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Kirkus Finalists

The Kirkus Prize finalists list dropped last week. It only covers books pubbed in the first three quarters of the year, and the pool is any book that has received a Kirkus star (which, tbh, isn’t as rare as people think). Only two YA titles are in the running this year: everyone’s favorite (deservedly so) The Hate U Give and sleeper The Marrow Thieves, which received the rarest of rare accolades: a “highly recommended” from Debbie Reese (the author identifies as Métis, based on an interview I read with her).

The Marrow Thieves sounds fascinating, but wasn’t on our list (one star and a small press means limited buzz). Now I’m bumping it up my to-read and wondering who else has read it?

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. Looking over the Kirkus Prize winners and runner-ups from the past few years, there doesn’t seem to be any carryover to the Printz or vise versa. I do wonder, however, if the last quarter books just get lost or are they carried over to the next year?

    I, too, am curious of the Marrow Thieves. I haven’t heard of it at all. Must look into it.

  2. Link to the Kirkus Prize rules and process here:

    Their eligibility window is November 1 of the previous year to October 31 of the current year (with some additional wiggle room for what they review as Indie Books) – so yes Anne those fourth quarter books do roll over to the next year. They also specify that the finalists must consist of “two picture books, two middle-grade books, and two teen books” so there’s always several of the finalists unlikely to overlap.

    I have not read The Marrow Thieves, but would very much like to now that it has been brought to my attention

    Also, may I say how excited I am to you all back for the year? Yay!!

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