May 2016 Printz Contender Update

printzcontendergraphicSo – this is obviously quite late – and I haven’t entered any June stars in the spreadsheet yet. The following things have contributed to this: our Summer Book Buddies program has over 100 readers registered this year – that’s 20 more than we’ve every had before – which means I’m now supervising 105 high school volunteers helping with that and 9 other summer volunteer programs; my Grandma turned 90 this summer so we had a big family celebration that knocked out a bunch of my weekend time; as my previous post noted, I was lucky enough to get to go to ALA this year; a good friend is getting married and there was a bachelorette lake house weekend event to attend; and finally – a grant we were told was due July 31 was actually due July 1 which means that’s all I spent the last two days on basically. Phew! The life of a public librarian in the summer!

But enough about me – for information on how I’m creating these lists see the April Printz Update. The first list is more traditional contenders. The 2nd list is the titles that just barely touch the age range or are non-fiction.

92 titles have been awarded 3 or more stars this year (6 stars-2, 5 stars-5, 4 stars-25, 3 stars-60). 1 of the 5 star books is too young; 9 of the 4 star books are too young, 26 of the 3 star books are too young. That leaves us with 56 books to consider. Books that are new to the list this month are in bold.

List One (34 titles):
American Girls by Alison Umminger
Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann
The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan – 4 stars
Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina – 4 stars
Character, Driven by David Lubar
Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling by Tony Cliff – (Graphic)
Draw the Line by Laurent Linn
Essential Maps for the Lost by Deb Caletti
Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston – 4 stars
Flannery by Lisa Moore
Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett – 4 stars
The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle
Half Lost by Sally Green
Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge – 6 stars
The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork – 4 stars
My Name is Not Friday by Jon Walter
The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos
The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks (Graphic)
On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis
The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry – 5 stars
Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater – 4 stars
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters
Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley
Summer Days and Summer Nights ed. by Stephanie Perkins – 4 stars
A Tangle of Gold by Jaclyn Moriarty – 4 stars
Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach
Unbecoming by Jenny Downham – 4 stars
We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson – 4 stars

List Two (22 titles):
Booked by Kwame Alexander – 4 stars
Bubonic Panic by Gail Jarrow
The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox
Dara Palmer’s Major Drama by Emma Shevah
The Door By the Staircase by Katherine Marsh
Free Verse by Sarah Dooley
Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar
Jazz Day by Roxane Orgil – 6 stars
Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee
Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson
The Most Important Thing by Avi
Pax by Sara Pennypacker – 4 stars
Prairie Dog Song by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore
Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo – 5 stars
Samurai Rising by Pamele S. Turner (Non-Fiction) – 4 stars
Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard by Jonathan Auxier – 4 stars
The Storyteller by Aaron Starmer
We Will Not Be Silent by Russell Freedman – (Non-Fiction) – 5 stars
Wet Cement by Bob Raczka – (Poetry) – 5 stars
When Mischief Came to Town by Katrina Nannestad
Wild Robot by Peter Brown – 4 stars
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk – 4 stars

For complete publication information on any of these titles check out the spreadsheet. Happy reading!


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