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My Mock Printz To-Read Goals January-April

As noted in my previous post, looking at starred reviews through the end of March there are 21 traditional Printz contenders and 23 outliers. Throw in your books from previous winners and honorees plus buzz books and dark horses and that’s a LOT of books.

Thinking about my reading habits, I know I’m never going to be able to read all of those. I’m already behind on where I wanted to be for my mock award-prep reading, so I thought I would try setting some goals. Therefore, I’m picking three books published in each month to try to read to be at least semi-informed in the mock discussions. Read on to see what I picked from January through April to be added to my TBR pile. Descriptions are from the Palatine Public Library catalog except for where noted. Continue reading My Mock Printz To-Read Goals January-April

Early Printz Possibilities

Now that the first quarter of starred reviews have all been entered let’s start breaking it down by award. First up, the Printz.

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.

Given these criteria, when I make my Printz list, I include anything that hits the 12-18 year age range in at least one review and has three or more starred reviews. For why I stick with three or more stars, see How Many Stars Does It Take to Catch a Printz? over on Someday My Printz Will Come However, given what historically is honored most of the time (novels in the upper part of the age range), I divide the list into two parts. The first part is “traditional” contenders and the second part is outliers with reasons why noted. Ignore the outliers at your own risk *cough*NavigatingEarly*cough*. Read on to see this year’s first list. Continue reading Early Printz Possibilities

Awards and Best Books and Stars, Oh My!

On Monday, January 23 various sections of the American Library Association gave out some of the biggest awards for children’s and young adult books from the previous year at the Youth Media Awards. I look forward to the Youth Media Awards every year – not much can get me out of bed that early in the morning, but the excitement just can’t be beat!

Part of why I started tracking starred reviews and best books was to try to read likely contenders, so let’s see how this year’s winners and honors stack up!

Newbery Award:

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Winner: The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
Starred reviews – 5: Booklist, Bulletin, Kirkus, PW, SLJ
Best lists – 5: Booklist, Bulletin, Kirkus, PW, SLJ

Honors:
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Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan
Starred reviews – 5: Booklist, Horn Book, Kirkus, PW, SLJ
Best lists – 3: Horn Book, Kirkus, SLJ

The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz, illustrated by Hatem Aly
Starred reviews – 5: Booklist, Horn Book, Kirkus, PW, SLJ
Best lists – 5: Booklist, Horn Book, Kirkus, PW, SLJ

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk
Starred reviews – 5: Booklist, Horn Book, Kirkus, PW, SLJ
Best lists – 3: Booklist, Kirkus, SLJ

Printz Award

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Winner: March, Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin; Illustrated by Nate Powell
Starred reviews – 5: Booklist, Horn Book, Kirkus, PW, SLJ
Best lists – 5: Booklist, Horn Book, Kirkus, PW, SLJ

Honors:
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Asking For It by Louise O’Neill
Starred reviews – 1: SLJ
Best lists – 1: SLJ

The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry
Starred reviews – 5: Booklist, Bulletin, Horn Book, PW, SLJ
Best lists – 4: Booklist, Horn Book, PW, SLJ

Scythe by Neal Shusterman
Starred reviews – 5: Booklist, Bulletin, Kirkus, PW, SLJ
Best lists – 3: Kirkus, PW, SLJ

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Starred reviews – 5: Booklist, Bulletin, Horn Book, Kirkus, PW
Best lists – 5: Booklist, Bulletin, Horn Book, Kirkus, PW

Caldecott Award

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Winner: Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe
Starred reviews – 4: Horn Book, Kirkus, PW, SLJ
Best lists – 4: Horn Book, Kirkus, PW, SLJ

Honors:
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Leave Me Alone! by Vera Brosgol
Starred reviews – 2: PW, SLJ
Best lists – 2: Horn Book, PW

Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford; illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
Starred reviews – 4: Booklist, Horn Book, Kirkus, SLJ
Best lists – 4: Booklist, Horn Book, Kirkus, SLJ

Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis
Starred reviews – 5: Booklist, Bulletin, Horn Book, Kirkus, PW
Best lists – 4: Booklist, Horn Book, Kirkus, PW

They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel
Starred reviews – 3: Booklist, PW, SLJ
Best lists – 2: Booklist, SLJ

Some notes of interest:

  • Many of the titles with 5 starred reviews were honored this year, but none of the titles with 6 starred reviews were!
  • As usual, when there were 5 starred reviews, the Bulletin was the journal most likely to have abstained. In the case of March, Book Three I’m pretty sure they never even reviewed it although I would have to double check to be sure. This was a little more spread around than sometimes though – Kirkus didn’t star The Passion of Dolssa; SLJ didn’t star The Sun Is Also a Star or Du Iz Tak?; and Horn Book didn’t star Scythe or The Girl Who Drank the Moon.
  • Typically the starred reviews are the widest net of excellence, narrowed down into best books and then the awards only honor a handful of titles. However, Leave Me Alone by Vera Brosgol did not receive a starred review from Horn Book, but did make their Fanfare (best of the year) List.
  • Asking for It (1 star and list) and Leave Me Alone (2 stars and lists) are our annual reminder that starred reviews and best lists are far from perfect predictors and that the committee members read far more widely than most of us are able to do!

I read fewer books in 2016 than I have in quite awhile, but still managed to have read several of these before the awards. Trying to read up for the Mock Printz I participated in meant I read The Passion of Dolssa, Scythe and The Sun Is Also a Star; we picked The Passion of Dolssa as an honor book, but I thought all three were excellent. I listened to Wolf Hollow crying my eyes out at times and just finished the lovely The Girl Who Drank the Moon which I was halfway through at the time of the announcements. I haven’t really looked at any of the Caldecotts yet which is maybe not surprising since 11/12 of 2016 I was focused on teens!

Had you read any of these ahead of time? Which ones did you love? What books will you now be championing to readers yourself since they didn’t get awards?

I also encourage you to check out the many other awards that were announced at the Youth Media Awards – there are many other wonderful awards that focus on diverse titles or other formats that are well worth your while. You can see a list of some of them in my Award Winners spreadsheet.

Stay tuned for a post in the next week of 2017 titles that are already accumulating stars – maybe next year’s winners and honors will be among those! Happy reading!

September 2016 Printz Contenders

printzcontendergraphicCatching up slowly but surely. Here’s the update on what has 3 or more stars and hits the Printz age range after all the  stars from September journals have been entered.

See the April Printz Update for information on how I’m compiling these lists. The first list is more traditional contenders. The 2nd list is the titles that just barely touch the age range or are non-fiction.

165 titles have been awarded 3 or more stars this year (6 stars-4, 5 stars-11, 4 stars-50, 3 stars-100). 2 of the 6 star books is too young; 2 of the 5 star books is too young, 17 of the 4 star books are too young, 45 of the 3 star books are too young. That leaves us with 99 books to consider. Books that are new to the list this month are in bold.

List One (44 titles):
American Girls by Alison Umminger
Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann
The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan – 4 stars
Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina – 4 stars
Character, Driven by David Lubar – 4 stars
Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling by Tony Cliff – (Graphic)
Draw the Line by Laurent Linn
Essential Maps for the Lost by Deb Caletti
Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston – 4 stars
The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis – 4 stars
Flannery by Lisa Moore
Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown
Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard
Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett – 4 stars
The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle
Half Lost by Sally Green
Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge – 6 stars
Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung –  4 stars
March, Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin – 5 stars
The Memory Book by Lara Avery
The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork – 4 stars
My Name is Not Friday by Jon Walter
My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier
The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos
The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks (Graphic)
On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis
The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry – 5 stars
Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff
Railhead by Philip Reeve
Rani Patel in Full Effect by Sonia Patel
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater – 4 stars
The Reader by Traci Chee – 4 stars
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Riverkeep by Martin Stewart
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
The Singing Bones by Shaun Tan
The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters
Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley
Still Life with Tornado by A.S. King – 4 stars
Summer Days and Summer Nights ed. by Stephanie Perkins – 4 stars
The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
A Tangle of Gold by Jaclyn Moriarty – 4 stars
Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach
Unbecoming by Jenny Downham – 4 stars
Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter
We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson – 4 stars
When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
When We Was Fierce by E.E. Charlton-Trujillo – publication delayed indefinitely – 4 stars

List Two (42 titles):
Applesauce Weather by Helen Frost
Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey Journey of a Mouse to the Moon by Torben Kuhlmann – 4 stars
As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds – 4 stars
Ashes by Laurie Halse Anderson – 4 stars
Beautiful Blue World by Suzanne LaFleur
The Best Man by Richard Peck – 5 stars
Booked by Kwame Alexander – 4 stars
Bubonic Panic by Gail Jarrow
The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox
Dara Palmer’s Major Drama by Emma Shevah
Dive!: World War II Stories of Sailors and Submarines by Deborah Hopkinson
The Door By the Staircase by Katherine Marsh
Falling Over Sideways by Jordan Sonnenblick
Free Verse by Sarah Dooley
Full of Beans by Jennifer L. Holm – 4 stars
Garvey’s Choice by Nikki Grimes – 4 stars
Ghost by Jason Reynolds – 4 stars
Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier – 4 stars
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill – 5 stars
The Great White Shark Scientist by Sy Montgomery
Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar
In the Shadow of Liberty by Kenneth Davis
The Inquisitor’s Tale or the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz – 4 stars
Jazz Day by Roxane Orgil – 6 stars
Lucky Strikes by Louis Bayard
Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee
Moo by Sharon Creech
Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson – 4 stars
The Most Important Thing by Avi
Pax by Sara Pennypacker – 4 stars
The Poet’s Dog by Patricia MacLachlan
Prairie Dog Song by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe
Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo – 5 stars
Samurai Rising by Pamele S. Turner (Non-Fiction) – 4 stars
Snow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan – 4 stars
Some Writer!: The Story of E.B. White by Melissa Sweet – 5 stars
Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard by Jonathan Auxier – 4 stars
The Storyteller by Aaron Starmer
Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience During World War II by Albert Marrin
Vietnam: A History of the War by Russell Freedman – 4 stars
We Will Not Be Silent by Russell Freedman – (Non-Fiction) – 5 stars
Wet Cement by Bob Raczka – (Poetry) – 5 stars
When Mischief Came to Town by Katrina Nannestad
When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin – 4 stars
Wild Robot by Peter Brown – 4 stars
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk – 5 stars
The Wolf’s Boy by Susan Williams Beckhorn

For complete publication information on any of these titles check out the spreadsheet. Happy reading!

August 2016 Printz Contenders

printzcontendergraphicSomeday My Printz Will Come is back with their initial list of contenders so I highly recommend popping on over there to see what they’ve got on the radar. Here’s the update on what has 3 or more stars and hits the Printz age range after all the  stars from August journals have been entered. Maybe you’ll find a new favorite for your own personal contender list!

See the April Printz Update for information on how I’m compiling these lists. The first list is more traditional contenders. The 2nd list is the titles that just barely touch the age range or are non-fiction.

139 titles have been awarded 3 or more stars this year (6 stars-4, 5 stars-7, 4 stars-40, 3 stars-88). 2 of the 6 star books is too young; 1 of the 5 star books is too young, 12 of the 4 star books are too young, 38 of the 3 star books are too young. That leaves us with 86 books to consider. Books that are new to the list this month are in bold.

List One (44 titles):
American Girls by Alison Umminger
Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann
The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan – 4 stars
Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina – 4 stars
Character, Driven by David Lubar – 4 stars
Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling by Tony Cliff – (Graphic)
Draw the Line by Laurent Linn
Essential Maps for the Lost by Deb Caletti
Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston – 4 stars
The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
Flannery by Lisa Moore
Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown
Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard
Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett – 4 stars
The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle
Half Lost by Sally Green
Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge – 6 stars
March, Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin – 4 stars
The Memory Book by Lara Avery
The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork – 4 stars
My Name is Not Friday by Jon Walter
The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos
The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks (Graphic)
On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis
The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry – 5 stars
Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff
Railhead by Philip Reeve
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater – 4 stars
The Reader by Traci Chee – 4 stars
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
The Singing Bones by Shaun Tan
The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters
Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley
Summer Days and Summer Nights ed. by Stephanie Perkins – 4 stars
A Tangle of Gold by Jaclyn Moriarty – 4 stars
Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach
Unbecoming by Jenny Downham – 4 stars
Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter
We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson – 4 stars
When We Was Fierce by E.E. Charlton-Trujillo – publication delayed indefinitely

List Two (42 titles):
Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey Journey of a Mouse to the Moon by Torben Kuhlmann – 4 stars
As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds – 4 stars
Ashes by Laurie Halse Anderson – 4 stars
Beautiful Blue World by Suzanne LaFleur
The Best Man by Richard Peck – 5 stars
Booked by Kwame Alexander – 4 stars
Bubonic Panic by Gail Jarrow
The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox
Dara Palmer’s Major Drama by Emma Shevah
The Door By the Staircase by Katherine Marsh
Falling Over Sideways by Jordan Sonnenblick
Free Verse by Sarah Dooley
Full of Beans by Jennifer L. Holm – 4 stars
Garvey’s Choice by Nikki Grimes – 4 stars
Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier – 4 stars
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill – 4 stars
The Great White Shark Scientist by Sy Montgomery
Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar
The Inquisitor’s Tale or the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz – 4 stars
Jazz Day by Roxane Orgil – 6 stars
Lucky Strikes by Louis Bayard
Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee
Moo by Sharon Creech
Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson
The Most Important Thing by Avi
Pax by Sara Pennypacker – 4 stars
The Poet’s Dog by Patricia MacLachlan
Prairie Dog Song by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe
Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo – 5 stars
Samurai Rising by Pamele S. Turner (Non-Fiction) – 4 stars
Snow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan – 4 stars
Some Writer!: The Story of E.B. White by Melissa Sweet
Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard by Jonathan Auxier – 4 stars
The Storyteller by Aaron Starmer
We Will Not Be Silent by Russell Freedman – (Non-Fiction) – 5 stars
Wet Cement by Bob Raczka – (Poetry) – 5 stars
When Mischief Came to Town by Katrina Nannestad
When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin – 4 stars
Wild Robot by Peter Brown – 4 stars
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk – 5 stars
The Wolf’s Boy by Susan Williams Beckhorn

For complete publication information on any of these titles check out the spreadsheet. Happy reading!

July 2016 Printz Contender Update

printzcontendergraphicHere’s the update on what has 3 or more stars and hits the Printz age range after all the  stars from July journals have been entered.

See the April Printz Update for information on how I’m compiling these lists. The first list is more traditional contenders. The 2nd list is the titles that just barely touch the age range or are non-fiction.

123 titles have been awarded 3 or more stars this year (6 stars-3, 5 stars-8, 4 stars-32, 3 stars-80). 1 of the 6 star books is too young; 2 of the 5 star books is too young, 12 of the 4 star books are too young, 31 of the 3 star books are too young. That leaves us with 77 books to consider. Books that are new to the list this month are in bold.

List One (37 titles):
American Girls by Alison Umminger
Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann
The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan – 4 stars
Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina – 4 stars
Character, Driven by David Lubar – 4 stars
Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling by Tony Cliff – (Graphic)
Draw the Line by Laurent Linn
Essential Maps for the Lost by Deb Caletti
Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston – 4 stars
The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
Flannery by Lisa Moore
Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard
Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett – 4 stars
The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle
Half Lost by Sally Green
Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge – 6 stars
The Memory Book by Lara Avery
The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork – 4 stars
My Name is Not Friday by Jon Walter
The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos
The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks (Graphic)
On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis
The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry – 5 stars
Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff
Railhead by Philip Reeve
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater – 4 stars
The Reader by Traci Chee
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters
Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley
Summer Days and Summer Nights ed. by Stephanie Perkins – 4 stars
A Tangle of Gold by Jaclyn Moriarty – 4 stars
Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach
Unbecoming by Jenny Downham – 4 stars
We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson – 4 stars
When We Was Fierce by E.E. Charlton-Trujillo – publication delayed indefinitely

List Two (28 titles):
As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds – 4 stars
Ashes by Laurie Halse Anderson
Beautiful Blue World by Suzanne LaFleur

The Best Man by Richard Peck – 5 stars
Booked by Kwame Alexander – 4 stars
Bubonic Panic by Gail Jarrow
The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox
Dara Palmer’s Major Drama by Emma Shevah
The Door By the Staircase by Katherine Marsh
Falling Over Sideways by Jordan Sonnenblick
Free Verse by Sarah Dooley
Full of Beans by Jennifer L. Holm – 4 stars
Garvey’s Choice by Nikki Grimes
Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier – 4 stars
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill – 4 stars
The Great White Shark Scientist by Sy Montgomery
Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar
Jazz Day by Roxane Orgil – 6 stars
Lucky Strikes by Louis Bayard
Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee
Moo by Sharon Creech
Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson
The Most Important Thing by Avi
Pax by Sara Pennypacker – 4 stars
The Poet’s Dog by Patricia MacLachlan
Prairie Dog Song by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore
Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo – 5 stars
Samurai Rising by Pamele S. Turner (Non-Fiction) – 4 stars
Some Writer!: The Story of E.B. White by Melissa Sweet
Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard by Jonathan Auxier – 4 stars
The Storyteller by Aaron Starmer
We Will Not Be Silent by Russell Freedman – (Non-Fiction) – 5 stars
Wet Cement by Bob Raczka – (Poetry) – 5 stars
When Mischief Came to Town by Katrina Nannestad
Wild Robot by Peter Brown – 4 stars
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk – 5 stars
The Wolf’s Boy by Susan Williams Beckhorn

For complete publication information on any of these titles check out the spreadsheet. Happy reading!

June 2016 Printz Contender Update

printzcontendergraphicHow is it possible that 6 months of the year have gone by and I’ve read almost nothing from 2016?? Well, the past is in the past – I can only look to the future! So, tell me – which of these titles with 3 or more stars do I definitely HAVE to read if I’m going to have anything to say in the mock Printz discussions this year?

See the April Printz Update for information on how I’m compiling these lists. The first list is more traditional contenders. The 2nd list is the titles that just barely touch the age range or are non-fiction.

104 titles have been awarded 3 or more stars this year (6 stars-3, 5 stars-5, 4 stars-29, 3 stars-67). 1 of the 6 star books is too young; 1 of the 5 star books is too young, 12 of the 4 star books are too young, 25 of the 3 star books are too young. That leaves us with 56 books to consider. Books that are new to the list this month are in bold.

List One (37 titles):
American Girls by Alison Umminger
Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann
The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan – 4 stars
Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina – 4 stars
Character, Driven by David Lubar – 4 stars
Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling by Tony Cliff – (Graphic)
Draw the Line by Laurent Linn
Essential Maps for the Lost by Deb Caletti
Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston – 4 stars
Flannery by Lisa Moore
Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett – 4 stars
The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle
Half Lost by Sally Green
Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge – 6 stars
The Memory Book by Lara Avery
The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork – 4 stars
My Name is Not Friday by Jon Walter
The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos
The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks (Graphic)
On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis
The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry – 5 stars
Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater – 4 stars
The Reader by Traci Chee
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters
Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley
Summer Days and Summer Nights ed. by Stephanie Perkins – 4 stars
A Tangle of Gold by Jaclyn Moriarty – 4 stars
Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach
Unbecoming by Jenny Downham – 4 stars
We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson – 4 stars
When We Was Fierce by E.E. Charlton-Trujillo

List Two (28 titles):
As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds
Booked by Kwame Alexander – 4 stars
Bubonic Panic by Gail Jarrow
The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox
Dara Palmer’s Major Drama by Emma Shevah
The Door By the Staircase by Katherine Marsh
Free Verse by Sarah Dooley
Full of Beans by Jennifer L. Holm
Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
The Great White Shark Scientist by Sy Montgomery

Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar
Jazz Day by Roxane Orgil – 6 stars
Lucky Strikes by Louis Bayard
Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee
Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson
The Most Important Thing by Avi
Pax by Sara Pennypacker – 4 stars
Prairie Dog Song by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore
Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo – 5 stars
Samurai Rising by Pamele S. Turner (Non-Fiction) – 4 stars
Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard by Jonathan Auxier – 4 stars
The Storyteller by Aaron Starmer
We Will Not Be Silent by Russell Freedman – (Non-Fiction) – 5 stars
Wet Cement by Bob Raczka – (Poetry) – 5 stars
When Mischief Came to Town by Katrina Nannestad
Wild Robot by Peter Brown – 4 stars
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk – 4 stars
The Wolf’s Boy by Susan Williams Beckhorn

For complete publication information on any of these titles check out the spreadsheet. Happy reading!

May 2016 Printz Contender Update

printzcontendergraphicSo – this is obviously quite late – and I haven’t entered any June stars in the spreadsheet yet. The following things have contributed to this: our Summer Book Buddies program has over 100 readers registered this year – that’s 20 more than we’ve every had before – which means I’m now supervising 105 high school volunteers helping with that and 9 other summer volunteer programs; my Grandma turned 90 this summer so we had a big family celebration that knocked out a bunch of my weekend time; as my previous post noted, I was lucky enough to get to go to ALA this year; a good friend is getting married and there was a bachelorette lake house weekend event to attend; and finally – a grant we were told was due July 31 was actually due July 1 which means that’s all I spent the last two days on basically. Phew! The life of a public librarian in the summer!

But enough about me – for information on how I’m creating these lists see the April Printz Update. The first list is more traditional contenders. The 2nd list is the titles that just barely touch the age range or are non-fiction.

92 titles have been awarded 3 or more stars this year (6 stars-2, 5 stars-5, 4 stars-25, 3 stars-60). 1 of the 5 star books is too young; 9 of the 4 star books are too young, 26 of the 3 star books are too young. That leaves us with 56 books to consider. Books that are new to the list this month are in bold.

List One (34 titles):
American Girls by Alison Umminger
Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann
The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan – 4 stars
Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina – 4 stars
Character, Driven by David Lubar
Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling by Tony Cliff – (Graphic)
Draw the Line by Laurent Linn
Essential Maps for the Lost by Deb Caletti
Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston – 4 stars
Flannery by Lisa Moore
Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett – 4 stars
The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle
Half Lost by Sally Green
Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge – 6 stars
The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork – 4 stars
My Name is Not Friday by Jon Walter
The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos
The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks (Graphic)
On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis
The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry – 5 stars
Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater – 4 stars
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters
Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley
Summer Days and Summer Nights ed. by Stephanie Perkins – 4 stars
A Tangle of Gold by Jaclyn Moriarty – 4 stars
Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach
Unbecoming by Jenny Downham – 4 stars
We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson – 4 stars

List Two (22 titles):
Booked by Kwame Alexander – 4 stars
Bubonic Panic by Gail Jarrow
The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox
Dara Palmer’s Major Drama by Emma Shevah
The Door By the Staircase by Katherine Marsh
Free Verse by Sarah Dooley
Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar
Jazz Day by Roxane Orgil – 6 stars
Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee
Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson
The Most Important Thing by Avi
Pax by Sara Pennypacker – 4 stars
Prairie Dog Song by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore
Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo – 5 stars
Samurai Rising by Pamele S. Turner (Non-Fiction) – 4 stars
Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard by Jonathan Auxier – 4 stars
The Storyteller by Aaron Starmer
We Will Not Be Silent by Russell Freedman – (Non-Fiction) – 5 stars
Wet Cement by Bob Raczka – (Poetry) – 5 stars
When Mischief Came to Town by Katrina Nannestad
Wild Robot by Peter Brown – 4 stars
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk – 4 stars

For complete publication information on any of these titles check out the spreadsheet. Happy reading!

April 2016 Printz Contender Update

printzcontendergraphicPreviously I had been posting a monthly contender update over at SLJ’s Someday My Printz Will Come in the comments, but it’s really hard to format things in their comment editor so I’m moving them here and just posting a link there.

For information on the Printz criteria please see the Award Policies and Procedures. Some general bits to keep in mind: The age range for the Printz is 12-18 and the award is for literary quality not popularity. Given how widely the award committees have been casting their nets lately, the only thing I’m looking at for this list is whether at least one of the journals that awarded a star has an age range that overlaps the Printz age range.

When looking at titles that are considered contenders for the ALA awards, the general consensus is that anything that receives 3 or more stars deserves a look at least. Could be a brief look, but a look nonetheless. Something else to think about here is that the criteria for the Printz is not the same as the criteria any of the journals have for giving a book a starred review – and here’s your reminder that the process and criteria for awarding stars varies widely among the six journals I track.

With all that out of the way – let’s get to the lists! The first list is more traditional contenders. The 2nd list is the titles that just barely touch the age range or are non-fiction since non-fiction hasn’t been awarded since 2010 when Charles and Emma won the inaugural YALSA Excellence in Non-Fiction Award and took a Printz Honor.

75 titles have been awarded 3 or more stars this year (6 stars-1, 5 stars-5, 4 stars-21, 3 stars-48). 1 of the 5 star books is too young; 7 of the 4 star books are too young, 18 of the 3 star books are too young. That leaves us with 49 books to consider. And by us, I mostly mean you since I am super behind on my reading this year and the swirling books in the graphic above haunt my dreams and to-do lists lately. Books that are new to the list this month are in bold.

List One (29 titles):
Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan – 4 stars
Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina – 4 stars
Character, Driven by David Lubar
Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling by Tony Cliff – (Graphic)
Draw the Line by Laurent Linn
Essential Maps for the Lost by Deb Caletti
Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston – 4 stars
Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett
The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle
Half Lost by Sally Green
Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge – 5 stars
The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork – 4 stars
My Name is Not Friday by Jon Walter
The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos
The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks (Graphic)
On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis
The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry – 5 stars
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater – 4 stars
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters
Summer Days and Summer Nights ed. by Stephanie Perkins
A Tangle of Gold by Jaclyn Moriarty
Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach
Unbecoming by Jenny Downham – 4 stars
We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson – 4 stars

List Two (20 titles):
Booked by Kwame Alexander – 4 stars
The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox
The Door By the Staircase by Katherine Marsh
Free Verse by Sarah Dooley
Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar
Jazz Day by Roxane Orgil – 6 stars
Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee
Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson
The Most Important Thing by Avi
Pax by Sara Pennypacker – 4 stars
Prairie Dog Song by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore
Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo – 5 stars
Samurai Rising by Pamele S. Turner (Non-Fiction) – 4 stars
Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard by Jonathan Auxier – 4 stars
The Storyteller by Aaron Starmer
We Will Not Be Silent by Russell Freedman – (Non-Fiction) – 5 stars
Wet Cement by Bob Raczka – (Poetry) – 4 stars
When Mischief Came to Town by Katrina Nannestad
Wild Robot by Peter Brown – 4 stars
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk – 4 stars

For complete publication information on any of these titles check out the spreadsheet. Happy reading!