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Pyrite 2018: Honor Vote

Red Rose, from Wikipedia

Red Rose, from Wikipedia

We’ve done some of the hard work, in voting for and naming our winner. And what a winner — can you imagine getting to call Angie Thomas and say, “we loved your book and are giving you an award”?! I mean, we are not actually giving an award, let’s be clear. We are a mock committee. But what a great year to be reading YA, huh? As was noted, there are so many directions RealCommittee could go; the YMAs are going to be pretty exciting.

But! Our own Pyrite process  is not over yet! As I said earlier, we have more roses to give out — more tough decisions to make. There are more medals (roses? I’m feeling that Bachelorish metaphor this year, even though it’s really mixing things up, and we’ve tended to medal/sci fic jokes in the past) to award. We’re giving out up to four more spots, to be precise.

So! People! We will need to choose four more books before our work is done!

From RealCommittee’s bible, the P&P:

Honor Books All nominated titles are eligible for honor book consideration. Following the selection of a winner, a straw vote is conducted. Any title receiving no votes is removed from consideration. A formal, weighted ballot will follow. Based on the results of this ballot, the committee will decide if it wishes to name honor books and, if so, how many.

We will be streamlining and simplifying the process for our virtual, ad-hoc purposes, so there will be no straw vote.

Instead, we’ll go straight to the comments for our honor votes. As always, they’ll be weighted votes — so be sure to number them from 1-4 (with points allocated at 7/5/3/1). You are allowed four titles, but don’t have to fill each spot. Spots can’t be skipped, however, so if you only vote for three titles, they’ll be weighted 7/5/3.

For the RealPrintz, any officially nominated book is eligible, with the exception of the winner; in our case, that means anything that’s been written up this season other than The Hate U Give (because it won, yay!); plus the remaining books we’ll be posting about between now and ALA.*

*Planned for the week ahead in some cases in very brief form: The Language of Thorns, Dear Martin, Turtles All the Way Down, An Uninterrupted View of the Sky, They Both Die at the End, Far from the Tree, Devil Within, The Inexplicable Logic of My Life, and possibly The Librarian of Auschwitz, Too Shattered for Mending, and Starfish, plus anything else we squeeze in.

About Sarah Couri

Sarah Couri is a librarian at Grace Church School's High School Division, and has served on a number of YALSA committees, including Quick Picks, Great Graphic Novels, and (most pertinently!) the 2011 Printz Committee. Her opinions do not reflect the attitudes or opinions of SLJ, GCS, YALSA, or any other institutions with which she is affiliated. Find her on Twitter @scouri or e-mail her at scouri35 at gmail dot com.


  1. Long Way Down
    Strange the Dreamer
    They Both Die at the End

  2. 1. Long Way Down
    2. Strange the Dreamer
    3. The Pearl Thief
    4. In Other Lands

  3. 1) Landscape with Invisible Hand
    2) Thick As Thieves
    3) Strange the Dreamer
    4) I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

  4. 1. Pearl Thief
    2. Long Way Down
    3. Genuine Fraud
    4. Strange the Dreamer

  5. 1. The 57 Bus
    2. Thick as Thieves
    3. The Careful Undressing of Love
    4. A Face Like Glass

  6. 1. Midnight at the Electric
    2. Genuine Fraud
    3. Long Way Down
    4. Landscape with Invisible Hand

  7. Karyn Silverman says

    1. In Other Lands
    2. Strange the Dreamer
    3. All the Wind in the World
    4. The Pearl Thief

  8. Eric Carpenter says

    1. Long Way Down
    2. 57 Bus
    3. Landscape with Invisible Hand
    4. Jane Unlimited

  9. 1. At the Edge of the Universe
    2. Long Way Down
    3. Release
    4. Landscape with Invisible Hand

  10. 1. A Face Like Glass
    2. Thick as Thieves
    3. Landscape with Invisible Hand

  11. 1. Strange the Dreamer
    2. A Face Like Glass
    3. In Other Lands

    AUGH DECISIONS. My flawed-but-also-brilliant fourth vote goes to

    4. Thick as Thieves.

    Pressing [Post] before I can dither any more.

  12. (Do the rose metaphors combine with pyrite to make the honors rose gold?)

  13. 1. Long Way Down
    2. The 57 Bus
    3. The Art of Starving
    4. Too Shattered for Mending

  14. 1. Thick as Thieves
    2. Long Way Down
    3. In Other Lands
    4. The 57 Bus

  15. 1. Midnight at the Electric
    2. Long Way Down
    3. Vincent and Theo

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