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: Cemetery Boys
Author: Aiden Thomas
Summary: Yadriel summoned the wrong ghost, and now he has to find a way to help him pass on. Yadriel was trying to summon his murdered cousin, but instead, he got his classmate, Julian. As Yadriel helps solve the mystery behind Julian’s death, he also must find a way to combat his family’s misperceptions about him and to make them accept who he really is.
Printz Considerations: The Printz Committee often awards books that highlight important and relevant issues and one of the most important issues in today’s society is rights for transgendered people. In Cemetery Boys, Thomas has written a thoughtful and thought proking look at a teen who is in the process of transitioning from female to male. Yadriel’s experience is relatable to those teens while also giving information to readers without being a purely “issue book”. Yadriel’s reaction to the use of his dead name and his experiences with misgendering is relatable while those issues and something readers need to learn about. The book is able to present these important and timely issues in a way teen readers will accept and enjoy reading. The Printz committee often honors books that have an important and relevant message and the experience of a transgendered teen in today’s modern world is possibly one of the most timely and relevant messages around and Cemetary Boys may just get the committee’s notice.