The American Library Association announces the Michael L. Printz Award for 2016 on Monday, January 11. See what our teens picked for their own awards, and hear them talk about why they loved them in our 2016 Eva Perry Library Mock Printz Awards Video!
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
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
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!
Our leader Valerie was especially excited to meet Neal and Brendan Shusterman at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco a couple of days ago. Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman, with illustrations by his son Brendan Shusterman, is one of our early favorites for our own 2016 Mock Printz Award!
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.
From the left, that’s Cheryl, Andrew Smith, and Valerie.
We had one more nomination at our last meeting: The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson. That gives us four titles on our 2016 Mock Printz Nominations List. And here is a picture of our group!
Our group of almost 40 teens has been reading since April. If two or more of our group nominates a title, then it goes on our Short List. Here is what we have so far, in alphabetical order by title. Have you read any of these? What did YOU think?
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!