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Liveblog & Monday Morning Quarterbacking

Well, here we are, YMA Day!

I’ll be watching the award stream since I am sadly not in Chicago, and I’ll do some live reaction blogging for the YALSA portion of things. See you in the comments after for the Monday morning quarterbacking (on a Monday morning, no less!)

Also, while there may be shock, outrage, glee, or any other manifold emotions pouring off of me, I want to take a moment to reflect, very seriously, on the incredible hard work the RealCommittee has done. I reserve the right to disagree, but in the end I know how intense and amazing that process is, and I recognize that they are always right, because that’s what the process does. It separates the emotion from the criticism and gives us something very close to an unbiased slate. Thank you, RealCommittee, for all you’ve done this year! I can’t wait to find out what you have in store.

And now, for the live(ish) reaction portion of the morning.

Whew! We’re having tech issues, but we’re here!

Schneider. It occurred to me that El Deafo has a better shot than what I predicted. Let’ see…

Oh. Rain Reign. So, I haven’t read it, but Disability in Kidlit said there were some issues.

And now YA — Oh! Of COURSE Girls Like Us. How did I flub that guess? It’s perfect.

Stonewall! I forgot to include a prediction for this.

YAY! Beyond Magenta was a no brainer but toally deserves it. And Joy is happy for I’ll Give You the Sun, of course! (I am too. She’s just happier.)

CSK! Our LS librarian has been doing an awesome CSK of CSKs with the LS students and my 7 year old is so excited for this one as a result.

Oh my god! Yay Deb! I have been lucky enough to serve on committees with her and she is a treasure of the profession and as a person. Tears in my eyes!

Clapping! Jason Reynolds is incredible — he visited our school recently and it was so incredibly inspiring. I can’t think of anyone more deserving for this.

Author honors…

I wanted Nelson to win but I can live with an honor. And very pleased about How It Went Down. And now — we all know what’s coming —

Okay, 1 for 3 on my predictions so far!

Joy just yelled “YALSA AWARDS!”

MAE. I have, as always, no guesses. But I am always pleasantly delighted and reminded of someone I love.

Sharon Draper! I was just thinking of her the other day.

Morris. There are two on the finalists that really deserve it. Which will it be?

YAY GABI!!!!!!!!

ENFYA. I haven’t read any of these (well, 2/3 of Romanov), so shame on me.

WHAT????? HOLD THE PHONE. How? What? The entire world just went up in shock!

(Now I REALLY have to read Popular.)

Audiobooks! OH! Yay for Julie Berry. I have this on my to-read pile, now I will have to listen instead! H.O.R.S.E. was totally off my radar but sounds excellent. Almost spoken word.



And We Stay! That’s a bit of a surprise. Miss_Print has been pulling for it.

Carnival at Bray? I definitely need to reread this now! So much I admired but so much I found flawed.

Grasshopper Jungle! Listen to the audience roar. It’s exactly right as an honor book.

This One Summer! Yay! But what will take the gold? Now I am really excited.

YAY! Joy is so happy right now. And honestly, issues with the ending notwithstanding, so am I!

Ok, we’re mostly out, although still watching.

AND we accurately predicted, in aggregate, three books! (2 each, with overlap). Also I called the CSK, but so far struck out on everything else.

Pyrite wise, we collectively rocked — we called the winner AND two out of three honors accurately! You all rock.

See you in the comments!

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 was pleasantly surprised that This One Summer received a Caldecott Honor as well. Happy with the picks.

    • Karyn Silverman says:

      I was really excited for that — but then I found myself wondering what this means for the Caldecott. Because I don’t think this is really for that same audience. Now I need to go read the Caldecott P&P!

  2. Thank you for the reminder that the REALCommittees need all our love and support for doing such an impossibly hard job.

    I am delighted that I’ll Give You the Sun won the Printz. It was hands-down my favorite and this is the first year I’ve been running a Mock Pritnz event where my clear favorite won the award, not just the honor. After reading your blogs this past week I decided it was time to own up to my own feelings, and I finally claimed Grasshopper Jungle as one of my five favorites for the year, so imagine my delight at its selection for Printz Honor. though not a personal favorite I predicted that This One Summer would win an honor and was delighted that it did. Did it really win a Caldecott, too? Must go and check. That seems odd to me. (Ah, it did.) As I think about this book it is so complex and deep on many levels I can see why it won the Printz Honor. I haven’t read the other two books so will have to make room on my TBR pile for them.

    It was a good season, but now I must fade back into my regular life as a high school librarian and forget about the Printz Awards for a few months until we gear back up for 2016.

    Thanks for your excellent reviews and thought-provoking editorials.
    You three do a good job and I appreciate all your efforts.

    • Karyn Silverman says:

      Thanks Anne! And what a change of thinking about Grasshopper Jungle! Before you do fade back into regular life (I need to do that too!), any 2015 pubs on your radar?

      • I just got my box from JLG today and it has a 2015 book in it by Nick Lake, THERE WILL BE LIES. I’ve done no research on it but the cover blurb makes it sound good, a thriller. Anything on your radar yet?

  3. I was really disappointed not to see We Were Liars on the Printz list. That was, hands down, the best YA novel I read last year.

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