Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Genre Breakdown of the Printz Awards

My husband and I have written a post over at Someday My Printz Will Come, analyzing the correlation (or lack thereof) between Printz awards and the stars given to books by the six major review journals. We also included a graph showing the distribution of Printz awards by genre. Since it's difficult to classify books by genre—ground-breaking books seem to bend categories almost by definition—I've listed the data here so that you can see what decisions I made. You may have put some of them in different categories, but the big picture would probably be the same. 


Realistic or Contemporary Fiction (9.5): 
Monster (Myers)
*Kit's Wilderness (Almond)
A Step from Heaven (Na)
(1/2 of) Postcards from No Man's Land (Chambers)
The First Part Last (Johnson)
Looking for Alaska (Green)
The White Darkness (McCuaghrean)
Jellicoe Road (Marchetta)
Going Bovine (Bray)
Where Things Come Back (Whaley)

Fantasy (2): 
How I Live Now (Rosoff)
Ship Breaker (Bacigalupi)

Memoir/Biography (1): 
American Born Chinese (Yang)

Historical Fiction (0.5): 
(1/2 of) Postcards from No Man's Land (Chambers)

Poetry/Non-Fiction (0):



Realistic or Contemporary Fiction (25): 
Speak (Anderson)
Hard Love (Wittlinger)
Many Stones (Coman)
Body of Christopher Creed (Plum-Ucci)
Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging (Rennison)
Stuck in Neutral (Trueman)
Free Will (Lynch)
True Believer (Wolff)
My Heartbeat (Freymann-Weyr)
**Keesha's House (Frost)
Fat Kid Rules the World (Going)
The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things (Mackler)
Chanda's Secrets (Stratton)
I Am the Messenger (Zusak)
An Abundance of Katherines (Green)
Surrender (Hartnett)
One Whole and Perfect Day (Clarke)
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks (Lockhart)
Nation (Pratchett)
Punkzilla (Rapp)
Stolen (Christopher)
***Please Ignore Vera Dietz (King)
Nothing (Teller)
Why We Broke Up (Handler/Kalman)
Jasper Jones (Silvey)

Fantasy (11):
Skellig (Almond)
The Ropemaker (Dickinson)
The House of the Scorpion (Farmer)
Airborn (Oppel)
Black Juice (Lanagan)
Dreamquake (Knox)
Repossessed (Jenkins)
Tender Morsels (Lanagan)
****The Monstrumologist (Yancey)
*****The Returning (Hinwood)
The Scorpio Races (Stiefvater)

Memoir/Biography (5):
Hole in My Life (Gantos)
John Lennon: All I Want is the Truth (Partridge)
******A Wreath for Emmett Till (Nelson)
******Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath (Hemphill)
Charles and Emma (Heiligman)

Historical Fiction (7):
A Northern Light (Donnelly)
Lizzie Bright and the Buckiminster Boy (Schmidt)
Octavian Nothing, v. 1 (Anderson)
The Book Thief (Zusak)
Octavian Nothing, v. 2 (Anderson)
Tales of the Madman Underground (Barnes)
Revolver (Sedgwick)

Poetry/Non-Fiction (1):
Heart to Heart: New Poems Inspired by 20th-Century American Art (Abrams)

*There seems to be some magical realism in Kit's Wilderness.
**Keesha's House is told through poems. I haven't read it, but I believe the stories are contemporary and novel-like in their goal.
***There are ghostly visits in Please Ignore Vera Dietz, but I have it in realistic fiction.
****Monstrumologist is both historical fiction and fantasy. I chose to put it in fantasy.
*****The Returning is alternate history, which is a sub-genre of fantasy.
******A Wreath for Emmett Till and Your Own, Sylvia are both poetry/verse, but since their goal is biography I classified them accordingly.

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