Monday, September 18, 2006

Mock Printz: My informal top ten

This is in no way the official top ten I will have for the Mock Printz committee in October, but I did want to share what I think is the best, so far, of what I've been reading.

Two books are conspicuously absent from this list: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and White Time by Margo Lanagan. I haven't read them yet and don't want to rate books I haven't read. I'm going to read those, but not today. There are other books I'll have read by next month that I haven't yet: King Dork by Frank Portman and The Road of the Dead by Kevin Brooks.

In order, my top ten for the Mock Printz as of September 18 are:

1. The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin
2. It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
3. Ptolemy's Gate by Jonathan Stroud
4. The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs by Jack Gantos
5. Rash by Pete Hautman
6. Born to Rock by Gordon Korman
7. Time's Memory by Julius Lester
8. A Brief Chapter in my Impossible Life by Dana Reinhardt
9. A Bad Boy Can be Good for a Girl by Tanya Lee Stone
10. What Happened to Cass McBride by Gail Giles

Of course, I'll probably have a different opinion by tomorrow :) but it's fun to think about now.


Anonymous said...

--I've really enjoyed following your mock awards blog- what a wonderful idea!
I also would like to know your opinion of "This is All" by Aidan Chamberlain,
and would that be eligible for the mock award? I read it last year when it came
out in the U.K., but it only just came out here. I liked it a lot- not that I
didn't have some reservations, but the book was big enough to get beyond them,
and in the end its complexity really held me. One of our pages is happily
reading it now- she's a senior in H.S.
I concur with the Ned Vizzini choice. I thought it was terrific- and your
review captured it perfectly.
My list would include the Book Thief - boy- did I read that kicking and
screaming because please! don't make me read one more book about the Holocaust
already, and I thought Zusak had kind of an attitude of inflated self
importance. But I couldn't help it. I liked it anyway.

Julia N., CLTR

Annie, PARA said...

The more and more I think about it, A Brief Chapter... was a really fantastic book. I'm afraid it might be overlooked/overshadowed by some "bigger" titles, but it was just so great. Definitely on my top ten, too.

Carlie said...

Annie, I know exactly what you mean about Brief Chapter... I think it might have the same curse that Saving Francesca did in 2005, that it might be a great book but it's so quietly written that it might get overlooked by behemoths like The Book Thief.