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The NBA Winner!

As I’m sure you all know, last night was the NBA banquet (gala?). And the winner in the Young People’s category was… the one not YA candidate! I was so sure it would be a YA book that I scheduled myself to write a reaction post. And now I find myself with nothing to say.

I was really convinced the award would go to one of the YA picks. In fact, when I was asked what I thought, I conceded that, having read only one of the shortlist titles, I probably didn’t get to have an opinion, but it surely wouldn’t be the token MG title, which was so clearly the outlier. Why do I ever make predictions? I am always wrong.

Whoops!

And I haven’t even read Goblin Secrets yet, because I’m pretty far behind on YA. Middle grade 2012 books are something I’ll look at in 2013. Or possibly when my kid is a middle grader, because there are just too many books! (She wails, melodramatically.) Fellow SLJ bloggers have read it, though, so check out Nina’s coverage on Heavy Medal or Liz’s on Tea Cozy for a sense of the book.

Anyway, so what I’m wondering is this: do we still need to read Endangered and Out of Reach? We added them to the contender list because they were on the NBA shortlist, although they hadn’t come up in any other context as likely candidates for the Printz, but none of us have read either of them yet (and because of the NBA nod, they are hard books to get hold of). Are they contenders? Why? And if not, why not?

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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. Angela Carstensen Liz B says:

    OUT OF REACH: I think this is a strong Morris contender; a good recommendation for readers who like realistic fiction and a different take on drug addiction (ie from the affected family members). Putting on my Printz lenses, I think there are some plotting flaws — a little too much going on during the 24 hours that the main character searches for her brother, if that makes sense. Tho, the intended reader will like all the stuff going on, I’m sure, so there’s that!

    ENDANGERED: Add it to the list for Printz possibilities. Extremely strong writing in terms of style, character, setting, and plotting.

  2. Angela Carstensen Liz B says:

    Ha, just checked my review for OUT OF REACH and noted the tight plotting. Here is the thing: it is tightly plotted in that it all takes place over 24 hours, and Arcos does a great job of using flashbacks to fill in enough backstory while moving forward during those 24 hours. My “but” is that I think too much happens in those 24 hours, if that makes sense.

  3. Cecilia says:

    I agree with Liz. OUT OF REACH didn’t impress me as being quite distinguished enough for the Printz, but I think ENDANGERED is a contender.

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