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Nickeled and Dimed: The Pyrite Printz Honor Vote

Well, we’ve got our winner, so now we need our honor books.

Procedure for honor books is almost, but not quite, the same as procedure for the winner.

All nominated titles are eligible, whether of not they received any votes in the voting rounds to determine the winner.

You may vote for up to four title, but do not need to vote for all four slots. Votes should be numbered and will be weighted — 7 points for first place, 5 for second, 3 for third, and 1 for fourth.

So go forth and vote! We’re down to the wire, but we’re also in the midst of ALA travel, so we’ll leave the poll open until… Saturday night, 8 pm-ish. Try to vote BEFORE reading all the results (Miriam, I’m looking at you!) if you want to more closely imitate RealCommittee practice, since they vote blind. Or read the results and do the math, as you choose!

Here’s the nominated title list, again, minus Pyrite winner Boxers & Saints:

17 & Gone, Nova Ren Suma
All the Truth That’s in Me, Julie Berry
Black Helicopters, Blythe Woolston
Charm & Strange, Stephanie Kuehn
Eleanor & Park, Rainbow Rowell
Rainbow Rowell
Far Far Away,
Tom McNeal
The Final Descent,
Rick Yancey
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock,
Matthew Quick
The Kingdom of Little Wounds,
Susann Cokal
March, Book 1,
John Lewis et al
The Midnight Dress,
Karen Foxlee
Marcus Sedgwick
More Than This,
Patrick Ness
Mortal Fire,
Elizabeth Knox
Sandra Neil Wallace
Period 8,
Chris Crutcher
Chris Lynch
Jim Ottaviani
Rose Under Fire,
Elizabeth Wein
September Girls,
Bennett Madison
Sorrow’s Knot,
Erin Bow
The Summer Prince,
Alaya Dawn Johnson
What the Heart Knows,
Joyce Sidman
Andrew Smith

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. You probably figured that out on your own, but we like to make it clear!

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. Hey! I always vote before reading the votes! That’s why I vote early, so I can then obsessively spreadsheet.

    So here we go:

    1. The Summer Prince
    2. The Kingdom of Little Wounds
    3. Rose Under Fire
    4. Midwinterblood

  2. 1. Black Helicopters
    2. Corner of White
    3. Far Far Away
    4. March

  3. 1. Far Far Away
    2. Rose Under Fire
    3. Winger
    4. Eleanor & Park

  4. 1. Winger
    2. Rose Under Fire
    3. Eleanor & Park
    4. Fangirl

  5. Walter Mayes says:

    1) Winger
    2) Black Helicopters
    3) March
    4) What the Heart Knows

  6. Caitlin L. Baker says:

    1) WINGER

  7. 1. Eleanor & Park
    2. September Girls
    3. The Summer Prince
    4. Rose Under Fire

  8. 1. Far Far Away
    2. Midwinterblood
    3. The Summer Prince
    4. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

  9. 1. September Girls
    2. The Midnight Dress
    3. Fangirl
    4. Black Helicopters

  10. Jonathan Hunt Jonathan Hunt says:

    4. FANGIRL

    • Jonathan Hunt Jonathan Hunt says:

      WHAT THE HEART KNOWS, got four starred reviews, was published for 12 and up, but never got discussed here. 🙁

      • Karyn Silverman says:

        Do you know, until you mentioned it, belatedly, in the nominations I hadn’t even heard of it. I rely on you to bully me into reading nonfiction, really — this one just slipped right by me, and no one took me to task in time 🙂 And I assumed it was a children’s book even when you did mention it. Bias, it’s a thing.

  11. 1. Eleanor & Park
    2. Summer Prince
    3. September Girls
    4. Rose Under Fire

  12. Karyn Silverman says:

    1. The Midnight Dress, Karen Foxlee
    2. The Summer Prince, Alaya Dawn Johnson
    3. September Girls, Bennett Madison
    4. Mortal Fire, Elizabeth Knox

    I hate weighting my honor votes.

  13. Jennifer R. says:

    1. Far Far Away
    2. Eleanor & Park
    3. Mortal Fire
    4. The Summer Prince

  14. 1) MORTAL FIRE

  15. Hannah Mermelstein says:

    1. Fangirl
    2. Eleanor and Park

    4. Far Far Away

    (Is that allowed? If not, just 1 & 2.)

  16. 1. Eleanor & Park
    2. The Summer Prince
    3. Winger
    4. All The Truth That’s In Me

  17. 1. Winger
    2. Midwinterblood
    3. More Than This
    4. September Girls

  18. Joy Piedmont says:

    1. Fangirl
    2. Eleanor & Park
    3. Black Helicopters

  19. 1. Mortal Fire
    2. Eleanor & Park
    3. Winger
    4. September Girls

  20. 1. Sorrow’s Knot
    2. Rose Under Fire
    3. September Girls


    4. The Summer Prince

  21. 1. Winger
    2. Midwinterblood
    3. Pieces

  22. 1. Fangirl
    2. Rose Under Fire
    3. Eleanor and Park
    4. More Than This

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