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Kirkus Finalists

The Kirkus Prize finalists list dropped last week. It only covers books pubbed in the first three quarters of the year, and the pool is any book that has received a Kirkus star (which, tbh, isn’t as rare as people think). Only two YA titles are in the running this year: everyone’s favorite (deservedly so) The Hate U Give and sleeper The Marrow Thieves, which received the rarest of rare accolades: a “highly recommended” from Debbie Reese (the author identifies as Métis, based on an interview I read with her).

The Marrow Thieves sounds fascinating, but wasn’t on our list (one star and a small press means limited buzz). Now I’m bumping it up my to-read and wondering who else has read it?

Goodbye Days

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Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner
Crown Books for Young Readers, March 2017
Reviewed from an ARC

And now it’s somehow time to speculate about Printz? How can that be?? Ready or not, though, here we are, and it’s time to read, review, debate, and decide! (I am sure many of you are far more ready than me, so I hope you’ll jump right in!)

First up on my list is Zentner’s sophomore title. It’s got two stars — which of course means nothing for Printz, but is something we consider when building our initial list —  and with his Morris win last year, odds are RealCommittee is giving this book a thorough and thoughtful read (and re-read). Like his previous effort, this is an ambitious novel that asks big questions, has relatable characters, sharp dialogue, and a story that gives All The Feels. They’ll have a lot to discuss. [Read more…]

At the Edge of the Universe

At the Edge of the UniverseAt the Edge of the Universe, Shaun David Hutchinson
Simon Pulse, February 2017
Reviewed from ARC
Two stars

2017 is zipping along at a brisk pace and it’s hard to believe that it’s already time to talk Printz. This time last year, I was reviewing Shaun David Hutchinson’s We Are the Ants. Hutchinson’s latest, At the Edge of the Universe is a spiritual twin to his previous novel and today we’ll see if it has what it takes to be a Printz contender.

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A List of Cages

Before I dive into the first review of the year, a few housekeeping notes.

We are, as we have been doing, plan to review in roughly chronological order. So for the next month, we’ll focus on Q1 books, those published between January and March 2017. We’re not going to be super strict about this — sometimes we’ll bump a book up or hold it, for example if we think it goes well with something else, or if we have’t read it and end up circling back to it. But we’re hoping this will make it more likely that people who don’t have amazing ARC/galley access will have read books we discuss by the time we discuss them.

In the past, we’ve always shared a list — more recently, an abbreviated list of 25 titles. It’s always sort of arbitrary (although I could tell you already the 10 books I am pulling for hardest). We’re tempted to skip it this year — but we’ll defer to reader opinion. Let us know.

And of course, as always, we are reviewing specifically for Printz speculation, which means we’re mostly looking for what’s wrong with books — because in the end it’s an elimination game, and being a great book isn’t enough.

Now, on to the first review of the year.

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How ‘Bout that NBA Longlist?

CC-licensed image by The Meeting Place North, UK

CC-licensed image by The Meeting Place North, UK

So the NBA longlist came out the other day, and it is full of goodness. 80% YA! YA that skews up, even. And lots of #ownvoices. Basically, made of win, and made of adding books to our pile, because I confess that What Girls Are Made of was not on my radar.

Oh yeah, also — Someday is back, ready for another season of wild Printz speculation and opinionated chatter about YA literature, and we’re so happy you’re here with us. We’ll start our usual reviews on Monday, but in the meantime we’d love to know: what are you pulling for this year?

Looking Ahead to 2018

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(Image thanks to Spell with Flickr)

The YMA dust has settled (even if nothing else has, or seems likely to) and so we’re turning our attention to the bright spots of 2017: the books we can’t wait to get our hands on, with special attention for the ones that seem likely to be on the 2018 RealCommittee’s reading list.

I’ve got my to-read shelf already building up of books I’m anticipating, mostly new books by already beloved authors, some of which seem likely Printz potentials.  What’s on your radar? Comments are open: let’s start building our collective reading list.

In the Room Where the Livestream Happens

Screen Shot 2017-01-23 at 8.56.38 AMWhew! The MTA was determined to thwart me this morning, but I made it in just before Julie Todaro took the stage, and I’ve got my livestream running.

(I didn’t mind being #alaleftbehind until this morning, when I felt so frustrated that the world outside ALA doesn’t stop everything for the YMAs!)

Sarah and Joy are still en route to their workplaces, watching while commuting, but they’ll chime in if possible, and I’ll be writing while we watch. YAY YMAs!

(tl; dr: Comments are open so let’s debrief togther! The complete press release can be accessed here.)

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We FINALLY have a Pyrite slate!

pyrite 2017Believe it or not, we started our Pyrite voting eleven days ago. We have finally, FINALLY reached the end of the road though and we have a Pyrite slate!

If you’ve been playing along from the beginning, you know that The Passion of Dolssa emerged victorious from the two rounds of winner voting. After the first round of honor voting, The Lie Tree had a runaway lead over the rest of the books vying for honors, six of which were too close to call. And now, we have three more to add to our slate:

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Our 2017 Picks & Predictions

We’re less than a week out from the YMAs. Which means we’re less than a week from tears — of sorrow and of glee — and from the temptation to ask impossible questions like “why” and “what the hell happened to book X”.

But hang on.

The Monday morning quarterbacking is a time-honored tradition in library land as in sports, and I would never take it away. However, let’s not forget that 9 committee members, plus the administrative assistant and the Booklist consultant, worked their tails off all year to bring us Monday’s winners. Their choice may not agree with our choices. We may harbor bitter resentment as a result. But they still made the right choice. And we can’t wait to find out what it is!

So let’s take a moment to say a big collective thank you to the RealCommittee for their hard work and for the arduous weekend they have coming up. Sitting in that room letting go of books you love and listening to others, valuing their wisdom over your own heart, talking for hours on ending looking to reach a consensus — it’s not easy, and it caps a year of close, thoughtful, intensive reading. So THANK YOU, RealCommittee! We can’t wait to hear what you have in store for us on Monday.

Now that we’ve acknowledged that RealCommittee is always right, you might be wondering: how often are we equally right?

As a collective, we’ve been on fire: the Pyrite has accurately predicted the RealPrintz winner for two years running! Last year we tanked on our honor predictions, though, whereas for 2014, we’d collectively predicted two of the four named honor books in addition to the winner. In short, if Dolssa wins the RealPrintz this year, we all officially rock at this.

On a more individual level, for the 2016 award all three of your Someday blogging team accurately predicted we’d see Bone Gap in the winner’s circle, but, like the collective, we 100% failed to predict either of last year’s honor titles. For 2015, we had less consensus but a fair amount of accurate predictions overall: Karyn predicted This One Summer and Grasshopper Jungle; Joy predicted I’ll Give You the Sun and Grasshopper Jungle; and Sarah predicted I’ll Give You the Sun and This One Summer. For 2014, Joy and Karyn both predicted Midwinterblood, and Joy had Eleanor & Park on her personal picks.

So now the 2017 fun continues. This post, our annual picks and predictions — heart books and head books — is one of our favorites to write. It’s a chance to consider everything the year has offered and weigh the books against each other. It’s kind of like the Pyrite, except there weren’t we all mixing head and heart just a bit?

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Pyrite: Here We Go Again…

You asked, so we’re going for it! Let’s take one last crack at the honor vote because we’re clearly a Pyrite committee that needs help to make up its mind. As Karyn noted in the results postThe Lie Tree has a huge lead over the other titles which is no surprise considering how close it was to winning the Pyrite.

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Points spread for the first round of honor voting.

A second honor vote including The Lie Tree is likely to yield similar results with a significant lead for that almost-Pyrite winner so we’re removing it from the equation for this round (because this is our mock process and we want answers!). Since there are three Pyrite honor spots left, only the following books will be eligible:

We Are the Ants
Still Life With Tornado
Female of the Species
Scythe
March Book 3
The Sun is Also a Star

In the previous round of honor voting, We Are the Ants has only 6 points more than The Sun is Also a Star. That means we have six books that are too close in consensus (number of voters) and passion (first and second place votes) to declare three definitive winners. (If you’re interested in the previous round’s point spread, take a look at the image above.)

Voting will work similarly to last round but remember, do not list a fourth book! Other things to keep in mind:

  • Voting will happen in the comments.
  • You may only vote for three of the six titles listed (above).
  • Votes are weighted, so number them 1-3; pointing is 5/3/1.
  • You can vote for up to 3 books but don’t need to vote all spots; however, you can’t skip spots (so if you only vote for two books, they get 5 and 3 points, respectively).
  • We recommend voting BEFORE looking at any other responses to avoid the temptation to do math and strategize — because the RealCommittee can’t, so it’s maybe a little bit like cheating?
  • Polls will stay open until Thursday early afternoon, with the goal of posting results that evening or Friday morning, just in time for everyone to be in Atlanta and way more preoccupied with Monday’s YMAs.

Thanks for playing; we’ll see you in the comments!