The Eva Perry Mock Printz Book Club is hard at work choosing the best book of the year. While the group is far from reaching their decision, I wanted to share a few titles that the group has talked about a lot. Some of these are loved/liked by everyone, and some of them are controversial and the teens either love them or hate them. But these are the books we are talking about on a weekly basis. (You can find a complete list of our initial favorites here.)
It happens every year. A list is released. No one knows who writes the list. On it are the names of the prettiest and ugliest girls in each grade. Each of the girls reacts differently to being put on the list. We get to hear all of their stories. Teens cite enjoying how realistic the book is. They feel like the characters really exist in the people they know at school.
Hazel has terminal cancer, but she has managed to survive all this time with her wit and humor intact. During a support group, she meets August, who also has cancer in the leg, and he is handsome and charming, and for some reason, instantly falls crazily for Hazel, despite the fact that she has a tank. This character’s voice will get you in the gut.
A controversial book for sure, Children of the Wolves is about three cruel teens who kidnap and hold a child named Frog in captivity in a basement. While she’s there, she’s playing a video game where wolves are paired against children. The teens are holding her captive so they can raise money to purchase a glock weapon. What is the world coming to? This is an unusual and violent book.
She always considered herself brave, until she was captured by the Gestapo, held, and tortured for information. Now she’s telling them everything, absolutely everything if only they won’t torture her any more. Her writing is a confession and a tale of friendship about her friend, the pilot, who may be dead. Ultimately, this narrator is more than meets the eye, as we don’t get the full story of who she is until the very end. What is truth?