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 Tasha Forester Campbell, Cathy Camper, and Susan Smallsreed of Multnomah County Library.
It’s 1977, and summer in the city means heat. Everyone’s on edge, not just because of the heat, but because no ones knows when the serial killer “Son of Sam” will strike again. He’s been targeting couples out on dates, shooting them and then sending taunting notes to the police. But Nora’s got other things to worry about. She’s about to graduate and there are decisions to be made. Her teachers are pushing her to go to college, but she just wants to get away from her violent younger brother. And get away from the mother who doesn’t try to stop him, even though mom wears the bruises he inflicts. One thing she does want to deal with is Pablo, the new guy at work. But with a serial killer on the loose, is it safe to date? This summer Nora has to grow up fast. Will she decide that growing up means you suffer in silence or that you can choose your own future?