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Picnic at Random

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What a cheerful set up!

If you’ve never been to a preview before: it’s a chance for the editors to tell people about upcoming, exciting titles. Editors give quick descriptions and show cover art — not quite a booktalk, but almost. Publishers are also often generous enough to pass on ARCs of some of the titles they talk about.

Karyn and I were lucky enough to see the Random House preview. They’ve got a lot of great stuff coming out this spring. When any of us are able to make it to a preview, we promise to summarize what we hear about with an eye to the Printz.

Titles we think are worth tracking down: [Read more...]

2013: The Contenda List Begins Anew!

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Here at Someday, we are getting organized for a full year of reading and thinking. (A full year, you guys! Well, nearly a full year! Not just a few months, anyway! As an official Slow Percolator, I am feeling really happy about this! I will include a few more exclamation points in order to illustrate my feelings: !!!!!!!!!) Behind the scenes, we’re combing through catalogs, checking publisher websites, and getting our review sources in order.

Here’s some of what we’re keeping our eyes peeled for:

New stuff from past winners, including John Green’s The Fault in our Stars and Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Drowned Cities — man, am I curious to see what else he’ll have to say about his dystopic, scary world. Oooh, and new books from Walter Dean Myers and Libba Bray!

Of course there’s also the stuff that’s getting good buzz: Matthew Quick’s Boy21, Elizabeth Wein’s Code Name Verity, Jacqueline Woodson’s Beneath a Meth Moon all come to mind.

And I’m looking forward to tracking down Faith Erin Hick’s Friends with Boys. Oh, and Melina Marchetta’s sequel to Finnikin, Froi of the Exiles, is coming out, too!

Oooooh, and Stephanie Hemphill has a new title, Ron Koertge has coauthored a collection of fairy tale inspired short stories, there’s new stuff from Patrice Kindl and Nina LaCour… Like Elizabeth said, it’s already shaping up to be a fantastic year.

But what about you all? What’s on your pile? What are you determined to track down?

Round 1 Results, sort of!

Please note: this is a revised version of the post that went up at 2:30 this afternoon.

We will give a more detailed break down of the results with numbers and statistics and complex math shortly, but for now:

A Monster Calls and Chime are vying for the Pyrite medal, but the point spread between them is so narrow that we are doing a second vote. If you’ve read both of titles, please vote in our second poll so that we can declare a clear-cut winner!

Voting ends tonight at 7:30 8:30 PM, Eastern: new deadline based on 7:30 closing resulting in no tiebreak! This is close, but only one book can win. Once we have any sort of conclusion (come on, vote! Get others to vote!) we’ll let you know and post all the rest of the data as well.

Honor vote tomorrow, using the 8 finalists that are not Chime or A Monster Calls plus whichever of those doesn’t win.

Mock Printz

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Over at The Hub, YALSA has a great description of hosting a Mock Printz program. They’ve also got a nice Roundup post.

There are so many enthusiastic, dedicated librarians running these events around the country, it’s really inspiring. We thought we’d find a few more and see what the scattershot results can tell us. Everyone knows, Crystal Balls are polished with spreadsheets made up of Mock Printz results, right?

A lot of places tend to hold their mock events around this time, so we don’t have a ton of results yet. Between the links here and the ones at YALSA, I tried to see which books were getting recognized most often (although this doesn’t necessarily tell us anything about which books will take the Mock Prize and of course doesn’t tell us what will win gold). A Monster Calls comes in with the most nominations at eight. Between Shades of Gray, by my count, got six nods, while Chime and Paper Covers Rock each had five.

Want more details?

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Sarah’s Top 5

Karyn has talked about this before — the conundrum you face when you really love a book but eventually have to admit that it’s flawed. I mean, maybe you email your committee about [REDACTED] and they respond politely at first, promising to take a look. But then you keep emailing and eventually someone, someone, has to respond and say, “Sarah, it’s a fun read but what about [REDACTED]? And you know, I had trouble believing [REDACTED]. And the [REDACTED] really just didn’t work, either, and I’m not even going to get into the [REDACTED].”

That’s when personal top five lists can come in really handy; you get to acknowledge — even celebrate — your baggage and then you can try to stuff it back in the closet and refocus on committee work. [Read more...]

White Crow

crow 150x150 White CrowIdeally, if I were really on the Printz Committee, I’d be done reading all the contendas by this point. Actually, if we’re going for ideal, I’d have been done for a couple of weeks. At this point in the year, it’s time for very serious rereading: really going through the contendas in detail, weighing various elements, moving past first impressions into a firmer opinion of each title.

And, you guys, that would be super helpful because I could do with a reread of this title. (I feel like I’ve been saying that a lot lately.) But let’s get started. [Read more...]

Definitions

Me: Ugh, I have to define Young Adult Literature for this blog post.

My husband: Huh. Is that why you’re making To/From gift tags by hand?

Me: Maaaaaaybe?

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Between Shades of Gray

gray 150x150 Between Shades of GrayKaryn’s already talked about historical fiction. And a lot of people have been talking about this book (four starred reviews, nominated for Best Fiction and a big ol’ Newbery discussion at Heavy Medal), especially in light of the Morris shortlist recognition. Karyn’s also already talked about Morris and Printz — where the two awards overlap, and where they don’t.

So that pretty much covers the background. I thought it could be interesting to look at Between Shades of Gray with Printz glasses firmly in place. [Read more...]

Stay With Me

stay 150x150 Stay With MeStay With Me got, by my count, four starred reviews, and I’m sure it will be (well, is already, since it’s out!) a hit with teen readers, too. I think it earned those stars, and I believe it will circulate well and be well-loved by lots and lots of teens.

It’s a Way 3 read for me (though I’ll admit, I’m not totally wild about it personally, it’s more that I cannot wait to hand it off to teens and would love to hear their thoughts). This is a book that doesn’t quite stand up to the close scrutiny of Printz-magnifying glasses, I think.  [Read more...]

By Popular Demand

woodpecker By Popular DemandYou asked for it, and you have been heard! When we posted our initial list oh so long ago, you clamored for this title! And then you asked for it again when Karyn posted her comparison of the PW, SLJ, and Kirkus best lists. And now here it is.

Only here I am, and I’m still mulling over exactly what I think of it. Like Imaginary Girls, it’s a book that, for me, would absolutely require a reread for committee purposes. I spent so much time worrying over Gabriel and restraining myself from reading the last page that reviews promised me would answer all my questions that, well, I would need another read to really digest it properly. It’s a novel with a lot of threads, and I’d be taking anther look at it to make sure that I really appreciated all of those threads…if I were actually serving on Printz. For our purposes here, and in the interest of getting through that Contendas list, well, I’ll give you what I’ve got. [Read more...]