Follow This Blog: RSS feed
Someday My Printz Will Come
Inside Someday My Printz Will Come

Where We At?

You might, perhaps, have noticed the blog has been slow. You might have found yourself, say, spending scads of money on Thinkgeek or Onlineshoes or Etsy while waiting for a blog post to load. Oh, was that just me? Well, I’ll have some happy relatives come Christmas.

But you know what I am talking about, and we’ve all been frustrated. Well, we have some good news and some not so good news.

The good news: the blogs are migrating! Soon, Someday will be shiny and new and we’ll have a new logo and it will all be clean design and fast loading awesomesauce.

The bad news: Instead of some lead time, and waiting until the optimal time in terms of the blog (which would be after the YMA announcements, of course), the server situation is dictating immediate action.

As in, midnight tonight.

Sadly, this means five super exciting posts that are in the works but not ready to go live are now on hold until the migration is over — which could be as late as New Year’s. Comments made after midnight tonight might not migrate. Basically, at midnight we go dark, and we’re not sure when we’ll go back up.

When we do, we’ll have The Brides of Rollrock Island (short version? Stunning but pacing not perfect, but did I mention stunning?), The Raven Boys (love! But there are flaws. Although it might still be a top fiver for Karyn), Bomb (Joy is doing that one, and she is obsessing over chapter endings in YA nonfiction right now), Ask the Passengers (Sarah, thumbs up), and Dodger (Sophie loves it!) queued up and ready to go.

So that’s where we’re at.

On the bright side, although we’ve got a few books yet to read plus the five I just mentioned stuck in limbo for a week or two, we HAVE covered, in some form, most of the official contender list we put together in September. And we’re doing our best to pick away at the write-ins, the books that were added to the list because someone nominated them for the Pyrite*, or they short-listed for the Morris, or made more than one year-end list.

Click through for the list of 93 (!) books that ended up being the long list (auto-contenders, general buzz, and write-ins), color coded and linked. And there’s an opportunity to write a guest post on behalf of an as-yet undiscussed book!

And in the meantime, start taking notes for the Pyrite* — we’ll be discussing those titles starting as soon as possible after Jan 1, so use this server-forced downtime to really get your arguments for and against all lined up. Remember to consult the RealPrintz P&P, which we, like the RealCommittee, should use to help organize our arguments, and be prepared for some seriously intense discussion. Because we plan to bring it!

And also in the meantime (and thanks to Miriam for the suggestion), you can go ahead and take our new readership poll — we’ll post results when we are live again!

Linked titles are, obviously, the books we’ve already written about, and the links will take you back to the post in case you missed it or have since read a book and want to comment — all comment threads are still open.

Unlinked titles in black are from the original contender list (or are additional 3-star autocontenders) and we’re getting to them, slowly.

Struck-through titles have been eliminated from the running and we’re not doing them — in most cases, reader input dictated this decision; in one or two cases we determined the book was more J than YA. And yes, yes — we KNOW that is subjective. We know we could debate that for ages. But it is our firm feeling that a 10-12 or even 14 book is rarely a true YA book, and we looked at the ones that skew young before striking them off to be sure we really believed they capped out at 12 or 13. If we missed any in this category, let us know and we’ll gladly strike through a few more.

Red titles are the write-ins. We’re going to try to get to these, because it sounds like they deserve a moment in the spotlight,but we might not make it. So if you are a reader who wants to do a guest post on one, say the word. We’d rather have the books talked about than not, and time is tight!

Anderson, Jodi Lynn    Tiger Lily
Andrews, Jesse    Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Anthony, Jessica and Rodrigo Corral     Chopsticks
Arcos, Carrie   Out of Reach
Aronson, Marc    Master of Deceit

Bacigalupi, Paolo    The Drowned Cities
Barnaby, Hannah   Wonder Show
Barraclough, Lindsay    Long Lankin
Bobet, Leah   Above
Bray, Libba    The Diviners
Brennan, Sarah Rees  Unspoken
Buzo, Laura   Love and Other Perishable Items

Cashore, Kristin Bitterblue
Castellucci, Cecil The Year of the Beasts
Chambers, Aidan Dying to Know You
Coats, J. Anderson The Wicked & The Just
Crockett, S.D.    After the Snow
Crowley, Cath Grafitti Moon

Danforth, Emily    The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Doyle, Roddy    A Greyhound of a Girl

Durst, Sarah Beth    Vessel

Ellen, Laura    Blind Spot
Ellis, Deborah     My Name is Parvana
Ellison, Kate     The Butterfly Clues

Fama, Elizabeth    Monstrous Beauty
Flake, Sharon    Pinned
Freedman, Russell    Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass: The Story Behind an American Friendship

George, Madeleine    The Difference Between You & Me
Green, John    The Fault in Our Stars
Griffin, Adele    All You Never Wanted
Griffin, Molly Beth    Silhouette of a Sparrow

Hand, Elizabeth    Radiant Days
Hartman, Rachel    Seraphina
Hautman, Pete    The Obsidian Blade
Hoose, Philip    Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95
Hopkinson, Deborah    Titanic: Voices from the Disaster
Hopkinson, Nalo    The Chaos
Hunter-Gault, Charlayne   To the Mountaintop: My Journey Through the Civil Rights Movement

Johnson, Angela    A Certain October

Kephart, Beth   Small Damages
Kindl, Patrice   Keeping the Castle
King, A.S.    Ask the Passengers
Knowles, Jo   See You at Harry’s
Kokie, E.M.    Personal Effects
Kontis, Alethea   Enchanted

LaCour, Nina   The Disenchantments
LaFevers, Robin    Grave Mercy
Lake, Nick    In Darkness
Lanagan, Margo    The Brides of Rollrock Island
Larbalestier, Justine and Sarah Rees Brennan   Team Human
Laybourn, Emmy    Monument 14
Leavitt, Martine     My Book of Life by Angel
Levinson, Cynthia   We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March
Levithan, David     Every Day
Lowry, Lois    Son

Marchetta, Melina    Froi of the Exiles
Marriott, Zoe  Shadows on the Moon
Marsh, Katherine    Jepp, Who Defied the Stars
Matson, Morgan    Second Chance Summer
McCormick, Patricia    Never Fall Down
Michaelis, Antonia   The Storyteller
Mieville, China    Railsea
Milford, Kate   The Broken Lands
Murphy, Jim   Invincible Microbe: Tuberculosis and the Never-Ending Search for a Cure

Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux    No Crystal Stair
Nix, Garth    A Confusion of Princes

Osborne, Linda Barrett  Miles to Go for Freedom: Segregation and Civil Rights in the Jim Crow Years

Peterfreund, Diana   For Darkness Shows the Stars
Pitcher, Annabel    My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece
Pratchett, Terry   Dodger

Rapp, Adam    The Children and the Wolves
Rappaport, Doreen    Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust
Rosenfield, Kat    Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone
Rosoff, Meg    There is No Dog
Rossetti, Rinsai    The Girl with the Borrowed Wings

Saenz, Benjamin Alire   Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Saldin, Erin   The Girls of No Return
Sandler, Martin W.   The Impossible Rescue: The True Story of an Amazing Arctic Adventure
Schabas, Martha   Various Positions
Schrefer, Eliot   Endangered
Sheinkin, Steve   Bomb: The Race to Build–And Steal–the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon
Shusterman, Neal    Unwholly
Smith, Andrew   Passenger
Sonnenblick, Jordan    Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip
Stiefvater, Maggie    Raven Boys

Taylor, Laini    Days of Blood and Starlight
Telgemeier, Raina  Drama

Volponi, Paul   The Final Four

Wein, Elizabeth    Code Name Verity
Williams, Carol Lynch    Waiting
Woodson, Jacqueline    Beneath a Meth Moon
Woolston, Blythe    Catch and Release

Zettel, Sarah    Dust Girl

See you soon, we hope, and find us on Twitter or via email in the meantime! Happy Solstice and any other holidays you might celebrate. We’ll miss you!

*The Pyrite Printz, or Pyrite, is the Someday My Printz Will Come mock Printz deliberation, and should not in any way be confused with YALSA’s Michael L. Printz Award, often referred to here as the RealPrintz or Printz. Our predictions, conversations, and speculation about potential RealPrintz contenders and winners reflect only our own best guesses and are not affiliated with YALSA or the RealPrintz committee.

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. Clearly, now is the PERFECT time for another Readership Poll!

    In all seriousness, good luck with the migration.

  2. Oh, blerg. I rely on the SLJ blogs for so much of my fun, and all of you are going down. (But happy holidays everyone!)

  3. Anyone who wants to keep talking Printz stuff for the next week or so, come over to my (and my mom’s) blog — all the cool kids (or, at least Karyn, Jen J, and Elizabeth Fama) hang out there too! We’ll try to be nice.

  4. Elizabeth Burns says:

    Having just finished WONDER SHOW, I strongly recommend it be moved to the top of whatever pile it’s on. The writing is equisite; I do have a handful of points I’ld like to discuss, in further detail but I won’t be surprised at all to see this get an honor in January.

Speak Your Mind