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August 1, 2014

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Predictions! Picks! Probable Mistakes!

Predictions! Picks! Probable Mistakes!

Not that we ever get these right, but here goes. Karyn’s Picks: I’m going to start with the if if I had my druthers list: 5 books I both love AND support (mostly), in no particular order: The Summer Prince, Alaya Dawn Johnson: I know this is divisive. I also recognize that it is indeed [...]

The Votes Are In — But the Winner Isn’t!

The Votes Are In — But the Winner Isn’t!

You voted, and we have the results. And… we’ll be voting again shortly, because we also have a tie. But before we dip into the results, a few words: Thank you! For playing along with us, for voting, for reading the blog, but mostly for caring about these books. Although only one book will win [...]

Reality Boy and More Than This and Black Helicopters, oh my!

Reality Boy and More Than This and Black Helicopters, oh my!

A few final books we wanted to squeeze in: Reality Boy, which received some buzz early in the year but seems to have fallen off everyone’s radars despite three year-end Best lists; More Than This, a book that has picked up some traction recently as a buzz book and potential contender; and Black Helicopters, which [...]

All the Truth That’s In Me

All the Truth That’s In Me

Another guest post, this time on a book that has been getting a ton of positive press. Guest poster Maureen Eichner is a children’s assistant at a public library in the Indianapolis area. She has excellent taste in fantasy and is a thoughtful careful reader, so after reading and replying to this, do take a [...]

The Dream Thieves

The Dream Thieves

We put out a call asking for interested parties to take a shot at making the case for their top book of the year, and today, occasional guest poster Clair Segal is back to do just that. Or sort of that, because she’s taken on a challenge: talking about a second book in a series. [...]

Roundup: Girls in Crisis

Fat Angie

Double feature crisis show! Today we’ve got not one but two — TWO! — reviews for the price of one click. Really, these two books — Fat Angie and 17 & Gone — have very little in common, but they are both March pubs and have some thematic overlap, dealing as they do with girls [...]

Book List

Book List

Wanna know what we’re planning to write about this year? We looked at that super long list (which grew longer as others tossed more titles in) and we thought about it. And you know, a lot of those books are great reads, but they aren’t really worth in-depth discussion. So we’ve narrowed it down. A [...]

Pyrite Honors!

The results are in, and opening the honor vote to the larger list made for some interesting shifts in some of the votes — although not statistically significant shifts when it comes to the actual Pyrite* honor slate. ALA definitely affected our voter pool (another note for next year, get all the voting done by [...]

Our Very Best & Most Excellent Guesses Ever For Tomorrow

Our Very Best & Most Excellent Guesses Ever For Tomorrow

(Housekeeping note: we are still compiling the honor book votes, so look for that post shortly.) We’re going to make some predictions for tomorrow. They will, doubtless, be wrong: never has there ever been a cat so clever committee that didn’t surprise, well, everyone. But we’re not just wildly guessing here either. Or, not entirely, [...]

And the Silver Goes To…

Honor Vote Time! Honor book voting policies are weirdly absent from the RealCommittee P&P, but we checked in with a number of friends and colleagues, including at least one former RealCommittee Chair and one former RealCommittee Admin Assistant to make sure we had it down. And so we are ready to put the honor book [...]

The Votes Are In!

Before we say anything else, or share shiny data, and definitely before we name the book that gets the Pyrite* medal (which, really, would be more of a paperweight), we want to say thank you. Thank you, of course, for reading the blog. But mostly, and most importantly, thank you for caring about YA literature. [...]

Top 5(s)

Top 5(s)

Hopefully you’ve already voted for the Pyrite Printz* (if you haven’t, do so!), but maybe you had some Printz picks that didn’t make that shortlist? Well, so do we. So we thought we’d fill these final hours before the Pyrite polling closes by talking about our top 5s. And as we talked through our lists, [...]

Voting Time!

The time has come (as the Walrus said) to make some hard decisions. We have 10 titles we’ve voted for already. These are the cream of the crop, the best of the best, the (drumroll) Pyrite* Shortlist! But only one can wear the (fool’s) gold, and it’s time to decide which one. A note on [...]

Pyrite Redux: Recently Reviewed Nominees

Pyrite Redux: Recently Reviewed Nominees

We’ve been bringing the Pyrite* books back up for a second round of discussion, but a number of them were discussed so recently — and with their Pyrite nominations in mind — that it seems silly to post again about each one. However, we didn’t want anyone to forget what makes these books at the [...]

Code Name Verity, Pyrite Redux

Code Name Verity, Pyrite Redux

Karyn has been talking about Code Name Verity all year, starting with a teaser in her March 19th post (a post that wasn’t even about books we’d been reading, mind you). And despite a few other top contenders, this is the one that seems to have all the love, pulling the most votes when we [...]

Every Day, Pyrite Redux

Every Day, Pyrite Redux

In early December, Sarah reviewed David Levithan’s Every Day. At the time, Sarah said, “It’s ambitious storytelling; Levithan is balancing a lot of factors (many characters; a story about first love; a story about, well, a body snatcher who has no physical form) and the elements come together gracefully.” She also pointed out some issues [...]

Seraphina, Pyrite Redux

Seraphina, Printz Redux

In November, Karyn found a lot to say about Seraphina. In addition to being like tasty, delicious soup (that made sense in Karyn’s post, really), Hartman’s debut novel improves on reread. After her third go around with the text, Karyn raved about the complicated mystery that pulls the reader along (first read’s joy); the impeccable, [...]

Drowned Cities, Pyrite Redux

Drowned Cities, Pyrite Redux

In November, Sarah reviewed Drowned Cities, from her admittedly biased perspective. At the time, she praised the thematic depth: “It … explores what it means to be human, our inescapable need to create packs — and why we have to leave them. Bacigalupi scrutinizes humanity’s tendency to act monstrously, our insistence that we are civilized [...]

The Fault in Our Stars, Pyrite Redux

The Fault in Our Stars, Pyrite Redux

Back in September, Sarah reviewed The Fault in Our Stars. At the time, she said, “When you add the serious subject matter, the thoughtful treatment of said subject matter, the memorable characters, and the five-hanky tear-jerker of a plot, you know there’s a lot to talk about in terms of Printz-worthiness.” She went on to [...]