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

 

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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

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.

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.