It’s time for another Mock Printz!
The Mock Printz, for those who do not recall, is the annual workshop I attend where we read 9-10 young adult books, discuss them and choose the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit. Above are the books we read this year. I read all but the Tightrope Walkers.
My discussion group consisted of two actual teenagers, three librarians and myself. We had many spirited discussions, then voted in our small group.
After our small group discussion, we reassembled and reported out. You can see my group, Violetta, made a lot of the same choices as other groups did.
After the small groups reported out, we had a large group discussion. Cases were made for (and against) books. We voted one last time in our large groups.
And our winner was Steve Sheinkin’s Most Dangerous, followed by a tie for second. Bone Gap and Challenger Deep shared the honors.
The 2016 winner:
by Laura Ruby
(You might remember that as our large-group, tied-for-second winner.)
2016 Honor Books:
The Ghosts of Heaven,
by Marcus Sedgwick,
Out of Darkness,
by Ashley Hope Perez.
(You might remember these books from the Hollywood Mock Printz post.)