Monthly Archives: March 2018

2019 Printz Possibilities through February Stars

First, I have to lead with some sad news: Someday My Printz Will Come has had it’s last season. I’m enormously grateful for everything I have learned from all the Someday bloggers and their in-depth analysis of contenders. I will miss their commentary dearly and look forward to whatever their next projects will be!

Next – here’s your annual reminder of the Printz criteria:

The Michael L. Printz Award annually honors the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit, each year. – YALSA Website

Two additional eligibility notes:

  • Must be published between January 1 and December 31 by a United States publishing house. Works previously published in other countries are eligible the year they are published in the U.S.
  • Must have been designated by the publisher as a young adult book or within YALSA’s stated audience range of 12-18 years.

You can find the full policies and procedures here.

Last year, I broke my list into traditional contenders (novels in the upper part of the grade range) and outliers (younger titles, non-fiction, short stories, essays, etc. – basically everything else). Given that Vincent and Theo‘s honor means that non-fiction has been awarded two years in a row, I’m going to move non-fiction to that first list for this year. I’m also not going to include titles that end at age 12 for their review ranges (i.e ages 8-12) unless I’ve heard Printz buzz about them. I’m still sticking with three or more starred reviews; see this Someday My Printz post for why. Lists are after the break! Continue reading 2019 Printz Possibilities through February Stars

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February 2018 Starred Reviews

February 2018 stars tally:

  • 343 books published in 2018 have been awarded 509 starred reviews as of the end of February.  3 books have 5 starred reviews, 11 books have 4 starred reviews, 30 books have 3 starred reviews, 61 books have 2 starred reviews, 238 books have 1 starred review.
  • 18 new books have been added for February – 6 with four stars and 12 with three stars

5 starred reviews: 3 books – Thunderhead moves up from 4 stars

the girl who drew butterflies book coverthe hazel wood book coverthunderhead book cover

Continue reading February 2018 Starred Reviews

January 2018 Starred Reviews

TW: miscarriage

2018 has been quite the year so far. Both of my in-laws have had some health issues (mother-in-law battling multiple myeloma, currently quite successfully; father-in-law with a broken leg from a slip while shoveling snow), but are recovering. My husband started a new job for the first time in over 10 years in mid-January. I was scheduled to have minor knee surgery in early January when I learned I was pregnant and had to delay the surgery. Two weeks later at eight weeks along, I miscarried.  I’m sad, but physically fine. People don’t talk about miscarriages a lot and they are unbelievably common so if this is something you have struggled with, know that you are not alone. I had my knee surgery this past Tuesday and am recovering well. All these things have taken time from what would be my normal blogging routine, but I’m back working on it during my recovery!

So enough about me, let’s talk about some books! Some 2017 titles have gained a few more stars that are noted in the spreadsheet. Keep in mind I don’t have the February information in yet, so this is still behind.

January 2018 stars tally:

  • 249 books published in 2018 have been awarded 357 starred reviews as of the end of January.  2 books have 5 starred reviews, 6 books have 4 starred reviews, 18 books have 3 starred reviews, 46 books have 2 starred reviews, 177 books have 1 starred review.

5 starred reviews: 2 books – The Girl Who Drew Butterflies and The Hazel Wood both move up from 4 stars

the girl who drew butterflies book coverthe hazel wood book cover

Continue reading January 2018 Starred Reviews