Congrats, Eva Perry Mock Printz Club members, on a successful voting session last night! Below are our results:
New nominations this week: Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson, and The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein. Welcome to the big ole party, books!
We’re at just a little over two weeks til the big vote; the ALA Printz committee releases their vote February 12th, and we’ll be announcing ours just a couple days before, on February 10th. It’ll be interesting to see how our picks compare!
We meet this Friday to narrow down the list (and possibly add new nominations), but as it stands now our nominees are:
- The Hate U Give (12 nom)
- Dear Martin (3 nom)
- Midnight at the Electric (3 nom)
- Genuine Fraud (2 nom)
- Grit (2 nom)
- Radio Silence (2 nom)
- Tash Hearts Tolstoy (2 nom)
- Vincent and Theo (2 nom)
- I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
- Night Witches
- One of Us Is Lying
- The Pearl Thief
- Piecing Me Together
- Shadow Run
- Soldier Boy
- Who Killed Christopher Goodman?
- You Bring the Distant Near
And our recommended titles are:
- Beyond the Bright Sea
- City of Saints and Thieves
- Crossing Ebenezer Creek
- History Is All You Left Me
- Honestly, Ben
- Optimists Die First
- Queer, There, and Everywhere
- Ramona Blue
- Saint Death
- Spellbook of the Lost and Found
- The Education of Margot Sanchez
- There’s Someone Inside Your House
- We Are Okay
We’ll update this site with whatever new adventures Friday brings!
The Mock Printz Club had our first meeting in a month this past Friday, and there was a lot to catch up on. We added three new nominations: Because I Was a Girl (edited by Melissa de la Cruz), Bull by David Elliott, and Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart. Bull and Genuine Fraud have been out for a little while, but have only just started to catch the club’s interest, while the nominator said that Because I Was A Girl did what Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World (ed. Kelly Jensen) tried to do, but more eloquently.
Below are the nominations/recommendations written by our club members this week:
Genuine Fraud (nominated): “a fascinating story of crime, murder, and identity theft told backwards with a series of unexpected twists and turns.” – Lauren S.
Bull (nominated): “An awesome book about the Minotaur. Written in a poem format with very interesting characters, especially Poseidon.” – Hasana M.
Dear Martin (nominated): “I thought this book was really good at showing microagression that kids my age see today. Artistic, tragic, beautiful.” – Gracie S.
A List of Cages (recommended): “Two former foster brothers reunite in high school after Julian was taken in by his uncle. Touching and heartfelt.” – Grace K.
We’re approaching our voting date (February 9th), and we still have a ton of possible winners and nominees to consider. Our nominees so far are as follows:
Carve the Mark – Veronica Roth
Dear Martin – Nic Stone
Frogkisser! – Garth Nix
*Grit – Gillian French
*The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
Night Witches – Kathryn Lasky
One of Us Is Lying – Karen McManus
Radio Silence – Alice Oseman
Shadow Run – AdriAnne Strickland
Soldier Boy – Keely Hutton
Tash Hearts Tolstoy – Katie Ormsbee
Thornhill – Pam Smy
*Vincent and Theo – Deborah Heiligman
Who Killed Christopher Goodman? – Allan Wolf
You Bring the Distant Near – Mitali Perkins
*starred items were nominated by more than one reader
Leading the pack is The Hate U Give (no surprises there), with 8 nominations–one from every reader who finished it. Across the board it has been called relevant, timely, honest, authentic, and is populated by a cast of very real characters whose stories need telling. Several books we’ve read have tried to capture the spirit of the #BlackLivesMatter movement (Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds, American Street by Ibi Zoboi, and Allegedly by Tiffany Jackson, to name a few). Dear Martin looks like a close second among the members who have read it so far, but nothing has taken us by storm the way Thomas’ debut has.
On top of the 94-book longlist (yikes!) that are working through, we are keeping an eye out for those late-in-the-year show-stealers: this month we added the nonfiction tome Because I Was a Girl: True Stories for Girls of All Ages edited by Melissa De La Cruz; The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy; A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge; and What Girls Are Made Of by Elana K. Arnold. Just hope we can get through the list!
Reading Corps/Mock Printz Favs Published in 2017
Grit by Gillian French – nominated by Lauren
A story of the girl everyone knows, although she isn’t quite what they think. A moving story of secrets, family, and romance.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – nominated by Hasana and Dionejala
A story that follows a 16-year old who struggles between two aspects of her life–living in a poor neighborhood and going to a prep school. Her friend dies as a result of police brutality/misconduct and she struggles between speaking out and keeping quiet. The book accurately portrays the harsh reality of being judged based on race and economic class.
Shadow Run by AdriAnne Strickland – nominated by Byron
A dual-perspective cosmic take on political conquest involving the discovery of telepathic powers. From a small fishing planet yields an analysis of a rural starship captain’s plunge into a politically correct capitol city.
Soldier Boy by Keely Hutton – nominated by Lauren
A young Ugandan boy is abducted by soldiers of the rebellion. He and his brother struggle to escape while keeping a spark of hope alive. This story, interspersed with that of the story of an escaped child soldier, creates a beautiful, depressing story that is impossible to put down.
Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee – nominated by Grace
A teenage girl deals with her sexuality, her friends, her changing family, and her sudden internet stardom. The novel introduces readers to asexuality and what it feels like to be 17.
Thornhill by Pam Smy
A terrifying, thought-provoking, tear-jerking novel told through diary entries and visual storytelling. The book follows a young girl in the 1980s who is left in an orphanage and is the subject of torment by her peers. In 2017, young Ella has already lost her mother and feels unwanted by her mother, but hopes to find a friend in the shadowy figure she sees outside the old orphanage.
Who Killed Christopher Goodman? by Alan Wolf
One morning, Christopher Goodman is found dead, his body thrown unceremoniously into the woods. The town is turned on its head, and a group of his school friends come together to share their final remarks of Christopher Goodman, leading to the answer to the question the title posed.
Always and Forever: Lara Jean – recommended by Dionejala
This is the final installation of the series To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. It is a story about a girl in her senior year trying to hold on to her boyfriend, but also think about her future.
Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy – recommended by Dionejala
This story is about a girl named Ramona in Mississippi who has blue hair and is six feet tall. She lives in a trailer and likes girls. She is also trying to take care of her pregnant older sister and herself while trying to continue swimming. She resigns herself to not going to college. Ramona learns that not only life has surprises and lessons to teach, but also love.
The Special Ones by Em Bailey – recommended by Ashleigh
An interesting psychological thriller that combines a lot of elements in a unique way.
Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle – recommended by Alice
A compelling multi-point-of-view story about losing and finding.
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:
Scythe by Neil Shusterman, published by Simon & Schuster
2017 Mock Printz Honors:
The Boy at the Top of the Mountain by John Boyne, published by Henry Holt & Co.
Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter, published by Tor Teen
A Few of Our Favorite Books in 2016: