New Year, New Books! What We’re Reading in 2018 (So Far…)

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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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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The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson

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As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti

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

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The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk

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Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer

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The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

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Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough

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The Book of Pearl by Timothee de Fombelle

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Chasing King’s Killer by James L. Swanson

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Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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A Conspiracy of Stars by Olivia Cole

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The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

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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.

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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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The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

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I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Foreman

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A Land of Permanent Goodbyes by Atia Abawi

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Love and Other Train Wrecks by Leah Konen

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Love, Hate, and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

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Meet Cute by Jennifer Armentrout (& others) (ARC only, WCPL does not own)

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More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer

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MunMun by Jesse Andrews

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The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani

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Picture Us In The Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert

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The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

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Reign The Earth by A.C. Gaughen

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Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson

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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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Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

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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 The Night Sings by Vesper Stamper

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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

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Your One and Only by Adrianne Finlay


Our 2017 Mock-Printz Votes Are In!

Congrats, Eva Perry Mock Printz Club members, on a successful voting session last night! Below are our results:

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2017 medalist: 
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
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2017 honors:
Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Soldier Boy by Keeley Hutton
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika Sanchez
Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Katie Ormsbee
Voting procedures: we cast our votes in person by anonymous weighted ballot (1st place = 5 points, 2nd place = 3 points, 3rd place = 1 point), and then some stalwart Printz members were in charge of tallying points and fielding disagreements as we attempted to narrow down honors. The Hate U Give won by a landslide at 46 points (the next closest was Midnight at the Electric at 31 points), but the honors were harder to suss out. You may notice we have 5 honors instead of the 4 that ALA allows–we decided all 5 were very strong contenders, and there was at least one person ready to fight for each one. Therefore…5 honors this year. Other than that, we stuck to ALA’s voting guidelines and “literary excellence” criteria, which can be viewed here.
If you want more info about what we read this year, visit this public list on our library’s catalog site to see what the club recommended or nominated: BRiAN list.
But we’re not done yet…in a couple of weeks we’ll be releasing a list of our FAVORITE YA books we read this year…which is not necessarily the same as award-winning. Stay tuned!

It’s Almost Voting Time!!

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New nominations this week: Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson, and The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein. Welcome to the big ole party, books!

We’re at just a little over two weeks til the big vote; the ALA Printz committee releases their vote February 12th, and we’ll be announcing ours just a couple days before, on February 10th. It’ll be interesting to see how our picks compare!

We meet this Friday to narrow down the list (and possibly add new nominations), but as it stands now our nominees are:

2 or more nominations:
  • The Hate U Give (12 nom)
  • Dear Martin (3 nom)
  • Midnight at the Electric (3 nom)
  • Genuine Fraud (2 nom)
  • Grit (2 nom)
  • Radio Silence (2 nom)
  • Tash Hearts Tolstoy (2 nom)
  • Vincent and Theo (2 nom)
1 nomination:
  • Bull 
  • Frogkisser! 
  • I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
  • Night Witches 
  • One of Us Is Lying
  • The Pearl Thief 
  • Piecing Me Together
  • Shadow Run 
  • Soldier Boy
  • Thornhill 
  • Who Killed Christopher Goodman? 
  • You Bring the Distant Near

And our recommended titles are:

  • Beck
  • Beyond the Bright Sea
  • City of Saints and Thieves
  • Crossing Ebenezer Creek
  • Disappeared
  • History Is All You Left Me
  • Honestly, Ben
  • Moxie
  • Optimists Die First
  • Posted
  • Queer, There, and Everywhere
  • Ramona Blue
  • Release
  • Saint Death
  • Spellbook of the Lost and Found
  • The Education of Margot Sanchez
  • There’s Someone Inside Your House
  • We Are Okay

We’ll update this site with whatever new adventures Friday brings!

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!