February 20, 2017

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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 […]

Can Lightning Strike Twice?

Previous winners, new books… Sometimes it means the magic has happened again, and a lucky (well, and talented) author will receive a second (or third) golden P sticker. More often, the magic doesn’t happen again, but previous winners have a proven track record so it’s a pretty sure bet anything from a previous winner received […]

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 […]

SPONSORED: Rainbow Rowell’s Epic Love Story, “Carry On,” Is Finally Here

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Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, and a mystery. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story— but far, far more monsters.

SPONSORED: Free Advance Reader’s Copies for All*

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Librarians can request complimentary copies of SANCTUARY BAY, IN REAL LIFE, and FIRSTS—three Winter 2016 Griffin Teen titles about fitting in, falling in love, and finding out who you really are.

SPONSORED: Join Macmillan (Adult) at 2015 ALA Annual

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Macmillan (Adult) invites librarians attending the 2015 ALA Annual Meeting in San Francisco to visit their booth (#1009) and attend teen-friendly and YA-focused events. NOTE: This content was sponsored and contributed by Macmillan.

SPONSORED: Score Advance Reader’s Copies of Marie Marquardt’s “Dream Things True”

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If you’re an active librarian in the United States, you can request a complimentary advance reader’s copy of Marie Marquardt Dream Things True, a YA novel about a wealthy Southern boy and an undocumented Mexican girl who fall in love in their hostile Georgia town. NOTE: This content was sponsored and contributed by Macmillan.

SPONSORED: Get Advance Reader’s Copies of Simon P. Clark’s “Tell the Story to Its End”

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If you’re an active librarian in the United States, you can request an advance reader’s copy of Simon P. Clark’s haunting debut, Tell the Story to Its End from St. Martin’s Press. NOTE: This content was sponsored and contributed by Macmillan.

SPONSORED: Hello Texas! Visit Macmillan/Griffin Teen at TLA Annual in Austin, April 14–17

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The Macmillan/Griffin team can’t wait to see librarians in Austin at the Texas Library Association Annual Conference in just a few short weeks! Peruse the program early and then join them in the exhibit hall in the Macmillan Adult booth #1359. NOTE: This content was sponsored and contributed by Macmillan.

SPONSORED: More Fun Than a Basket of Kittens, YA Titles from Macmillan

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It’s time for the annual list of teen and YA-OK titles. And of course we’re more excited than a basket of kittens in yarn to share these favorites with you! NOTE: This content was sponsored and contributed by Macmillan.

SPONSORED: We Love YA Griffin Teen | Spring Titles Now Available on Edelweiss

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Eleanor & Park is now available as an eBook! And in other exciting news, our Spring YA title list is ready and available on Edelweiss, and you can be pre-approved to download all of Macmillan’s e-galleys. NOTE: This content was sponsored and contributed by Macmillan.

Review: All Our Pretty Songs

Review: All Our Pretty Songs

All Our Pretty Songs by Sarah McCarry. St. Martin’s Griffin. 2013. Review copy from publisher. The Plot: Two girls, best friends since they were born. Sharing so much: heartaches, family, music. They are not identical, no, but rather they complement each other. “Aurora breaks hearts, and I paint pictures.” Aurora drinks her nights away, knowing […]

RSVP Now: Breakfast with Rainbow Rowell at PLA 2014

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Breakfast with Rainbow Rowell—say what? If you’re going to PLA, keep Friday, March 14 open for the AAP Children’s Book & Author Breakfast and you might be asking Rainbow to please pass the croissants.

Fangirl — Finally!

Why isn’t Fangirl getting more Printz buzz? It’s earned five stars and has appeared on a couple best of 2013 lists. Is the subject too niche? Are readers putting all their support behind Eleanor & Park? Whitney Winn of Youth Services Corner did a useful roundup of Mock Printz lists. While E&P appeared on all nineteen […]

More Morris, or Rachel Hartman on Charm & Strange

More Morris, or Rachel Hartman on Charm & Strange

A few days ago on Twitter, Rachel Hartman (yes, you know, that Rachel Hartman, who brought us last year’s best debut — and one of last year’s best books, period), Seraphina, asked if we were doing a Morris shortlist roundup this year. The answer, sadly, was not really, because our Morris readership hasn’t been thorough […]

Review: Charm and Strange

Review: Charm and Strange

Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn. St. Martin’s Griffin. 2013. Library copy. Morris Shortlist. The Plot: Win, 16, is at a New England boarding school, physically distanced from his family in Virginia, emotionally distanced from his classmates. Flashbacks show him as an angry child, Drew, sometimes violent. Win has secrets. Secrets about who he was; […]

Pick of the Day: Fangirl | Audio

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Rowell’s follow-up (2013) to the fabulous Eleanor and Park (2013, both St. Martin’s Griffin) doesn’t disappoint.

Pick of the Day: Fangirl

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This charming coming-of-age novel tells the story of a painfully shy teen who prefers the fantasy world of fanfiction to reality.

Pick of the Day: Uses for Boys (Audio)

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Check out the starred review of the audiobook Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt, narrated by Emily Durante.

Pick of the Day: Eleanor & Park

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a quirky love story set against the pop culture of the 1980s