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Monday, January 23, 2012

2012 Mock Printz Results

Mock Printz 2012 Results

You may be wondering why I am reporting the results of my Mock Printz Workshop on the very day that the American Library Association reported the results of the actual Printz Award winners.

Here's why...

My Mock Printz Workshop was scheduled for last Thursday, January 19th but school was canceled for three days due to snow and ice. When I got back to school today I had to make contact with all 50 of the student participants and tell them that the workshop would be after school today. Amazingly around 25 kids were able to attend on such short notice. For two hours we debated, voted, and came up with this list as our 
Mock Printz slate:

GKHS Mock Printz Award:
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Honor Books:
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
The Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey

After we discussed, debated, and finally decided on our slate we went on-line to check the actual Printz award list of books. It had a chilling effect on us since there was only one book on the that list that we had even read. It was like all the air went out of our balloon.  Out of 15 books on our original list we only read one of the winners. Ugh. 

Here is the link to the Press Release from the ALA about their awards:



1 comment:

  1. What a great experience for your students. And remember, reading is subjective. The books they liked are the books that worked for them. Just because the "real" Printz award was different, doesn't make their opinions and experience any less :-)

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