We talked about 24 different books at our last meeting, focusing on ALA Printz Award criteria – teen voice, characters, accuracy, etc. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith, and No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale, already on our 2015 Contenders list, continue to be favorites. Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman and When Mr. Dog Bites by Brian Conaghan both moved up to the Contender list. The Family Romanov by Candace Fleming, Pointe by Brandy Colbert, and A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs all impressed their first readers and might be on their way to the list after another reader or two.
We also discussed: