Mock Printz booktalk: A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge

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 Lisa Elliott of Tigard Public Library.

The underground world of Caverna is home to master crafters who create exotic and often magical delicacies. Their wines can erase or restore memories, their perfumes can intoxicate and enchant, and their cheeses can cause hallucinations or explosions. When Neverfell is a young child, she appears in the tunnels of Master Grandible, one of Caverna’s most highly regarded cheesemakers who, in spite of the aristocratic status that comes with his craftsmanship, has rejected the Court and keeps to himself behind intricately locked and booby-trapped doors. He discovers Neverfell in a vat of curds, and takes her under his wing as his apprentice. He also insists that she wear a mask and never reveal her face to strangers, because within it contains horrors Grandible refuses to explain.

By the time Neverfell is a teenager, she grows restless and escapes the cheesemaker’s tunnels and finds herself in a world of intrigue so complex, it is impossible to distinguish enemies from allies, especially considering Caverna’s most curious peculiarity: All of its citizens are born with blank faces and must learn facial expressions. The lower class drudges are taught only friendly, subservient faces, and the upper classes pay top-dollar for a huge variety of expressions they use to help them lie and manipulate in order to gain advantage in the Court. Neverfell’s entrance into this society immediately causes a stir, especially once the face under her mask is revealed. She finds herself a key figure of plot after plot, until she finally gets fed up with being a pawn and decides to take the fate of all of Caverna into her own hands.

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

OYAN Review: Awarding Mock Printz!

This post is an article from the Spring 2017 issue of the OYAN Review and has been edited slightly for publication on the blog. It was written by Ian Duncanson of the Beaverton City Library and Lisa Elliot of the Tigard Public Library.

The cover of the book The Lie Tree by Frances HardingeLisa: On January 21, 35 folks attended the 2017 Mock Printz work shop at the Central Branch of Multnomah Public Library. Meanwhile, 100,000 people descended on downtown Portland for the Women’s March. That’s right, 100,000 demonstrators, 35 workshop attendees, and I still got a parking spot. For next year, we’ll work a little harder to anticipate political upheaval, thus avoiding major advocacy schedule conflicts. For this year, however, I was happy to spend the afternoon in a warm, dry room with 35 librarians and teens in solidarity over our love of good books. Ian, how was your day?

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OYAN Mock Printz + YMAs

The cover of the book The Lie Tree by Frances HardingeOn Saturday our Mock Printz workshop was held, and the results are in! Our winner was The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge, and our honor books were We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson, The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry, and Railhead by Philip Reeve.

Want to know how our predictions stacked up? Check out this list of all of ALA’s Youth Media Award winners or watch the video of the announcements!

Mock Printz booktalk: The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

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 Jackie Partch of Multnomah County Library.

The cover of the book The Lie Tree by Frances HardingeFaith’s family has moved to the island of Vane so her father can help with an excavation of fossils. At least, that’s what they tell everyone, but Faith, who quietly listens in on adult conversations, knows that her father has been accused of doing something unethical. Really they are moving to the island to escape the accusations. But it’s not long before the news of her father’s deeds reaches the island. One night, Faith’s father asks her to help him hide a mysterious package in a sea cave. When they return home, he refuses to come inside. The next morning his body is found at the base of a cliff. Everyone assumes her father jumped, but Faith is convinced he was murdered. To get clues, Faith begins reading his journals, where he talks of finding a magical tree that would grow fruit whenever a person told it lies. When the person ate the tree’s fruit, he would have visions of the truth. Could the murderers have been after the tree, Faith wonders? And do they realize that she may know its location?

Register for the OYAN Mock Printz!

printz-sealFrom Susan Smallsreed:

We are pleased to announce that registration for the 2017 OYAN Mock Printz Award Workship is now open. All Oregon young adult literature lovers, both teens and waaaay older teens, should 1) register for the Mock Printz Workshop and 2) get started reading!

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