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: A Sitting in St. James
Author: Rita Williams-Garcia

Summary: Madame Sylvie Guilbert has spent six decades as the mistress of Le Petit Cottage. Sylvie decides she needs to plan her last hurrah and schedules a sitting for her final portrait. However, the Guilbert family has secrets dating back generations, and as Sylvie plans her sitting the family’s dark past will come to light.

Printz Considerations: Rita Williams-Garcia is a Newbery Honors winner and a two-time National Book Awards nominee. Williams-Garcia’s new book is a beautifully crafted exploration of race and sexuality. The book has strong characters that are perfectly developed. The characters are their experiences are relevant even though their stories took place decades ago. Williams-Garcia created a setting that was richly developed and came to life on the page. Williams-Garcia has never been recognized by the Printz Committee, but A Sitting in St. James may get her noticed this year.  

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