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: We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

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 Natasha Forrester of Multnomah County Library.

The cover of the book We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson“If you knew the world was going to end, but you had the power to stop it, would you?” That’s a pretty powerful question. But the answer isn’t obvious to Henry. His dad abandoned the family, and his mom is trying to hold it together. His grandma lives with them, but she’s got dementia and is slowly losing her memories. His brother is a lazy jerk with no real goals. His boyfriend committed suicide last year, and Henry really doesn’t understand why. He’s being bullied by some of the popular guys, who call him “Space Boy” because he gets abducted by aliens occasionally, the same aliens who told Henry the world is ending in 144 days unless he pushes a button to prevent it. Did I forget to mention that part? But this isn’t an aliens book, or a scifi book, and we never meet E.T. If I had to give a quick summary of the basic message of this book, it would be this: Everyone is screwed up in some way. The best you can do is try to deal with it and let other people help.

I would recommend this to someone who is looking for caustic humor or for an occasionally heart-rending protagonist, particularly a reader who really wants to get into the narrator’s POV. And it’s especially recommended to anyone looking for LGTBQIA characters who aren’t closeted or ashamed of their sexuality, but struggle with how others deal with coming out. Give it to fans of A.S. King, Andrew Smith, E. Lockhart, or David Levithan, and they’ll come back looking for more.

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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