Mock Mondays: Printz

Hi Everyone!  Its Becky.  I’m back to share with everyone a book that I feel should be considered for the Printz Award.  For anyone not familiar with the Printz Award it is an award given by the American Library Association for the best example of teen literature from the previous year.  You can find more information here.

34810320Sadie by Courtney Summers
Summary: Sadie Hunter lives her life in the dark.  Her mother never cared about her, she never met her father and she has no hope of leaving her small poverty stricken hometown.  The only light in Sadie’s life is her sister Maddie until someone takes her away, too.  Sadie knows that her mother’s ex-boyfriend killed Maddie and she’s going to do what ever it takes to end his life.  This book is an emotional roller coaster.
Printz Consideration:  This book just packs an emotional wallop.  Summers writes duel narratives that lead the reader down the dark and twisted path of loss.  Sadie’s story is told in her own realistic and beautifully written words which are filled with pain and grief.  Yet, this story which should feel familiar is given an amazing modern twist with the addition of the West McCray narrative of his investigation of Sadie’s disappearance for his pod cast.  The two stories combine to create a portrait of a young woman lost in poverty and abuse which is relevant and heartbreaking and could earn Summers her first Printz award.
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi34728667
Summary: After magic was taken by an evil rule Zelie journey’s to bring it back.
Printz Consideration: Tomi Adeyemi’s debut YA book is both a wonderfully written fantasy book filled with excellent character and skillful world building and realistic view of friendship and family.  Adeymei is able to both satisfy fantasy readers through her descriptions of magical scrolls and mystical creature and realistic fiction fans with her story of a family damaged by circumstance that is just trying to survive.  Her ability to merge these two elements into one well written and beloved book may help her follow in the footsteps of last year’s debut author and Printz Honors winner Angie Thomas.

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