Mock Printz Awards 2011

Thursday, January 6, 2011

possible printz winners?
Updated January 18, 2011 with a few more lists

The Youth Media Awards, the collection of awards handed out by the American Library Association, will be presented this Monday, January 10. 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 shortlist of 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, so last year I compiled Mock Printz lists and winners. Everyone ended up being so very wrong, but it’s fun to see what different groups of readers pick as the top YA books of the year.

This year, I looked at 16 lists. Several titles appear on multiple lists, but there are a lot that only appear on one list. A total of 42 individual books were listed.

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

The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork (11)
Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta (9)
Nothing by Janne Teller, translated by Martin Aitken (9)
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi (9)
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson (7)
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan (6)
They Called Themselves the KKK: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group by Susan Campbell Bartoletti (6)

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:

Nothing by Janne Teller, translated by Martin Aitken (14 – 1 win, 3 honors)
The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork (13 – 2 honors)
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi (13 – 2 wins)
Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta (12 – 3 honors)
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan (9 – 3 honors)

What do you think? Will this be Francisco X. Stork’s year? Can Melina Marchetta or John Green add to their credentials? Should a work in translation win?

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

Anne Bennett’s High School group (WA) (no winners selected yet)
Black Hole Sun by David Macinnis Gill
Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta (honor)
Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel (honor)
Happy Face by Stephen Emond
Nothing by Janne Teller, translated by Martin Aitken (honor)
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
The Card Turner by Louis Sachar (winner)
The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork (honor)
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
They Called Themselves the KKK: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Three Rivers Rising: A Novel of the Johnstown Flood by Jame Richards

Bank Street School
Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel (winner)
The Search for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi (honor)
White Cat by Holly Black (honor)
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan (honor)

Allen County Public Library
As Easy as Falling off the Face of the Earth by Lynn Rae Perkins
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Butterfly by Sonya Hartnett
Dark Water by Laura McNeal
Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
Nothing by Janne Teller
Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
Wicked Girls by Stephanie Hemphill

Austin Public Library (TX) (no winners selected yet)
As Easy As Falling Off the Face of the Earth by Lynne Rae Perkins
Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve
Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
Mercury by Hope Larson
Nothing by Janne Teller, translated by Martin Aitken
Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
You by Charles Benoit

Bergen County Cooperative Library System (NJ) (no winners selected yet)
Butterfly by Sonya Hartnett
Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
Happy Face by Stephen Emond
Ostrich Boys by Keith Grey
Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
The Cardturner by Louis Sachar
The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork
They Called Themselves the KKK: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Wicked Girls: a Novel of the Salem Witch Trials by Stephanie Hemphill

Brooklyn Public Library
A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend by Emily Horner
Butterfly by Sonya Hartnett
Hush by Eishes Chayil (honor)
Nothing by Janne Teller (honor)
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
They Called Themselves the KKK: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group by Susan Campbell Bartoletti (winner)
Yummy: the Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri

Fort Vancouver Regional Library District (WA)
A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend by Emily Horner
Black Hole Sun by David Macinnis Gill
Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta (honor)
Nothing by Janne Teller, translated by Martin Aitken (winner)
Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick (honor)
The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork
The Water Seeker by Kimberly Willis Holt
They Called Themselves the KKK: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Wicked Girls: a Novel of the Salem Witch Trials by Stephanie Hemphill
Yummy: the Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri ; illustrated by Randy DuBurke

Goodreads List Top 5 (as of 1/4/2011)
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

King County Library System (WA)
Glimpse by Carol Lynch Williams (honor)
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi (winner)
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan (honor)

Maricopa County Library (AZ) (no winners selected yet)
Dirty Little Secrets by Cynthia Omulolu
Heist Society by Ally Carter
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
Nothing by Janne Teller, translated by Martin Aitken
Riding Invisible by Sandra Alonzo, illustrated by Nathan Huang
Stolen by Lucy Christopher
The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork
The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Nassau Library System and Suffolk Cooperative Library System (no winners selected yet)
Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
The Water Seeker by Kimberly Willis Holt
Wicked Girls: a Novel of the Salem Witch Trials by Stephanie Hemphill
You by Charles Benoit
Yummy: the Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri ; illustrated by Randy DuBurke

North Suburban Library System (IL)
As Easy As Falling Off the Face of the Earth by Lynne Rae Perkins (honor)
Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve (winner)
Nothing by Janne Teller, translated by Martin Aitken
The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

Oregon Young Adult Network (no winners selected yet)
A Conspiracy Of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner
As Easy As Falling Off the Face of the Earth by Lynne Rae Perkins
Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve
Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
Nothing by Janne Teller, translated by Martin Aitken
Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick
Spies Of Mississippi: The True Story Of The Spy Network That Tried To Destroy The Civil Rights Movement. Bowers, Rick
The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork
They Called Themselves the KKK: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Sno-Isle Libraries (WA) (no winner selected yet)
A Conspiracy Of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Happy Face by Stephen Emond
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork
The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
They Called Themselves the KKK: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
White Cat by Holly Black
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

South Central Kansas Library System
Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta (honor)
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi (winner)
The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork (honor)
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan (honor)

Wake County’s Eva Perry Regional Library (NC)
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (honor)
Jumpstart the World by Catherine Ryan Hyde (honor)
Nothing by Janne Teller, translated by Martin Aitken (honor)
Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry (winner)
The Cardturner by Louis Sachar (honor)

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6 Comments

Trisha on January 6, 2011

Awesome, I've been waiting for this. Thanks so much for compiling!

Tinky on January 8, 2011

...And not one book by an African American author was nominated? What gives? There were a number of awesome YA books penned by AA authors (Out of My Mind-Sharon Draper, We Could Be Brothers-Derrick Barnes, Cruisers-Walter Dean Myers,etc.)

whitney on January 8, 2011

That's surprising! Maybe the Printz committee will honor one -- they read more widely than others.

Keri on January 9, 2011

The Bergen County Cooperative Library System selected They Called Themselves the KKK as the winner, with honors going to Finnikin, Wicked Girls, and Revolution. Also to Tinky, both Out of My Mind and Cruisers skew a little younger than Printz. I know Out of My Mind was considered at people's Mock Newbery awards, and One Crazy Summer is most people's top choice for Newbery. I don't like the lack of diversity on our list either (frankly, I'm not too thrilled with the list period). It was a year of a lot of great YA books but few excellent YA books.

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