. 978-1-4169-1533-1

Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, The. Christopher Healy, illus. by Todd Harris. HarperCollins/Walden Pond, $16.99. 978-0-06-211743-4

Heroes of the Surf. Elisa Carbone, illus. by Nancy Carpenter. Viking. $16.99. 9780670063123

Humming Room, The. Ellen Potter. Feiwel and Friends, $16.99 (192p) ISBN 978-0-312-64438-3

I Know a Wee Piggy. Kimberly Norman, illus. by Henry Cole. Dial, $16.99. 978-0-8037-3735-8

I Lay My Stitches Down: Poems of American Slavery. Cynthia Grady, illus. by Michele Wood. Eerdmans, $17. 9780802853868

I’ll Save You Bobo! Eileen Rosenthal, illus. by Marc Rosenthal. S&S/Atheneum, $14.99. 978-1-4424-0378-9

I’ve Lost My Hippopotamus. Jack Prelutsky, illus. by Jackie Urbanovic. Greenwillow, $18.99.  978-0-06-201457-3

Impossible Rescue, The: The True Story of an Amazing Arctic Adventure. Martin W. Sandler. Candlewick, $17.99. 97807636508

Jack and the Baked Beanstalk. Colin Stimpson. Candlewick/Templar, $15.99. 978-0-7636-5563-1

Jazz Age Josephine. Jonah Winter, illus. by Marjorie Priceman. S&S/Atheneum, $16.99. 978-1-4169-6123-9

Kali’s Song. Jeanette Winter. Random/Schwartz & Wade, $17.99. 978-0-375-87022-4

Kepler’s Dream. Juliet Bell. Putnam, $16.99. 9780399256455

Laundry Day. Maurie J. Manning. Clarion, $16.99. 978-0-547-24196-8

Liar & Spy. Rebecca Stead. Random/Lamb, $15.99. 978-0-385-73743-2

Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses. Ron Koertge, illus. by Andrea Dezsö. Candlewick, $17.99. 978-0-7636-4406-2

List, The. Siobhan Vivian. Scholastic/Push, $17.99. 978-0-545-16917-2

Listen to My Trumpet! Mo Willems. (An Elephant & Piggie Book). Hyperion, $8.99. 9781423154044

Little Bird. Germano Zullo, illus. by Albertine. Enchanted Lion (Consortium, dist.), $16.95. 978-1-59270-118-6

Little Dog Lost: The True Story of a Brave Dog Named Baltic. Mônica Carnesi. Penguin/Paulsen, $15.99. 9780399256660

Little Dog, Lost. Marion Dane Bauer. S&S/Atheneum, $14.99. 9781442434233

Looking at Lincoln. Maira Kalman. Penguin/Paulsen, $17.99. 978-0-399-24039-3

Magritte’s Marvelous Hat. D.B. Johnson. Houghton Mifflin, $16.99. 978-0-547-55864-6

Marathon. Boaz Yakin, illus. by Joe Infurnari. First Second, $16.99. 9781596436800

Marching to the Mountaintop: How Poverty, Labor Fights, and Civil Rights Set the Stage for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Final Hours. Ann Bausum. National Geographic, $19.95. 9781426309397

May B. Caroline Starr Rose. Random/Schwartz & Wade, $15.99 (240p) ISBN 978-1-58246-393-3

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Jesse Andrews. Abrams/Amulet, $16.95. 9781419701764

Me and Momma and Big John. Mara Rockliff, illus. by William Low. Candlewick, $16.99. 978-0-7636-4359-1

Meet Me at the Moon. Gianna Marino. Viking, $16.99. 978-0-670-01313-5

Mighty Mars Rovers, The: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity. Elizabeth Rusch. Houghton, $18.99. 9780547478814

Mighty Miss Malone, The. Christopher Paul Curtis. Random/Lamb, $15.99. 978-0-385-73491-2

Mister Death’s Blue-Eyed Girls. Mary Downing Hahn. Clarion, $16.99. 978-0-547-76062-9

Mooshka: A Quilt Story. Julie Paschkis. Peachtree, $16.95. 9781561456208

Mrs. Harkness and the Panda. Alicia Potter, illus. by Melissa Sweet. Knopf, $16.99. 9780375844485

My Family for the War. Anne C. Voorhoeve, trans. from German by Tammi Reichel. Dial, $17.99. 9780803733602

No Go Sleep! Kate Feiffer, illus. by Jules Feiffer. S&S/Wiseman, $16.99. 978-1-4424-1683-3

Now. Morris Gleitzman. Holt, $16.99. 978-0-8050-9378-0

Oh No! Not Again! (Or How I Built a Time Machine to Save History) (Or At Least My History Grade). Mac Barnett, illus. by Dan Santat. Disney-Hyperion, $17.99. 978-1-4231-4912-5

On the Day I Died: Stories from the Grave. Candace Fleming. Random/Schwartz & Wade, $16.99. 978-0-375-86781-1

One and Only Ivan. Katherine Applegate, illus. by Patricia Castelao. HarperCollins, $16.99. 9780061992254

One Cool Friend. Toni Buzzeo, illus. by David Small. Dial, $16.99. 978-0-8037-3413-5

Question Boy Meets Little Miss Know-It-All. Peter Catalanotto. S&S/Atheneum/Jackson, $16.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-4424-0670-4

Radiant Days. Elizabeth Hand. Viking, $17.99. 978-0-670-01135-3

Railsea. China Miéville. Del Rey, $18. 978-0-345-52452-2

Remarkable. Lizzie K. Foley. Dial, $16.99. 9780803737068

Rocket Writes a Story. Tad Hills. Random/Schwartz & Wade, $17.99. 978-0-375-87086-6

Same Sun Here. Silas House and Neela Vaswani. Candlewick, $15.99. 978-0-7636-5684-3

Shark King, The. R. Kikuo Johnson. Candlewick/Toon, $12.95. 9781935179160

Small Damages. Beth Kephart. Philomel, $17.99. 978-0-399-25748-3

Splendors and Glooms. Laura Amy Schlitz. Candlewick, $17.99. 9780763653804

Surfer Chick. Kristy Dempsey, illus. by Henry Cole. Abrams, $16.95. 9781419701887

Team Human. Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan. HarperTeen, $17.99. 978-0-0620-8964-9

Those Rebels, John & Tom. Barbara Kerley, illus. by Edwin Fotheringham. Scholastic Press, $17.99 (48p) ISBN 978-0-545-22268-6

Throne of Glass. Sarah J. Maas. Bloomsbury, $17.99. 978-1-59990-695-9

Tiger Lily. Jodi Lynn Anderson. HarperTeen, $17.99. 978-0-06-200325-6

Tracing Stars. Erin E. Moulton. Philomel, $16.99. 9780399256967

Try Not to Breathe. Jennifer R. Hubbard. Viking, $16.99. 978-0-670-01390-6

Two Crafty Criminals! And How They Were Captured by the Daring Detectives of the New Cut Gang. Philip Pullman, illus. by Martin Brown. Knopf, $16.99. 9780375870293

Under the Never Sky. Veronica Rossi. HarperCollins, $17.95. 9780062072030

Virginia Wolf. Kyo Maclear, illus. by Isabelle Arsenault. Kids Can Press, $16.95. 9781554536498

We March. Shane W. Evans. Roaring Brook/Porter, $16.99. 9781596435391

Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass. Lesa Cline Ransome, illus. by James E. Ransome. S&S/Wiseman, $16.99. 978-1-4169-5903-8

Year of the Beasts, The. Cecil Castellucci, illus. by Nate Powell. Roaring Brook. $16.99. 9781596436862



Above. Leah Bobet. Scholastic/Levine, $17.99. 978-0-545-29670-0

Adventures of Beanboy, The. Lisa Harkrader. Houghton, $9.99. 9780547550787

Adventures of Sir Balin the Ill-Fated. Gerald Morris, illus. by Aaron Renier. Houghton, $14.99. 9780547680859

All by Myself! Geraldine Collet, illus. by Coralie Saudo. Owlkids, $15.95. 9781926973128

All for Me and None for All. Helen Lester, illus. by Lynn Munsinger. Houghton. $16.99. 9780547688343

All the Right Stuff. Walter Dean Myers. HarperCollins/Amistad, $17.99. 978-0-06-196087-1

All These Lives. Sarah Wylie. FSG/Ferguson, $17.99. 978-0-374-30208-5

Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller. Joseph Lambert, illus. by Joseph Lambert. Disney-Hyperion, $17.99. 9781423113362

Another Brother. Matthew Cordell. Feiwel & Friends, $16.99. 9780312643249

Apple. Nikki McClure. Abrams Appleseed, $12.95. 978-1-4197-0378-2

Arlo Needs Glasses. Barney Saltzberg. Workman, $15.95. 978-0-7611-6879-9

Arthur’s Dream Boat. Polly Dunbar. Candlewick, $15.99. 9780763658670

Aung San Suu Kyi (Champion of Freedom). Sherry O’Keefe, illus. by Morgan Reynolds. Morgan Reynolds, $24.99.  9781599353135

B Is for Brooklyn. Selina Alko. Holt/Ottaviano, $16.99. 978-0-8050-9213-4

Baby Bear Sees Blue. Ashley Wolff. S&S/Beach Lane, $16.99. 978-1-4424-1306-1

Baby’s in Black: Astrid Kirchherr, Stuart Sutcliffe, and the Beatles. Arne Bellstorf; trans. from the German by Michael Waaler. First Second/Roaring Brook, $24.99. 9781596437715

Backseat A-B-See. Maria van Lieshout. Chronicle, $14.99. 9781452106649

Ballywhinney Girl. Eve Bunting, illus. by Emily Arnold McCully. Clarion, $16.99. 978-0-547-55843-1

Bea at Ballet. Rachel Isadora. Paulsen/Penguin, $12.99. 9780399254093

Betty Bunny Wants Everything. Michael B. Kaplan, illus. by Stéphane Jorisch. Dial, $16.99. 978-0-8037-3408-1

Big Adventure of the Smalls, The. Helen Stephens. S&S/Aladdin, $15.99. 978-1-4424-5058-5

Birthday Suit. Olive Senior, illus. by Eugenie Fernandes. Annick Press, $19.95. 9781554513697 pb. $8.95, 9781554513680

Black Boy White School. Brian F. Walker. HarperTeen, $17.99. 9780061914836

Black Heart (Curse Workers 03). Holly Black. S&S/McElderry, $17.99. 9781442403468

Blue Sky. Audrey Wood. Scholastic/Blue Sky, $16.99. 9780545316101

Book of Blood and Shadow, The. Robin Wasserman. Knopf, $17.99. 978-0-375-86876-4

Boy and a Bear in a Boat, A. Dave Shelton. Random/Fickling, $16.99. 9780385752480

Boy Called Dickens, A. Deborah Hopkinson, illus. by John Hendrix. Random/Schwartz & Wade, $17.99. 9780375867323

Boy21. Matthew Quick. Little, Brown, $17.99. 9780316127974

Bridget and Bo Build a Blog. Amanda St. John, illus. by Katie McDee. Norwood, library edition, $25.27. 9781599535074

Bronte Sisters, The: The Brief Lives of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne. Catherine Reef. Clarion, $18.99. 9780547579665

Burn Mark. Laura Powell. Bloomsbury USA, $17.99. 9781599908434

BZRK. Michael Grant. Egmont, $17.99. 9781606843123

Camping Trip That Changed America, The. Barb Rosenstock, illus. by Mordicai Gerstein. Dial, $16.99. 9780803737105

Captain Awesome to the Rescue. Stan Kirby, llus. by George O’Connor. S&S/Little Simon, $14.99. 9781442440906. pb $4.99 9781442435612

Castle of Shadows. Ellen Renner, illus. by Wilson Swain. Houghton, $15.99. 9780547744469

Catch & Release. Blythe Woolston. Carolrhoda, $17.95. 9780761377559

Cecil the Pet Glacier. Matthea Harvey, illus. by Giselle Potter. Random/Schwartz & Wade, $17.99. 978-0-375-86773-6

Cheesie Mack Is Cool in a Duel. Steve Cotler, illus. by Adam McCauley. Random House, $15.99. 9780375864384

Children and the Wolves, The. Adam Rapp. Candlewick, $16.99. 9780763653378

Chloe and the Lion. Mac Barnett, illus. by Adam Rex. Disney-Hyperion, $16.99. 9781423113348

Cinder. Marissa Meyer. Feiwel and Friends, $17.99. 978-0-312-64189-4

Cloud Spinner, The. Michael Catchpool, illus. by Alison Jay. Knopf, $16.99. 9780375870118

Code of Silence: Living a Lie Comes with a Price. Tim Shoemaker. Zonderkidz. $14.99 9780310726531

Cold Cereal. Adam Rex. HarperCollins/Balzer & Bray, $16.99. 9780062060020

Crater. Helium-3, Bk. 1. Homer Hickam. Thomas Nelson, $14.99. 9781595546647

Creep and Flutter: The Secret World of Insects and Spiders. Jim Arnosky. Sterling, $14.95. 978-1-4027-7766-0

Crogan’s Loyalty. Chris Schweizer. Oni. $14.99 9781934964408

Daredevil, v.1. Mark Waid, illus. by Paolo Rivera. Marvel, $19.99. 9780785152378

Dark Eyes. William Harlan Richter. Penguin/Razorbill, $17.99. 9781595144577

Day by Day. Susan Gal. Knopf, $16.99. 9780375869594

Devine Intervention. Martha Brockenbrough. Scholastic/Levine, $17.99. 9780545382137

Diamond in the Desert, A. Kathryn Fitzmaurice. Viking, $16.99. 9780670012923

Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Michael J. Martin. Morgan Reynolds, library edition, $28.95 (9781599351698).

Dinosaur Thunder. Marion Dane Bauer, illus. by Margaret Chodos-Irvine. Scholastic Press, $16.99. 978-0-590-45296-0

Dog Loves Drawing. Louise Yates. Knopf, $16.99. 9780375870675

Don’t Squish the Sasquatch! Kent Redecker, illus. by Bob Staake. Disney-Hyperion, $16.99. 9781423152323

Don’t Copy Me! Jonathan Allen. Boxer Bks., dist. by Sterling, $16.95. 9781907967207

Dragonborn. Toby Forward. Bloomsbury, $16.99. 978-1-59990-724-6

Dragons Love Tacos. Adam Rubin, illus. by Daniel Salmieri. Dial, $16.99. 978-0-8037-3680-1

Drama. Raina Telgemeier with colors by Gurihiru. Scholastic Graphix, $10.99. 978-0-545-32699-5

Earwig and the Witch. Diana Wynne Jones, illus. by Paul O. Zelinsky. Greenwillow, $15.99. 978-0-06-207511-6

Edgar Allan Poe’s Pie: Math Puzzlers in Classic Poems. J. Patrick Lewis, illus. by Michael Slack. Harcourt, $16.99. 978-0-547-51338-6

Eep! Joke van Leeuwen. Translated by Bill Nagelkerke. Gecko, $7.95. 9781877579073

Embrace. Jessica Shirvington. Sourcebooks, $9.99. 9781402271250

Emperor of Time. Gregory King, illus. by Holly Wood. Weston & Wright, $21.95. 9780965693226

Erebos. Ursula Poznanski, trans. from the German by Judith Pattinson. Annick (Firefly, dist.), $29.95. 978-1-55451-373-4

Everything You Need to Survive the Apocalypse. Lucas Klauss. S&S/Simon Pulse, $16.99. 9781442423886

Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict, The. Trenton Lee Stewart, illus. by Diana Sudyka. Little, Brown/Tingley, $17.99. 780316176194

Failstate. John W. Otte. Marcher Lord (, $15.99. 978-1-935929-48-2

Falcon. Tim Jessell. Random, $17.99. 978-0-375-86866-5

Fall from Grace. Charles Benoit. HarperTeen, $17.99. 978-0-06-194707-0

False Prince, The. Jennifer A. Nielsen. Scholastic Press, $16.99. 978-0-545-28413-4

Fish Had a Wish. Michael Garland. Holiday House, $14.95. 9780823423941

Five Funny Bunnies: Three Bouncing Tales. Jean Van Leeuwen, illus. by Anne Wilsdorf. Marshall Cavendish, $17.99. 9780761461142

Five Lives of Our Cat Zook. Joanne Rocklin. Abrams/Amulet. $16.96. 9780823424009

Flying the Dragon. Natalie Dias Lorenzi, illus. by Kelly Murphy. Charlesbridge, $16.95. 9781580894340

For Darkness Shows the Stars. Diana Peterfreund. HarperCollins/Balzer & Bray, $17.99. 9780062006141

Fox Tails: Four Fables from Aesop. Amy Lowry, illus. by Amy Lowry. Holiday. $16.95 9780823424009

Fracture. Megan Miranda. Walker, $17.99. 978-0-8027-2309-3

Freaky Fast Frankie Joe. Lutricia Clifton. Holiday House, $16.95. 9780823423675

Frogs!: Strange and Wonderful. Laurence Pringle, illus. by Meryl Henderson. Boyds Mills, $16.95. 9781590783719

Further Tale of Peter Rabbit, The. Emma Thompson, illus. by Eleanor Taylor. Penguin/Warne, $20. 978-0-7232-6910-6

George Bellows: Painter with a Punch! Robert Burleigh. Abrams, $18.95. 978-1-4197-0166-5

Georgia in Hawaii: When Georgia O’Keeffe Painted What She Pleased. Amy Novesky, illus. by Yuyi Morales. Harcourt, $16.99. 978-0-15-205420-5

Giant and How He Humbugged America, The. Jim Murphy. Scholastic. $19.99 9780439691840

Gideon. Olivier Dunrea. Houghton, $9.99. 9780618436613

Girl in the Park, The. Mariah Fredericks. Random/Schwartz & Wade, $16.99. 978-0-375-86843-6

Go Out and Play! Kaboom! illus. by Julianna Rose. Candlewick, $11.99. 9780763655303

Goblin Secrets. William Alexander. S&S/McElderry, $16.99. 9781442427266

Golden Ass of Lucius Apuleius, The. adapted by M.D. Usher, illus. by T. Motley. Godine, $17.95. 9781567924183

Golden Prince, The. Arthur Felix, illus. by Jenny Capon. Inside Pocket Publishing, $7.99. 9780956712233

Goldilocks and Just One Bear. Leigh Hodgkinson. Candlewick/Nosy Crow, $15.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-7636-6172-4

Grave Robber’s Apprentice, The. Allan Stratton. Harper, $16.99. 9780061976087

Great Unexpected, The. Sharon Creech. HarperCollins, $16.99. 9780061892325

Hamsters Holding Hands. Kass Reich. Orca, $9.95. 978-1-4598-0123-3

Happy Like Soccer. Maribeth Boelts, illus. by Lauren Castillo. Candlewick, $15.99. 978-0-7636-4616-5

Happy Little Yellow Box, The: A Pop-up Book of Opposites. David A. Carter. S&S/Little Simon, $12.99. 978-1-4169-4096-8

Happy. Mies van Hout. Lemniscaat USA, $17.95. 978-1-9359-5414-9

Harlem’s Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills. Renee Watson, illus. by Christian Robinson. Random, $17.99 9780375869730

Here Come the Girl Scouts! The Amazing All-True Story of Juliette Daisy Gordon Low and Her Great Adventure. Shana Corey, illus. by Hadley Hooper. Scholastic, $17.99. 9780545342780

Hilda and the Midnight Giant. Luke Pearson. Nobrow (Consortium, dist.), $24. 978-1-907704-25-3

Hippopposites. Janik Coat. Abrams Appleseed, $14.95. 978-1-4197-0151-1

His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg. Louise Borden. Houghton, $18.99. 9780618507559

Hope and Tears: Ellis Island Voices. Gwenyth Swain. Boyds Mills/Calkins Creek, $17.95. 978-1-59078-765-6

Horse and the Plains Indians, The: A Powerful Partnership. Dorothy Hinshaw Patent, photos by William Muñoz. Clarion, $17.99. 9780547125510

Horse Camp. Nicole Helget and Nate LeBoutillier. Egmont, $15.99. 9781606843512

Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms: Magic, Mystery, & a Very Strange Adventure. Lissa Evans. Sterling, $14.95. 9781402798061

House Held Up by Trees. Ted Kooser, illus. by Jon Klassen. Candlewick, $16.99. 9780763651077

How Many Jelly Beans? A Giant Book of Giant Numbers!Andrea Menotti, illus. by Yancey Labat. Chronicle, $18.99. 978-1-4521-0206-1

Hueys in the New Sweater, The. Oliver Jeffers. Penguin/Philomel, $10.99. 9780399257674

Human Body Factory: The Nuts and Bolts of Your Insides. Dan Green, illus. by Edmond Davis. Kingfisher, $16.99. 978-0-7534-6808-1

I Am Thomas. Libby Gleeson, illus. by Armin Greder. IPG/Allen & Unwin.

I Don’t Believe It, Archie! Andrew Norriss, illus. by Hannah Shaw. Random/Fickling, $12.99 (9780385752503)

I Have the Right to Be a Child. Alain Serres, trans. by Helen Mixter, illus. by Aurelia Fronty. Groundwood, $18.95. 9781554981496

I Hunt Killers. Barry Lyga. Little, Brown, $17.99 (368p) ISBN 978-0-316-12584-0

I Like Old Clothes. Mary Ann Hoberman, illus. by Patrice Barton. Knopf.

I Saw a Peacock with a Fiery Tail. Ramsingh Urveti. Tara Books, $17.50. 9789380340142

I, Galileo. Bonnie Christensen. Knopf, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-375-86753-8

I, Too, Am America. Langston Hughes, illus. by Bryan Collier. Simon & Schuster, $16.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-4424-2008-3

If All the Animals Came Inside. Eric Pinder, illus. by Marc Brown. Little, Brown.

Illuminate: A Gilded Wings Novel, Book One. Aimee Agresti. Harcourt, $17.99. 9780547626147

Immortal Rules, The. Julie Kagawa. Harlequin Teen, $18.99 (496p) ISBN 978-0-3732-1051-0

In Darkness. Nick Lake. Bloomsbury, $17.99 (352p) ISBN 978-1-59990-743-7

In the Sea. David Elliott, illus. by Holly Meade. Candlewick, $16.99 (9780763644987).

Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book III: The Unseen Guest. Maryrose Wood. HarperCollins/Balzer and Bray, $15.99  9780061791185

Invincible Microbe: Tuberculosis and the Never-Ending Search for a Cure. Jim Murphy and Alison Blank. Clarion, $18.99. 9780618535743

Irises. Francisco X. Stork. Scholastic/Levine, $17.99 (304p) ISBN 978-1-545-15135-1

Island of Thieves. Josh Lacey. Houghton. $15.99 9780547763279

It’s Raining, It’s Pouring (with CD). Christine Davenier. Performed by Peter, Paul, and Mary. Imagine/Peter Yarrow, $17.95. 9781936140770

Jake and Lily. Jerry Spinelli. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, $15.99 (352p) ISBN 978-0-06-028135-9

Jean Laffite: The Pirate Who Saved America. Susan Goldman Rubin, illus. by Jeff Himmelman. Abrams, $18.95 (48p) ISBN 978-0-8109-9733-2

Jersey Angel. Beth Ann Bauman. Random/Lamb, $15.99 (208p) ISBN 978-0-385-74020-3

Justin Case: Shells, Smells, and the Horrible Flip-Flops of Doom. Rachel Vail, illus. by Matthew Cordell. Feiwel and Friends, $16.99. 9781250000811

Kaleidoscope. Salina Yoon. Little, Brown, $12.99 (18p) ISBN 978-0-316-18641-4

Kids of Kabul. Deborah Ellis. Groundwood.

Kill Switch. Chris Lynch. Simon & Schuster. $16.99 (9781416927020

King Arthur’s Very Great Grandson. Kenneth Kraegel. Candlewick, $15.99 ISBN 978-0-7636-5311-8

Kite Day. Will Hillenbrand. Holiday House.

Larf. Ashley Spires. Kids Can, $16.95 9781554537013

Laugh with the Moon. Shana Burg. Delacorte.

Leo Geo. Jon Chad. Roaring Brook.

Leopard Boy, The. Julia Johnson, illus. by Marisa Lewis. Frances Lincoln, $8.99. 9781847802132

Letter Q: Queer Writers’ Notes to Their Younger Selves. Sarah Moon. Scholastic/Levine. $17.99 (9780545399326).

Letters to Leo. Amy Hest, illus. by Julia Denos. Candlewick.

Lia’s Guide to Winning the Lottery. Keren David. Frances Lincoln, $16.99. 9781847803313

Little Rock Girl 1957 (Captured History series). Shelley Tougas. Compass Point.

Little Treasures: Endearments from Around the World. Jacqueline K. Ogburn, illus. by Chris Raschka. Houghton, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-547-42862-8

Long Lankin. Lindsey Barraclough. Candlewick, $16.99. 9780763658083

Love & Leftovers. Sarah Tregay. HarperCollins/Tegen.

Machines Go to Work in the City. William Low. Holt.

Madhattan Mystery. John J. Bonk. Walker. $16.99 (9780802723499

Mario Makes a Move. Jill McElmurry. Random/Schwartz & Wade, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-375-86854-2

Martin de Porres: The Rose in the Desert. Gary D. Schmidt, illus. by David Diaz. Clarion. $16.99 9780547612188

Martin on the Moon. Martine Audet, illus. by Luc Melanson. Owlkids, $15.95. 9781926973166

Marty McGuire Digs Worms! Kate Messner, illus. by Brian Floca. Scholastic, $17.99. 9780545142458 pb $5.99 9780545142472

Maudie and Bear. Jan Ormerod, illus. by Ferya Blackwood. Putnam. $16.99 (9780399257094).

Million Suns, A: An Across the Universe Novel. Beth Revis. Razorbill, $17.99. 9781595143983

Money in Sports. Nick Hunter. Heinemann. hardcover, $34 (9781432959777); Raintree, paperback, $9 (9781432959821).

Monkey Colors. Darrin Lunde, illus. by Patricia J. Wynne. Charlesbridge, $15.95 9781570917417. pb. $6.95 9781570917424

Monster Returns, The. Peter McCarty. Holt, $16.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-8050-9030-7

Monument 14. Emmy Laybourne. Feiwel and Friends, $16.99 (304p) ISBN 978-0-312-56903-7

Moon Pie. Simon Mason. Random/Fickling.

Moonlight. Helen V. Griffith, illus. by Laura Dronzek. Greenwillow.

More. I.C. Springman, illus. by Brian Lies. Houghton.

Mrs. Noodlekugel. Daniel Pinkwater, illus. by Adam Stower. Candlewick, $14.99 (80p) ISBN 978-0-7636-5053-7

My Dad Is Big and Strong, BUT…: A Bedtime Story. Coralie Saudo, trans. from the French by Claudia Bedrick, illus. by Kris DiGiacomo. Enchanted Lion (Consortium, dist.), $16.95 (32p) ISBN 978-1-59270-122-3

My Life Next Door. Huntley Fitzpatrick. Dial, $16.99 ISBN 978-0-8037-3699-3

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece. Annabel Pitcher. Little, Brown, $17.99. 9780316176903

My Snake Blake. Randy Siegel, illus. by Serge Bloch. Roaring Brook/Porter, $16.99. 9781596435841

Nanny Piggins and the Wicked Plan. R.A. Spratt, illus. by Dan Santat. Little, Brown, $16.99. 9780316199230

National Parks: A Kid’s Guide to America’s Parks, Monuments, and Landmarks. Erin McHugh, illus. by Neal Aspinall et al. Black Dog and Leventhal, $19.95 (128p) ISBN 978-1-57912-884-5

New Year’s Reunion, A. Yu Li-Qiong, illus. by Zhu Cheng-Liang. Candlewick.

Obstinate Pen, The. Frank W. Dormer. Holt.

Oliver. Judith Rossell. HarperCollins, $16.99. 9780062022103

Olivia and the Fairy Princesses. Ian Falconer. S&S/Atheneum, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-4424-5027-1

Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen. Donna Gephardt. Delacorte, $16.99. 9780385740524

One for the Murphys. Lynda Mullaly Hunt. Putnam/Paulsen, $16.99. 9780399256158

One Special Day. Lola M. Schaefer, illus. by Jessica Meserve. Disney-Hyperion.

One Two That’s My Shoe! Alison Murray. Disney-Hyperion.

Otto the Book Bear. Katie Cleminson. Disney-Hyperion, $16.99. 9781423145622

Out of the Way! Out of the Way! Uma Krishnaswami. Groundwood, $17.95. 9781554981304

Out on the Prairie. Donna M. Bateman, illus. by Susan Swan. Charlesbridge, $15.95. 9781580893770 pb. $7.95 9781580893787

Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature. Nicola Davies, illus. by Mark Hearld. Candlewick, $19.99 (108p) ISBN 978-0-7636-5549-5

Paiute Princess: The Story of Sarah Winnemucca. Deborah Kogan Ray. FSG/Foster, $17.99 (48p) ISBN 978-0-374-39897-2

Pandemonium. Lauren Oliver. HarperCollins, $17.99. 9780061978067

Pandemonium. Chris Wooding, illus. by Cassandra Diaz. Scholastic/Graphix, $22.99. 9780545252218. pb $12.99. 9780439877596

Passion for Victory, A: The Story of the Olympics in Ancient and Early Modern Times. Benson Bobrick. Knopf. $19.99 ISBN 9780375868696

Peculiars, The. Maureen Doyle McQuerry. Abrams/Amulet, $16.95 ISBN 9781419701788

Perfect Escape. Jennifer Brown. Little, Brown, $17.99 (368p) ISBN 978-0-316-18557-8

Pete’s Robot (iPad app). Heartdrive Media.

Pig Pig Meets the Lion. David McPhail. Charlesbridge, $15.95 (32p) ISBN 978-1-58089-358-9

Piggy Bunny. Rachel Vail, illus. by Jeremy Tankard. Feiwel and Friends, $14.99. ISBN 978-0-312-64988-3

Pink Smog: Becoming Weetzie Bat. Francesca Lia Block. HarperTeen, $17.99 (208p) ISBN 978-0-06-156598-4

Pip’s Trip. Janet Morgan Stoeke. Dial.

Pirate Cinema. Cory Doctorow. Tor, $19.99 9780765329080

Poem Runs: Baseball Poems and Paintings. Douglas Florian. Harcourt, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-547-68838-1

President’s Stuck in the Bathtub, The: Poems About the Presidents. Susan Katz, illus. by Robert Neubecker. Clarion.

Prince Albert and the Doomsday Device. Clive London. Zova, $14.99. 9780615510569

Promise the Night. Michaela Maccoll. Chronicle.

Quarantine: The Loners. Lex Thomas. Egmont. $17.99 (9781606843291

Rachel’s Secret. Shelly Sanders. Second Story. $12.95. (9781926920375)

Raja: Story of a Racehorse. Anne Hambleton. Old Bow Publishing, $12.95. 9780615540290

Rebel McKenzie. Candice Ransom. Disney-Hyperion. $16.99. 9781423145394

Red Knit Cap Girl. Naoko Stoop. Little, Brown, $16.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-316-12946-6

Red, White and Boom! Lee Wardlaw, illus. by Huy Voun Lee. Holt.

Revenge of the Dinotrux. Chris Gall. Little, Brown, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-316-13288-6

Rock God. Barnabas Miller. Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky.

Ruby Redfort: Look into My Eyes. Lauren Child. Candlewick, $16.99 (400p) ISBN 978-0-7636-5120-6

Scarlet. A.C. Gaughen. Walker. $17.99 (9780802723468)

Secret Letters. Leah Scheier. Disney-Hyperion.

Secret of the Manhattan Project, The. Doreen Gonzales. Enslow, library edition, $31.93 (9780766039544)

Secret Tree, The. Natalie Standiford. Scholastic Press, $16.99 (256p) ISBN 978-0-545-33479-2

Secrets of the Garden. Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld, illus. by Priscilla Lamont. Knopf.

See You at Harry’s. Jo Knowles. Candlewick, $16.99. 9780763654078

Shadow and Bone. Leigh Bardugo. Holt.

Ship of Souls. Zetta Elliott. AmazonEncore, paperback, $9.95 9781612182681.

Silence of Our Friends, The. Mark Long and Jim Demonakos; illus. by Nate Powell. First Second/Roaring Brook, $16.99.  ISBN 978-1-59643-618-3

Sisters of Glass. Stephanie Hemphill. Knopf. $16.99 (9780375861093

Slide. Jill Hathaway. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, $17.99 (256p) ISBN 978-0-06-207790-5

Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am. Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis. Simon & Schuster, $15.99. 9781416938958

Son. Lois Lowry. Houghton, $17.99 9780547887203

Soonchild. Russell Hoban, illus. by Alexis Deacon. Candlewick, $15.99 (144p) ISBN 978-0-7636-5920-2

Sophie’s Fish. A.E. Cannon, illus. by Lee White. Viking, $15.99. 9780670012916

Squid and Octopus: Friends for Always. Tao Nyeu. Dial. $16.99. 9780803735651

Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different. Karen Blumenthal. Feiwel and Friends, hardcover, $16.99 (9781250015570); Feiwel and Friends, paperback, $8.99 (9781250014450). Grades 7-10

Story of Things, The: From the Stone Age to the Modern Age in 10 Pop-Up Spreads. Neal Layton, paper engineering by Corina Fletcher. Hodder (IPG/Trafalgar Sq., dist.), $19.99 (22p) ISBN 978-0-340-94532-2

Story of Us, The. Deb Caletti. S&S/Simon Pulse, $16.99 9781442423466

Storyteller, The. Michaelis, Antonia (author), trans. by Miriam Debbage. Abrams/Amulet, $18.95 (9781419700477).

Stronger: A Super Human Crash (Super Human #03). Michael Carroll. Philomel, $16.99. 9780399257612

Such Wicked Intent: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein, Book Two. Kenneth Oppel. Simon & Schuster, $16.99. 9781442403185

Summer of the Wolves. Polly Carlson-Voiles. Houghton, $15.99. 9780547745916

Summer on the Moon. Adrian Fogelin. Peachtree, $15.95 (9781561456260

Superman Versus the Ku Klux Klan. Rick Bowers. National Geographic.

Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World. Sy Montgomery. Houghton.

That’s Not a Daffodil! Elizabeth Honey. Allen & Unwin, dist. by IPG.

This Is Not a Test. Courtney Summers. St. Martin’s Griffin, $9.99 trade paper (320p) ISBN 978-0-312-65674-4

Time Snatchers. Richard Ungar. Putnam, $16.99 (9780399254857

Timeless Thomas: How Thomas Edison Changed Our Lives. Gene Barretta. Holt, $16.99. 9780805091083

Tina’s Mouth: An Existential Comic Diary. Kashyap, Keshni (author). Illustrated by Mari Araki. Houghton, $18.95 (9780618945191).

Traveling Restaurant, The: Jasper’s Voyage in Three Parts. Barbara Else. Gecko Press, $17.95. 9781877579035

Treason. Berlie Doherty. Andersen, dist. by IPG.

Tua and the Elephant. R.P. Harris, illus. by Taeeun Yoo. Chronicle, $16.99. 9780811877817

Two for One (Bink and Gollie Series). Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, illus. by Tony Fucile. Candlewick.

Two Little Monkeys. Mem Fox, illus. by Jill Barton. S&S/Beach Lane, $16.99. 9781416986874

Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls, The. Julie Schumacher. Delacorte, $16.99. 9780385737739

Under the Baobab Tree. Julie Stiegemeyer, illus. by E.B. Lewis. Zonderkidz, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-310-72561-9

Unfortunate Son, The. Constance Leeds. Viking, $16.99. 9780670013982

Up Above and Down Below. Paloma Valdivia, trans. from the Spanish by Susan Ouriou. Owlkids (PGW, dist.), $16.95 (32p) ISBN 978-1-926973-39-5

Vampirina Ballerina. Anne Marie Pace, illus. by LeUyen Pham. Disney-Hyperion, $14.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-4231-5753-3

Various Positions. Martha Schabas. FSG/Foster, $16.99 (336p) ISBN 978-0-374-38086-1

Walking on Earth and Touching the Sky: Poetry and Prose By Lakota Youth at Red Cloud Indian School. Timothy P. McLaughlin, illus. by S.D. Nelson. Abrams, $19.95 (9781419701795

What Little Boys Are Made of. Robert Neubecker. HarperTeen/Balzer & Bray, $14.99. 9780062023551

What to Do if an Elephant Stands on Your Foot. Michelle Robinson, illus. by Peter H. Reynolds. Dial, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-8037-3398-5

When Dinos Dawned, Mammals Got Munched, and Pterosaurs Took Flight: A Cartoon Prehistory of Life in the Triassic. Hannah Bonner. National Geographic, $17.95. ISBN 9781426308628

When the Sea Is Rising Red. Cat Hellison. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $16.99 ISBN 978-0-374-36475-5

Whole Story of Half a Girl, The. Veera Hiranandani. Delacorte, $16.99 (224p) ISBN 978-0-385-74128-6

Wild About You! Judy Sierra, illus. by Marc Brown. Knopf, $17.99 ISBN 978-0-307-93178-8

Wild Book, The. Margarita Engle. Harcourt, $16.99. 9780547581316

Will Puberty Last My Whole Life? Julie Metzger and Robert Lehman. Sasquatch Books.

World Away, A. Nancy Grossman. Disney-Hyperion, $16.99. 9781423151531

You’re Getting a Baby Sister! Sheila Sweeny Higginson, illus. by Sam Williams. S&S/Little Simon, $7.99 ISBN 978-1-4424-2050-2

Zeke Bartholomew. Jason Pinter. Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky.

Zelda the Varigoose. Sebastian Loth. North-South, $15.95. 978-0-7358-4076-8

Zoe Letting Go. Nora Price. Penguin/Razorbill, $17.99. 9781595144669

Zoo Girl. Rebecca Elliott. Lion Children’s Books, $14.99. 9780745963235

17 thoughts on “The Stars So Far, 2012

  1. Karyn Silverman

    Just another thumbs up for this massive endeavor– we’ve been trying to do this ourselves and kept failing miserably! This is an amazing resource for all of us in the book fields and I thank you very much for doing it.

  2. Padma Venkatraman

    What a lovely column! My 2nd novel, ISLAND’S END, received FOUR starred reviews:
    1. Kirkus
    2. Publishers Weekly
    3. School Library Journal
    4. Booklist
    It was released in fall 2011, so it fits this project’s aims and I’d sincerely appreciate your please including it. ISLAND’S END has flown under the radar, most unfortunately, despite winning 2 awards (yay)! – The Paterson Prize and the (international) South Asian Book Award; being a finalist for the Crystal Kite and the Julia Ward How awards; and being listed on numerous best book lists: ALA BBYA, Kirkus, Booklist, CCBC etc. I’d be honored if you’d consider taking the time to read it someday! Thanks so much for writing this column and providing so much wonderful content on the web – I read but am shy enough I rarely comment.

  3. Sam Bloom

    Yes, thanks so much for doing this. I was able to keep up through about the middle of May, and then I stumbled, so this is a giant boost for our Mock Newbery reading lists!

  4. Elizabeth Bluemle Post author

    By the way, thanks so much for your kind comments, everyone. It does take a ridiculous number of hours to do this, and to track down and verify all the details, and your appreciation makes it all worthwhile!

  5. Jen B.

    I’m curious about the VOYA stars – I was under the impression that they didn’t actually star books since they use their very particular rating system. Are the 5Q, 5P books considered the stars? Or do they just need a 5Q? I work in the Youth Services department and although we go up through 8th grade, we leave the VOYA issues to our young adult librarian so I am less familiar with them. I’ll have to sneak over to her area sometime and glance through a copy.

  6. Elizabeth Fama

    What a monumental data-gathering effort! Thank you! My husband and I have written a guest post over at “Someday My Printz Will Come” that might interest you. It discusses stars and their relation to the Printz Award, and also the distribution of stars by genre for YA.

    1. Elizabeth Bluemle Post author

      Thanks, Elizabeth! I’ll look forward to that post. (I have some qualms about this collating, which is why I suspended doing it last year, but I really did miss having the resource….) Cheers.

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