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What Are We Doing Here?

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Who will wear the crown? (cc-licensed photo by pyjama on Flickr)

It’s September, and that means we are relaunching for reals!

Welcome to Someday My Printz Will Come, where we kiss—I mean read!—all the frogs in the pond.

In case you just landed here — and welcome, if so! — here’s how it’s goes: we’re going to read. We’re going to write. We’re going to scour other blogs, bookstores, review journals, and our friend’s and colleague’s brains. We’re going to listen to you. And each week we’ll talk about some of this year’s eligible titles, or the conversations around those titles. We’ll do our best to bring you the kinds of conversations and reflections committee members might be having. We’ll gush, we’ll analyze, we’ll split hairs and and appreciate the amazing variety and wealth published in YA this year.

Hopefully, you’ll join the conversation too!

And eventually, we’ll test our assessments and predictive skills with a Pyrite Printz. It’s never too soon to start building a case, so get out those sticky notes and start collating evidence for the books on your shortlist, because we’ve already started.

Pucker up and join the fun!

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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. Jen J. (Formerly Jen B.) says:

    I remember earlier this season somebody remarking that they hadn’t read anything that really stood out and said “I am the Printz!” to them. I’ve just finished updating my star spreadsheet (I know they’re doing The Stars So Far over at Shelf Talker, but I like having my own data that I can manipulate about) with all the August journals and what’s interesting is that, in terms of stars at least, we seem to be well ahead of last year.

    Last year for the entire year, there were only 2 titles that got 6 stars. This year, we’re already at 5. Now, two of those are picture books that I think we can call ineligible by audience, but the other three are Code Name Verity, The Fault in Our Stars, and Seraphina – all easily eligible.

    5 star books there were 11 total last year and we’re only at 4 this year (with two picture books again leaving The Brides of Rollrock Island and Moonbird by Hoose which is on the lower edge of the age range, but still solidly there).

    4 star books however show 34 total for the entire year last year, but we’re already at 35 for this year. Of those 35, 15 or 16 are probably in the age range.

    Looks like a good year for stars. I’m interested to hear if people still feel like there’s not so much out there Printz-wise or if things have moved up in people’s estimation since whenever that comment was made (I looked for it, but could not find it – I hope I didn’t imagine it!). Numbers of course are subject to any errors I might have made and this is all keeping in mind the discussion we’ve had of stars vs. Printz and the little to no correlation between them, but since we’re still using the 3 star rule for auto-contenders I thought this might be of interest.

  2. Here’s where you might have read the disparaging comments about lack of Printz-worthy titles, Jen J. (Congratulations on your wedding! Woot!)

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