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Screen Shot 2015-11-25 at 10.09.42 AMLater today Joy will be posting about the pretty amazing A Song for Ella Gray, David Almond’s third (third! Does the man not sleep?) book out this year.

In the meantime, I wanted to say a few words about the awesome SLJ Best Books list.

Sometimes I forget to highlight it, because you’re here, and we’re lucky enough to be part of the SLJ blog network, which means you probably already know all the SLJ newsy goodness.


It’s a fantastic list and I always like comparing editor lists to the books we’re looking at and seeing where the differences lie. And there are some differences…

First, the nonfiction. We’ve covered two of the four that seem to skew up into Printz territory (and Joy is reading Symphony right now); the fourth (Drowned City) is one we are hoping to squeeze in after the PW list brought it to our attention. So that’s a 75%-100% match, unless I am missing something that skews up.

The YA fiction list is pretty standout, with some of our current frontrunners highlighted (Challenger Deep, The Tightrope Walkers) and several more that we love and will rave about when we run those reviews. SLJ also has a few books we didn’t have on our list, which is the more interesting part to me — Ashley Hope Pérez’s Out of Darkness, which was shouted out in the comments here early on; Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything, which several people I trust described as an excellent read but not a likely contender; and two books that were completely off our radar, Moonshot (ordered it as soon as the list came out) and The Trouble in Me, which I would have assumed was middle grade and now we’ll need to take a look at it. Also recognized was Conviction, which was on our list initially but no one has talked about it so we dropped it.

What did you think? Are the books we weren’t going to cover Printz contenders or not? Comments are open, and lively debate is a Thanksgiving tradition, so fire away!

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. Jonathan Hunt Jonathan Hunt says

    “So that’s a 75%-100% match, unless I am missing something that skews up.”

    MOST DANGEROUS by Steve Sheinkin?
    TOMMY by Karen Blumenthal?

  2. BECOMING MARIA would be Printz level, rather than Newbery, I’d think. It’s listed as grades 9+. And STEVE JOBS: INSANELY GREAT is listed as grades 8+.

    I think MY SENECA VILLAGE could skew up as well.

  3. Spreadsheet is updated for the SLJ list. I put the Top 10 Graphic Novels and Top 10 Latin@ books in a separate page because they don’t seem to officially be part of the Best Books list, but still of interest in the whole end of the year lists extravaganza.

    • Thank you for the lists you create! I rely on them. Would you please repost the link for the URL for your Starred Books List (the big one), I seem to have lost it or it was attached to a post which has now been taken down. Thanks so much.

      • It hasn’t been updated for November yet, but there is now a permanent link on the Heavy Medal page in with the resource links on the right side! Enjoy!

  4. List geek here is spazzing out. Thank you. I am in the camp of MOST DANGEROUS skewing up. It is a high school book in terms of interest. I love STEVE JOBS: INSANELY GREAT but couldn’t talk my team into adding it to our Mock Printz list because of the low number of starred reviews. Sigh. SYMPHONY FOR THE CITY OF THE DEAD and MOST DANGEROUS are both so good, this may be the year of a nonfiction winning it all! (Drowned City is good, not great!)

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