February 24, 2017

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We FINALLY have a Pyrite slate!

Believe it or not, we started our Pyrite voting eleven days ago. We have finally, FINALLY reached the end of the road though and we have a Pyrite slate! If you’ve been playing along from the beginning, you know that The Passion of Dolssa emerged victorious from the two rounds of winner voting. After the […]

Pyrite: Here We Go Again…

You asked, so we’re going for it! Let’s take one last crack at the honor vote because we’re clearly a Pyrite committee that needs help to make up its mind. As Karyn noted in the results post, The Lie Tree has a huge lead over the other titles which is no surprise considering how close it was to winning […]

Readers make the case for their faves

If you’re a regular reader, you know that we’re constantly asking for your opinions, picks, and predictions. You’re our weather vein, out in the world bringing us vital information about books that have flown under our radar (or ones that we simply haven’t had the chance to read). And as a mock committee, we’re not too […]

Nonfic roundup

It wouldn’t be January at Someday without roundup review posts galore! I’m nothing if not a stickler for tradition so we’re rolling into hump day with three nonfiction books covering three very different subjects: a man whose story might as well be myth, a complicated and unpopular war, and a pacifist turned spy. If there’s any […]

Lucy and Linh

Lucy and Linh, Alice Pung Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, September 2016 4 stars; Reviewed from an ARC Lucy and Linh, in addition to being a quintessential coming-of-age story, is a novel about power, class, and racial microaggressions. It’s about the hard work of adjusting our sense of self when we land in […]

A romantic rendezvous

Actually, this is a romantic roundup, but rendezvous sounded catchier. In the context of Printz reviewing, romance has actually fared well in recent years with both the RealCommittee and the Pyrite Committee (aka: all of us). I’ll Give You the Sun was the Real and Pyrite winner in 2015, and in 2014 Eleanor & Park was a Real and Pyrite honor. This […]

Mirrors and Manson: Another Morris Roundup

There are some fun parallels between the two novels we’re discussing today. Both are debut novels from Ivy-league educated women with impressive resumes in other careers. Both books came out in June and have narrators who are teenage girls struggling to find their place in the world. They are also both strong contenders for the […]

What would you bring to the nominating table?

Thanksgiving is so close, I can almost smell the turkey and mashed potatoes (or maybe I shouldn’t write when I’m hungry?). Of course, Thursday isn’t only about eating your weight in [insert your favorite Thanksgiving dish here]. We express our gratitude for all of the things that makes our lives meaningful. Here at Someday, we are so […]

Checking in with the mothership – SLJ’s Best of 2016

With only six weeks left in 2016—an almost universally recognized dumpster fire of a year—the best of lists will release in a steady stream. We take the lists seriously because they can help us identify books that are beginning to have a strong consensus opinion, as well as books that may become a dark horse. […]

Every Exquisite Thing

Every Exquisite Thing, Matthew Quick Little, Brown, May 2016 Reviewed from ARC Authenticity feels different to every reader. We all do our best to base our judgement against our personal experiences and knowledge, while acknowledging that there’s a whole lot we don’t know. When I think about the emotional accuracy of a novel, I’m usually […]

Highly Illogical Behavior

Highly Illogical Behavior, John Corey Whaley Dial Books, May 2016 Reviewed from ARC Humans expect a lot from each other. We like to think that we’re autonomous beings, when in reality, our choices are frequently motivated and influenced by others. In John Corey Whaley’s latest novel, he once again explores the interplay between a teen […]

Draw the Line

Draw the Line, Laurent Linn Margaret K. McElderry Books, May 2016 Reviewed from ARC Some books remind me that there is much I don’t know about the world. I’ve been very lucky that my personal life has never been touched by a violent hate crime. In Laurent Linn’s Draw the Line, Adrian Piper is a gay […]

Essential Maps for the Lost

Essential Maps for the Lost, Deb Caletti Simon Pulse, April 2016 Reviewed from ARC Girl meets boy. Boy loves girl. Well actually, girl finds the boy’s dead mother in a lake first. This isn’t your typical love story with a slice of grief. Deb Caletti hits all the targets for a melancholy teen romance without […]

When previously awarded writers tell other tales

When we start to compile our list of books to cover, authors who have a previous Printz win or honor are automatically added to the list. We also give serious consideration to writers with wins or honors from other important ALA Youth Media Awards. Of course, the logic is that a previous winner has a […]

Graphic Novel Siblings: Delilah Dirk and The Nameless City

The two books we’re talking about this morning might as well be graphic novel siblings. They share a lot of details in common: both are published by First Second, Canadian authors, 3 stars, action-hero female protagonists, male protagonists who drive themselves to exhaustion trying to keep up, and both are part of a larger serialized story. Even the […]

The Memory of Light

The Memory of Light, Francisco X. Stork Arthur A. Levine Books, January 2016 Reviewed from ARC How can I assess The Memory of Light in the context of the Printz Award? In some ways, it’s too real, too honest, and too close-to-home. It’s also surprisingly uninteresting and predictable. I struggled with these contradictory reactions throughout […]

We Are the Ants

We Are the Ants, Shaun David Hutchinson Simon Pulse, January 2016 Reviewed from final copy Have aliens been abducting Henry Denton since he was thirteen? Or has he been suffering from mental illness? Some days I believe the former; other days, the latter. But does it really matter? Probably not. We Are the Ants is […]

Checking in

It’s the halfway point of the season, and we’re done sowing our wild oats reading non-2016 and/or non-YA books. We thought maybe if we showed you ours, you’d show us yours? So here’s where we are with our reading. What have you been reading? (And if you went to ALA, we were #ALAleftbehind, so we need […]

What To Read Next: 2017 Award Edition

The season is done, the award has been given, we’ve all gasped and mourned (only two honors!) and celebrated, and finally it’s time to look forward to the 2017 YMAs. A final thank you to the RealCommittee, whose hard work has given us three excellent choices to talk about and discuss for years to come. […]

Pyrite: Fun with numbers!

I have to say, running the Pyrite this early in the new year is weird. That being said, many of you took a few moments during the last days of 2015 to vote for the books you think deserve a (fake) honor. As we’ve seen in the past, there’s not a lot of surprise in this […]