Thursday, January 5, 2012

Printz Watch 2012 (Part 3)

The announcement of the 2012 Printz Award is less than three weeks away! In preparation, we have read four more possible Printz titles and they are awesome! Check these out at your library:

Everybody Sees the Ants by. A.S. King

Lucky Linderman never smiles. He is bullied relentlessly. He is tired of his parents' constant bickering. And he thinks he might be going crazy because his dreams about his grandfather (who went missing in Vietnam) are just a little too realistic. Will a trip to Arizona to visit with his aunt and his uncle bring relief and perspective, or will it makes things worse?

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness inspired by an idea by Siobhan Dowd

Conor's mother is very ill and dealing with it is becoming more and more difficult. One night he awakens to find a giant monster outside his window. Over time, the monster tells him three ambiguous, confusing, and thought-provoking stories before demanding from Conor a story of his own that will "tell his truth." The artwork is haunting, and the story is gut-twistingly relatable. It's a beautiful book.

Every You, Every Me by David Levithan (photographs by Jonathan Farmer)

Evan's best friend Ariel is gone and his feelings about that are overwhelming. That's when the photographs start to appear. Someone is stalking with him and messing with his head. Is Ariel behind this? Is her absense his fault? Exactly what happened to Ariel, anyway? The creepy photographs make the story come alive and seeing them makes the reader really understand why Evan is so terrified.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Seventeen-year-old Karou is a normal enough high school student living in Prague. Or is she? Her family--the only one she has ever known--is comprised of chimaera. She runs errands for Brimstone, through shadowy portals to the other side of the world, to retrieve mysterious packages. For this, she is rewarded with wishes. She doesn't know anything about her past or origin until all of the portals are slammed shut, cutting off her access to her family. This leads to a collision with the alarmingly beautiful Akiva and her introduction to an ancient war, the true purpose of her errands, and a story that will change her life.

Come in to your library to request one of these titles and be sure to listen for news of the Printz Winner on January 23rd!