Our 2008 Mock Printz Awards

Before we start discussing books published in 2008 for our 2009 Mock Printz Awards, we wanted to talk about our favorites from last year one more time. And here they are. (If you’re wondering why we’re reading 2008 books for a 2009 award, it’s because the ALA’s Printz Award is announced the January following the year the books considered are written. The award is named after the year it is announced, not the year the book is written. Tricky, huh.)

Our Mock Printz Winner

Unwind by Neal Shusterman. 335 p., Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. Find it at WCPL

Our Mock Printz Honor Books

Right Behind You by Gail Giles. 292 p., Little, Brown. Find it at WCPL
Thirteen Reasons Why: A Novel by Jay Asher. 288 p., Razorbill. Find it at WCPL
Zane’s Trace by Allan Wolf. 177 p., Candlewick Press. Find it at WCPL

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1 Comment

  1. These books were all really good. They also had lots of different styles of writing. Zane’s Trace was done in the poetry format, and 13 Reason’s Why was told from the point of a dead girl on a tape recorder. I’m still kinda bitter that Right Behind You didn’t win, because it had all the main things of the year. It had the death of a mother, mental illness/other mental things. It had the romance. The actual story didn’t go perfect and have the perfect happy ending, but it was still a really great book!
    Unwind was a good choice to win though, because it kinda deals with the idea of abortion and what not, but in a fantasy and futuristic setting. The characters were also really interesting, and were developed enough that you could love or hate one or another.
    All great books that I would recommend to anyone looking for a good book to read.

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