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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

2014 Mock Printz list

Below is the Bethel School District 2014 Mock Printz list. The three high school librarians (myself included) met today to hash over our long list of potential Printz award books. We had hoped to only add books that one or more of us had read and recommended but, alas, we couldn't do it with so many great YA books out there this year that none of us have read. We based our decisions on selection priorities set by the actual Printz committee, starred reviews, and our gut feelings.  Every year we think of all our readers when making our selections: boys/girls; young(14)/old(19); LGBT/straight; geeks and regular kids. We think our list represents a strong and diverse field of contenders this year.

2014 Mock Printz books-
  1. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black...vampires
  2. A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty...fantasy
  3. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell...realistic fiction, romance
  4. Far Far Away by Robert McNeal...fairy tales
  5. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey...Sci-Fi
  6. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick...realistic fiction
  7. Golden Boy by Tara Sullivan...African culture
  8. In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters...historical and horror
  9. Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner...Dystopian
  10. Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick...mystery, horror, romance
  11. Out of Nowhere by Maria Padian...realistic and cultural fiction
  12. Primates: Fearless Science by Jim Ottaviani And Maris Wicks...graphic biographies
  13. Rapture Practice by Aaron Hartzler...memoir
  14. Summer Prince by Alaya Johnson...Sci-Fi
  15. Winger by Andrew Smith...realistic fiction, LGBT
  16. *Boxer/Saint by Gene Luen Yang...graphic novel set, historical
  17. *Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff...mystery
*Newly added as of December.
As in years past our list remains a bit fluid. Since we haven't read all the books we may end up removing books that don't live up to the hype. And we may add books that come to our attention between now and the ALA midwinter meeting when the actual Printz Award books are announced.

Come back to this page often as I will hyperlink my reviews the books as I complete them.
Join us in reading through this list and then let us know your favorites.


  1. Okay, I've only read 2 of these: Rapture Practice which I found very enjoyable and funny; and Golden Boy, which I am in the midst of right now. I definitely want to read Eleanor and Park as well!

    Good luck with the process!

  2. What a great list, Anne! I haven;t read any of them yet but have heard great things about many on this list. I need to get busy...


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