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04 January 2008


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Andrew Karre

Interesting. Is SUCH A PRETTY GIRL eligible? It's a YA in my mind, but it was published for adults (and has sold 30,000 copies Bookscan its first year, so maybe that was a good idea from a business standpoint).

Glad to see Peter Cameron's SOMEDAY THIS PAIN WILL BE USEFUL TO YOU on a couple lists. That book is a masterpiece.


I hae a review copy of the Cameron book sitting at the top of my pile -- I'm hoping to get to it this weekend.

If Pretty Girl was published as an adult book, I don't think it's eligible for the Printz (scroll down for eligibility requirements) -- but it would be eligible for the Alex.


I thought "Such a Pretty Girl" was released as a YA book. It is MTV books after all. In my library it's shelved as a YA.


I'm going to one tomorrow with Multnomah County - here's our list:

Alexie, Sherman The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian
Anderson, Laurie Halse Twisted
Asher, Jay Thirteen Reasons Why
Barakat, Ibtisam Tasting the Sky
Cameron, Peter Someday This Pain Will be Useful to You
Dowd, Siobhan A Swift Pure Cry
Hemphill, Stephanie Your Own Sylvia
Resau, Laura Red Glass
Schmidt, Gary The Wednesday Wars
Sharenow, Rob My Mother the Cheerleader


I'm glad to see that TWOC and Shark Girl both appear on a ballot or two. I thought both were very well written, though I don't think either would be my ultimate pick. I'm surprised to see Diamonds in the Shadows as a mock Printz nominee on one of those ballots. I just reviewed it on my blog, and while I think it's a good book, I certainly don't think it's Printz quality. For one thing, the fact that the adults are totally blind to something even an eleven-year-old girl picks up on almost immediately was a problem for me. It just wasn't credible. And since a lot of the book hinges on that something, it prevented the book from being as good as it could have been. BBYA, maybe. Printz? No. I'm also glad that Part-Time Indian isn't winning on every list. I think it was a very good book, and I don't disagree that it belongs on the short list for the Printz, but I'm not quite convinced that it's the best book of the year. Regardless, my money is on it to win the real prize.

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