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What would you bring to the nominating table?

Thanksgiving Table by Barbara Kolbe Baker. CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Thanksgiving Table by Barbara Kolbe Baker. CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Thanksgiving is so close, I can almost smell the turkey and mashed potatoes (or maybe I shouldn’t write when I’m hungry?). Of course, Thursday isn’t only about eating your weight in [insert your favorite Thanksgiving dish here]. We express our gratitude for all of the things that makes our lives meaningful.

Here at Someday, we are so thankful for all of you, our readers who contribute smart comments and point us towards hidden gems. We often refer to this blog as a mock committee, with you as our fellow committee members. So why don’t we make it official?

Which 2016 YA book would you nominate? Is there a novel you think is underrated or overlooked? Which title do you want to champion as a contender?

Here are the deets:

We’re looking for YOUR nominations! These will be mini reviews (250 words max) on why your chosen book has the right literary stuff. Need a refresher on Printz criteria? Check out the Printz policies and procedures. In September we posted our list of 25 books that we’re definitely covering, so let’s consider them already nominated. (The list is at the end of this post; any book that’s already been reviewed will have a link.)

Leave a comment—be sure to include your email address!—with the title of the book you want to nominate and we’ll get in touch. Later in the season, we’ll compile your nominations in a special roundup post.

Thanks again for reading with us!

Books we’ve already “nominated”

American Girls, Alison Umminger
As I Descended, Robin Talley
The Bitter Side of Sweet*, Tara Sullivan
Blood Red, Snow White, Marcus Sedgwick
Burn Baby Burn*, Meg Medina
Character, Driven*, David Lubar
Every Exquisite Thing, Matthew Quick
Exit, Pursued by a Bear*, E.K. Johnston
Golden Boys*, Sonya Hartnett
The Head of the Saint, Socorro Acioli
Highly Illogical Behavior, John Corey Whaley
The Lie Tree*, Frances Hardinge
The Memory of Light*, Francisco X. Stork
My Lady Jane, Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, and Jodi Meadows
The Passion of Dolssa*, Julie Berry
Railhead, Philip Reeve
The Reader*, Traci Chee
Samurai Rising*, Pamela S. Turner
The Serpent King, Jeff Zentner
The Singing Bones, Shaun Tan
Spontaneous, Aaron Starmer
Still Life with Tornado, A.S. King
Symptoms of Being Human, Jeff Garvin
Unbecoming*, Jenny Downham
We Are the Ants*, Shaun Davis Hutchinson

About Joy Piedmont

Joy Piedmont is a librarian and technology integrator at LREI - Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School. Prior to becoming a librarian, Joy reviewed and reported for Entertainment Weekly’s PopWatch. She reviews for SLJ and is the President of the Hudson Valley Library Association. When she’s not reading or writing about YA literature, she’s compulsively consuming culture of all kinds, learning to fly (on a trapeze), and taking naps with her cat, Oliver. Find her on Twitter @InquiringJoy, email her at joy dot piedmont at gmail dot com, or follow her on Tumblr. Her opinions do not reflect the attitudes or opinions of SLJ, LREI, HVLA or any other initialisms with which she is affiliated.


  1. I have nothing to add to this list; it’s exquisite. Just wanted to say you’ve done a bang-up job! Cannot wait to see how this year pans out!

  2. Great list!! I would be happy with almost any of those receiving metallic stickers.

    Lucy & Linh by Alice Pung is my “nomination”.

    And this is not a nom, but I’m a little surprised by the absence of The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon.

    • I like Lucy and Linh, too. I’d add it to the list.

    • Karyn Silverman says

      The Sun Is Also a Star is on our secret list, FWIW — that initial 25 book list is wildly off from what we really consider contenders, because it was composed when we hadn’t read a number of them yet. Lucy and Linh is as well, but if you want to write it up I suspect Joy (who was going to cover it) will be happy to let you have a crack!

  3. The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

  4. I’d be THRILLED with Some Kind of Happiness as a Navigating-Early-style nomination.

  5. I’ll nominate Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk.

    • Karyn Silverman says

      Oh good, because I was going to write up some younger contenders for tomorrow and I am not feeling Wolf Hollow!

  6. My favorite books of the year so far:
    The Passion of Dolssa
    We are the Ants
    The Reader
    Character Driven
    Lucy and Linh

    Here is our Mock Printz List All books aren’t equal but I like them all.

  7. This is the Part Where You Laugh by Peter Brown Hoffmeister. It’s the real deal.

  8. Joy Piedmont says

    Thanks, all who responded! I’ll be sending out emails to you this weekend if you “nominated.”

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