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We’re Out! But before We Go, let’s talk Printz 2016

We’re Out! But before We Go, let’s talk Printz 2016

Well, another season has come and gone, and emotions have ebbed and flowed and so many pages have been read! Before we disappear back into our regular lives, we wanted to say thank you for reading with us, disagreeing with us, and generally raising the bar on the conversation in every comment. We will miss […]

Liveblog & Monday Morning Quarterbacking

Liveblog & Monday Morning Quarterbacking

Well, here we are, YMA Day! I’ll be watching the award stream since I am sadly not in Chicago, and I’ll do some live reaction blogging for the YALSA portion of things. See you in the comments after for the Monday morning quarterbacking (on a Monday morning, no less!) Also, while there may be shock, […]

Dark Horses

Dark Horses

For our final review of the season, squashed in at the 11th hour, we bring you a quick and dirty final roundup to shed a little bit of love on some books that we never got to discuss at length but that we still think deserve a little attention. Bombay Blues, Tanuja Desai Hidier Scholastic/Push, […]

Pyrite Redux: Worlds in Flux

Pyrite Redux: Worlds in Flux

Our final three redux books are three of my own top books this year. They vary in length, in genre, in style, and more — indeed, in many ways I can’t imagine three more distinct titles. And yet, they have something essential in common (other than my appreciation, that is): all three are about moments […]

Pyrite Redux: What Doesn’t Kill You…

Pyrite Redux: What Doesn’t Kill You…

Today, let’s revisit two of our Pyrite 11 that both have at their cores events that forever change their protagonists. I am, of course, talking about Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun and Andrew Smith’s 100 Sideways Miles. When Joy first covered I’ll Give You the Sun, she praised the dual narration (duality of […]

Morris Nominations

Morris Nominations

YALSA’s Morris Award (technically the William C. Morris Debut Award) is a great showcase of strong new voices in the YA literature field. Often there are a few books we have had on our speculation list that end up being Morris finalists, because good writing is good writing. And, of course, sometimes the best writing […]

Picture Books for … Teens?

Picture Books for … Teens?

It’s rare that there are true all-ages picture books. This year, we have two of note. Both are beautiful, thought-provoking, unusual, and skew way up. All the way to adolescence and beyond. I’ll eat my hat if either receives a silver from the RealCommittee. Hell, I’ll eat all y’all’s hats. BUT. These are gorgeous books […]

Mock Printzing the Night Away

Mock Printzing the Night Away

Well, results are in for the Pyrite and for our local mock roster, and it’s interesting. Also, we have a winner! It will be interesting see if discussion knocks this one down in either final vote, but right now Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun is the runaway winner. The breakdown: Locally, our group […]

Was It the Timing?

Was It the Timing?

Usually the Pyrite nominations bring all y’all out of the woodwork, because it’s the moment to champion the books you’ve loved this year. So either we launched the 2015 Pyrite at a terrible time, right before the insanity of the holidays, or this year is a really dull year. Which is it? I’m guessing a […]

Mary Poppins Books

Mary Poppins Books

Almost three years ago, I talked about Mary Poppins books (practically perfect in every way). These are books that deserve stars and commercial acclaim and critical praise. They are in the top of the crop for the year, but they’re… a little thin. Like Mary Poppins, they appear and have their moment and then off […]

Egg & Spoon

Egg & Spoon

Egg & Spoon, Gregory Maguire Candlewick Press, September 2014 Reviewed from final copy What an ingenious little (okay, big) book this is. Maguire is at his best when he’s being sly and subverting tropes and expectations; he did it to genius effect in Wicked, which remains one of my favorite novels, and while his overall […]

Grasshopper Jungle

Grasshopper Jungle

This book. This book! I loved it. Also I hated it. It has amazing characters, and then it has crimes against female characters. It’s A Tale of Two Cities for me on this one — this book contains multitudes and also contradictions galore. It probably deserves an award, except when it doesn’t. There’s a reason […]

Pyrite Time, Once Again

Pyrite Time, Once Again

Here at Someday, we have a tradition (this is year three) of a Mock Printz which, in a fit of serious humor,* we styled the Pyrite Printz. (Get it? Because Pyrite is like gold but not? Also, alliterative.) As always, we are still (still!) reviewing serious contenders and reading away madly to catch up with […]

Drugged by Love?

Drugged by Love?

Love Is the Drug, Alaya Dawn Johnson Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic, September 2014 Reviewed from ARC So, I think I made it pretty clear last year that I really like Alaya Dawn Johnson’s style. She’s smart and she writes books that appeal to me as a reader. But if you dismiss this as just another fangirl […]

The List, Revisited (and Shorter!), Plus Thoughts on Other Lists

The List, Revisited (and Shorter!), Plus Thoughts on Other Lists

Oh lists, we love you so! And it’s open season for year end lists — PW’s early entry was followed by SLJ, and then Kirkus, NPR, the New York Times, and Horn Book all joined the fray. Plus the Morris and Excellence in Nonfiction finalists were made public. SO MUCH DATA. It’s amazing. So let’s […]

Books in Brief: Series

Books in Brief: Series

Some time in the next few days I’ll have a lot to say about the year end lists, and we’ll be going back and making some additional edits to our start of season list in light of time crunches and more data. Today, though, I’m taking a moment away from that madness to reflect on […]

Roundup: Books That Pass the Bechdel Test

Roundup: Books That Pass the Bechdel Test

For years in my teens and early twenties, I read chick-lit like it was going out of style. I didn’t mind the label or the candy colored covers or the many many headless women — I was young, and not in love, and these books filled a hunger. I now scorn the love triangle in […]

Why We Took the Car

Why We Took the Car

Why We Took the Car, Wolfgang Herrndorf (translated by Tim Mohr) Scholastic, January 2014 Reviewed from finished ebook I initially came across this one on Jen’s fabulous spreadsheet. Two stars doesn’t make it a must read, but I still haven’t quite recovered from The White Bicycle. It’s one thing to not have read a Printz […]

A Time to Dance

A Time to Dance

A Time to Dance, Padma Venkatraman Nancy Paulsen Books (Penguin), May 2014 Reviewed from ARC Joy referenced the #weneeddiversebooks movement a few posts back, when she talked about two black ballerinas, one fictional and one actual. In some ways, A Time to Dance could have been included in that post: it’s a book about a […]

The Gospel of Winter

The Gospel of Winter

The Gospel of Winter, Brendan Kiely Margaret K. McElderry (Simon & Schuster), January 2014 Reviewed from ARC It’s so hard when a book is completely admirable and worthy of discussion and yet I just can’t like it. Because now I’m torn between wanting lots of discussion on this and also wanting to move on to […]