2017 Mock Printz Awards

The Wake County Public Libraries Reading Corps/Mock Printz would like to thank the following authors and publishers for providing distinguished literature to young adults:

2017 Mock Printz Winner:

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Scythe by Neil Shusterman, published by Simon & Schuster

2017 Mock Printz Honors:

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The Boy at the Top of the Mountain by John Boyne, published by Henry Holt & Co.

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Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter, published by Tor Teen


A Few of Our Favorite Books in 2016:

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krista    amy


Some Thoughts on our Mock-Printz Books

Not sold on the books just yet? Here’s what we had to say about four on our reading list!

Scythe Neal Shusterman

“This book deals with morality and the problems that arise when it is taken away.”—Matt  

“Despite the exciting plot, the mind blowing setting and the world building, the author still gave us time to get to know the characters….two people that I could really root for.”—Krista

“It does the futuristic world building that’s almost entirely believable (except for the whole space thing) while keeping me entertained with an actual plot and fascinating characters.”– Elizabeth


Vassa in the Night Sarah Porter

“This book is an amalgamation of Russian folklore in modern day Brooklyn. The language is beautiful and the characters are intriguing.  The magical revision of this book captured me from the first page.”—Emma

“Intriguing…everything is a character in a way that is amazing.” –Ashleigh


The Boy at the Top of the Mountain John Boyne

“This story feels very real and shows you how a person can be sucked into ideas.” –William

“This book puts you in a boy’s shoes as he becomes a tiny Hitler monster.”—Byron

“I really loved the plot and the setting. It shows Pierrot’s fall into Nazi beliefs in such a way that it’s scary to think he’s only a child for most of the book.” –Ashleigh

“The downward spiral of how the main character becomes Hitler’s little buddy is terrifying …” –Elizabeth


Spontaneous Aaron Starmer

“It does the teenager thing in a way that’s entirely accurate to the inner workings of a teenager’s head along with the most fascinating, semi-realistic plot I’ve read in a while.” –Elizabeth

“The teen voice in this book is its strongest aspect. As teenagers start exploding in a small town, the emotions that run through the characters are the same that would run through mine.”–Emma


If you need us, we’ll be reading…


–The Eva Perry Mock-Printz Club

WCPL’s Eva Perry Library 2016 Mock Printz Winners

After 10 months, with 35 teens, and over 350 titles – we are now proud to announce our 2016 winners!

The 2016 Wake County Public Libraries
Eva Perry Library Mock Printz Award goes to:

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

Our 2016 Mock Printz Honor books are:

Fig by Sarah Elizabeth Schantz
The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brokenbrough
Mosquitoland by David Arnold
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Fig by Sarah Elizabeth Schantz    The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brokenbrough    Mosquitoland by David Arnold  Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Congratulations Neal Shusterman, Sarah Elizabeth Schantz, Martha Brokenbrough, David Arnold and Becky Albertalli!  Watch our blog later this week for a short video of us telling why we liked each of these books so much!

Meeting Andrew Smith at ALA

One of our leaders, Valerie Nicholson, and one of Wake County Public Libraries’ book selectors, Cheryl Teal (a former leader of our sister Mock Newbery club) met author Andrew Smith last night at the ALA Printz Award Reception in San Francisco.  Woohoo!  Our club loved Smith’s book Grasshopper Jungle.  It was one of our Mock Printz Honor books, as well as an official Printz Honor books in 2015.
Cherl and Valerie with Andrew Smith at the 2015 Printz Reception

From the left, that’s Cheryl, Andrew Smith, and Valerie.