Thursday, October 2, 2008

Mock Printz Tralaalaa

Many libraries host Mock Printz Award workshops, and this year my library district will host one too! Thanks to the interest and encouragement of local media specialists, I am happy to coordinate this event. A school librarian and I compiled a list of ten titles that we feel are contenders for the Printz Award. If you need more info about the Printz, check out ALA's site. (Although I am hearing they are having trouble with their site, so if the link doesn't work try again later...)

Because we worked on this list as a team, there are a few titles that I have not read... so I have been busily reading those books. Since I don't want to sway anyone's opinion of these books before we engage in our Mock Printz workshop, I have been refraining from blogging about them. However, I thought I could at least post our list so you can see what I have been reading. Hey, maybe we can have our own mini-Mock Printz workshop over the internets!

FVRL's Mock Printz Reading List

The Hunger Games-- Susanne Collins
Little Brother-- Cory Doctorow
Newes from the Dead-- Mary Hooper
My Most Excellent Year: a Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park-- Steve Kluger
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks-- E. Lockhart
Madapple-- Christina Meldrum
The Adoration of Jenna Fox-- Mary E. Pearson
Skim-- Miriko Tamaki
After Tupac and D Foster-- Jacqueline Woodson
Good Enough-- Paula Yoo

Extra Credit: Paper Towns-- John Green (we made this one extra credit because we absolutely could not come to an agreement about whether it should be on the Mock Printz list or not... so we decided to let others make the reading decision!)

Full disclosure: I have already blogged about a few of these titles before we chose them for the list... so just ignore those old posts if you are going for the unbiased approach to this exercise! I do have some favorites on the list, and I do have my opinions on which are actual contenders for the award and which just round out the list nicely... if you really want to know my secret top three, I'll tell you (but you'll have to burn the note after you read it...)

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