2019 Printz Has Begun!

Welcome to 2019! We had our first meeting of the year last Friday and shared some of the 2019 Advanced Readers Copies we’d read over the winter break. Here are our reviews of our winter reads!

These books have been recommended by their readers:

Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith

Jacqulyn says, “A fascinating fantasy filled with conspiracy and mystery.”

 

You Owe Me a Murder by Eileen Cook

Nicole says, “Good storyline with plenty of action to keep readers on their toes.”

 

Dissenter on the Bench by Victoria Ortiz

Sarah says, “An excellent introduction to an extraordinary woman. A great place to start if you don’t know anything about RBG [Ruth Bader Ginsburg].”

 

This book has been given a nomination:

The Transhuman Project by Erin Rhew

Nicole says, “One of the most intriguing dystopians I’ve read. Full of plot twists and turns, action and in intriguing world.” 

We have another meeting this Friday and we’ll (hopefully) have more reviews and opinions for you then!

 

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Our 2018 Mock-Printz Books

We’ve had a fun and interesting year, but after some discussion and debate, here are our 2018 Mock-Printz Books.

Winner:

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The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

 

First Honor Book:

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When Light Left Us by Leah Thomas

 

Second Honor Book:

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MunMun by Jesse Andrews

 

Third Honor Book:

Bridge of Clay

Bridge of Clay by Marcus Zusak

 

Bridge of Clay by Marcus Zusak, Dry by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman, and Hey Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka were all released a little later in the year and thus many of the teens in Printz didn’t get to read them, but the teens that did were loudly supportive of them and had we gotten more readers, this year’s vote might have been even more intense than it already was.

Some 2019 ARCs have already been handed out to read over winter break and my Printz teens are welcome to come knock on the office door if they want to pick some up to read before the next meeting. Coming in January, expect more opinions, more reviews, and until then,

Happy Reading!

 

More Reviews!

We have two weeks left in the Printz session and one meeting to go–it’s crunch time! Everyone has been busy in school and with reading, so here are a couple more reviews!

The History of Jane Doe by Michael Belanger

Burgerville is a quiet, uneventful town until Jane moves in from the city and introduces her eccentric personality to everyone present. The book is an emotional rollercoaster that stays true to the interactions of real-life teens.

–Lauren Nominates

A well-written romance that deals with depression in an elegant fashion. The realistic characters and avoidance of cliches make this a delightful read.

–Caleb Recommends

Sawkill Girls by Clare Legrand

An interesting fantasy/horror story with complex, well-written characters and an engaging plotline. Three characters unite to fight a monster that has been the cause of disappearing girls on Sawkill Island.

–Jackie Recommends

Hey Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

A graphic novel memoir written by Jarret J Krosczka, a graphic illustrator who grew up with a drug-addicted mother and no father in the picture. The dark art style fits perfectly with the somber tone and makes it a very touching and affecting book.

–Daniel Nominates

Our next meeting will be when we duke out which book deserves the Printz award! With several contenders on the list and everyone having strong opinions, this should be an intense meeting!

 

 

Our Club Recommends…

Hello everyone,

We’ve only got 3 meetings left in our Mock-Printz session before we make our final vote, but here are some teen reviews of items on this year’s Mock-Printz booklist!

 

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Pride by Ibi Zoboi

A modern take on Pride and Prejudice. When a rich family moves into ‘the hood’ it shakes up Zuri Benitez’s family forever. 

–Ben 

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Dry by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman

A story of four kids trying to survive the Tap-Out (when the California drought gets so bad that the water stops running). It’s a really intriguing story about survival and what happens when humankind loses something necessary to life.

–Nicole

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The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

TACoA takes place after the main character’s mother committed suicide. The main character decides to fly to China with her father in an attempt to connect with her mother’s parents and unravels some truths about her mother along the way. TACoA is a beautiful, fantastically written book which perfectly captures the distress of grief and treads the thin line between reality and hallucinations.

–Lauren

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Down and Across by Arvin Ahmadi

A book about true grit and achieving your dreams, even if you don’t know what they are. The main character, Scott (given name Saaket), escapes his pressurizing family to go to Washington DC in a not-so-classic coming-of-age tale instead of his high intensity internship that he doesn’t want. Throw in a cute girl, no money, and some livid parents, and you’ve got a recipe for a good story. 

–Tanvi

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Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman

‘Tess of the Road’ follows Tess, a young adult who feels that her only escape from the ridicule of society is to set off on her own adventure. It is fantastically written novel about a girl’s struggle in a society which doesn’t accept intelligent women.

–Lauren

 

Currently the 5 books with the most nominations are: (in order)

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

MunMun by Jesse Andrews

The Dangerous Art of Blending In by Angelo Surmelis

When Light Left Us by Leah Thomas

Blood, Water, Paint by Joy McCullough

 

Our final vote draws near!

Yours in Reading,

The Eva Perry Printz Club

 

Our Mid-Year Voting Party

EDIT: THE RESULTS ARE IN!!! Our mid-year vote goes to:

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The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan

And our three runners-up are:

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Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card by Sara Saedi

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MunMun by Jesse Andrews

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When Light Left Us by Leah Thomas

We intended to pick four runners up, but the following two titles were tied for votes:

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Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman

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Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles

So suffice it to say that Tess and Tyler are also REALLLLLY good books.

This mid-year vote was good practice for our real vote at the end of the year, and gave us an opportunity to highlight our favorite books so far. These results will not affect which books are eligible for our end-of-year official vote, and we will not be ruling out the books that did not make it onto our mid-year voting ballot.

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On Friday we’re throwing a party to celebrate the end of our summer session, and we’re doing a mid-year vote on what our fave books this year have been, so far! This should help us focus on the best stuff during the busy fall publishing season, and will delineate some clear winners from the first half of the year.

On the ballot are books that have been nominated by at least one book club member:

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Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card by Sara Saedi

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The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan

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Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough

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A Conspiracy of Stars by Olivia Cole

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The Dangerous Art of Blending In by Angelo Surmelis

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MunMun by Jesse Andrews

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The Place Between Breaths by An Na

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The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

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Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

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Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman

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Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles

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When Light Left Us by Leah Thomas

We’re excited to recognize these talented authors (and in one case, illustrator)! We have read some seriously great books this year, and I’m sure we’ll find some more during the fall session. Stay tuned for our mid-year voting results!

 

2018 Reading List

Click the title to go to the Wake County Public Library catalog and read a summary of each book, and visit THIS LINK to view where each book stands with votes from the club!

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A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena

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After The Shot Drops by Randy Ribay

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All Out: The No-Longer Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages

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American Panda by Gloria Chao

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Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card by Sara Saedi

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And She Was by Jessica Verdi

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Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro

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The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan

“A very thought-provoking story following a girl’s journey after her mother commits suicide, where she slowly unravels the mystery surrounding her mother’s family, and comes to terms with her death.” -Daniel

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The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk

“This book is about three high schoolers, Autumn, Shay, and Logan, wha are separately dealing with the deaths of their own special someone: Autumn’s best friend passed away in a car accident, Logan’s ex-boyfriend supposedly committed suicide, and Shay’s twin sister died from cancer. Each person also has something to do with music: Logan writes it, Shay has a blog about it, and I’m pretty sure Autumn just likes to listen to it. So when death strikes, Autumn, Shay, and Logan forget about their passions for music and develop their own unhealthy and healthy ways of coping but they don’t know that music will bring them together and heal old wounds. I thought this book was okay. When I started reading this book, I was really into it and actually planning on nominating it. I changed my mind halfway through the book because it started to slow down. On the other hand, I feel like this author’s writing style was really great. Overall, it wasn’t a terrible book but some parts of the plot could have been improved or better explained.” -Ayesha

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Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough

“‘I will show you what a woman can do.’ Artemisia Gentileschi is a painter in Rome in 1610–also one of the first women to take her rapist to court. This book in verse tells the historically accurate and impactful story of a wonderful painter, and a true feminist.” -Tanvi

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The Book of Pearl by Timothee de Fombelle

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Boots on the Ground by Elizabeth Partridge

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Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Penelope Bagieu

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A Conspiracy of Stars by Olivia Cole

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The Dangerous Art of Blending In by Angelo Surmelis

“A very sad, tear-jerking novel, but at the same time full of hope. This book follows Evan, a closeted Greek gay [person] through his struggles growing up with an abusive mother and a dad who’s too afraid to stand up for him.” -Hailey M.

One-word reactions: “fantastic, amazing, Greek, religious, sad, emotional, depressing, stereotypes, abusive.”

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Down and Across by Arvin Ahmadi

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Dread Nation: Rise Up by Justina Ireland

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Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All by M.T. Anderson et. al.

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Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake

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I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Foreman

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The History of Jane Doe by Michael Belanger

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A Land of Permanent Goodbyes by Atia Abawi

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Life Inside My Mind edited by Jessica Burkhart

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A Lite Too Bright by Samuel Miller

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Love, Hate, and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

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Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany Jackson

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Moonrise by Sarah Crossan

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MunMun by Jesse Andrews

“Munmun puts modern economic struggles into perspective with a humorous twist: the more money you have, the bigger you are. In this brilliant satire, Warner goes on a fabulous adventure to gain more ‘munmun’ and increase his ‘littlepoor’ status.” – Katherine M.

“[Munmun is] a wonderful brother and sister adventure that provokes you to read hours at a time.” – book club member

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My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma

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Picture Us In The Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert

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The Place Between Breaths by An Na

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The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

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Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda

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Reign The Earth by A.C. Gaughen

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Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

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The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik by David Arnold

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Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman

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Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles

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Twelve Steps to Normal by Farrah Penn

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Votes for Women! American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot by Winifred Conkling

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What I Leave Behind by Alison McGhee

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What The Night Sings by Vesper Stamper

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We’ll Fly Away by Bryan Bliss

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When Light Left Us by Leah Thomas

“A heartfelt story about a family recuperating from the leaving of an alien parasite. Has extremely good characters and plot development, I would recommend it to anyone.” -Daniel H.

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When My Heart Joins the Thousand by A.J. Steiger