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Pyrite Nominations Are Open!

Your fearless leaders have special socks! With crowns! To celebrate the Pyrite and because we are just that cheesy. Also, feet shots are trendy and we do like being on trend.

We are at roughly the 50% point for covering the contenda list*, and most of the year’s books are available to readers, so we’ve determined that the time has come (the walrus said) to launch our Pyrite Printz!

The Pyrite is intended to be fun, maybe even raucous, but it’s not just for fun.

Part of the RealCommittee’s process is culling the initial “list” (created through conversations and personal reading lists) down to a formal nomination list, and then, through in-depth discussion, further shrinking that nomination list to the shortlist.

We could just create a shortlist on our own. Certainly we all have a few books we think are the top contendas. But one of our major goals all along has been to make the RealCommittee process more transparent by emulating it as much as is possible via blog, so we need your nominations!

Nominations are open to all 2012 YA books, whether it’s a title we’ve already covered, an upcoming book from the contenda list, or one we haven’t even mentioned. Note: we are artificially limiting nominations to one per person for the time being, so think carefully about what you want to nominate and read through the list before nominating. This is not at all in line with the RealCommittee process, but we also have a lot more than 9 people likely to submit nominations.

A few other technical details: We might vote the list down at some point, much as the RealCommittee uses straw polling, with the goal of a tight list of 10 or so nominations to be revisited in early January (after all the contendas have been covered). We are hoping that everyone who chooses to go the distance with the Pyrite will read all the titles on the shortlist for those January discussions, which is part of why we wanted to get this going now. And then we’ll vote shortly before MidWinter, and see how our process compared to the RealCommittee’s. We will ask that you don’t vote unless you have read all of the shortlist titles, although we may also run an open vote, as we did last year, because it’s always interesting to see those results as well.

So (we say, finally getting to the good stuff) submit your nominations using the comments here!

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Data: Readership Poll Results

With 120 results, here are the results!

(If you haven’t taken the poll, you can still access it here. If the responses increase significantly, I’ll post updated data, of course.)

Google Forms plays badly with anything, and Excel hates me, so this is just the straightup data for now. I’ll try to play with the Excel files until we have actual usable data (at least sorted by most read to least), but that could take me ages so I thought I should post what I could. With apologies.

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Checking In: What Have You Read So Far?

CC-licensed image by Flickr user Kristin Roach

So, maybe it’s just that we haven’t had a lot worth saying, or maybe it’s just that the seriously chatty readers (hi, Elizabeth!) are muzzling themselves for various reasons. But comments have been pretty mellow, and we’re thinking there might be a readership question.

Also data is cool and we’re curious what the general readership is of these critically acclaimed titles.

So won’t you take 3 minutes (maybe 3.5, depending on whether you need to cross reference with a reading journal of some sort) and fill out this Google Form about readership? (It refused to embed, so apologies for the redirect.) We’ll post results in a week or so for anyone who’s interested.

And then come back tomorrow for the first of the Q2 posts!

A Little Bit of House Keeping

Remember how we mentioned we were going to talk about books in roughly chronological order, but then we not-helpfully-at-all listed them alphabetically by — of all librarian crimes — title?

Well, it’s occurred to us that those of you reading along might appreciate more of an indexed approach.

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Contendas!

This might be a bit more than the 60-odd contenders we've actually got. And also it's not actually any of our piles. Frankly, none of us felt that our piles were nearly as picturesque as this conveniently cc-licensed image by Flickr user Katey Nicosia.

Here it is: the Someday My Printz Will Come list of possible Printzs!

This list comprises those books that we, speaking as Printz veterans and YA librarians/reviewers/bloggers, feel very very sure the RealCommittee is looking at, and that we are therefore planning to discuss here.

How can we be sure?

Not gonna lie, there’s probably a little bit of sheer, unadulterated hubris driving our conviction.

But also, and with less flippancy, we know from our own experiences and those of many colleagues who have served time on the RealCommittee that the members of the RealCommittee are reading widely and paying close attention to buzz, reviews, and stars. The RealCommittee folks are probably also reading books that didn’t make our list, and we they may not even finish reading some of the books that did, so we are by no means claiming that this is a comprehensive list. Nevertheless, we feel confident that this longlist should have significant overlap with the RealCommittee’s longlist this year.

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What Are We Doing Here?

Who will wear the crown? (cc-licensed photo by pyjama on Flickr)

It’s September, and that means we are relaunching for reals!

Welcome to Someday My Printz Will Come, where we kiss—I mean read!—all the frogs in the pond.

In case you just landed here — and welcome, if so! — here’s how it’s goes: we’re going to read. We’re going to write. We’re going to scour other blogs, bookstores, review journals, and our friend’s and colleague’s brains. We’re going to listen to you. And each week we’ll talk about some of this year’s eligible titles, or the conversations around those titles. We’ll do our best to bring you the kinds of conversations and reflections committee members might be having. We’ll gush, we’ll analyze, we’ll split hairs and and appreciate the amazing variety and wealth published in YA this year.

Hopefully, you’ll join the conversation too!

And eventually, we’ll test our assessments and predictive skills with a Pyrite Printz. It’s never too soon to start building a case, so get out those sticky notes and start collating evidence for the books on your shortlist, because we’ve already started.

Pucker up and join the fun!

Where have we been?

Hi!

We kind of disappeared for a week there, sorry! There were vacations! And back to school panics! And a guest post from Joy covering another preview that I failed to properly queue. Or possibly that the software failed on, given the comment weirdness, but I kind of suspect it was my fault.

And now we’re counting down to the contenda list release date!

I’ll post Joy’s preview coverage and my own coverage of another summer preview this week, and in the meantime, if there is a book you want to put forward as a contenda, stars notwithstanding (we’re still using the 3-star auto-contenda rule, arbitrary as it is, for the sake of convenience), please put the title forward in the comments here, ideally with author and pub date if it isn’t already out.

Thanks all, and soon enough, we’ll let the games begin!

Changes part 2, or The Pyrite Printz

Pyrite! (CC-licensed image by Flickr user Pictr 30D)

So, remember when I wrote that whole post about changes?

And I mentioned that we might make the whole Mock Printz thing a bit more—what’s the word?—organized, planned, intentional this year?

Well, now we are ready to unveil that set of changes. Because we don’t just have a plan. We have a vocabulary.

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Allow Myself to Introduce…Myself

So, it’s taken me quite a while to get organized to drop by and say hello in a post, rather than comments, and now I’m feeling a little pressure to do a really amazing job with my introductory post, which is resulting in my throwing two pop culture jokes your way (more on that later).

Hi! I’m Sophie Brookover. Like Sarah & Karyn, I’m a Printz Committee alumna (2012 represent!) and have been a public YA librarian. Also like Karyn, I’ve been a high school librarian. I now work for LibraryLinkNJ–The New Jersey Library Cooperative, where I’m a Program Coordinator and my bailiwick is continuing education (or as I like to describe it, developing programs to help already-awesome librarians become even more awesome). (And, as noted in my fancy, official bio, my opinions are strictly my own.)

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Ch-ch-ch-changes

I spent an inordinate amount of time pondering titles for this post. Which pop culture reference to use? Changes? Or the infamous “We’re ba-ack“?

Both are appropriate, but in the end, change seemed the bigger theme.

And both are part of our excuse for the past two weeks of radio silence, although there was also the catching up on everything we’d let slide in those heady days leading up to the YMA announcements.

Also, for me, there was the prolonged period of mourning, what with the massive lack of love for Chime. Tempered, it must be noted, with victory dances over The Returning and occasional staring contests with my still-unfinished copy of Jasper Jones, which is getting a bit cheeky now that it has a sticker.

But I digress.

The point, dear readers, is that changes are afoot. Exciting changes. Changes we hope will make you rejoice much as they have made us rejoice.

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