We’re into the final quarter of the year, and it’s time to start thinking seriously about our idea to do a Mock Printz meeting in January. I feel like I haven’t read nearly enough books this year to do it right, but I’m willing to give it a shot, based on books we’ve both been impressed with, and suggestions from others.
Here’s what Nina said in discussing Heavy Medal’s Mock Newbery criteria: “We strive for a shortlist that people can actually get their hands on and read, and that provides a broad and interesting discussion. We also want to include titles that we really think are good contenders, and your comments help us figure this out.”
Given that, I think we probably need a shortlist of 8-10 titles, which should be manageable to discuss in an afternoon.
I’d also like to find out who among our readership live in the Bay Area and would be interested in participating. We’re thinking about the afternoon of Sunday, January 19, which is just a week before the actual awards are announced. It’s a long weekend–that Monday is Martin Luther King Day. So if you think you might want to attend (you don’t have to make a final commitment yet), let us know in the comments, or email one of us offline (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org).
So here’s my first list of possibles, based on books we’ve talked about here so far this year; I’m more than open to suggestions, especially if you or any of our readers has any inside scoop on books to be released in this final quarter of the year.
17 & Gone, by Nova Ren Suma
Yellowcake, by Margo Lanagan
Pieces, by Chris Lynch
Primates, by Jim Ottiviani
Boxers and/or Saints, by Gene Luen Yang
Corner of White, by Jaclyn Moriarty
The Lucy Variations, by Sara Zarr
Eleanor and Park, by Rainbow Rowell
Winger, by Andrew Smith
Rose Under Fire, by Elizabeth Wein
We’ve briefly talked about Reality Boy, by A.S. King. Include it?
I still haven’t read Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell (4 starred reviews–I have it on hold at the library) or September Girls, by Bennett Madison (5 starred reviews–also on hold). Any thoughts from anyone?
Far Far Away, by Tom McNeal also has 5 starred reviews, but you thought it had some pretty fatal flaws. Again, include it?
I haven’t read Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, by Meg Medina, which has 4 starred reviews.
And where’s the nonfiction? Is there anything out there that is really YA nonfiction this year?
What have I left out? What should be removed from this list? What absolutely has to be discussed?