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BOB vs. Printz
Since our list is always due to School Library Journal by December 1st of the preceding year, we never know how it will match up with the ALSC/YALSA awards announced in late January. As I mentioned in my last post, we haven’t always included the National Book Award and the Newbery Medal and Honor books, but even when we have, they’ve often had a rough go of it here.
This year, we included the following young adult titles: BOOTLEG, CHIME, DAUGHTER OF SMOKE & BONE, LIFE: AN EXPLODED DIAGRAM, and for the younger YAs, A MONSTER CALLS and OKAY FOR NOW. But we didn’t cast our net wide enough to snag a single Printz book! We did have serious conversations about several additional young adult books, namely BLINK & CAUTION, THE SCORPIO RACES, THE WATCH THAT ENDS THE NIGHT, and WHY WE BROKE UP. So we were almost there, but not quite.
–Commentator Jonathan Hunt
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