Every year, librarians around the valley get together and hold a Mock Award discussion. We have three categories--Mock Caldecott, Newbery, and Printz. The Mock Printz Award goes to the best book written for teens in the previous year. Librarians met and discussed eleven titles and then voted, naming Looking for Alaska by John Green this year's winner. We named Invisible by Pete Hautman, Inexcusable by Chris Lynch, and Poison by Chris Wooding honor books.
These books were our guesses at what the real Printz committee will be deciding next week. For more information about the "real" Printz award, check out this website: www.ala.org/yalsa/printz.
And if any of you are looking for some good books to read, then check out the eleven titles that we discussed:
All Rivers Flow to the Sea by Alison McGhee
The Diary of Pelly D by L. J. Adlington
Eyes of the Emperor by Graham Salisbury
Full Service by Will Weaver
I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
Inexcusable by Chris Lynch
Invisible by Pete Hautman
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Poison by Chris Wooding
A Room on Lorelei Street by Mary E. Pearson
Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar
Each one is a great read in its own right. All are available at the Glendale Public Libraries.