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Eva Perry Mock Printz Shortlist 2012

Last night, we started taking nominations for the Printz Award.  Here is the list of nominees so far.
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

The Children and the Wolves by Adam Rapp

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi

The Fault in our Stars by John Green

The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne Valente

Insignia by S.J. Kincaid

The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde

The List by Siobhan Vivian

Radiant Days by Elizabeth Hand

Railsea by China Mieville

Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Zoe Letting Go by Nora Price

We will be taking more nominations next meeting, but this is the list so far.  I can’t wait to see how the club will narrow it down.  There are some great nominees this year.

The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne Valente

September has longed to return to Fairyland after her first adventure there. And when she finally does, she learns that its inhabitants have been losing their shadows – and their magic – to the world of Fairyland Below. This underworld has a new ruler: Halloween, the Hollow Queen, who is September’s shadow. And Halloween does not want to give Fairyland’s shadows back. Fans of Valente’s bestselling, first Fairyland book will revel in the lush setting, characters, and language of September’s journey, all brought to life by fine artist Ana Juan. Readers will also welcome back good friends Ell, the Wyverary, and the boy Saturday. But in Fairyland Below, even the best of friends aren’t always what they seem. . . .

Feiwel and Friends

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Visit with Jasper Fforde, October 2012

Jasper Fforde meets Printz Club (from left to right): Heather, Ellen, Lindsey (me), Danny, and Karen.

Several of our Printz Club members received the opportunity to meet privately with Jasper Fforde before a book signing at Quail Ridge Books and Music on October 22, 2012.  Right before his public speaking event, he met with club members to answer questions about writing, his books, and some of his inspirations.  For this year, Fforde is the author of The Last Dragonslayer, one of the books in consideration for the Mock Printz Award.  Continue reading

A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink

When Helen Cartwright’s home is burned down with her family still inside it, she escapes with nothing but a suitcase and a vow to find out who’s responsible. Launched into an underground London, where a mysterious organization called the Dictata controls the balance of good and evil, Helen learns that she is one of a select few charged with a responsibility she has unknowingly been trained her whole life to accept.  In her newfound role, Helen finds herself torn between one of her heroic protectors and the devastatingly handsome childhood friend who nearly destroyed her. Now, she must prepare to be brave, to be hunted, and above all to be strong because temptation will be hard to resist, even for an angel.

Dial Books for Young Readers

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Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life–a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling. Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha…and the secrets of her heart.

Henry Holt

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Railsea by China Mieville

On board the moletrain Medes, Sham Yes ap Soorap watches in awe as he witnesses his first moldywarpe hunt: the giant mole bursting from the earth, the harpoonists targeting their prey, the battle resulting in one’s death and the other’s glory. But no matter how spectacular it is, Sham can’t shake the sense that there is more to life than traveling the endless rails of the railsea—even if his captain can think only of the hunt for the ivory-coloured mole she’s been chasing since it took her arm all those years ago. When they come across a wrecked train, at first it’s a welcome distraction. But what Sham finds in the derelict-a series of pictures hinting at something, somewhere, that should be impossible-leads to considerably more than he’d bargained for. Soon he’s hunted on all sides, by pirates, trainsfolk, monsters and salvage-scrabblers. And it might not be just Sham’s life that’s about to change. It could be the whole of the railsea.

Del Rey/Ballentine Books

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