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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Getting ready for Mock Printz selection

This coming week the high school librarians in my district will get together to select our 2017 Mock Printz Reading list. I've been reading YA books like a fiend all summer so I need to spend a little time this weekend thinking about what books I'd like included on the list.

My favorites. Each earned 5/5 stars.
 My thoughts: The Passion of Dolssa by Berry and We Are the Ants by Hutchinson both have all the makings of Printz-worthy books. The Raven King by Stiefvater is fabulous but will the committee consider it since it is the 4th book in a series? Jazz Day looks more like a potential Caldecott winner but I want my students to read it, so I will push for inclusion on our list.

4/5 star books 

I will fight for
Let’s discuss
I’ll recommend we don’t include
The Lie Tree
Character Driven
A Steep and Thorny Way
Exit, Pursued by a Bear
Burn Baby Burn
Rebel of the Sands
The Memory Book
Essential Maps for the Lost
The Serpent King
The Bitter Side of Sweet
The Memory of Light
The Golden Boys
Draw the Line
Anna and the Swallow Man
Salt to the Sea
Highly Illogical Behavior (not pictured)

I read twelve other YA books which could qualify for the Printz. I won't recommend any of the books I awarded three stars, or any of the nonfiction books I have read so far. The Printz committee doesn't seem interested in giving awards for nonfiction since the creation of the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction a few years ago.

Books I still want to take a peek at (recently published or still unpublished) which are getting good review, one or two of these might be late additions to our list.

What are the favorite YA books you've read this year? Have I missed any books you think we should consider?


  1. So many good books! My faves here are Unbecoming, Salt to the Sea, and The Memory of Light. Many I still need to read, though!


    Book By Book

  2. This post made me realize that I have not read as many books from 2016 as I would like. I guess that is what happens when you read the Raven Cycle, the Lunar Chronicles, and reread Harry Potter.


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