New Nominations!

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The Mock Printz Club had our first meeting in a month this past Friday, and there was a lot to catch up on. We added three new nominations: Because I Was a Girl (edited by Melissa de la Cruz), Bull by David Elliott, and Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart. Bull and Genuine Fraud have been out for a little while, but have only just started to catch the club’s interest, while the nominator said that Because I Was A Girl did what Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World (ed. Kelly Jensen) tried to do, but more eloquently.

Below are the nominations/recommendations written by our club members this week:

Genuine Fraud (nominated): “a fascinating story of crime, murder, and identity theft told backwards with a series of unexpected twists and turns.” – Lauren S.

Bull (nominated): “An awesome book about the Minotaur. Written in a poem format with very interesting characters, especially Poseidon.” – Hasana M.

Dear Martin (nominated): “I thought this book was really good at showing microagression that kids my age see today. Artistic, tragic, beautiful.” – Gracie S.

A List of Cages (recommended): “Two former foster brothers reunite in high school after Julian was taken in by his uncle. Touching and heartfelt.” – Grace K.


Too Many Books, Too Little Time!

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We’re approaching our voting date (February 9th), and we still have a ton of possible winners and nominees to consider. Our nominees so far are as follows:

Carve the Mark – Veronica Roth

Dear Martin – Nic Stone

Frogkisser! – Garth Nix

*Grit – Gillian French

*The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

Night Witches – Kathryn Lasky

One of Us Is Lying – Karen McManus

Radio Silence – Alice Oseman

Shadow Run – AdriAnne Strickland

Soldier Boy – Keely Hutton

Tash Hearts Tolstoy – Katie Ormsbee

Thornhill – Pam Smy

*Vincent and Theo – Deborah Heiligman

Who Killed Christopher Goodman? – Allan Wolf

You Bring the Distant Near – Mitali Perkins

*starred items were nominated by more than one reader

Leading the pack is The Hate U Give (no surprises there), with 8 nominations–one from every reader who finished it. Across the board it has been called relevant, timely, honest, authentic, and is populated by a cast of very real characters whose stories need telling. Several books we’ve read have tried to capture the spirit of the #BlackLivesMatter movement (Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds, American Street by Ibi Zoboi, and Allegedly by Tiffany Jackson, to name a few). Dear Martin looks like a close second among the members who have read it so far, but nothing has taken us by storm the way Thomas’ debut has.

On top of the 94-book longlist (yikes!) that are working through, we are keeping an eye out for those late-in-the-year show-stealers: this month we added the nonfiction tome Because I Was a Girl: True Stories for Girls of All Ages edited by Melissa De La Cruz; The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy; A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge; and What Girls Are Made Of by Elana K. Arnold. Just hope we can get through the list!



2017 Mock Printz Awards

The Wake County Public Libraries Reading Corps/Mock Printz would like to thank the following authors and publishers for providing distinguished literature to young adults:

2017 Mock Printz Winner:

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Scythe by Neil Shusterman, published by Simon & Schuster

2017 Mock Printz Honors:

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The Boy at the Top of the Mountain by John Boyne, published by Henry Holt & Co.

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Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter, published by Tor Teen


A Few of Our Favorite Books in 2016:

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krista    amy


WCPL’s Eva Perry Library 2016 Mock Printz Winners

After 10 months, with 35 teens, and over 350 titles – we are now proud to announce our 2016 winners!

The 2016 Wake County Public Libraries
Eva Perry Library Mock Printz Award goes to:

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

Our 2016 Mock Printz Honor books are:

Fig by Sarah Elizabeth Schantz
The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brokenbrough
Mosquitoland by David Arnold
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Fig by Sarah Elizabeth Schantz    The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brokenbrough    Mosquitoland by David Arnold  Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Congratulations Neal Shusterman, Sarah Elizabeth Schantz, Martha Brokenbrough, David Arnold and Becky Albertalli!  Watch our blog later this week for a short video of us telling why we liked each of these books so much!

Meeting Andrew Smith at ALA

One of our leaders, Valerie Nicholson, and one of Wake County Public Libraries’ book selectors, Cheryl Teal (a former leader of our sister Mock Newbery club) met author Andrew Smith last night at the ALA Printz Award Reception in San Francisco.  Woohoo!  Our club loved Smith’s book Grasshopper Jungle.  It was one of our Mock Printz Honor books, as well as an official Printz Honor books in 2015.
Cherl and Valerie with Andrew Smith at the 2015 Printz Reception

From the left, that’s Cheryl, Andrew Smith, and Valerie.