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Mock Printz Discussion

on November 19, 2010

For about five years, I’ve been in a book group which only reads young adult and middle grade books. There are five of us. Three of us are children’s writers, two are librarians. (A high school and middle school librarian). We love our monthly meetings where we discuss the books. But our group is not for the faint of heart.  We don’t just discuss what works, we also spend a lot of time talking about what didn’t work in the books. One of my favorite parts is listening to the school librarians talk about what the kids are reading, and if they would enjoy the book we’ve just read.

So, I was happy to see Sno-Isle Library post this today on their teen blog:

I’m marking it on my calendar and better get started reading!

Every year the Young Adult Library Service Association (YALSA, part of the American Libraries Association or ALA)releases the The Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature. Or as I like to explain it to folks, it is like the Newbery Award, but for teen books. Librarians love to speculate what will win, and it is always fun to see what makes it.

The last few years the staff of Sno-Isle Libraries took part in a Mock Printz discussion where we get together and talk about some of the books we felt had the best chance. This is always great fun, but we decided this year we want to open it up to teens and other community members who love teen books as much as we do.

So, if you love teen books, I’m formally inviting you to take part in our Mock Printz Discussion Thursday January 6th from 5:30-8:30 pm at the Mukilteo Library. We have 10 books we will be discussion and participants are expected to have read at least eight of the ten books. Think you can get through them by then? Here is what we will be talking about:

1. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
2. A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner
3. Happyface by Stephen Emond
4. The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork
5. The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney
6. Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
7. The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
8. They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American
orist Group by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

9. White Cat by Holly Black

10. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan

2 responses to “Mock Printz Discussion

  1. […] December 3, 2010 in book recommendations, Young Adult Lit Book: Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Green and John Levithan Genre(s): Contemporary (Realistic Fiction, GLBTQ Publisher: Dutton Juvenile Publication date: 2010 Paperback: 304 pages Other: Currently being considered by many Mock Printz award committees […]

  2. […] Just a reminder…the Mulkiteo Library is having a Mock Printz Discussion on Thursday, Jan 6 from 5:30-8:30. If you are writing for teens, and want to find out more about some of the current YA books, this is the event to attend.  In order to find out more, including the books which will be discussed  More information can be found here. […]

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