Since I just told a friend over email a couple days ago that I was refusing to make any public Printz predictions, I promise not to make too much of this, but I did say this a few week ago:
PS – I promise to tell you my thoughts on In Darkness one of these days–maybe after it unexpectedly wins the Printz.
Which I guess means I’m due. Obviously, from the above comment, I wasn’t surprised to see it take home the gold, and I think it’s a pretty stunning piece of writing. I also disagree with what Karyn said over on Someday about accuracy issues. I think Lake’s afterword was more than enough to cover his bases, and after I read up a little on the historical context, I felt that the changes he made were basically just to streamline the story so that it didn’t get bogged down in historical minutiae. I only had two problems with the book: 1) I wasn’t entirely convinced that Lake pulled off the connection between Shorty and L’Ouverture, and 2) As good as it was, I just didn’t think it stood up to the half-dozen or so best books of the year.
Speaking of those half-dozen or so books, Bomb! Yeah, I guess no one cared about the sourcing issues: YALSA Nonfiction, Sibert, and Newbery Honor. I, obviously, think it deserved a Printz Honor or Medal too, but I guess we can’t have everything. Congrats to Steve Sheinkin. Couldn’t have happened to a better book.
And also speaking of things I’ve said throughout the year, back on December 4, I said this about the YALSA Nonfiction Finalists:
I haven’t read STEVE JOBS yet (don’t much care for biographies; don’t much care for Steve Jobs), but I’m having a hard time imagining either the Newbery or the Printz committee coming up with a list of five books I’m as excited about as these – unless one or both of them includes a couple of these titles. Great, great, great year for nonfiction.
I pretty much stand by that statement. Overall, I’m impressed by both the Newbery and Printz lists this year, especially with Bomb on the Newbery list, but I still think the trio of Bomb, Titanic, and We’ve Got a Job, beats out the top three on either of those two lists, and I was quite disappointed to see no nonfiction titles on the Printz list.
You were there–what were your thoughts (or do you have thoughts on any of the many posts I’ve been putting up while you’ve been away?)