Hi Everyone! Its Becky. 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 selection:
Title: Lovely War
Author: Julie Berry
Summary: During World War II, Aphrodite is caught by her husband, Hephaestus, in a compromising situation with her lover (and his brother) Ares. Hephaestus puts love on trial and Aphrodite retells the stories of two couples that found each other during World War I. Hazel and James are a young British couple who met during a parish dance but are torn apart by James being sent into combat. Aubrey and Collette are from different countries but make a connection at YMCA outpost but the couple is threatened by racial hatred. Can love overcome the odds?
Printz Consideration: Lovely War is one of those books that just feels very literary. Berry wrote parallel storylines, one which is beautifully crafted within historical fact and the other wonderfully steeped in mythology, which perfectly complements one another. The story is well developed, realistic with hints of fantasy, while being heartfelt. The book is a well-researched piece of literature that is just the type of book that award committees notice. Berry got Printz Honors for her book The Passion of Dolssa and she may just win the award for this year.