Hey everyone, it’s Sarah!
Welcome to Mock Monday: 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. Here is my latest selection of a YA book that should be considered for this award:
Title: The Weight of Our Sky
Author: Hanna Alkaf
1969, Kuala Lumpur was a deadly time. The Malaysian people were fighting with the Chinese, which lead to gang violence and death. Melati is a Malaysian Muslim girl, who is haunted by a “djinn” that makes her count and obsess over things as a way to protect her mother from death. Melati and her best friend go to a movie after school one day, but are quickly caught up within the racial violence. While Melati is allowed to leave with a kind stranger, her best friend must remain with the gangs. Melati is desperate to find her mother, and she will need to rely on the kindness of strangers.
This novel was beautifully written. With the layer of mental illness, this book felt similar to Darius the Great is Not Okay and Turtles All the Way Down. The subject is important to the YA world because is discusses a history in Malaysia that is typically lost in the wake of the Vietnam War. The main character feels real and I just wish I could reach out and be there for her.