Ten Ocean County Librarians have voted. The first round results are as follows (you could choose up to 3 titles, ranking first to third):
Between Shades of Gray – 16
Beauty Queens – 16
Daughter of Smoke and Bones – 10
A Monster Calls – 9
Stick – 6
Shine – 5
The Berlin Boxing Club – 4
Chime – 4
Blood Red Road – 3
Scorpio Races – 3
The Name of the Star – 2
Dead End in Norvelt – 2
In terms of first place votes:
Beauty Queens – 4
Between Shades of Gray – 2
Daughter of Smoke and Bones – 1
Stick – 1
Chime – 1
A Monster Calls – 1
So we went to a second round of voting for titles with 5 or more votes (meaning at least two people had to have voted for the title). The results:
Beauty Queens – 21 (with 4 first place votes)
Between Shades of Gray – 16 (with 2 first place votes)
A Monster Calls – 12 (with 1 first place votes)
Daughter of Smoke and Bones – 11 (with 2 first place votes)
Stick – 7 (with 1 first place vote)
Shine – 5
Chime – 2
Mock Printz 2012 Winner – Beauty Queens by Libba Bray.
Mock Printz 2012 Honor books – Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, Daughter of Smoke and Bones by Lani Taylor, and A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.
Here are some comments:
Erin: I think Between Shades of Gray should win because it was beautifully written and you felt you knew the characters and could feel what they were feeling. Also because it brings up a part of history that is not spoken of and needs to be brought out into the light.
Mary Jo: Between Shades of Gray is award worthy. It’s written at that level. The ending reinforces the power of writing. Even when a culture conceals, the power of storytelling and having an audience to hear the story allows the silenced to to reclaim their story. Just as Hollywood loved Hugo Cabret because it is a movie about the power of movies, this is a soty about the power of storytelling. So it adds value to an already strong text.
Katie: I wish every book was as well-written and witty as Beauty Queens.
Jen: I’d give an honor to Beauty Queens—no higher than that. I also loved The Name of the Star (my #3). Though it wasn’t my cup of tea, Chime by Franny Billingsley is surely in the mix with the Printz committee. I also don’t think you can count out Okay For Now and Dead End in Norvelt in this category. I did really like A Monster Calls, but not sure if I’d give it the medal—an honor for sure. I just think a lot of people may have initially picked it up because it’s such a slim book and thus may not have read some of the thicker books (read: Daughter of Smoke and Bone). Lastly, my dark horse/ long shot pick is Dreamland Social Club by Tara Altebrando. It came up on one of the best of the year lists, which is how it came to my attention. It really was very well-written and had an interesting mix of realism and a fantasy-within-reality element. My I-wish–it-were-so-but-it ain’t-never-gonna-happen pick is Rick Yancey’s Isle of Blood.
As for me, my number one pick is Stick. It’s not getting the blogosphere attention I believe it deserves. Stick is an incredible character. The writing is sparse and it has an almost Punkzilla quality toward the conclusion. I believe it’s very literary and I’d love to see it recognized. Our winner, Beauty Queens, doesn’t have a chance in my opinion, though it is a better book than Daughter of Smoke and Bone because it actually adds something to its genre. I wish I had had an opportunity to argue against Beauty Queens and Daughter of Smoke and Bone (or rather lobby for Stick, A Monster Calls and Between Shades of Grey) but our voting took place via email. We did discuss at a meeting but not all were able to attend and many who did attend the meeting didn’t read a majority of the books. So… we voted electronically and heard from all the avid readers.