The Pyrite Printz* nomination period is drawing to a close!
Nominations are scheduled to close Wednesday, 11/28.
You may nominate any YA title published in the US in 2012. You may only nominate one book. Ready? Head over to the original nomination post to nominate via commenting.
Straw polling/ranking/winnowing will take place on 11/29-30, with the goal of posting the shortlist (10 titles) on 12/1. Use December wisely to read and marshal your arguments! We’ll discuss each book in early January, and the final vote will happen probably over Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, the weekend before the ALA Midwinter conference and the Youth Media Awards announcements.
Read on for the formal nominations thus far.
We have 18 nominations as of this moment, but we know there are a few people holding out in hopes that someone else will nominate something; hold out until the last minute if you must, but be sure to get your nomination in before they close! Here are the 18, in order of nomination. For those books we’ve already written up, I’ve linked to the post; everything else except #12 was at least on the contenda list, so a write-up is already scheduled. And we’re trying to track down a copy of #12 right now so that we can add it to the queue!
Oh! And for those keeping track of these things, 9 of these titles are from the first half of the year, and 9 from the second half. I was totally anticipating more bias towards more recent or upcoming and hotly anticipated titles, but apparently as a group we are beyond such seasonal whims. So far, anyway.
- Code Name Verity
- The Diviners
- The Brides of Rollrock Island
- The Disenchantments
- The Fault in Our Stars
- Keeping the Castle
- The Raven Boys
- Personal Effects
- Various Positions
- Every Day
- Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone
- Ask the Passengers
- Days of Blood and Starlight
- Graffiti Moon
For straw polling purposes, we’re going to put the three 6-out-of-6-stars books onto the shortlist without opening it up for discussion. Those titles are The Fault in Our Stars, Seraphina, and Code Name Verity. In the end, we may as a group determine that they don’t deserve the Pyrite, and the RealCommittee may decide they don’t deserve the gold (or even the silver), but given our purpose in this blog it would be criminal not to discuss these titles very seriously before we decide, given the vast critical acclaim. (And although no one has actually nominated it yet, we might put add Bomb as the one serious contenda in nonfiction, which it seems to be. We’re still debating that, but we think it will be a more rousing conversation if we have a nonfiction title in the mix.)
Finally, in the interest of keeping the whole thread in one place, please make sure you post nominations on the Pyrite Post (by which I mean the post ABOUT the Pyrite, because an actually Pyrite Post would be foolish indeed); I’m leaving comments open over here for now, for any process related conversation, but I’ll close them if it gets too confusing.
Thanks for playing!
**The Pyrite Printz, or Pyrite, is the Someday My Printz Will Come mock Printz deliberation, and should not in any way be confused with YALSA’s Michael L. Printz Award, often referred to here as the RealPrintz or Printz. Our predictions, conversations, and speculation about potential RealPrintz contenders and winners reflect only our own best guesses and are not affiliated with YALSA or the RealPrintz committee.