Mock Printz Awards — Take two!

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This is an update of an earlier Mock Printz Awards post

The Youth Media Awards, the collection of awards handed out by the American Library Association, will be presented this Monday, January 18. For young adult literature, the Michael L. Printz award is considered the highest achievement. Awarded annually since 2000, it honors the best book (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or anthology) in terms of literary merit and up to four honor books that were published in the United States during the award year. A committee of nine YALSA members discuss the eligible titles at the Annual and Midwinter ALA meetings and choose the winner and honor books in a closed door session.

To promote the reading and discussion of quality YA books, many library systems and regional library groups organize Mock Printz events. Typically, librarians will choose a list of 10-15 titles that they think merit inclusion on the Printz list. They then meet to discuss the books and choose their own winner and honor books before the official ceremony.

I was curious to see what books look like contenders for the award this year, so I compiled several Mock Printz lists and winners that I could find online. So far, I have 16 lists. Several titles appear on multiple lists, but there are a lot that only appear on one list. A total of 55 individual books were listed. While the commonly listed books have a good chance at receiving the award or an honor, it’s definitely likely that a little-read book will show up on the official list. It all depends on the committee members and what books they read and connect with.

Of the lists I looked at, here are the books that appeared on more than two lists and the number of lists they appeared on:

Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork (15)
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson (13)
If I Stay by Gayle Forman (11)
Liar by Justine Larbalestier (6)
North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley (5)
Fire by Kristin Cashore (5)
Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman (4)
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead (4) (also appears on Mock Newbery lists)
Lips Touch Three Times by Laini Taylor (4)
Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan (4)
The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd (3)
In The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan (3)
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (3)
All the Broken Pieces by Ann E. Burg (3)
Going Bovine by Libba Bray (3)
Hate List by Jennifer Brown (3)
The Eternal Smile by Gene Luen Yang and Derek Kirk Kim (3)
The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd (3)

I also weighted the lists that picked honor and award books to generate a slightly different list. Award books got three points, honor books got two points, and other nominees got one point.

Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork (22)
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson (21)
If I Stay by Gayle Forman (14)
Liar by Justine Larbalestier (8)
Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman (8)
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead (7)
Fire by Kristin Cashore (7)
Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan (7)
Hate List by Jennifer Brown (6)
All the Broken Pieces by Ann E. Burg (5)
North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley (5)

The full lists from each library or library system appear below.

King County Library System (3 winners)
Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
The Color of Earth by Dong Hwa Kim

Fort Vancouver Regional Library District (WA)
Andromeda Klein by Frank Portman
Distant Waves by Suzanne Weyn
Punkzilla by Adam Rapp
The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
Liar by Justine Larbalestier
Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
If I Stay by Gayle Foreman
Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

North Suburban Library District (IL)
Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan
If I Stay by Gayle Foreman
Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Lips Touch Three Times by Laini Taylor
Orange Houses by Paul Griffin
Solace of the Road by Siobhan Dowd
The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd
Fire by Kristin Cashore
The Eternal Smile by Gene Luen Yang and Derek Kirk Kim

Maricopa County Library (AZ)
If I Stay by Gayle Foreman
Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Fire by Kristin Cashore
Liar by Justine Larbalestier
Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
Gentlemen by Michael Northrup
Hate List by Jennifer Brown
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
Purple Heart by Patricia McCormick
Secret Keeper by Mitali Perkins
The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness
The Carbon Diaries 2015 by Saci Lloyd
Year of the Bomb by Ronald Kidd
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Oregon Library Association/Oregon Young Adult Network (OYAN) and Multnomah County Library
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Crazy Beautiful by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Tales of the Madman Underground by John Barnes
All the Broken Pieces by Ann E. Burg
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley
The Miles Between by Mary E. Pearson
Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork
Heroes of the Valley by Jonathan Stroud
The Eternal Smile by Gene Luen Yang and Derek Kirk Kim

Ocean County Library (NJ)
All the Broken Pieces by Ann E. Burg (winner)
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson (honor)
Going Bovine by Libba Bray (honor)
The Devil’s Paintbox by Victoria Mckernan (honor)
Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork (honor)
North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley
Everything is Fine by Ann Dee Ellis
SLOB by Ellen Potter
Flygirl by Sherri Smith
When you Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

GoodReads
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
If I Stay by Gayle Foreman
North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley
Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork

Brooklyn Public Library
Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman (winner)
Fire by Kristin Cashore (honor)
Hate List by Jennifer Brown (honor)
After the Moment by Garret Freymann-Weyr
The Color of Earth by Kim Dong Hwa
Liar by Justine Larbalestier
Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork
Secret Keeper by Mitali Perkins

Austin Public Library
Liar by Justine Larbalestier (winner)
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson (honor)
The Demon King by Cindy Williams Chima (honor)
Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan (honor)
All the Broken Pieces by Ann E. Burg
North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley
Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
Creature of the Night by Kate Thompson

Bergen County Cooperative Library System (NJ)
Charles and Emma: The Darwin’s Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman (winner)
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson (honor)
Fire by Kristin Cashore (honor)
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Philip Hoose
Liar by Justine Larbalestier
The Carbon Diaries 2015 by Saci Lloyd
Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork
Lips Touch Three Times by Laini Taylor

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library (NC)
Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan (winner)
The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd (honor)
Thirteenth Child by Patricia Wrede (honor)
If I Stay by Gayle Forman (honor)
Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork (honor)
The Girl Who Threw Butterflies by Mick Cochrane
North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley
The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks
Liar by Justine Larbalestier
Alis by Naomi Rich
Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
The Other Half of Life by Kim Ablon Whitney
The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams
Once Was Lost by Sara Zarr

Twin Cities contingent of the Minnesota Library Association’s Children and Young People Section
Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X Stork (winner)
If I Stay by Gayle Forman (honor)
When you Reach Me by Rebecca Stead (honor)
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson (honor)
After by Amy Efaw
Charles and Emma: The Darwin’s Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman
Fire by Kristin Cashore
Liar by Justine Larbalestier
North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley
Once Was Lost by Sara Zarr
Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan
The Devil’s Paintbox by Victoria McKernan

Allen County Public Library (IN)
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead (winner)
Lips Touch Three Times by Laini Taylor (honor)
Crossing Stones by Helen Frost (honor)
Marcelo and the Real World by Francisco Stork (honor)
If I Stay by Gayle Forman (honor)
Going Bovine by Libba Bray
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
The Lost Conspiracy by Frances Hardinge
The Rock and The River by Kekla Magoon
The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd

Nassau Library System and Suffolk Cooperative Library System (NY)
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson (winner)
Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X Stork (honor)
Charles and Emma: The Darwin’s Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman
Fire by Kristin Cashore
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
The Eternal Smile by Gene Luen Yang and Derek Kirk Kim
Going Bovine by Libba Bray

Mid-Continent Public Library (MO)
Hate List by Jennifer Brown (winner)
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson (honor)
If I Stay by Gayle Forman (honor)
Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X Stork (honor)
Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford

Children’s Book Guild poll
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Charles and Emma: The Darwin’s Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman
Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X Stork
Lips Touch Three Times by Laini Taylor
Jumped by Rita Williams-Garcia
Riot by Walter Dean Myers

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