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May the Best Book Finally Win!

Did you know that “It’s a Pyrite runoff” can TOTALLY be sung to the tune of “It’s the final countdown”?

I know. We make your world better every day. Anyway, voting is open for the Pyrite, AGAIN. For 25 hours only (until 7 pm EST Thursday), so please vote fast!

(Although if you’re going to be truly thoughtful and imitate RealPrintz process as much as possible, before you vote you’ll take a look at what’s been said about all the books again, starting with any comments on the results post and then clicking through titles as needed; many of these have also been written up elsewhere and truly thorough voters will poke around at other blogs and in professional review sources as well.)

Voting is weighted — vote in order from your top choice to your third choice, and number them to be sure. Only vote for books on this list! And may the best book win.

17 & Gone
All the Truth That’s In Me
Black Helicopters
Boxers & Saints (as a single entity)
Charm & Strange
A Corner of White
Eleanor & Park
Fangirl
Far Far Away
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
The Golden Day
The Kingdom of Little Wounds
The Midnight Dress
Midwinterblood
More Than This
Mortal Fire
Rose Under Fire
September Girls
Sorrow’s Knot
The Summer Prince
Winger

*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!

More Morris, or Rachel Hartman on Charm & Strange

Charm Strange cover More Morris, or Rachel Hartman on Charm & StrangeA few days ago on Twitter, Rachel Hartman (yes, you know, that Rachel Hartman, who brought us last year’s best debut — and one of last year’s best books, period), Seraphina, asked if we were doing a Morris shortlist roundup this year. The answer, sadly, was not really, because our Morris readership hasn’t been thorough enough. Out of that conversation came the following guest post, in which Rachel reviews Charm and Strange, the most Printz-buzzed of the Morris shortlist titles.

For those of you who don’t stalk follow Rachel on any social media, a few salient biographical details and some links: In addition to Seraphina (which won the Morris Award last year AND a Printz Honor) and also the author of the forthcoming sequel (in March 2015. I KNOW) Shadow Scale. She can, as mentioned, be found on Twitter, where she procrastinates, talks about music and writing, frequently makes me laugh, and is a general source of things that are Good. But if you really want all the details, you should head over to her website and blog, this month featuring Morris shortlist authors and books — in fact, she’ll be posting an interview with Stephanie Kuehn later today! But enough of the introduction and on with the write-up.

I asked Karyn whether y’all would be doing any kind of Morris roundup this year. She told me time was tight, so probably not. I’ve only read Charm & Strange from this year’s Morris list, but I volunteered to review it because I’m on deadline. My procrastination knows no bounds.

There will be spoilers ahead — to my great relief, since this is a difficult book to discuss without spoiling — but let me try to give you the spoiler-free condensed version first. I loved Charm & Strange, and that’s saying a lot. I’m a fantasy person. It takes a very special real-world, “problem” novel to keep my attention at all, let alone make me love it. This is an intensely painful book to read, however. In terms of awards, I don’t know. I never predict anything correctly. You could certainly write a multi-page paper on this book — or on the psychology, philosophy, and metaphor contained therein — and yet I don’t think I could bear to re-read it. I’m not sure how it would hold up if I did, since so much hinges upon the reader and Win discovering the truth together. Once all the terrible truths are revealed, is that all there is — and is that enough?

Come with me under the fold, and let’s dig into this thing!

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Voting Time

Well, it’s time to vote for the Pyrite!

So enter your votes — weighted, 1, 2, and 3 — below and have your say. Voting will be open until 1/22, with any runoff and honor book votes on 1/23, and then we’ll post the results on the eve of Midwinter, just in time to be completely and totally surprised by the RealPrintz results.

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Roundup: All the Books

Okay, not all the books, but three books for the price of one post: The Golden Day, Winger, and The Midnight Dress.

(It was going to be four books, because I stayed up way too late reading More Than This the other night, but I think I need to sit on that for another day or so before I can do it justice.)

Other than the facts that all three feature murders and have garnered three stars, these aren’t linked by anything other than that they needed to be talked about in the context of awards season.

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Pyrite Thoughts…

The clock is winding down and the YMAs are coming!

And in the two weeks since we posted the Pyrite nominations, we’ve covered even more books. I’m thinking it might be time to start lining them up against each other, in preparation for a vote that will open at the end of the week.

So while we’re not done with our writeups yet (we have about 10 books to squeeze into the next 10 days!), I’m taking tonight to push for more conversation. To keep it in one place, I’m keeping comments closed on this post (if I can figure out how. Just pretend they’re closed, would you?). Essentially, you can consider this a big BUMP for the 12/31 Pyrite Nominations Results, so head back over there and let’s really dig in!

Death and Love: Sorrow’s Knot & The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

Today, I’m talking about two books that are in my personal top 10 of the year. And both revolve around death and love, two primal, powerful pieces of life.

And they’re both fantastic.

Other than that, they’re really different, and I suspect neither of them has much chance at a Printz nod, which is sort of a shame.

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The Summer Prince, a Printz Indeed (says I)

The Summer Prince cover The Summer Prince, a Printz Indeed (says I)The Summer Prince, Alaya Dawn Johnson
Arthur A. Levine (Scholastic), March 2013
Reviewed from ARC and finished ebook

I’ve already gone on record saying that this is my personal frontrunner this year. It’s the book, above all other books, that worked for me as a reader and that I can support as a critic. If I were on the RealPrintz committee this year, I would have nominated this and I’d be passionately and loudly singing its praises in hopes that everyone could be convinced.

But in order to convince everyone, I need to marshal my arguments.

So here goes.

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Pyrite Nomination Results

Happy New Year!

Let’s kick off 2014 right, with the Pyrite nomination results. [Read more...]

Maggot Moon, a Literary David

Another guest post — it took a while for anyone to take us up on the offer, but when it rains, it pours! Maggot Moon is a fascinating book, one I admired greatly, and here to talk about its Printzly qualities is Barbara Moon. [Read more...]

A Corner of White

A Corner of White A Corner of WhiteA Corner of White (Book 1 of The Colors of Madeleine), Jaclyn Moriarty
Scholastic, April 2013
Reviewed from ARC and final ebook

This is a doozy of a book. Clair talked about the difficulties summing up a complex book like The Raven Boys, but that would be a breeze compared to this one. It’s crowded and strange and whimsical but sort of deadly serious and heavy too.

Also, four stars, three year-end lists, two turtledoves and one not-a-list.

Well, not the turtledoves. (The not-a-list is the NPR tagged and searchable assemblage of best titles.)

So does it have a chance? Or, as a fellow librarian asked, is this one of those books that gets stars just because the reviewers don’t know what else to do with it?

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