We had one more nomination at our last meeting: The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson. That gives us four titles on our 2016 Mock Printz Nominations List. And here is a picture of our group!
Our group of almost 40 teens has been reading since April. If two or more of our group nominates a title, then it goes on our Short List. Here is what we have so far, in alphabetical order by title. Have you read any of these? What did YOU think?
Every year after we choose our Mock Printz winners, we participate in the Melinda Awards for Young Adult Literature, produced by Dr. Cris Crissman.
The Melindas recognize and celebrate the finest elements in literature for Young Adults – the best characters, titles, covers, and so on. We think of them as the Oscars for Young Adult literature.
After 10 months of discussing over 300 titles with more than 20 teens, we are proud to announce our 2015 winners!
Wake County Public Libraries
Eva Perry Library Mock Printz Award
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
by Leslye Walton
Wake County Public Libraries
Eva Perry Library Mock Printz Honor Books
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
The Scar Boys by Len Vlahos
The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean, Telt by Hisself
by David Almond
Here it is getting down to the wire and we have two more contenders – that’s titles with at least two “yes” votes – from our members at our last meeting! Check our 2015 Contenders list to see all of our 2014 favorites.
With only a few more meetings before we make our final Mock Printz selections on January 30, we are still finding titles that we think are contenders! At our New Year’s Eve Eve meeting we added one more: I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson.
Check our 2015 Contenders page for a list of all of the titles that have “yes” votes from at least two of our members. One of them has TEN “yes” votes. Which one do you think it is?
For the first time in a long while we have nothing new to add to our 2015 Contenders list! We seem to be getting more particular as the year goes on. Now a book not only has to be a great in itself, it also has to be better than our existing favorites.
Suggested as a possible 2015 Contenders (one nomination):
The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin
Other titles discussed (some of these are already on our 2015 Contenders list):
Althea & Oliver by Christina Moracho
Anatomy of a Misfit by Adrea Portes
Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn
A Death-Struck Year by Makiia Lucier
Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens
Girls Like Us by Gail Giles
Into the Grey by Celene Kiernan
Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez
Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs
Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Nil by Lynne Matson
Panic by Lauren Oliver
Play Me Backwards by Adam Selzer
Poor Little Dead Girls by Lizzie Friend
Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern
Take Me On by Katie McGarry
Welcome to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz
Titles available from the Wake County Public Libraries are linked to our catalog.