2020 Coordinators:

Sonja Somerville, Salem Public Library

Bobbye Hernandez,
Multnomah County Library

Heather Jones,
Crook County Library


2020 Winner:

Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby

2020 Honors:

House of Salt and Sorrows by Emily A. Craig

They Call Us Enemy by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, and Steven Scott

The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys


2019 Winner:

Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

2019 Honors:

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

MunMun by Jesse Andrews

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo






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-- a wild and intense afternoon of book discussions ending with an attempt to guess which 2019 release will win ALA's Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literture!
 When and where:

Saturday, January 11th, 2020

12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Beaverton Community Center
12350 SW 5th Street,  Suite 100
Beaverton, OR

**This event will be available for remote attendance by individuals or groups gathered at other sites. You will need a computer, camera, and microphone to join us remotely.**




The full list of eight books that participants should track down, read, and come prepared to discuss! Here are the book titles:

  • Barely Missing Everything by Matt Mendez - #realisticfiction #latinx #struggling #multiplenarrators #ownvoices
  • They Called Us Enemy by George Takei - #graphicmemoir #Japaneseimprisonment #lostinnocence #famousownvoices
  • Internment by Samira Ahmed - #future #Muslimimprisonment #rebellion #injustice #ownvoices
  • The Grace Year by Kim Liggett - #dystopia #ritesofpassage #womanmagic #devastating
  • Fountains of Silenceby Ruta Sepetys - #historicalfiction #Spain #fascism
  • Destroy All Monstersby Sam J. Miller - #fantasy #realisticfiction #mentalillness #trauma
  • Thirteen Doorways Wolves Behind the Allby Laura Ruby - #historicalfiction #paranormal #orphanages
  • House of Salt and Sorrowsby Erin A. Craig - #fantasy #retelling #murdermystery

AND titles our considerations might have missed as suggested by 2020 participants:

  • Brave Face by Shaun David Hutchinson
  • Stage Dreams by Melanie Gillman
  • Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus
  • Crush by Svetlana Chmakova
  • The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner
  • Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee
  • Heroine by Mindy McGinnis
  • Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto
  • This Was Our Pact by Ryan Andrews
  • Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian
  • Pan’s Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro and Cornelia Funke
  • Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe
  • Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds
  • Laura Deen Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki
  • Queen of the Sea by Dylan Meconis
  • Lovely War  by Julie Berry
  • Sorry For Your Loss by Jessie Ann Foley
  • Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
  • Once & Future by Cori McCarthy and Amy Rose Capetta
  • The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg and Joel Froomkin
  • All Our Broken Pieces by LD Crichton
  • With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
Teen readers:

We do love to have teen readers at the Mock Printz. We celebrate them. We listen to them. We feed them. We give them ARCs! We know it can be a hard sell. Teen participants have to be willing to read the books (or read most of the books) and then spend a day talking intensively with other teens and adults about books. That's a "not for me" proposition for a lot of teens, but for just the right people, it is MAGICAL.

There is a group of four teens who have come with me from my library in Salem for the last two years and they all agree it is The Best Day Ever. 

So, ask around. Maybe you'll find a couple of students who are up for giving it a try!

--Sonja Somerville  [email protected]


The other Very Exciting News is that our afternoon will begin with a short presentation by Abbey Gaterud from the Ooligan Press in Portland (https://ooligan.pdx.edu/) focused on the state of trade publishing today, what happens to a book after a writer is "finished," and self-publishing.

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