Mock Printz Roundup 2014

Sunday, January 19, 2014

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The Youth Media Awards, the collection of awards handed out by the American Library Association, will be presented Monday, January 27. 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 a few years (2012, 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 and most librarians aren’t reading as widely and extensively as those on the committee. It’s still an interesting exercise to see what’s buzzing before the announcement of the actual winners and honorees.

This year, I looked at 19 lists. Several titles appear on multiple lists, but there are a lot that only appear on one list. A total of 45 individual books were listed. Of the lists I looked at, here are all of the books that appeared and the number of lists they appeared on:

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

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

Austin Public Library (TX)
Black Helicopters by Blythe Woolston
Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang
Crash and Burn by Michael Hassan
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz
The Golden Day by Ursula Dubosarsky
Winger by Andrew Sullivan

Bergen County Cooperative Library System (NJ)
All the Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
Hostage Three by Nick Lake
Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
The Midgnight Dress by Karen Foxlee
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Bethel School District (WA)
A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty
Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Far Far Away by Tom McNeal
Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
Golden Boy by Tara Sullivan
In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
Out of Nowhere by Maria Padan
Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff
Rapture Practice by Aaron Hartzler
The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson
Winger by Andrew Sullivan

Brooklyn Public Library
Black Helicopters by Blythe Woolston
Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
More Than This by Patrick Ness

Colorado Association of Libraries
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Eastern Shores Library System (WI)
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (winner)
More Than This by Patrick Ness (honor)
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys (honor)
Winger by Andrew Sullivan (honor)
Far Far Away by Tom McNeal
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick
Out of Nowhere by Maria Padan
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr
The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan

FYA Fort Vancouver, WA
Black Helicopters by Blythe Woolston
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Far Far Away by Tom McNeal
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick
September Girls by Bennett Madison
The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson
Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt
Winger by Andrew Sullivan

Fort Vancouver Regional Library District (WA)
A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty
Black Helicopters by Blythe Woolston
Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Far Far Away by Tom McNeal
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick
More Than This by Patrick Ness
Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Goodreads Mock Printz Group
Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Far Far Away by Tom McNeal
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick
More Than This by Patrick Ness
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
Winger by Andrew Sullivan

Kansas City Mock Literary Awards
A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty
Black Helicopters by Blythe Woolston
Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang (honor)
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (winner)
Far Far Away by Tom McNeal
Friday Never Leaving by Vikki Wakefield
More Than This by Patrick Ness (honor)
Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley
September Girls by Bennett Madison
Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz
Winger by Andrew Sullivan (honor)

King County Library System (WA)
Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Far Far Away by Tom McNeal
More Than This by Patrick Ness
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos
Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick
September Girls by Bennett Madison
The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd
Yellowcake by Margo Lanagan

Maricopa County Library System (AZ)
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff
Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan

Middleton Public Library (WI)
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Far Far Away by Tom McNeal
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
Lord of Opium by Nancy Farmer
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
More Than This by Patrick Ness
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff
Reality Boy by A.S. King
The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider
The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr
Winger by Andrew Sullivan

Minnesota Library Association
Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Far Far Away by Tom McNeal
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick
Out of Nowhere by Maria Padan
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
Primates: Fearless Science by Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks
Rapture Practice by Aaron Hartzler
Winger by Andrew Sullivan

Oregon Young Adult Network
Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch
In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
Rapture Practice by Aaron Hartzler
September Girls by Bennett Madison
Winger by Andrew Sullivan

Siouxland Library (SD)
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Far Far Away by Tom McNeal
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick
More Than This by Patrick Ness
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
Winger by Andrew Sullivan

Sno-Isle Library System (WA)
Black Helicopters by Blythe Woolston
Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Far Far Away by Tom McNeal
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
More Than This by Patrick Ness
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Westchester Library Association (NY)
A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch
In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff
September Girls by Bennett Madison

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