July 25, 2016

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Liveblogging the Awards, a Stream of Consciousness

Good morning! And now the part we’ve all been waiting for, with YALSA pres Candice Mack. HERE IT IS Palms are sweaty. So nervous. <breathes> ONLY TWO HONOR BOOKS WHAT WHAT WHAT Out of Darkness, yes, ok, totally deserved. And Ghosts! He did it AGAIN. YAY BONE GAP! (And hey, we ALL predicted it!) Now […]

Still Too Many Books, or, a Tale of Even More Hanging Chad

And we’re back with even more more books, in part 2 of our mega roundup of all (not really all) the books. Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans, Don Brown HMH Books for Young Readers, August 2015 Reviewed from final copy (6 stars) With six starred reviews, I wish we’d had time and space to […]

So many books they never end oh god too many books (Hanging Chad part 1)

This year is just full of books, and so many of them are worth talking about. Sadly, we’re not going to get to everything we hoped to read before Monday’s award announcements, despite valiant efforts. I’m mourning Leavitt’s Calvin, loaded on my Nook but sadly unread; Seneca Village; Lizard Radio, with a premise so unusual […]

Magic Realism x2 (Bone Gap and The Accident Season)

Happy 2016. I closed out the old year by frantically reading my way through a backlog of wonderful (and not so wonderful) books. Today, to start the new year on the right foot, I’m catching up on discussing some books I read ages ago but have been avoiding writing about. Also! A week from today […]

Pyrite: Let the Honors Commence

Here we go: honor voting! Votes are weighted: 7 for 1st place, 5 for 2nd, 3 for 3rd, and 1 for 1st. We will recognize four Pyrite honors (or Nickel books, since that’s sort of the silver equivalent to pyrite); we are limiting voting to only books that received at least one vote at any […]

Pyrite: We (sort of) have a winner

RealPrintz voting is a pretty particular thing, and winning has two conditions: “To win, a title must receive five first place votes and must also receive at least five more points than the second place title. If no title meets these criteria on the first ballot, any title receiving no votes is removed from consideration […]

Kirkus Teen

This is a little late, but Kirkus released their list last Monday. What I love about this list is that it’s HUGE compared to everyone else’s; in related news, Kirkus has a huge review volume, so it’s pretty well guaranteed that there will be a super surprise or two. The quick and dirty breakdown: The […]

Pyrite Time!

It’s time to vote! Just to make sure we’re all on the same page: The Pyrite is Someday’s Mock Printz. Instead of gold, we award fool’s gold — because mock/fool, right? (I am a sucker for a pun or pun adjacent reference.) We have no affiliation with the actual Printz, but occasionally we do in […]

Mocking the Night Away

A little bit of Mock related housekeeping to start off the week… We’re just shy of a month out from the Youth Media Awards, so the clock is ticking. We’re also still reading frantically, trying to get to everything anyone says we should have read (we’ll fail, at least a little, but we’re trying! And […]

Printzbery, Part 4: Last but Not Least

I’ve had a busy two days, catching up on a few of the swing books we’ve got on the slate for our in-person Printzbery discussion this weekend. Also a busy few days sniffling and crying since both books are heavy on the feels. The Marvels, Brian Selznick Scholastic, September 2015 Reviewed from ARC (3 stars) […]

It’s Historical! (Fiction, that is)

Today, two historical fiction books I’d love to talk to about, both set during World War II (making this an apt post to publish on the first night of Hannukah). One is a lovely novel in verse that I don’t think has gotten much attention — zero stars, no buzz — but I was deeply […]

Fanfare, YALSA, Times, Oh My!

What a busy week it’s been! Monday brought us the release of Horn Book’s Fanfare AND The New York Times’ Notable Children’s Books list. Wednesday, the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults (which I persist in calling ENYA even though I think that never really caught on the way I hoped) shortlist was released. […]

More Lists!

Later today Joy will be posting about the pretty amazing A Song for Ella Gray, David Almond’s third (third! Does the man not sleep?) book out this year. In the meantime, I wanted to say a few words about the awesome SLJ Best Books list. Sometimes I forget to highlight it, because you’re here, and […]

A Thousand Praises for A Thousand Nights

A Thousand Nights, E.K. Johnston Hyperion, October 2015 Reviewed from ARC I already told you this is a great year for fantasy, and I’m back to today to continue building the case. And this is probably the one that most deserves the Printz, because for all the brilliance of The Scorpion Rules, the originality of […]

Fantasy

For the reader, like me, who prefers fantasy to reality, at least in books, this has been a pretty knockout year. We seem to finally be fully beyond the various waves (paranormal romance, dystopias, love triangles) that have dominated YA fantasy and science fiction for the past decade. This has been a slow creep, and […]

All the Rage

A few thoughts. One: I planned to cover two books tonight, linked by the fact that they both feature girls who have been harmed by their worlds but who won’t go down without a fight, and who both, through perseverance and pain, succeed. But it diminished both texts and I especially didn’t want to risk […]

PW Launches List Season!

Probably the exclamation point was unnecessary, since (A) PW always kicks off the pack and (B) it’s November when the season always launches. BUT! It’s still exciting. And full of surprises! And books I haven’t read, which is always a concern. Why are there so many books? Why must we all have to pick and […]

Thumper’s Dad (A Roundup)

Once upon a time ago, over on Heavy Medal, Jonathan very boldly (and wittily) ran a post with just a title and the cover of the book. His point was that sometimes you just don’t have anything good to say about a book, so why say anything at all? I’m not nearly as bold, nor […]

Printzbery Part 2, This Time on Wheels

Yesterday we gave you a twofold twofer: two titles with potential for both Printz and Newbery. Today we’re back with another, Roller Girl, in what looks like it might be a weeklong series. Let’s get to it! Roller Girl, Victoria Jamieson Dial Books, March 2015 Reviewed from ARC This one is technically a potential Printzecott […]

Printzbery Part 1

Printzbery: could be one, could be the other, might even end up both.* By popular demand: today we’re talking about all those maybe kidlit, maybe YA books from the first three quarters of the year. On the table for the potential Printzbery*: Roller Girl; Echo; Goodbye, Stranger; The Hired Girl, Cuckoo Song, and Orbiting Jupiter. […]