Saturday, January 3, 2009

Mock Printz Lists

I conducted a brief Internet search for Mock Printz Award lists (an award given by the American Library Association to the book published in 2008 that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature) and found the following:

1. Glandale, AZ Library's Mock Printz:

Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
Chalice by Robin McKinley
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Kingdom on the Waves by M. T. Anderson
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott
Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
Madapple by Christina Meldrum
Paper Towns by John Green
Wake by Lisa McMann
What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell

2. Bergen County Cooperative Library System's Mock Printz Award:

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
The Kindom of the Waves by M.T. Anderson
The Boy Who Dared by Susan Bartoletti
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Impossible by Nancy Werlin
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Madapple by Christina Meldrum
Nation by Terry Pratchett
Paper Towns by John Gren
Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link
You Know Where to Find Me by Rachel Cohn

3. FVRL's Mock Printz Reading List

The Hunger Games by Susanne Collins
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
Newes from the Dead by Mary Hooper
My Most Excellent Year: a Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park by Steve Kluger
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
Madapple by Christina Meldrum
The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
Skim by Miriko Tamaki
After Tupac and D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson
Good Enough by Paula Yoo

4. Stillwater Public Library, MN:

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume 2: The Kingdom of the Waves, by M.T. Anderson
Graceling, by Kristin Cashore
The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
Little Brother, by Cory Doctorow
Paper Towns, by John Green
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, by E. Lockhart
Punk Rock Etiquette: The Ultimate How-to Guide for DIY, Punk, Indie, and Underground Bands, by Travis Nichols
The Adoration of Jenna Fox, by Mary E. Pearson
Nation, by Terry Pratchett
Black Box, by Julie Schumacher
Impossible, by Werlin, Nancy

5. Suffolk Public Library System, NY:

Absolute Brightness by James Lecesne
The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
Madapple by Christina Meldrum
Nation by Terry Pratchett
Paper Towns by John Green

From the five lists, this is how the books appearing on three or more lists ranked:

The Adoration of Jenna Fox (5)
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks (5)
The Hunger Games (4)
Little Brother (4)*
Madapple (4)*
Paper Towns (4)*
The Kingdom of the Waves (3)*
Graceling (3)
Nation (3)

Of these finalists from the five lists, there are four (marked with an asterisk) I haven't read yet. Combined with the three Newbery finalists that I haven't read, I need to read seven books in the next three weeks since the American Library Association will announce the list of all the winners at the Midwinter conference in Denver on January 26. Wish me luck!

If you've read all of these books, which do you think will win?

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