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Liveblogging the Awards

(to the tune of Watching the Detectives)

Finally up and running on our library big TV, just in time for the Schneider.

Here goes!

As usual, though, I won’t bother boring you with the long list of “didn’t read” for everything other than the YA stuff! Although this Dragonslayer book sounds delightful.


(wins the Schneider teen book)

Oh, how exciting! Listen to those cheers! This is wonderful!

Stonewall now… My kids LOVED Better Nate! Totally missed this one (Branded) but will look for it.


I would have been heartbroken with no recognition for Two Boys. It’s beautiful and teary.

WOW. We have this but I haven’t read it yet. Now I need to pop it right up the list.

Huh. Fat Angie was not a huge hit among our BFYA readers. I’ll need to look at it again with Stonewall criteria in hand and mind!

CSK now. The intros give me a chance to catch my breath!

Oh, I like the McKissacks work!

Mandela book was probably a given, all things considered: beautiful AND timely!

March! Joy’s in the middle of this one right now. Darius & Twig, which flew a little low under most radars this year, I thought… Haven’t read the Grimes.

And the cheers just broke EVERYTHING! So deserving! Yay Rita Williams-Garcia!

NOW we’re at the stuff that I eat sleep and breathe! YALSA awards!

MAE first — mentally hugging Barbara Moon right now… MARKUS ZUSAK!!!! Cheering with a student right now! And Lynn and Sarah! So many people I know and respect on the various committees this year.

Morris! I met Carrie Mesrobian yesterday, and we bonded over curly hair. Here we go… CHARM & STRANGE! Yay Stephanie Kuehn! I have an ARC of her new one in my bag, happily! And last year’s Morris winner reviewed C&S for the blog — Stephanie Kuehn, want to write a review next year and see if we can make this a pattern?

Nonfiction now. I will not have read the winner for this one, I predict. And… The Nazi Hunters! Joy had her money on Courage, because she thought it was really good.

Heart pounding… this is the moment.

Eleanor & Park! Oh my gosh!

The Kingdom of Little Wounds. I knew it would get recognized.

Maggot Moon! So deserving!


RealCommittee, I believe in you, but I’m not sure WHAT to make of Navigating Early.

Midwinterblood! Now I need to read it AGAIN to see what I was missing.

Onto ALSC awards, which I will watch but not blog. Congrats to the RealCommittee and many thanks for all their hard work! Longer response to come…

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. Interesting. The ALA site was slow and kept crashing all morning so I wasn’t aware that Midwinter took the top honor until I saw in in the New York Times.
    I enjoyed the book, personally, and maybe it’s a signal that the Committee is looking more at the writing and less at YA themes, which is one thing the book seemed to lack for me.

  2. Okay, the Navigating Early one raised my eyebrows. It is a lovely book but to me it seems much more middle grade- Newbery territory, not YA- Printz. I read the Cokal and I could appreciate what she had done technically, though I’m not sure I “liked” or “enjoyed” it per se. Just starting Midwinterblood, so I better withhold judgment there. Hmmm. It seems like the Committee always throws a curve, or several.

  3. I am so puzzled by Navigating Early as an Honoree. There were so many stellar, solidly YA books published this year that recognizing a middle-grade novel for the Printz seems…odd.

    • Karyn Silverman says

      I have to trust that the committee saw something the rest of the world missed that made this not middle grade in their reading.
      That said, I am really puzzled as well. And I thought it was horrendously overwritten!

    • TeenReader says

      I appreciate the comitee rewarding something toward the bottom end of the age range (books for ages 12-14 are still eligible), but I do wonder why they chose THIS particular book, as opposed to DOLL BONES, BETTER NATE THAN EVER, or FAR FAR AWAY.

  4. It’s probably the influence of the late Peter Sieruta but I lay awake last night wondering how many writers had won both the Newbery and Printz (honor, anyway.) I will have to go look it up later today. It must be a small club, at any rate.

  5. A follow up from a quick check of Wikipedia: others who have had both Newbery and Printz citations are Gary Schmidt, Jack Gantos and Walter Dean Myers. I may have missed a couple, but it’s a fairly distinguished club.

  6. Jonathan Hunt Jonathan Hunt says

    I was out of town all last week, and tried to respond to some of the earlier comments, but they didn’t stick. Since YALSA’s range of service is ages 12-18, and since the primary audience for NAVIGATING EARLY is 12-14, I don’t have any problem whatsoever with it receiving a Printz Honor. It doesn’t seem any more “middle grade” to me than SKELLIG or THE HOUSE OF THE SCORPION or LIZZIE BRIGHT AND THE BUCKMINSTER BOY. Or MAGGOT MOON, for that matter, which I think is another middle school book. Then this committee went and pissed people off by choosing “adult” books like MIDWINTERBLOOD and KINGDOM OF LITTLE WOUNDS. Some people are going to look at this list and see ELEANOR & PARK as the only viable “YA” title, but I appreciate this committee taking their entire range seriously, even if wouldn’t have necessarily been my choices.

  7. With the year in journals over half gone, checking in with the stars report because we have our first 6 star title: This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki

    I count 6 books with 5 stars, but the only definite Printz contenders there to me are The Family Romanov by Candace Fleming and We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. West of the Moon by Margi Preus probably hits the younger end of the spectrum as well – could be this year’s Navigating Early.

    22 four-star books are too many for me to list tonight, so here’s the link if anyone wants to see for themselves:

    Hope everyone’s having a great summer!

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