YA Friday: The Mock Printz "Prince" Awards 2022

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Someday My Printz Will Come!

The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. It is named for a Topeka, Kansas school librarian who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association.

The Youth Media Awards take place next Monday, January 24, 2022, at 6:00 AM PST. But for this past year, several SJPL staff members gathered to discuss notable young adult books published in 2021 and participate in a mock selection committee. And just like the Mock Printz committee last year, we then voted on what was considered the best young adult book published in 2021 that was chosen to read for the Mock Printz committee meetings based upon the actual committee's criteria and selection process.

 

And the 2022 SJPL Mock Printz Award winner is ...

In The Wild Light, book cover

In The Wild Light Jeff Zentner

Life in a small Appalachian town is not easy. Cash lost his mother to opioid addiction, and his Papaw is dying slowly from emphysema. Dodging drug dealers and watching out for his best friend, Delaney, is second nature. He’s spent his summer mowing lawns while she works at Dairy Queen.

But when Delaney manages to secure them both full rides to an elite prep school in Connecticut, Cash will have to grapple with his need to protect and love Delaney and his love for the grandparents who saved him and the town he would have to leave behind.

 

One more thing ...

In addition to voting for our favorite book that we read and discussed, we also decided to make up some fun fake awards working from puns of the word "Printz" and give them to other YA titles published this year that we may not have had a chance to discuss in our meetings.

So now the time has come to announce our 2022 SJPL Mock Printz "Prince" award winners!

 

"Freddie Prince, Jr." Award - 2022 Winner

This award is presented to the best young adult book published in 2021 that is a sequel or part of a series.

Any Way the Wind Blows, book cover

Any Way the Wind Blows Rainbow Rowell

In Carry On, Simon Snow and his friends realized that everything they thought they understood about the world might be wrong. And in Wayward Son, they wondered whether everything they understood about themselves might be wrong.

In Any Way the Wind Blows, Simon and Baz and Penelope and Agatha have to decide how to move forward.

For Simon, that means deciding whether he still wants to be part of the World of Mages -- and if he doesn't, what does that mean for his relationship with Baz? Meanwhile, Baz is bouncing between two family crises and not finding any time to talk to anyone about his newfound vampire knowledge. Penelope would love to help, but she's smuggled an American Normal into London, and now she isn't sure what to do with him. And Agatha? Well, Agatha Wellbelove has had enough.

This book is a finale. It tells secrets and answers questions and lays ghosts to rest.

 

"Prince Charming" Award - 2022 Winner

This award is presented to the best young adult book published in 2020 that that falls under the genre of romance.

XOXO, book cover

XOXO Axie Oh

Cello prodigy Jenny has one goal: to get into a prestigious music conservatory. When she meets mysterious, handsome Jaewoo in her uncle’s Los Angeles karaoke bar, it’s clear he’s the kind of boy who would uproot her careful plans. But in a moment of spontaneity, she allows him to pull her out of her comfort zone for one unforgettable night of adventure… before he disappears without a word.

Three months later, when Jenny and her mother arrive in South Korea to take care of her ailing grandmother, she’s shocked to discover that Jaewoo is a student at the same elite arts academy where she’s enrolled for the semester. And he’s not just any student. He’s a member of one of the biggest K-pop bands in the world—and he’s strictly forbidden from dating.

When a relationship means throwing Jenny’s life off the path she’s spent years mapping out; she’ll have to decide once and for all just how much she’s willing to risk for love.

 

"The Artist Formerly Known as 'Prince'" Award - 2022 Winner

This award is presented to the best young adult book published in 2021 that has the most visually appealing design.

House of Hollow, book cover

House of Hollow Krystal Sutherland

Seventeen-year-old Iris Hollow has always been strange. Something happened to her and her two older sisters when they were children, something they can’t quite remember, but that left each of them with an identical half-moon scar at the base of their throats.

Iris has spent most of her teenage years trying to avoid the weirdness that sticks to her like tar. But when her eldest sister, Grey, goes missing under suspicious circumstances, Iris learns just how weird her life can get: horned men start shadowing her, a corpse falls out of her sister’s ceiling, and ugly, impossible memories start to twist their way to the forefront of her mind.

As Iris retraces Grey’s last known footsteps and follows the increasingly bizarre trail of breadcrumbs she left behind, it becomes apparent that the only way to save her sister is to decipher the mystery of what happened to them as children.

The closer Iris gets to the truth, the closer she understands that the answer is dark and dangerous – and that Grey has been keeping a terrible secret from her for years.

 

"Footprints" Award - 2022 Winner

This award is presented to the best young adult book published in 2021 that falls under the genre of historical fiction.

A Sitting in St. James, book cover

A Sitting in St. James Rita Williams-Garcia

1860, Louisiana. After serving as mistress of Le Petit Cottage for more than six decades, Madame Sylvie Guilbert has decided to sit for a portrait despite her family's indifference.

But there are other important stories to be told on the Guilbert plantation. Stories that span generations, from the big house to out in the fields, of routine horrors, secrets buried as deep as the family fortune, and the tangled bonds of descendants and enslaved.

 

"Fingerprints" Award - 2022 Winner

This award is presented to the best young adult book published in 2021 that falls under the genre of mystery or thriller.

Firekeeper's Daughter, book cover

Firekeeper's Daughter Angeline Boulley

As a biracial, unenrolled tribal member and the product of a scandal, eighteen-year-old Daunis Fontaine has never quite fit in, both in her hometown and on the nearby Ojibwe reservation. Daunis dreams of studying medicine, but when her family is struck by tragedy, she puts her future on hold to care for her fragile mother.

The only bright spot is meeting Jamie, the charming new recruit on her brother Levi’s hockey team. Yet even as Daunis falls for Jamie, certain details don’t add up and she senses the dashing hockey star is hiding something. Everything comes to light when Daunis witnesses a shocking murder, thrusting her into the heart of a criminal investigation.

Reluctantly, Daunis agrees to go undercover but secretly pursues her own investigation, tracking down the criminals with her knowledge of chemistry and traditional medicine. But the deceptions—and deaths—keep piling up and soon the threat strikes too close to home.

Now, Daunis must learn what it means to be a strong Anishinaabe kwe (Ojibwe woman) and how far she'll go to protect her community, even if it tears apart the only world she’s ever known.

 

"Fine Prints" Award - 2022 Winner

This award is presented to the best young adult book published in 2021 that was over 500 pages.

Rule of Wolves, book cover

Rule of Wolves Leigh Bardugo

The Demon King. As Fjerda's massive army prepares to invade, Nikolai Lantsov will summon every bit of his ingenuity and charm—and even the monster within—to win this fight. But a dark threat looms that cannot be defeated by a young king's gift for the impossible.

The Stormwitch. Zoya Nazyalensky has lost too much to war. She saw her mentor die and her worst enemy resurrected, and she refuses to bury another friend. Now duty demands she embrace her powers to become the weapon her country needs. No matter the cost.

The Queen of Mourning. Deep undercover, Nina Zenik risks discovery and death as she wages war on Fjerda from inside its capital. But her desire for revenge may cost her country its chance at freedom and Nina the chance to heal her grieving heart.

King. General. Spy. Together they must find a way to forge a future in the darkness. Or watch a nation fall.

 

"Sprints" Award - 2022 Winner

This award is presented to the best young adult book of short stories published in 2021.

Blackout, book cover

Blackout Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon

A summer heatwave blankets New York City in darkness. But as the city is thrown into confusion, a different kind of electricity sparks…

A first meeting.

Long-time friends.

Bitter exes.

And maybe the beginning of something new.

When the lights go out, people reveal hidden truths. Love blossoms, friendship transforms, and new possibilities take flight.

 

"Blueprints" Award - 2022 Winner

This award is presented to the best young adult nonfiction book published in 2021.

Run: Book One, book cover

Run: Book One John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell and L. Fury

The sequel to the #1 New York Times bestselling graphic novel series March—the continuation of the life story of John Lewis and the struggles seen across the United States after the Selma voting rights campaign.

To John Lewis, the civil rights movement came to an end with the signing of the Voting Rights Act in 1965. But that was after more than five years as one of the preeminent figures of the movement, leading sit-in protests and fighting segregation on interstate busways as an original Freedom Rider. It was after becoming chairman of SNCC (the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) and being the youngest speaker at the March on Washington. It was after helping organize the Mississippi Freedom Summer and the ensuing delegate challenge at the 1964 Democratic National Convention. And after co-leading the march from Selma to Montgomery on what became known as “Bloody Sunday.” All too often, the depiction of history ends with a great victory. But John Lewis knew that victories are just the beginning.

 

"Fresh Prince" Award - 2022 Winner

This award is presented to the best young adult debut book published in 2021.

Firekeeper's Daughter, book cover

Firekeeper's Daughter Angeline Boulley

As a biracial, unenrolled tribal member and the product of a scandal, eighteen-year-old Daunis Fontaine has never quite fit in, both in her hometown and on the nearby Ojibwe reservation. Daunis dreams of studying medicine, but when her family is struck by tragedy, she puts her future on hold to care for her fragile mother.

The only bright spot is meeting Jamie, the charming new recruit on her brother Levi’s hockey team. Yet even as Daunis falls for Jamie, certain details don’t add up and she senses the dashing hockey star is hiding something. Everything comes to light when Daunis witnesses a shocking murder, thrusting her into the heart of a criminal investigation.

Reluctantly, Daunis agrees to go undercover but secretly pursues her own investigation, tracking down the criminals with her knowledge of chemistry and traditional medicine. But the deceptions—and deaths—keep piling up and soon the threat strikes too close to home.

Now, Daunis must learn what it means to be a strong Anishinaabe kwe (Ojibwe woman) and how far she'll go to protect her community, even if it tears apart the only world she’s ever known.

 

"Le Petit Prince" Award - 2022 Winner

This award is presented to the best young adult book published in 2021 that incorporates illustrations.

The Girl From the Sea, book cover

The Girl From the Sea Molly Knox Ostertag

Fifteen-year-old Morgan has a secret: She can't wait to escape the perfect little island where she lives. She's desperate to finish high school and escape her sad divorced mom, her volatile little brother, and worst of all, her great group of friends...who don't understand Morgan at all. Because really, Morgan's biggest secret is that she has a lot of secrets, including the one about wanting to kiss another girl.

Then one night, Morgan is saved from drowning by a mysterious girl named Keltie. The two become friends and suddenly life on the island doesn't seem so stifling anymore.

But Keltie has some secrets of her own. And as the girls start to fall in love, everything they're each trying to hide will find its way to the surface...whether Morgan is ready or not.

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San José Public Library's 2022 Mock Printz Committee
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Submitted by Jo-Ann Wang on Sat, 01/22/2022 - 12:42 PM

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I loved seeing all the results. Thanks for this great blog!

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