Mock Mondays: Printz Award

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: The Black Kids
Author: Christina Hammonds Reed

Summary:In 1992 Los Angeles, Ashley Bennett has lived her whole life in a wealthy suburb as one of the only African Americans in her elite school. Ashley has never really thought about how she is different from her white friends. However, after the police officers who beat Rodney King are exonerated, and people take to the street of Los Angeles in riots, Ashley begins to question her role at her fancy school and with her privileged friends.

Printz Considerations: The Printz Committee has a history of recognizing Own Voices books, and Reed’s debut novel is a great Own Voices book. Reed perfectly blended historical facts with her characters and their stories. The book raises important questions about race and class that are as relevant now as they were in the early 90s. Ashley’s journey of discovering herself was well crafted, emotional, and utterly engrossing. The book is a perfect blend of coming of age story and political commentary. The book is fast-paced and well written and, hopefully, if The Printz Committee doesn’t recognize it, the Morris Committee will.

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