Bait by Alex Sanchez

baitSummary: Diego keeps getting into trouble because of his explosive temper until he finally finds a probation officer who helps him get to the root of his anger so that he can stop running from his past.

240 pages, Simon&Schuster


Girl Stays in the Picture by Melissa De La Cruz

girl stays in the pictureSummary:  On a movie set in Saint Tropez, France, several teenaged members of the Hollywood elite come together in an explosion of scenes shot and reshot, friendships formed and cast aside, and romances begun and destroyed, all duly reported by paparazzi.

410 pages, Simon&Schuster

Secret Life of Prince Charming, by Deb Caletti

secret life of prince charmingSummary:  Seventeen-year-old Quinn has heard all her life about how untrustworthy men are, so when she discovers that her charismatic but selfish father, with whom she has recently begun to have a tentative relationship, has stolen from the many women in his life, she decides she must avenge this wrong.

Simon & Schuster

Our 2008 Mock Printz Awards

Before we start discussing books published in 2008 for our 2009 Mock Printz Awards, we wanted to talk about our favorites from last year one more time. And here they are. (If you’re wondering why we’re reading 2008 books for a 2009 award, it’s because the ALA’s Printz Award is announced the January following the year the books considered are written. The award is named after the year it is announced, not the year the book is written. Tricky, huh.)

Our Mock Printz Winner

Unwind by Neal Shusterman. 335 p., Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. Find it at WCPL

Our Mock Printz Honor Books

Right Behind You by Gail Giles. 292 p., Little, Brown. Find it at WCPL
Thirteen Reasons Why: A Novel by Jay Asher. 288 p., Razorbill. Find it at WCPL
Zane’s Trace by Allan Wolf. 177 p., Candlewick Press. Find it at WCPL