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Another Year-End List, with STATS!

This is how I do statistical analysis. There's a better way, right?

The Kirkus list posted yesterday, and it’s a whopper: a full 100 books.

Happily, since we’re talking 100, I can do some statistical analysis!

We had 42% of the books on the Kirkus list on our own contender list from the beginning — that’s not yet half, but more than a third, which is not a bad overlap.

(I’m not listing all 42 titles, though.)

An additional 7% of the list are on our unofficial list of books we will cover if we can get them read in time — two for their Morris nods (Wonder Show and Love and Other Perishable Items), one for multiple Pyrite write-ins (In Darkness), and four because we’ve been hearing things (See You at Harry’s, Enchanted, although I started that and felt a bit meh, The Broken Lands, and Vessel).

We’re also adding two more to our unofficial list now, since Kirkus marks the second year-end recognition for Drama (also on the PW list) and My Name is Parvana (also on the SLJ list).

A further 11% of the list are books that one or more of us have already read and didn’t think rated a post. We don’t disagree that that these are (or at least could be argued as being) in the top 100 of the year, but we felt these were not close enough to the top of the pile to merit the extra time. That said, they might find their way into a post eventually, time permitting.

Of the remaining 38%, I see a fair number of series books, many of them books with a strong fan base but which no one is reading except as part of the larger body of work and which, statistically speaking, are such Printz longshots that they aren’t worth covering here. We’ll call the rest dark horses, and see if we see them again or if they are just outliers.


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, as long as all the things are books. 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.


  1. I’ve read Drama (you are talking about the graphic novel, right?) and I am pretty certain it’s not YA, more of MG. At my library it is shelved as MG as well.

  2. I’ve read Drama too, and I’d say it’s target audience is middle schoolers – which means that it could come in on Printz terms as being for 14 year olds. I liked it a lot, have recommended it widely, but I don’t think that it’s going to be a top contender, even without factoring in biases against graphic novels and books that skew very much towards the younger end of the Printz age range.

  3. I think DRAMA is definitely a youngish YA, certainly not middle grade. I commented in my review (and the author’s acknowledgments seem to bear this out) that the book felt much more like high school than middle school to me on multiple levels (characters, situations, setting)–my impression is that it’s based at least in part on the author’s high school experiences. It seems somewhat innocent, but is closer to reality for many kids and teens. It’s a good one for 11-15.

  4. ALA posted a press release yesterday with the Booklist Editors’ Choice Top of the List selections – DODGER by Pratchett is Top of Youth Fiction (which includes YA); THE FAIRY RING by Losure is Top of Youth Non-Fiction (and too young for the Printz), but my favorite choice is CODE NAME VERITY for Top of Audio! Looks like, according to their Twitter feed, the full Editors’ Choice lists will be posted online Tuesday, 12/18. Which will just leave the Bulletin on January 1st! It looks like VOYA doesn’t do a best list per se, but considers the books that receive Perfect 10s (5Q, 5P) throughout the year to be their Best List. I know some of you have far more experience with VOYA than I do though, so please correct that info as needed!

  5. Karyn Silverman says:

    Forget my stats — Kelly (of Stacked) did an AMAZING stat-filled post at the hub. Just go read that:

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