Reviews from March 3rd Meeting

Hello Again,

Our past meeting was certainly an interesting one. In addition to several new reads and reviews, some of our members had an intense debate about ‘Four Dead Queens’ by Astrid Scholte. One of the teens who read it was a fan, the other had lots of critiques of the book. Another person took it home at the end of the meeting, so we’ll see what they think! A book that gets people riled up and arguing is always a fun thing to have in a book club and I’m looking forward to future debates about it!

Our Recommendations

In the Neighborhood of True by Susan Kaplan Carlton

“Intriguing and meaningful historical fiction story with a good balance of romance, humor, and teenage fun.” –Shreeya

96 Words for Love by Ava Dash

“An amazingly written coming-of-age story including traveling to another country, falling in love, and finding yourself.” –Nicole

Spectacle by Jodie Lunn Zdrok

“Nathalie Baudin’s life is turned upside down when she begins having visions of a serial killer murdering their victims. This book is wonderfully written and the characters are greatly developed.” –Lauren

Our Nominations

The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan

“A heartwarming and moving story of a Muslim teenager and her journey to stay with the girl she loves despite the conservative wishes of her homophobic parents. This book and its characters are incredibly real and well-written”–Shreeya

The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg

“A wonderful story of two guys navigating the world around them together and helping each other find themselves.” –Jacqulyn

We’re meeting again on March 15th, but because it’s only been a week since our last meeting, there might be a few less reviews in the next post. Less time between meetings means less reading gets done!

Happy Reading!


Reviews from February 8th and 15th

Hello Again,

We’ve had a couple of meetings and read a few more books. Here are the ones we’d like to recommend!

Two Can Keep a Secret–Karen McManus

A wonderful murder mystery, it’s fast-paced and a great read for anyone who loves mysteries.

–Shreeya Recommends

Romanov–Nadine Brandes

A wonderfully intriguing story about Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov. Tragic and beautiful and magical all at the same time.

–Nicole Recommends

The Next Great Paulie Fink–Ali Benjamin

Hilarious and impossible to put down. A great read for anytime you need something hilarious and light.

–Nicole Recommends

The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali–Sabina Khan

An inspiring story about a girl who fights to overcome gender inequality and homophobia in her house, to get an education, and to be with the girl she loves.

–Tanvi Nominates

The Cold is in Her Bones–Peternelle van Arsdale

A haunting book that follows Milla, a young woman who wants to see the world beyond the tiny farm she lives on. The book is beautifully written and genuinely terrifying.

–Lauren Nominates


We’re still in the early part of the year when we’re reading a lot of Advanced Readers’ Editions of books that haven’t come out yet so if there isn’t a link embedded in the title it’s because the Wake County Library hasn’t bought or ordered it yet, or it is unavailable for order because it has not yet been published. To make a purchase request through Wake County Libraries to get some of the books our club recommends, follow this link and fill out the form to request that the library system order books you’d like to read!

We’ll be back in two weeks with more reviews for you. Until then,


Happy Reading!



2019 Printz Awards Announced

The Printz awards were announced on January 28th and here they are!


The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

The Poet x


Honor Books:

Damsel by Elana K Arnold



A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti

A Heart in a Body in the World


I, Claudia by Mary McCoy

I, Claudia


This year, none of our Mock-Printz winners were the same as the official Printz award winners. What do you think that the books we picked have that the official Printz books don’t? What do the official Printz books have that our picks didn’t?

Feel free to share your thoughts, we’ll certainly be talking about it at our next meeting!



Happy Reading!

January 18th Meeting

Hello again everyone,

It’s been a hectic week, but I do have 4 new reviews from our Printz readers! We got four books read that we’d like to recommend.

A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

A wonderfully nostalgic retelling of Beauty and the Beast. The book follows Harper, a teenage girl who was dragged into a fairy tale world, and Rhen, a prince who must fall in love in order to break the curse.


Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

An interesting murder mystery with well developed characters and world. 


Voices: the Final Hours of Joan of Arc by David Elliot

This book follows Joan of Arc through her life and death. The book has wonderfully flowing poetry and is emotionally gripping as Joan struggles to prove her worth.


White Rose by Kip Wilson

A non-fiction book written in poetry follows the story of Sophie, a German university student who rebelled against the Nazi regime. A fast-paced page-turner.



Books in verse seem to be growing in popularity; we saw more of them towards the end of 2018 and started 2019 off with two. We are also only 4 days away from the 2018 Printz award winners being announced and our club seeing how our picks measured up against the Printz Committee.

Our next meeting is February 8th and we’ll be back then with more reviews and recommendations.

Happy Reading!

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!


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.


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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!