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Cover imagesSisters. Parents. Family. Children of immigrants. Starred reviews. National Book Award recognition. These books have quite a bit in common, not least in terms of love and buzz and people talk-talk-talking. Both novels examine generational expectations, both examine daughters who long to be artists, and both novels illustrate how daughters and their parents move around each other in complicated patterns, trying to understand each other. They’re not entirely similar — while Perkins uses different perspectives and voices to tell the story of one family’s experiences, Sánchez focuses on Julia’s voice to give an understanding of her family. Perkins’ You Bring the Distant Near got four stars, and Sánchez’s I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter received two stars. With intense focus from the NBA (YBDN made the longlist; IAMYPMD was a finalist), what will RealCommittee have to say about these two titles?

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Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
HarperTeen, May 2015
Reviewed from final copy

I’ve been considering this a graphic novel roundup — we’re short on time, you may have heard? — but now that I’m sitting down to write it, I’m finding myself with a lot to say about Nimona. I can’t guarantee that we’ll have a chance to circle back around to March 2 and Ms Marvel 2 and 3. (It would be the M cubed post, unless we’re able to fit in EVEN MORE GNs. And with the year going as quickly as this one is, don’t underestimate our ability to add and add and add! I mean, I am not convinced that any of those sequel Ms will go the distance at Printz table conversation, but I want to live in a world where Kamala Khan is considered for Printz candidate alongside John Lewis, OK?) [Read more…]


Threatened by Eliot Schrefer
Scholastic, February 2014
Reviewed from an ARC

The art of reading for Printz is an interesting one; the pile adds and drops titles throughout the course of the year. With two stars and some buzz, Threatened was a back-and-forther for me — sometimes in the pile, sometimes to the side, sometimes near the top, sometimes moved to the bottom. But when it got shortlisted for the NBA, it came back to the top of the pile with a vengeance. We wondered if anyone would speak up for it…no one had much to say then. Maybe you’ve been saving your comments for a longer post? [Read more…]

The Long List

Everyone’s seen the NBA long list, yes?

Five titles are what I would consider firmly children’s and not within the Printz purview.

Of the other five, four were on our own longlist the other day, have garnered several stars, and are the books people* are generally speaking about.

(*people in this case=book people with a focus on well written YA)

Two things jumped out for our purposes: 1, Two Boys Kissing, which none of us have read yet,  clearly needs to move up on the to-read pile; 2, WHOA: Boxers and Saints appears to be considered one book from the National Book Award judges’ perspective.

(And speaking for me, alone, rather than the Someday collective, I am so happy there are others who felt The Summer Prince was something special, since it’s my personal frontrunner right now!)

So? Thoughts?


The NBA Winner!

As I’m sure you all know, last night was the NBA banquet (gala?). And the winner in the Young People’s category was… the one not YA candidate! I was so sure it would be a YA book that I scheduled myself to write a reaction post. And now I find myself with nothing to say.

I was really convinced the award would go to one of the YA picks. In fact, when I was asked what I thought, I conceded that, having read only one of the shortlist titles, I probably didn’t get to have an opinion, but it surely wouldn’t be the token MG title, which was so clearly the outlier. Why do I ever make predictions? I am always wrong.


And I haven’t even read Goblin Secrets yet, because I’m pretty far behind on YA. Middle grade 2012 books are something I’ll look at in 2013. Or possibly when my kid is a middle grader, because there are just too many books! (She wails, melodramatically.) Fellow SLJ bloggers have read it, though, so check out Nina’s coverage on Heavy Medal or Liz’s on Tea Cozy for a sense of the book.

Anyway, so what I’m wondering is this: do we still need to read Endangered and Out of Reach? We added them to the contender list because they were on the NBA shortlist, although they hadn’t come up in any other context as likely candidates for the Printz, but none of us have read either of them yet (and because of the NBA nod, they are hard books to get hold of). Are they contenders? Why? And if not, why not?