[Libs-Or] 2021 Oregon Mock Printz Announced

Sonja Somerville SSomerville at cityofsalem.net
Mon Jan 18 11:48:16 PST 2021

The 2021 Oregon Young Adult Network Mock Printz readers and coordinators are pleased to announce that the winner - after hours of discussion and debate among the 44 participants - is:

We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez


This book follows the lives and journey of three children from Puerto Barrios, Guatamala who are forced to flee their community. They join forces to attempt to travel north and cross into the United States. Poignant and harrowing, Mock Printz readers agreed this is a difficult story to absorb, but many expressed they wish “everyone would read it.”

The Oregon Mock Printz group also awarded honor status to:

  *   Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger - a paranormal, magic-filled murder mystery set in an alternate Texas
  *   The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen - a graphic novel exploring identity and family against a backdrop of multicultural fairy tales

The Oregon Mock Printz is an event hosted by the Oregon Young Adult Network in which teen and adult readers linked to libraries across Oregon first read eight possible contenders for the Michael J. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, then gather for an afternoon of intense discussion and voting in an attempt to guess which book from the previous year will receive the Printz Award later in January. This year’s Printz Award will be announced as part of the American Library Association’s Youth Media Award virtual event<https://ala.unikron.com/> at 6 a.m. Pacific Time on Monday, January 25.

Other books considered for the Oregon Mock Printz this year were: Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo; Not So Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles; Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds; The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh by Candace Fleming; and The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta.

Many thanks to everyone who participated in making the 2021 Mock Printz event on Saturday, January 16 a success!


Sonja Somerville, MLIS

Teen Services Senior Librarian

Pronouns: she/her/hers

City of Salem | Salem Public Library

585 Liberty St. SE, Salem, OR 97301

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