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What a Day!

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Today we had not one but two great lists (I’d like to say “that go great together,” but actually there is zero overlap).

First, the morning greeted me with the Morris shortlist, which I wasn’t expecting until Monday, and settled the pesky question of whether Seraphina counts as a debut. (It does, clearly, since it made the shortlist.) Of the other four titles, we’ve talked about After the Snow and The Miseducation of Cameron Post (although we didn’t point to either of these as books we were guessing we’d see on the Morris list, which I find interesting. Did we not realize they were debuts? Hmmm.) Wondershow I started earlier in the year but thought was so clearly a middle grade novel that I put it down about a third of the way in, so I am startled to see it here. But I guess it counts as young YA (that pesky crossover 10-14 range). So now I’ll need to revisit it. And the fifth book? Love and Other Perishable Items, by Laura Buzo? Yeah, never seen it! This one was totally under my radar, although it turns out Kelly of Stacked is a big fan, so now I am totally wanting to read it! Sadly, it’s not even out until next week, and I don’t have an ARC, so does someone have a copy to loan me??

Then, just to make the day even more full of listy goodness, midday-ish brought us The Horn Book Fanfare. I like how short and sweet this list is. It features everybody’s favorite, The Fault in Our Stars, as well as Pyrite nominees The Brides of Rollrock Island and Code Name Verity. In addition, a few other contenders made it — My Book of Life by Angel (which I’ll be posting in the next day or two, and is beautiful but, I thought, flawed), No Crystal Stair, A Certain October, and Dodger (perfect timing as we’ve been watching the tv miniseries of Going Postal in my house, and just last night I watched Sir Terry’s cameo as a postmaster. It’s been a pterrific week!)

I’m hoping to consult Jen’s fantastic records next week and start looking at the trends so far, but in the meantime, I have reviews to write! And we are woefully behind our schedule! We’re hoping to get caught up soon with the rest of the Q3 and 4 books.

About Karyn Silverman

Karyn Silverman is the High School Librarian and Educational Technology Department Chair at LREI, Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School (say that ten times fast!). Karyn has served on YALSA’s Quick Picks and Best Books committees and was a member of the 2009 Printz committee. She has reviewed for Kirkus and School Library Journal. She has a lot of opinions about almost everything, as long as all the things are books. Said opinions do not reflect the attitudes or opinions of SLJ, LREI, YALSA or any other institutions with which she is affiliated. Find her on Twitter @InfoWitch or e-mail her at karynsilverman at gmail dot com.


  1. I think Wonder Show looks younger than it really is. Notably, it deals with a young teenage girl trying to figure out her life with only tangential support/assistance from adults; she is thrust into an adult world and has to function almost as an equal. It’s one of those books that I think a ten-year-old can understand (perhaps missing some of the sexual references) but a fourteen-year-old will get more out of.

  2. Laura Canon says

    The age issue is a little confusing in Wonder Show. There’s the fact that one of the orphanage girls is clearly considered old enough to marry, although the creepiness factor is mitigated when it’s casually mentioned that she’s “a few years older” than the heroine thought she was. I think it could go either way. More difficult for me was that I felt there was too much telling in the novel. The ideas behind the book are terrific but it doesn’t feel fully carried out to me.

  3. Elizabeth Burns says

    Wendy, I went in thinking WONDER SHOW was going to be MG and at the end am quite interested in why people would think that. The MC is 14 for the bulk of the book; it’s about a search for identity & family, along with forgiveness/living with the responsibility for what happened with Caroline which I see as YA material. Agreed that this book will be “safe” for those reading up (the joke about what wayward girls really are will go over their heads, as will the full scope of what Mister does) but this doesn’t make it a MG book.

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