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Ch-ch-ch-changes

I spent an inordinate amount of time pondering titles for this post. Which pop culture reference to use? Changes? Or the infamous “We’re ba-ack“?

Both are appropriate, but in the end, change seemed the bigger theme.

And both are part of our excuse for the past two weeks of radio silence, although there was also the catching up on everything we’d let slide in those heady days leading up to the YMA announcements.

Also, for me, there was the prolonged period of mourning, what with the massive lack of love for Chime. Tempered, it must be noted, with victory dances over The Returning and occasional staring contests with my still-unfinished copy of Jasper Jones, which is getting a bit cheeky now that it has a sticker.

But I digress.

The point, dear readers, is that changes are afoot. Exciting changes. Changes we hope will make you rejoice much as they have made us rejoice.

So let’s look at these changes.

First: That two-week silence? That was our hiatus. We were going to go dark for seven months, and then emerge phoenix-like in September with a list of 25-40 titles on the 2013 contender list.

Only we noticed something this year. To whit: it’s freakin’ hard to read a list that long in only five months. And we want reader feedback. Sure, I love getting to play it all smart and tell you why I think a book deserves some shine (or not), but what we really want is discussion and debate and thoughtful challenges. Which are hard when none of us are reading the same piles.

Also? Phoenixes hatch in flames. And flames are not really the friend of books.

So we’re going to dial it back a bit, but we’re sticking around. We won’t be doing in-depth analysis a la the last few months until September, when we can have some sense of the year as a whole, but in the meantime we’ll let you know what we’re reading and what we’re hearing buzz about. We’ll try to attend as many publisher previews as possible (New York City is such a wonderful place to be a librarian! I feel blessed every time I get to attend a publisher preview or event), and share highlights and potential contenders and amusing anecdotes and low-quality pictures snapped with our phones.

We’ll probably post about once a week during the slow season, but comments will be open and we’re looking forward to hearing what you all are reading, hearing about, loving, hating, and so on, and then in September it will be back to business more or less as it has been, except that we’re hoping to be a bit more formal in our Mock Printzing as well.

Second: this one is even more exciting! Sarah and I are thrilled to announce that we are being joined by Sophie Brookover, fresh off the 2012 Printz Committee! Sophie will post a longer introduction in the next few weeks, but we are delighted to have her on board and very pleased to have someone with a greater appetite for certain genres (cough-realistic fiction-cough).

So that’s the news, and we hope you are as happy as we are. Let us know if there’s anything else we should add to our off-season topics, and please take a moment to welcome Sophie!

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About Karyn Silverman

Karyn Silverman is the High School Librarian and Educational Technology Department Chair at LREI, Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School (say that ten times fast!). Karyn has served on YALSA’s Quick Picks and Best Books committees and was a member of the 2009 Printz committee. She has reviewed for Kirkus and School Library Journal. She has a lot of opinions about almost everything (except current events, because she’s too busy reading YA literature to follow the news). Said opinions do not reflect the attitudes or opinions of SLJ, LREI, YALSA or any other institutions with which she is affiliated. Find her on Twitter @InfoWitch or e-mail her at karynsilverman at gmail dot com.

Comments

  1. May I be the first to say YIPPEEE! I am so stoked for this blog ride. This is already shaping up to be a stellar year for books, and promises to be an exciting award season.

  2. P.S. Yay, Sophie!

  3. Angela Carstensen Liz B says:

    Hurrah, Sophie!

  4. Beth S says:

    Excellent. Looking forward to taking part in the discussion via comments this year! Also relieved that Sophie will still be pointing out books I should be reading ;-)

  5. I’m glad the radio silence was so brief. :-) I look forward to hearing about noteworthy YA books all year!

  6. Stacy says:

    Hurrah! Congrats, Sophie! And Karyn and Sarah…I’m interested in hearing the slow buzz this year!

  7. tess says:

    Hooray! This became one of my favourite blogs over the last Printz season, and I’m so glad it’s back! And welcome, Sophie!

  8. Sophie Brookover says:

    Thanks, everyone! I’m so beyond excited about joining the Someday My Printz Will Come team, and very touched by the video reference to my longtime boyfriend, Mr. David Jones. I may or may not be working on a list of books to cover for the blog already. What? That’s not weird!

  9. Wonderful! Glad you’ll be sticking around.

  10. So happy to see that the blog is sticking around! And that you’ve got a special team member to hit that realistic fiction hard, lol. I’ll admit it’s not my favorite either. But my student’s LOVE it. Still trying to get through The Summer I Turned Pretty series…any day now…lol

  11. Mary Beth Rossetti says:

    So excited to see you’ll be continuing! Just logged on because I finally read Everyone Sees the Ants and I wanted to reread your review. This news just makes my day!

  12. Anne Duncan says:

    These changes are good ones. Reading all year to build to a big finish sounds like a great plan. Everybody will be so smart.

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