Today was the day for the YALSA Mock Printz.
For me, this was not a good year for this organization’s Mock Printz. Most of the books I found to be books that did not work for me on any level (The Passion of Dolssa; The Reader: Sea of Ink and Gold; Golden Boys) or were okay, but kind of a slog (Railhead) or were fine, but I didn’t think they would win (Burn Baby Burn; We are the Ants; We Will Not be Silent).
Also, the programming wasn’t super interesting. There is usually a chunk where you learn something interesting. The year that one of the Printz Committee Members spoke was very informative, but this year it was a roundtable interview with the Jefferson County Library District Teen Book Council. They seemed quite nice, but I could have done without 25 minutes of them.
Also, I wasn’t much of a fan of my discussion leader, or the fact that we sat on the floor for the discussion. We were so far apart, it seemed hard to connect with anyone. In the end, I voted for only two books in the small group discussion, and I only voted for Burn, Baby Burn out of spite, because I liked it and didn’t feel like my group appreciated it enough.
After small group results, we had a big group discussion, then re-voted. Our official winner:
The Lie Tree. (91 votes)
We Are the Ants (72 votes)
Railhead (62 votes)
The Passion of Dolssa (52 votes)
Overall, I learned that I probably shouldn’t attend if I don’t like the majority of the books.