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Thursday, September 24, 2015

BSD 2016 Mock Printz Reading List

The Bethel School District 2016 Mock Printz Reading List:

1. Challenger Deep 
by Neal Shusterman

2. Alex Crow 
by Andrew Smith

3. Cuckoo Song 
by Frances Hardinge

4. Truth Commission 
by Susan Juby

5. All the Bright Places
by Jennifer Nevin

6. The Game of Love and Death
by Martha Brockenbrough

7. Nimona
by Noelle Stevenson

8. Shadowshaper
by Daniel Perez Older

9. Simon vs Homo Sapiens Agenda
by Becky Albertalli

10. Audacity
by Melanie Crowder

11. Bone Gap
by Laura Ruby

12. Ghosts of Heaven 
by Marcus Sedgwick

13. I am Princess X
by Cherie Priest

14. Mosquitoland 
by David Arnold

15. The Tightrope Walkers 
by David Almond 

16. The Wrath and the Dawn 
by Renee Ahdieh

17. The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B
by Teresa Toten

This year we decided we didn't want to just focus on books with four to six starred reviews but also wanted to include titles which we think would really strike a cord with our teen readers, even if those books only have two or three starred reviews. We suspect that a few of the books on our list won't be serious contenders, but we love them anyway and want to encourage a wide variety of reading experiences for our students.

With so many great books just being published (or not quite published) we also wanted to leave the door open for a few other books and may add them to our list after we've had a chance to preview them:

I Crawl Through It by King
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Ness
Scorpion Rules by Bow 
The Sleeper and the Spindle by Gaiman

Lastly, we simply ran out of time at our meeting to debate which, if any, of the nonfiction offerings we should choose this year. We narrowed the list down to these four books. As soon as we have consensus, we'll finalize the list.

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans by Brown 

Tommy: the Gun that Changed America by Blumenthal

Boys Who Challenged Hitler by Hoose

Most Dangerous by Steve Shienkin

If you are interested in participating, contact the librarian at your school:
Mrs. Anne Bennett, Graham-Kapowsin HS
Mrs. Sandy Wusterbarth-Brown, Spanaway Lake HS
Mrs. Sandy Anderson, Bethel HS 

The goal is, if you are willing to accept it, to read as many of these books as you can before the 
ALA Mid-Winter meeting which ends of January 12, 2016.

Happy Reading!


  1. That is quite a challenge! I think it is great that you picked books that will strike a chord with students. I bet there will be some interesting discussions!

  2. Great list! I have only read Mosquitoland and Bone Gap so far (audio for both). I have Challenger Deep waiting on audio, too, and I got the book from the library when I heard it had illustrations.

    Good luck - this always sounds like so much fun!


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