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The Long List

Everyone’s seen the NBA long list, yes?

Five titles are what I would consider firmly children’s and not within the Printz purview.

Of the other five, four were on our own longlist the other day, have garnered several stars, and are the books people* are generally speaking about.

(*people in this case=book people with a focus on well written YA)

Two things jumped out for our purposes: 1, Two Boys Kissing, which none of us have read yet,  clearly needs to move up on the to-read pile; 2, WHOA: Boxers and Saints appears to be considered one book from the National Book Award judges’ perspective.

(And speaking for me, alone, rather than the Someday collective, I am so happy there are others who felt The Summer Prince was something special, since it’s my personal frontrunner right now!)

So? Thoughts?


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’m in the midst of reading Two Boys Kissing and I think it definitely deserves consideration. It certainly has a very strong narrative point of view. Not necessarily exact Printz criteria, but some of the wordsmithing and sentence-level writing has left me breathless. I should have easily finished it by now considering its brevity, but so far it’s conjured up emotions that I can only take it in small doses.

  2. Two Boys Kissing deserves to be part of the conversation for sure. I’ve been slacking on writing my own review of it, but it’s very strong on voice and style.

    I’m not sure if or how this fits into the Printz criteria but Levithan has also managed representation without tokenism which I think is impressive as well.

  3. TWO BOYS KISSING – that is a book I feel I could champion this year. It is BRILLIANT. I so completely loved it and I think Levithan has truly written his best novel. Please, please, please read it soon!

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