We’re at the time of year when every day seems to bring us a new list — the past 24 hours alone saw Horn Book’s Fanfare, NPR’s (new! fun!) Book Concierge, and the Morris Award shortlist. And while I’m not a data junkie, I like lists. I like cross-referencing, comparing, seeing how the end-of-year lists [...]
I had hoped to post this before the NBA was announced, but fate (and also one very lively 6-year-old) intervened, and then intervened some more. Regardless, here’s a verbatim transcript of my thinking when I finished Boxers & Saints: Wow. Also, hmmm. I read the two volumes back to back in the intended order, and [...]
The Kingdom of Little Wounds, Susann Cokal Candlewick Press, October 2013 Reviewed from ARC I wanted to like this. I mean, it’s huge, it’s about my favorite general period in history, it uses a fairy tale motif throughout, it’s got a stunning package, and people whose opinions I respect say this is an it book [...]
September Girls, Bennett Madison HarperTeen, May 2013 Reviewed from final copy and e-book I’ve got a short shortlist. September Girls is on it. Where to start? Much was made just after publication about the sexism of September Girls (do you need links? I found no professional reviews taking this side of the discussion, so I’d [...]
Paper Valentine, Brenna Yovanoff Razorbill, January 2013 Reviewed from final copy Rereading Paper Valentine, I saw a lot of Printz-worthy elements. In fact, there’s a serious contender here. Except for one small problem: it’s two stories jammed into one book, and only one of those two is contender material. Let’s talk about the good stuff [...]
Two Boys Kissing, David Levithan Alfred A. Knopf. August 2013 Reviewed from ARC Sometimes a book packs such an emotional whammy that every other aspect becomes irrelevant to 99.9% of the readers. Two Boys Kissing is seriously packing. Before I go any further, a disclaimer: I just read this for the first time last week. [...]
Wild Awake, Hilary T. Smith Katherine Tegen Books, May 2013 Reviewed from ARC Nominate in haste, repent at leisure? Well, not quite. But… I’m not entirely surprised no one, in effect, seconded this one. Wild Awake is a debut, and while I don’t have a full sense of the year’s debut slate, from what I’ve [...]
The Different Girl, Gordon Dahlquist Dutton Children’s, Feb 2013 Reviewed from ARC Let’s talk about voice (bay-bee), because this book features one of the strongest I’ve come across. (And before you hit the jump, please remember that we do spoilers here. All the time. So if you are reading on and you haven’t read the [...]
Everyone’s seen the NBA long list, yes? Five titles are what I would consider firmly children’s and not within the Printz purview. Of the other five, four were on our own longlist the other day, have garnered several stars, and are the books people* are generally speaking about. (*people in this case=book people with a [...]
Well, Labor Day has come and gone, which means our labors are beginning again! Which means it’s time to say: Welcome to Someday My Printz Will Come, 2013 edition. The purpose of this blog is to speculate, with textual evidence, about books that are potential contenders for YALSA’s Michael L. Printz Award, given annually to [...]
For many young adult literature aficionados, the highlight of the American Library Association’s annual summer conference is the ticketed reception for the Printz Awards. A central theme emerged at this year’s celebration: the power of storytelling and its ability to connect kids to larger truths about the world.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Margaret A. Edwards Award, given by the Young Adult Library Services Association in honor of work that makes a “significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature.” The award, which is sponsored by SLJ, was presented Saturday to Tamora Pierce for her “Song of the Lioness” and “The Protector of the Small” series. As the featured speaker at the event, the feisty and mischievous Pierce did not disappoint.
Suggestions for 2013 books have been flowing in, and I’ve been thinking a lot about how we find books, and how we create the contender list that we post come the on-season in September. (A brief housekeeping note: unlike our fellow award bloggers over at Heavy Medal and Calling Caldecott, we won’t go totally dark [...]
Ok, so we’re a month plus into 2013 and I’ve finally, finally! started a 2013 title. (Just One Day, by Gayle Forman, in case you wondered.) And now I need to decide what to read next. So let’s talk 2013 publications that belong on the contenda list already, whether for critical acclaim (by which I [...]
The following stream of consciousness reflects my real time responses while watching the YMAs; I liveblogged through the YALSA portion of the morning. For those seeking actual information, the ALA Press Release is the place to go. Trying to liveblog here. This might be an Epic Fail, but doing my best! Lots of good stuff [...]