Or should it be 2009, since they are eligible for the 2009 Printz? I don't know. Whatev.
Today my library is having their very own Mock Printz. It's the first time they've done this (although the Teen Coordinator did it at her last library system), and the first time for me too.
A couple months ago all the teen librarians voted on our shortlist (pretty much our favs that were published before about August (to give everyone a chance to read):
The Adoration of Jenna Fox
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
Sunrise Over Fallujah (just finished last night! Review to come!)
We're supposed to go solely off of the Printz criteria as we understand it for this.
I'm so excited! Who do you think will win amongst those five? Can you guess which one *I'M* rooting for?
Frankie won with 28 points.
Jenna had 23,
Little Brother had 14,
Sweethearts had 11, and
Sunrise received 4.
I went in rooting for Jenna, argued myself into Frankie, then voted for Jenna anyway. Because I'm psycho like that. But see, Jocelyn said that Jenna's writing was "Elegant" and that made me happy. It was interesting to discuss these titles and disregard popularity entirely, judge them on just their literary merits - something we didn't take into account when nominating the titles in the first place. It was also just nice to talk to people about books in real life.
My system has a staff member on the Printz committee this year, and she came in to talk to us about process and rules and all the little things involved that you wouldn't think of, like that you have to read any nominated book at least twice, but that listening to an audio book doesn't count as a read, since the audio version can give a different interpretation than the print with vocal emphasis, acting and production. Fascinating stuff. It didn't dissuade me from wanting to be on the committee someday, despite the fact that it did dissuade some of my colleagues.
My pick is Sweethearts even though it probably won't win.. loved that book. And hmm, I'm guessing that you're rooting for Frankie :)
Oh my gosh, I am so glad we don't have to read every Cybils nominated book at least twice!!!!
I really enjoyed this day! I agree it was fun to talk with other librarians on a different level than normal.
Going into it, my pick was Little Brother - oddly enough Frankie had not stuck in my mind at all. However, by the time we left I decided that I should probably read it again. But I still voted for Little Brother.
(my security word verification is "susgogib" - it seems like it should mean something)
Hurrah for your group and discussions! Oh, what a hard decision to make.
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