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Mock Printz

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Over at The Hub, YALSA has a great description of hosting a Mock Printz program. They’ve also got a nice Roundup post.

There are so many enthusiastic, dedicated librarians running these events around the country, it’s really inspiring. We thought we’d find a few more and see what the scattershot results can tell us. Everyone knows, Crystal Balls are polished with spreadsheets made up of Mock Printz results, right?

A lot of places tend to hold their mock events around this time, so we don’t have a ton of results yet. Between the links here and the ones at YALSA, I tried to see which books were getting recognized most often (although this doesn’t necessarily tell us anything about which books will take the Mock Prize and of course doesn’t tell us what will win gold). A Monster Calls comes in with the most nominations at eight. Between Shades of Gray, by my count, got six nods, while Chime and Paper Covers Rock each had five.

Want more details?

If you’re feeling all social networky, you can find the Mock Printz 2012 group on GoodReads. They’ve got over 200 members, and the conversation is going on until January 19th.

The Brain Lair ran a poll in September and came up with the resulting short list. (And, incidentally, settled on a September read in the process.)

Librarians in Suffolk and Nassau county announced their Mock Printz winner for 2012 — A Monster Calls. Their short list — eight other titles — has a couple of outliers.

BookEnvy posted a very early list of nominations — back in August! — for Fort Vancouver Regional Library. Despite their early start, we have a lot of overlap.

Back in October, Dogear posted a finalist list of twelve titles that Ocean County Librarians voted on January 6th. I’m so curious about which title won!

The Austin Public Library has a nomination list of ten titles, posted in December. I’m not sure when they vote, so they may already have their results in hand.

Can you add to this list? What Mock Printz events have you all had going on? What are your results? We’d love to hear!

About Sarah Couri

Sarah Couri is a librarian at Grace Church School's High School Division, and has served on a number of YALSA committees, including Quick Picks, Great Graphic Novels, and (most pertinently!) the 2011 Printz Committee. Her opinions do not reflect the attitudes or opinions of SLJ, GCS, YALSA, or any other institutions with which she is affiliated. Find her on Twitter @scouri or e-mail her at scouri35 at gmail dot com.


  1. I have 13 Mock Printz lists compiled so far and will be posting my annual roundup by the 20th!

  2. The BCCLS System in NJ had our Mock Printz last week.

    Our shortlist:
    Chime by Franny Billingsley
    Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
    Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
    Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
    Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard
    The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta
    The Summer I Learned to Fly by Dana Reinhardt
    To Timbuktu by Casey Scieszka

    To Timbuktu won with Chime and The Summer I Learned to Fly as Honors

  3. The Ramapo Catskill Library System’s teen librarians held our discussion last week. BETWEEN SHADES OF GREY just slipped by EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS ftw. Other nominated notables were IMAGINARY GIRLS, WHITECROW, JASPER JONES, and CHIME. Thanks, Sarah and Karyn, for all of your insight this Mock season.

  4. Gregory Lum says:

    And the winner of Oregon Young Adult Network’s 2012 Oregon Mock Printz is….

    A Monster Calls: Inspired by an Idea from Sioban Dowd by Patrick Ness. Selected in a landslide from among 10 finalists, the book was appreciated for its wide audience appeal, its wonderful illustrations, and the powerful writing.

    From the other 9 books, Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys and Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor could be considered Mock Printz Honor books, although there was controversy about whether Taylor’s book met the criteria as a stand alone title.

    The other finalists included:
    Chime by Frannie Billingsley
    Anya’s Ghost by Very Brosgol
    Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
    The Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow
    Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
    Imaginary Girls by Nova Rena Suma
    Blink & Caution by Wynne-Jones

    The workshop participants also suggested the following as possible Printz Award contenders:
    Out of Shadows
    Life An Exploded Diagram
    Blood Red Road
    Scorpio Races
    Everbody Sees the Ants
    The Piper’s Son
    Girl of Fire & Thorns

    • Karyn Silverman says:

      Thanks Gregory! Where did the stand-alone controversy come from? It’s not in the criteria, not even to the extent of the open-to-interpretation language from our BBYA days (judged on its own merits), so I’m very curious how your Mock committee landed there. If you look at past winners, you’ll see at least one Honor that in no way stands alone (Dreamquake by Elizabeth Knox).

  5. The Austin Public Library results have been posted on my blog:

  6. My post about 20 different Mock Printz lists from around the country is up!

    • Sarah Couri says:

      Whitney, thank you! I’ve been looking forward to your post almost as much as the Youth Media Awards on Monday! 🙂

  7. Really informative post.Really looking forward to read more. Fantastic.

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