Mock Printz booktalk: Spinning by Tillie Walden

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.

Every morning for twelve years, Tillie rises before dawn to head to skating practice. The hardest part is acclimating to the cold as she moves from her warm car onto the ice. She eventually begins sleeping on top of her blankets in her practice clothes so she can spend a few precious minutes resting rather than dressing, starting out the morning cold to lessen the brutality of the transition to the rink.

Tillie is a competitive figure skater, and though she is a dedicated athlete, she hasn’t found joy in her sport in a long time. But she does love art, and cello practice, and her girlfriend. Pops of color punctuate the muted tones of her life growing up in New Jersey, then Texas. Her life is a confusion of absent parents, sketch books, mean girls, trophies, creepy men, and coming out. In all this chaos, skating might not be what she wants to do, but it does keep her focused until the day art takes over.

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