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YMA 2018: Liveblog!

Well, we’re here! After all is said and done (and at this point, we’ve done a LOT of saying), we’ve arrived at the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Lots of books, lots of words, lots of passionate debate later, it all comes down to that conference room in Denver. Are you ready??

We’ll have our — well, my — reactions after the jump here in this blog post. We’re covering the teen section of the YMAs, and will be including reactions (and, let’s be honest) a lot of gushing. Comments will be open for conversation, reactions, and debriefing. As always, let’s remember Karyn’s reminder from the picks/predictions post the other day — RealCommittee does the hard work every year. We’re here to respect their work and the process they’ve gone through. Our choice and our thoughts are the result of our own process, which mimics RealCommittee rules and process, but is not actually the same.

This has been a long blogging season this time around, so let’s get to work!

So sorry, had some technical difficulties. Think I’m tuning in here for Stonewall. Hang on while I catch up.

Oooh! 57 Bus!

[edit to say, congrats to Little & Lion for winning!]

OK. CSK now. Yay!

Long Way Down with an author honor! What will this mean for the winner? And Angie Thomas with an honor? I can’t wait! And Rene Watson with the gold! What a group of stories! !!!!!!!!! (my emotions)

All right. Here are the YALSA awards section. Alex Awards up first. I love getting these recommendations every year. Thanks, Alex Committee!

MAE up next. With a mild spoiler from YALSA Prez! Suspense! AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH! Yes! OH, Angela Johnson! I am just without coherence. Love her writing!!!!! Thank you, thank you Jonathan Hunt and committee, well done.

Morris now: I can’t even predict. What will it beeeee?

The Hate U Give!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh, yes. Wonderful! Love the love for this book.


This is another tight race. And Vincent and Theo takes it. Whew! Thanks, ENYA Committee for your hard work!

Oh, here we are! Printz Time.

Four honors. OK (audience sounds relieved). LWD!!!!! YAY, Jason Reynolds! And Strange the Dreamer! The Hate U Give!!! What a year for Angie Thomas! Vincent and Theo, too! Again!

OK, here it is!! We Are OK. Joy! Again! You are MAGIC! Your heart picks are magic!

Now it’s ALSC’s turn, and Odyssey is up. The Hate U Give takes the winner title, with Long Way Down getting an honor. Thank you for your hard work, committee!

Pura Belpre up now. Lucky Broken Girl with the win. Honors for First Rule of Punk and The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora! Wooo-hoo!

Arburthnot Award: oh, such huge congratulations to Dr Debbie Reese. What a speech this will be!

Batchelder: The Murderer’s Ape gets the gold here.

Jacqueline Woodson gets the lifetime achievement award here! The Wilder Committee got some big applause there! So much love, such good work!

Newbery with an honor for Jason Reynolds! And another big medal for Rene Watson! With Crown taking the third honor spot. With Hello, Universe taking the medal! Oh, I did love that one. (I know this isn’t quite the focus of the blog, but with two teen(ish) books up there, I did squeal aloud!

So! What do you all think? Let’s chat in the comments.

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. Karyn Silverman says

    Oh, people, I have so many feelings.
    I am happy happy happy about Long Way Down and We Are Okay — Joy called it so strongly that I rush read it (with a little skimming) this weekend, and 100%. It’s quiet and a tiny story, but it’s superlative, painful writing and really well done. I haven’t read Vincent and Theo, and I won’t (I rarely read nonfiction), but it also got the ENYA and clearly it is excellent.

    On the flip side, I may not be ok with fantasy getting recognized (which, wooo-hooo) that isn’t In Other Lands, but I did love Strange (even if I really didn’t love the romancey stuff) so ok, I can deal. And The Hate U Give? Well, I don’t think it’s the most best written ever, but — and this is a biggie — it is the most important book of the year, so I totally see how the RC got there and it makes sense, and I should have predicted it, because CONSENSUS.

    Hit us with your reactions, I want some group processing here!

  2. Sarah Couri says

    I am (still!) somewhat entertained by the audience reaction to there being four honor books named. It may be a while before we start assuming that we’ll get the full slate each year, huh?

  3. I am very, very satisfied with this year’s slate, all the way around. I am not the hugest fan of We Are Okay, but LaCour is an excellent writer and deserves to recognized for her craft.

    The Hate U Give, Long Way Down, Vincent and Theo!!!!! What can I say? Finally those six starred review books got the love!

    And three of my sentimental favorites got some love, too: The Gentleman’s Guide, Strange the Dreamer, and The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage. What a fun year. All those discussions about whether a book in a series could get an award, and there were two!

    And did you notice that Newbery actually awarded honors to TWO YA books!!!? How cool is that?

    I want to read Piecing Me Together, Little and Lion, and You’re Welcome Universe. Somehow I missed the last one altogether and just didn’t get around to reading the other two. Not bad for a full slate of books— to only need to read three to finish it out. Woot woot.

    Thanks again gals for all you have done to make this a fun and positive space. I still think SLJ is crazy for letting you go. Are you all on Goodreads? Can we be your friends there?

  4. Love Love Loved the picks this year. Looking back at our Pyrite voting I feel pretty awesome, with my three picks actually all making it though not quite in the order I had planned. I really felt like they picked books that emotionally resonated with me on some level and I think also with our students/patrons/readers. I haven’t read Strange the Dreamer besides the opening few chapters from a sampler I received a long time ago but I think now I will have to get on that. Vincent and Theo, I am not shocked won, I feel like it was told in a very readable and entertaining way and now I can’t imagine thinking about Vincent without Theo so theres that. I would not have expected it but am not surprised by it per say.
    Thinking about other awards I am shocked by the Newbery definitely but not upset besides thinking my students will be. I think there needs to be a little more middle grade love but the YA picks are good ones. Haven’t read Piecing my together but it has been on my to-read pile for a long long long time. Perhaps when I finish The Hazel Wood but we’ll see.
    Looking at the post ahead I am also really pleased with other award winners like The First Rule of Punk and The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue.
    I hope to see you soon! I am really going to make an effort for Book Club next week. Miss you all and super sad that I won’t be able to check on this site anymore. As I said before you all will do amazing things and a I look forward to what comes next.

  5. I wasn’t too shocked by the winners and honors this year. The audience reaction to the number of honor books is always a hoot! I will be honest and say that I was extremely shocked by We Are Okay. I wish the RC could share their thought processes after they choose the winner and honors because I feel like I missed something when I read We Are Okay. I didn’t read Vincent and Theo but I heard great things. I’m VERY happy to see Strange the Dreamer as an honor. I’ve often complained that fantasy gets overlooked by the RC and there are some really good and critically acclaimed fantasy novels out there and I really liked Strange a lot. I for sure thought THUG was going to win not because of the writing necessarily but because of our political climate.

    Last year the RC committee surprised me with Asking for it and they did it again- LOL

    Sorry to see this blog go; I’ve enjoyed sharing my opinions and reading others. There is a mock Printz group on Goodreads if anyone is interested and Jenna Friebel from this year’s RC will resume facilitating that group this year.

  6. Karyn Silverman says

    Ok, but can we talk about the Newbery? Please? Because I am… not a fan of YA books getting the Newbery.

    (Why oh why can’t the Newbery cap at 13 and the Printz start at 13? That’s 7th grade. That should be the cut off, developmentally.)

    • Once the Printz was established I felt that the Newbery should have shrunk back to be more about middle grades, say 8-13 or 14. And that is generally what it seems to be usually. Then ocassionally they will select a Children’s book or a YA title (or 2) and I am shocked. So why can’t the ALA get it organized?
      Caldecott Picture books
      ?- Beginning Readers
      Newbery-Intermediate-Middle Grades
      Printz -YA.

      I think the Newbery only goes to books by American authors, correct? So at least that is a difference between the two.

      But, since they don’t distinguish the awards the way I suggest, then it is maddening that the Newbery doesn’t give out the award more often to YA tiles and I was glad to see two on their list this year.

  7. I haven t read any of the 2019 Newbery and Printz books yet although The Poet X is currently on my bedside table and Merci Suarez Changes Gears will be my next audiobook listen. I have read a smattering of the books honored by other committees. The award I was most delighted with was Sadie winning the Odyssey. That audiobook was amazing and destroyed me in the best possible way. When they had named the Odyssey honors, I sat at my desk quietly chanting Sadie, Sadie, come on, be Sadie and actually cheered when it was announced.

  8. The former “Someday My Printz Will Come” bloggers Sarah Couri and Karyn Silverman present a look at the history of the Printz award and offer their first round of possible contenders.

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