[Libs-Or] Mock Printz Workshop Booklist

SMALLSREED Susan susansm at multcolib.org
Wed Nov 19 18:55:54 PST 2008

OYAN decided it's time to share the list of 11 YA titles that will be considered at the January 17, 2009 Mock Printz Workshop @ Multnomah County Library.  There is one glaring omission.  Due to it's late publication date and size, The kingdom on the waves by M.T. Anderson, Vol. II of the Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing: Traitor to the Nation, was not included.  Keep an eye on it, however, and don't be suprized if it gets a medal or honor award.
Happy reading!
Susan Smallsreed

Doctorow, Cory. Little Brother  
After being interrogated for days by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, California, seventeen-year-old Marcus, released into what is now a police state, decides to use his expertise in computer hacking to set things right.

Green, John. Paper Towns (Release date: Oct. 16) 
When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night-dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge-he follows her. Margo's always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she's always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q . . . until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they're for Q.

Harmon, Michael. The Last Exit to Normal
Yanked out of his city life and plunked down into a small Montana town with his father and his father's boyfriend, seventeen-year-old Ben, angry and resentful about the changed circumstances of his life, begins to notice that something is not quite right with the little boy next door and determines to do something about it.

Kluger, Steve. My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park
Meet T.C., who is valiantly attempting to get Alejandra to fall in love with him; Alejandra, who is playing hard to get and is busy trying to sashay out from under the responsibilities of being a diplomat's daughter; and T.C.'s brother Augie, who is gay and in love and everyone knows it but him. 

Lockhart, E. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
Sophomore Frankie starts dating senior Matthew Livingston, but when he refuses to talk about the all-male secret society that he and his friends belong to, Frankie infiltrates the society in order to enliven their mediocre pranks.

Mazer, Norma Fox. The Missing Girl
In Mallory, New York, as five sisters, aged eleven to seventeen, deal with assorted problems, conflicts, fears, and yearnings, a mysterious middle-aged man watches them, fascinated, deciding which one he likes the best.

Meldrum, Christina. Madapple
THE SECRETS OF the past meet the shocks of the present.  Aslaug's mother has brought her up in near isolation, teaching her about plants and nature and language-but not about life.  Especially not how she came to have her own life, and who her father might be.  When Aslaug's mother dies unexpectedly, everything changes.  The more her story unravels, the more questions unfold: About the nature of Aslaug's birth; about what she should do next; about whether divine miracles have truly happened; and whether, when all other explanations are impossible, they might still happen this very day?
Myers, Walter Dean. Sunrise over Fallujah
In this new novel, Walter Dean Myers...creates memorable characters...of young men and women and drops them incountry in Iraq, where they are supposed to help secure and stabilize Iraq and successfully interact with the Iraqi people. The young civil affairs soldiers soon find their definition of "winning" ever more elusive and their good intentions being replaced by terms like "survival" and "despair." Caught in the crossfire, Myers' richly rendered characters are just beginning to understand the meaning of war in this powerful, realistic novel of our times. 

Pearson, Mary. The Adoration of Jenna Fox
Who is Jenna Fox? Seventeen-year-old Jenna has been told that is her name. She has just awoken from a coma, they tell her, and she is still recovering from a terrible accident in which she was involved a year ago. But what happened before that? Jenna doesn't remember her life. Or does she? And are the memories really hers?

Schumacher, Julie. Black Box
WHEN DORA, ELENA'S older sister, is diagnosed with depression and has to be admitted to the hospital, Elena can't seem to make sense of their lives anymore. At school, the only people who acknowledge Elena are Dora's friends and Jimmy Zenk-who failed at least one grade and wears black every day of the week. And at home, Elena's parents keep arguing with each other. Elena will do anything to help her sister get better and get their lives back to normal-even when the responsibility becomes too much to bear.

Tamaki, Mariko. Skim
The time is the early 1990s, the setting a girls' academy in Toronto. Enter "Skim," aka Kimberly Keiko Cameron, a not-slim, would-be Wiccan goth. When her classmate Katie Matthews is dumped by her boyfriend, who then kills himself, the entire school goes into mourning overdrive. It's a weird time to fall in love, but Skim does just that after secret meetings with her neo-hippie English teacher, Ms. Archer. When Ms. Archer abruptly leaves the school, Skim has to cope with her confusion and isolation, as her best friend, Lisa, tries to pull her into "real" life... Suicide, depression, love, being gay or not, crushes, cliques of popular, manipulative peers - the whole gamut of tortured teen life is explored in this masterful graphic novel by cousins Mariko and Jillian Tamaki.

Susan Smallsreed  /  Youth Librarian  /  Northwest Library
2300 NW Thurman St.  /  Portland, OR 97210
susansm at multcolib.org  /  503.988.5560

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