Mock Printz booktalk: The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana

What follows is a booktalk for a title on our Mock Printz shortlist. We hope you’ll be able to join us at the event where our winner will be chosen! This booktalk was written by Kristy Kemper Hodge of Corvallis-Benton County Public Library.

Just when Amrita’s life is starting to get interesting, everything changes. Sure, she’d always had a doting father, a loving lady’s maid who’s almost like the mother she never knew, and a best friend who shares her luxurious life in her father’s palace. But she’s beginning to notice her best friend in a whole new way when a rival king suddenly appears at the palace … and no one is sure what the king’s intentions are. Soon it becomes clear that he intends to claim Amrita as a wife, whether she wills it or not. And this king takes what he wants when he can’t get it willingly.

Chaos ensues as the rival families clash, and Amrita finds herself on the run with only a stranger as companion: Thala, a slave girl brought along as a gift by the enemy king. Amrita and Thala must outrun and outsmart, as well as out-muscle, the vicious soldiers who are after them as the girls try to navigate an unknown realm. Together Amrita and Thala embark on a journey full of dangers, where they must learn to trust others and themselves if they are to survive against all odds.

Will Thala’s ability to see into the future help or hinder them? What does it mean when Amrita’s true identity is called into question? Can they make it to a far-off locale where immortal helpers may assist them … when no one actually knows where those helpers are? Are their fates pre-destined, or are they in command of their own lives? What will it cost for them to find their way?

To discover what happens to Amrita, Thala, and the worlds they care about most, check out The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana, a lush new fantasy set in a land similar to a fantastical India.

Register for the 2018 OYAN Mock Printz!

printz-sealThe 2018 Mock Printz date, location, and books have been announced! Details from Lisa Elliot:

When: Saturday, January 20 12-4:30 p.m.
Where: Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW 5th Street, Beaverton, OR 97005
What: A free workshop featuring a presentation from author Cat Winters followed by group discussion and voting on the best books of the year.

To register, email with your name, library, and email addresses of all participants. Please specify age and school for teen registrants. Virtual participation will be available via GotoMeeting (details later).

And now, the books! This a selection of just eight of the most praised and beloved books of the year. Please read them before the workshop, and come prepared to defend your favorites. You will probably not love every book on this list, and that’s what makes this discussion fun, because somebody else will and it will be ON!

  • American Street by Ibi Zoboi
  • Bull by David Elliott
  • A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
  • Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana
  • Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson
  • Spinning by Tillie Walden