It has been a whirlwind of September/October/November and now it’s nearly Thanksgiving and we haven’t posted our reviews for some time! Thanks for waiting, but here’s what we’ve read these past few months.
Orpheus Girl by Brynne Rebele-Henry
This story is about two girls who are lesbians in a very conservative and homophobic town. when they are caught, they are sent to a conversion camp. Our main character Raya resolves to take her[self] and her best friend and escape the camp.
Orpheus Girl by Brynne Rebele-Henry
Brynne Rebele-Henry paints a harsh picture of the reality of life in a conservative Texas town. Raya, the main character, is sent to a conversion camp after she is caught kissing her best friend Sarah. The book reveals the cruel realities of life in these kinds of places, telling a story that needs to be told.
Dig by A.S. King
An intricate mystery about deep roots that connect a strange yet relatable cast of characters. The book expertly weaves paranormality with a cryptic visualization of the mind while explaining the very real problems of the physical world. The author easily gives each member of the ensemble cast a distinct voice to keep the story fresh while also connecting the characters with common themes to keep the reader curious. Dig was a wonderful journey through the tunnels of the mind that I would be happy to nominate.
House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig
This fairy-tale retelling of Twelve Dancing Princesses captured my attention quickly. The magical elements were not worked in very well, but otherwise the story was intriguing and fun.
Butterfly Yellow by Thanhha Lai
It is about a girl who is finding her lost brother. Plot twist when she realizes that her brother is right in front of her [a] completely different person. I think it was a good book, it was funny at some points. It should be recommended because it was overall a good book with a great plot.
Impossible Music by Sean Williams
A guy becomes deaf and can’t hear anything, especially music. He loves to play music and once he becomes deaf, his whole life turns upside down. He starts to lose meaning in life until a girl helps him find himself again. I liked the plot and the detailed descriptions. Also, I like how they use sign language in the book. In all, I recommend this book, because it’s a great book but not Newbery [Printz]-worthy.
Black Enough Edited by Ibi Zoboi
Black Enough is an excellent anthology featuring multiple different black kids living their lives. I really enjoyed all the stories and would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of anthologies.
The Disasters by M.K. England
The Disasters tells an excellent, twist-rich tale about four rejects from a space academy teaming up to solve a crime–while being framed for said crime. It is a fun wild ride of a read. I enjoyed it very much and definitely intend to read more of M.K.’s books.
Final Nomination List
So our last meeting is this upcoming Friday and I have assembled a list of all the books that have been nominated for the Printz by our Mock-Printz club. The list is in alphabetical order by title, and the place in line in no way indicates the standing or number of nominations that a book has.
- Bloom by Kevin Panetta and Sacanna Ganucheau
- The Cold is in Her Bones by Perernelle Arsdale
- Dig by A.S. King
- Fear of Missing Out by Kate McGovern
- Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett
- The Hummingbird Dagger by Cindy Anstey
- The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan
- The Lovely War by Julie Berry
- The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg
- Orpheus Girl by Brynne Rebele-Henry
- Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson
- Slay by Brittany Morris
- The Things She’s Seen by Ambelin Kwaymullina and Ezekiel Kwaymullina
- The Trans-Human Project by Erin Rhew
- Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc by David Elliot
- You Owe Me a Murder by Eileen Cook
May the best book win!