Mock Printz Roundup 2012

Thursday, January 19, 2012


The Youth Media Awards, the collection of awards handed out by the American Library Association, will be presented this Monday, January 23. 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’m always curious to see what books look like contenders for the award, so for the last two years (2011, 2010) I have compiled Mock Printz lists and winners. It’s not the best predictor of the eventual winner, especially since a lot of the groups share lists to some extent, but still an interesting exercise. Last year, for example, Ship Breaker and Nothing had a lot of Mock Printz buzz, while the others were pretty much under the radar.

This year, I looked at 20 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.

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

I also weighted the lists that picked honor and award books (15 of the lists) to generate a slightly different list. Award books got three points, honor books got two points, and other nominees got one point:

Other winning Mock Printz titles include:

What do you think? Who will take home the big award on Monday morning?

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

North Suburban Library System
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (winner)
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (honor)
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (honor)
Chime by Franny Billingsley
Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King
You Against Me by Jenny Downham

Oregon Young Adult Network
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (winner)
Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow (honor)
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (honor)
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (honor)
Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
Blink & Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones
Chime by Franny Billingsley
Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey

Maricopa County (AZ)
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (winner)
Chime by Franny Billingsley (honor)
Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley (honor)
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Angry Young Man by Chris Lynch
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Blink & Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones
Family by Mikol Ostow
Shine by Lauren Myracle
Tighter by Adele Griffin

South Central Kansas Library System
A Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (winner)
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (honor)
Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories by Megan Kelley Hall (honor)

Austin Public Library
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (winner)
Blood Red Road by Moira Young (honor)
Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King (honor)
Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Flesh and Blood So Cheap by Albert Marrin
Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

Nassau Library System and Suffolk Cooperative Library System
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (winner)
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (honor)
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (honor)
Chime by Franny Billingsley
Lie by Caroline Bock
Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard
Pick-up Game: a Full Day of Full Court by Marc Aronson, et al
Shine by Lauren Myracle
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Minnesota Library Association Twin Cities Contingent
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (winner)
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (honor)
Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt (honor)
Amelia Lost by Candace Fleming
Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Chime by Franny Billingsley
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard

Chicago Public Library
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (winner-teens)
Leverage by Joshua Cohen (winner-librarians)
You Against Me by Jenny Downham (honor)

Eva Perry – Wake County NC
Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard (winner)
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (honor)
Chime by Franny Billingsley (honor)
Every You, Every Me by David Levithan (honor)
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne Valente (honor)

Bank Street College of Education School for Children
Blood Red Road by Moira Young (winner)
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (honor)
Blizzard of Glass: The Halifax Explosion of 1917 by Sally M Walker (honor)
My Big Mouth: 10 Songs I Wrote That Almost Got Me Killed by Peter Hannan (honor)

Bergen County Cooperative Library System (NJ)
To Timbuktu by Casey Sciezska (winner)
Chime by Franny Billingsley (honor)
The Summer I Learned to Fly by Dana Reinhardt (honor)
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard
The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta

SLJ Someday My Printz Will Come
Chime by Franny Billingsley (winner)
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
Life: An Exploded Diagram by Mal Peet
Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne Valente
The Returning by Christine Hinwood

Ocean County Libraries
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray (winner)
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (honor)
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (honor)
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (honor)
Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow
Blood Red Road by Moira Young
Chime by Franny Billingsley
Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
Shine by Lauren Myracle
Stick by Andrew Smith
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Ramapo Catskill Library System (RCLS)
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (winner)
Chime by Franny Billingsley
Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King
Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
White Crow by Marcus Sedgwick

Franklin Public Library
Rotters by Daniel Kraus (winner)
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray (honor)
Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King (honor)
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Bitter End by Jennifer Brown
Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John
Human.4 by Mike A. Lancaster
I’ll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Karma by Cathy Ostlere
Leverage by Joshua Cohen
Shine by Lauren Myracle
Stick by Andrew Smith
The Queen of Water by Laura Resau
Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Delafield, WI
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Chime by Franny Billingsley
Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt
This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel

Prescott Public Library
Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Blink & Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
Trapped by Michael Northrop

FYA Book Club Vancouver, WA
Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Blink & Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones
Chime by Franny Billingsley
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King
Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt
Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard
Shine by Lauren Myracle

GKHS
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Blink & Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones
Chime by Franny Billingsley
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King
Flip by Martyn Bedford
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
Karma by Cathy Ostlere
Now is the Time for Running by Michael Williams
Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard
Pick-up Game: a Full Day of Full Court by Marc Aronson, et al
The Queen of Water by Laura Resau

Fort Vancouver Regional Library
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
Blink & Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones
Chime by Franny Billingsley
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
Karma by Cathy Ostlere
Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt
Welcome to Bordertown by Holly Black and Ellen Kushner

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Trisha on January 19, 2012

Wow, thanks once again for compiling the Mock Printzes. There are so many books listed that I haven't had a chance to read yet and won't be able to read before Monday. I'm happy to see A Monster Calls getting a lot of love, but I just don't think it'll fare well in the actual Printz Award. I'm crossing my fingers, though!

whitney on January 20, 2012

Thanks Trish! I'm thinking A Monster Calls could get both Newbery and Printz love just as easily as it could get passed over for both. As always it will be exciting to see what the committees actually go with!

Katie on January 22, 2012

Oh please, oh please let Between Shades of Gray win!!!!!! That book is un-freaking-believable. All the more so because it is based in truth. My second choice? A Monster Calls. Can't wait to see what wins!!

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