Hi everyone, it’s Sarah!
This is my first mock Printz selection, which is a work that represents the best book written for teens and is based solely upon literary merit. The BA quality of this award is the fact that if the committee doesn’t find a work that fits the criteria for the year, they simply won’t choose one. The Printz-ers won’t settle, so authors have to bring it! If you want the full policies and criteria, you can visit the following link.
Title: Dread Nation
Author: Justina Ireland
This month’s selection is a bit redundant because I have already blogged about this book. However, I feel that it is one of the best of the year. If you want to see the original, visit this link.
Summary: It was during the Battle of Gettysburg that zombies began roaming the earth. In this drastic reimagination of history, African Americans are no longer slaves, but are conscripted to battle zombies. Jane, an African American, has been sent away to one of these reform schools, where she is learning how to become a skilled killer. She is impatiently waiting for her permanent position when mysterious things begin happening around Baltimore. Jane works with several friends and classmates to uncover a dastardly plan contrived by government officials.
Printz Considerations: Readers will savor the beautiful language. This book will encourage discussion about history through a new lens. My only concern with this work is the accuracy of the novel. Since it is a re-imagination of the past, it will be interesting to see how the committee addresses historical accuracy versus style and genre of the book. However, I feel that setting still remains consistent with the time, even when there is a supernatural layer to the story.