Sunday, May 26, 2013
To complete the Printz Challenge or not, that is the question?
But now I am questioning if I really want to continue the Printz Challenge or wonder if it is time to give up on reading the past books. Why would I consider abandoning the project now?
Well, the reason relates to my recent reading selection. Today I finished reading Freewill by Chris Lynch. It was an honor book in 2002. The book was so confusing and difficult to read I will never, ever recommend it to any student. I wish this Publishers Weekly review had come to my attention before I struggled through it: "...this airless novel does not reward the effort to penetrate it." Hmm, guess I wasn't the only one that didn't like it.
The book is about a boy who was having a mental breakdown related to his unresolved grief over the death/suicide of his father. In addition to not liking the storyline, I started to question the relevance of the book published in 2001. Of the 15 books left to catch up with the challenge, most were published before 2005. Even if I like these novels they will be tough sells to my students just based on the publishing dates. Why should I spend time reading YA books that won't bring benefit to my readership?
I want to stay up with current winners but I'm not sure if my heart is in it anymore to go back and read past winners. What do you think? Should I abandon or stick with my Printz Challenge?
I'd appreciate hearing your thoughts.