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Just One More

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List, that is.

The Horn Book Best of 2011 list posted today.

This means that all of our pre Jan 1 lists are out: BCCB and Booklist should release their lists right around the New Year (so much for a winter break!)

Here’s how it all shakes out:

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Stop Playing Games with My Heart (More Best Lists)

stacks 300x225 Stop Playing Games with My Heart (More Best Lists)This week brought us not one but two great lists!

On Monday, Kirkus Reviews posted the Best Teen Books of 2011, and it was FULL of surprises. Surprises in the whoops, I missed that book entirely category, so color me chagrined (I imagine it a sort of blush color, to suit the physical manifestation of the emotion).

I’m consoling myself with the repeated mantra of “Best and Printz are not the same.” They’re not mutually exclusive, but the overlap can be slim depending on how best is defined and given that the Printz Award goes to one book and an honor goes to no more than four books; whereas we can have hundreds of books defined as best in a list (although usually not more than 100 on any single list).

And then, on Thursday, we finally got the full School Library Journal list! Which was happily less full of surprises.

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Round Up, Part Two

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

YALSA’s final nomination lists were posted last week.

We thought it’d be interesting to see what we are looking at here versus what Best Fiction for Young Adults and Great Graphic Novels will be checking out in January. (I am leaving Quick Picks off because the QP charge is so dissimilar to the Printz charge. And since Popular Paperbacks is retrospective, we can safely leave that list out, too. And until the short lists for the Morris and Nonfiction awards come out, there’s nothing we can say about those.) [Read more...]

Kirkus Children’s!

Usually, I am annoyed/aggravated/inclined to roll my eyes at the casual way we use “children’s” to mean birth to 18 (see: most publishing houses). Also, the cavalier dismissal of differences between science fiction and fantasy (they’re not the same. Really. But that’s immaterial right now). Today, however, I was instead sad to find that the tweet (see right) that had me all excited to click through really did mean children’s in the sense of up to age 12 (we won’t get the teen list until 11/28). Picture 1 300x96 Kirkus Childrens!

Boo.

But!

I did notice that three titles that have come up as stuff we should/might/could talk about in the context of a mock Printz or at least teen readers are on the list: The Floating Islands by Rachel Neumeier, Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos, and Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt.

So, did Kirkus put these in the right place? Would they be better served on the teen list? Are these contendas in any way? And did you even read The Floating Islands, which I loved and didn’t find particularly young at all?

Let the Games Begin!

Not those games, although every other conversation I had today was about the Hunger Games trailer.

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Image by Kasaa, used under Creative Commons licensing. Some rights reserved.

No, I mean the annual best books game. The lists! The awards! The moments of truth! And (my favorite), the Monday morning quarterbacking.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. We’re just at the very beginning of the process.

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