A Good Day was Had by All…Who Attended the 2015 Mock Printz Workshop

By Susan Smallsreed, Multnomah County Library (Northwest Library)

We Were Liars by E Lockhart

It was another fun day in libraryland on Saturday, Jan. 24th, when 53 teens and adults gathered to select the 2015 Oregon Mock Printz winner.  Greg Lum, 2014 Printz Award committee member, shared insights about the drama, intrigue and strategy inside Printz committee.  Honor winning author Virginia Euwer Wolff (True Believer, 2002 Printz Honor) chatted by Skype about the joy and amazement of receiving recognition from the Printz committee.

Following the presentations, seven small groups went to work discussing a short list of 10 titles selected by the OYAN Mock Printz committee.  The titles were:

  • Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
  • This One Summer by Tamaki
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  • The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim by E.K. Johnston
  • The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
  • Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King
  • The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
  • Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin
  • Noggin by John Corey Whaley
  • Doubt Factory by Paolo Bacigalupi

After a short break, the entire group re-convened to discuss one more time before casting final votes. While votes were tallied, the 17 teens selected ARCs to take home as a thank you for participating. Greg Lum and Paige Battle (currently on the Alex Award committee) gave a bag of book goodies to the winner of a Printz trivia question. Just don’t ask me what the question or answer was!

The results
The winner by a landslide: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Honors were presented to:

  • The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
  • Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King

After the winners were announced the group generated a list of books that coulda, shoulda been considered:

  • 100 Sideways Miles
  • Gabby Girl in Pieces
  • A Time to Dance
  • I’ll Give You the Sun
  • Afterworld
  • Egg & Spoon
  • Harlem Hellfighters
  • How it Went Down
  • The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia
  • Brown Girl Dreaming
  • Shadow Hero
  • West of the Moon
  • Mark of the Dragonfly
  • Ms. Marvel
  • Complicit
  • The Last Forever
  • Winter Horses

Summary

The actual group was larger than in previous years, and had more teens than ever.  The evaluations indicated that everyone enjoyed themselves and the opportunity to indulge in ‘book love’…and snacks. Now, let’s shout,  “The Printz is dead! Long live the Printz!”  In other words it’s time to set the date for next year’s Mock Printz.