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 lisae@tigard-or.gov 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

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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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.

Mock Printz 2015

From Susan Smallsreed:

Save the date, Saturday, January 24, 2015, and plan to attend the FREE 2015 Mock Printz workshop. We’ll call for registration at a later date. In the meantime, start reading and analyzing the following…
• 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 Lavendar 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
Remember, we welcome teen participation in the workshop, so share this list with your teen readers!

Grasshopper Jungle Book Cover

Grasshopper Jungle Book Cover

Mock Printz Countdown – Final Title!!!

This is it! Mock Printz takes place tomorrow, Saturday 1/26 and this is the final installment in the series of book reviews covering each title.

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Seraphina book cover - sketch of a Bavarian-style town with cathedral, clock tower, castle, and flying dragonSeraphina, as her name suggests, has the musical talent of an angel. She avoids sharing her gifts with the others at court because she doesn’t want to attract attention to herself. Seraphina is not just a gifted musician…she also has a terrible secret. With the approaching celebration of the 40-year peace between the Goreddi, Seraphina’s people, and the dragons, she finds herself drawn increasingly more into the limelight. Torn between loyalty to her human peers and her close dragon acquaintances, Seraphina struggles as war looms and she learns more and more about her lineage, with all the unique abilities – and burdens – it brings with it. Can she help bridge the centuries-old grudges between the two species? Can she save her family and herself? Can she find love…and possibly even earn love in return?

This gripping story is set in a unique, rich world with complex characters, including a host of very intriguing dragons, and will keep you hanging on until you find out what happens next.

Mock Printz Countdown – The Drowned Cities

The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi

Book cover for The Drowned Cities - a person's eyes over a dark city with a gold citadel in the centerWar. Suspense. Violence. Terror. And all told in a distressingly believable way, in a world not too unlike our own.

This is not your run-of-the-mill dystopia. It’s an intense battlefield of survival set in a futuristic America. The story follows two friends, Mahlia and Mouse, through this world as they fight off violent, ruthless soldier boys. Mahlia and Mouse flee to the jungles, only to encounter Tool, a genetically engineered killer, part animal and part human, wounded, dangerous, and hunted by the boy soldiers. The two friends are separated – one captured and one facing horrible decisions about what to do next…and who to save.

In a world ravaged by climate change, disparate warring factions, and unending violence, it’s hard enough to survive, let alone hang onto your own humanity and try to save others. Bacigalupi creates an incredible, if not horrifying, world where he develops heart-wrenching moral dilemmas for his characters to face. And through it all, you’re glued to your seat, unable to tear away from the awfulness of it…hoping for a sliver of light at the end of the chaotic tunnel. A companion to the Printz Award title from 2011, Ship Breaker.