The 2015 Melinda Awards for Young Adult Literature

Every year after we choose our Mock Printz winners, we participate in the Melinda Awards for Young Adult Literature, produced by Dr. Cris Crissman.

The Melindas recognize and celebrate the finest elements in literature for Young Adults – the best characters, titles, covers, and so on. We think of them as the Oscars for Young Adult literature.

We invite you to take a look at this year’s Red Carpet Show (we did say this was like the Oscars) and 2015 Melinda Awards for Young Literature, and then tell us about your favorites from 2015!

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WCPL’s Eva Perry Library 2015 Mock Printz Winners

After 10 months of discussing over 300 titles with more than 20 teens, we are proud to announce our 2015 winners!

2015
Wake County Public Libraries
Eva Perry Library Mock Printz Award

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
by Leslye Walton

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

2015
Wake County Public Libraries
 Eva Perry Library Mock Printz Honor Books

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
The Scar Boys by Len Vlahos
The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean, Telt by Hisself
by David Almond

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith The Scar Boys by Len Vlahos  The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean, Telt by Hisself by David Almond

Our New Year’s Eve Eve Meeting

With only a few more meetings before we make our final Mock Printz selections on January 30, we are still finding titles that we think are contenders!  At our New Year’s Eve Eve meeting we added one more: I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. I'll Give You the Sun

Check our 2015 Contenders page for a list of all of the titles that have “yes” votes from at least two of our members. One of them has TEN “yes” votes.  Which one do you think it is?

September 26 Meeting

For the first time in a long while we have nothing new to add to our 2015 Contenders list!  We seem to be getting more particular as the year goes on.  Now a book not only has to be a great in itself, it also has to be better than our existing favorites.

Suggested as a possible 2015 Contenders (one nomination):

The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin

The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone

Other titles discussed (some of these are already on our 2015 Contenders list):

Althea & Oliver by Christina Moracho
Anatomy of a Misfit by Adrea Portes
Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn
A Death-Struck Year by Makiia Lucier
Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens
Girls Like Us by Gail Giles
Into the Grey by Celene Kiernan
Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez
Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs
Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Nil by Lynne Matson
Panic by Lauren Oliver
Play Me Backwards by Adam Selzer
Poor Little Dead Girls by Lizzie Friend
Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern
Take Me On by Katie McGarry
Welcome to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Titles available from the Wake County Public Libraries are linked to our catalog.

September 12 Meeting

Another great meeting last Friday night.  Here’s what we discussed:

The Mark of the Dragonfly No One Else Can Have You The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean, Telt by Hisself The Kiss of Deception Noggin Atlandia The Islands at the End of the World Storm The Tyrant's Daughter

Gathering more support as a 2015 Contender (more than two nominations):

The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson
No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale
The  True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean, Telt by Hisself by David Almond

New to our 2015 Contenders list (two nominations):

The Kiss of Deception by Mary Pearson
Noggin by John Corey Whaley

Suggested as a possible 2015 Contender (one nomination):

Atlantia by Ally Condie
The Islands at the End of the World by Austin Aslan
Storm by Donna Jo Napoli
The Tyrant’s Daughter by J. C. Carleson

Other titles:

Grandmaster by David Klass
The Jewel by Ewing
Life By Committee by Corey Ann Haydu
Like Water on Stone by Walrath
Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne
Oblivion by Sasha Dawn
Prince of Shadows by Rachel Caine
The Promise of the Amazing by Conatantine
Silver People by Margarita Engle
The Summer I Found You by Jolene B. Perry
Wickedpedia by Van Etten
Winterspell by LeGrand

Titles available from the Wake County Public Libraries are linked to our catalog.

August 29 Lock-In Meeting

2014-2015 Eva Perry ClubPrintz Book Group

2014-2015 Eva Perry Mock Printz Book Club

We discussed a whopping 42 books at our extra-long lock-in meeting last week! Have you read any of these?  What did YOU think?

New to Our 2015 Contenders List
Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn

Newly recommended by one of our readers
The Kiss of Deception by Mary Pearson
The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant by Joanna Wiebe

2015 Contenders gathering more support
Expiration Day by William Campbell Powell
Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Complicit The Kiss of Deception The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant Expiration Day Faking Normal Grasshopper Jungle She Is Not Invisible We Were Liars

Also discussed:
Amity by Ostow
Bracelet of Bones by Kevin Crossley-Holland
Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn
Catch a Falling Star by Kim A. Culbertson
Dear Nobody edited by Gillian McCain & Legs McNeil
Death Coming Up the Hill by Chris Crowe – to be pub. Oct. 7, 2014
Death Sworn by Leah Cypress
Dirt Bikes, Drones and Other Ways to Fly by Conrad Wesselhoeft
Don’t Call Me Baby by Gwendolyn Heasley
Elusion – Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam
Empire of Shadows by Miriam Forster – to be pub. Nov. 4, 2014
Evidence of Things Not Seen by Lindsey Lane – to be pub.  Sep. 16, 2014
Fan Art by Sarah Tregay
Followers by Anna Davies
The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson
Hidden Like Anne Frank by Marcel Prins & Peter Henk Steenhuis
The Inventor’s Secret by Andrea R. Cremer
Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
Little Blue Lies by Chris Lynch
Manor of Secrets by Katherine Longshore
No Place by Todd Strasser
Poisoned Apples by Christine Heppermann – to be pub. Sep. 23, 2014
The Prince of Venice Beach by Blake Nelson
Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
Salvage by Alexandra Duncan
Searching for the Sky by Jillian Cantor
Snow Like Ashes by Sarah Raasch – to be pub. Oct. 14, 2014
Something Real by Heather Demetrios
Torn Away by Jennifer Brown
Trust Me, I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer – to be pub. Oct. 14, 2014
V is for Villain by Peter Moore
The Walled City by Ryan Graudin – to be pub. Nov. 4, 2014
When Mr. Dog Bites by Brian Conaghan
The Year of Mistaken Discoveries by Eileen Cook

Titles that are available through the Wake County Public Libraries are linked to our catalog.