Mock Printz booktalk: American Street by Ibi Zoboi

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 Ian Duncanson of Beaverton City Library.

Fabiola has just arrived in the US from Haiti to settle with her cousins in a rough Detroit neighborhood. Her mom is caught in immigration limbo, and Fabiola swears that she will do whatever is necessary to help spring her so that her family can be whole again.

The opportunity arises when she makes the acquaintance of a cop who wants to collar a violent neighborhood drug dealer — but that dealer also happens to be the abusive boyfriend of one of Fabiola’s cousins. Fabiola is now torn between wanting to free her mother and the fear of violent, possibly fatal reprisals for snitching. On top of that, she’s navigating the typical teenage pressures of a new school and a fresh romance with a boy from the neighborhood. She sees signs of her native Vodou in everyday people and occurrences and hopes that the spirits will protect her as she decides whether or not to help the police and her mother when doing so may very well mean her death.

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