Bank Street’s Mock Printz — And, the Winner Is…

Forty seventh graders (12 and 13 year-olds) at the Bank Street School discussed and voted on a list of candidates for the Mock Printz, 2011. Below are the winner and the three honor books, with comments from the kids.

The Bank Street School 2011 Mock Printz Winner

Half Brother
Kenneth Oppel
Retail Price: $17.99
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press – (2010-09-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0545229251 / 9780545229258

Student comments:

Andre — Everything you want in a book…drama…sadness…action.

Emma — I felt a lot of compassion for the character. I really got fed up with his parents.

Ana — This was the first book that I couldn’t stop reading. My mom made me stop. It was a page turner.

Katie — Interesting, unique plot

Ben — Unpredictable, in a good way

Josh — Entertaining, good story

Nicole — Interesting plot. Fresh

The Bank Street School 2011 Mock Printz Honor Books

Will Grayson, Will Grayson
John Green, David Levithan
Retail Price: $17.99
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile – (2010-04-06)
ISBN / EAN: 0525421580 / 9780525421580

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Student comments:

Maya — Some people think this book should be older but a lot of us in this age group know situations and people like this already. It was great to read a book where we get to know the characters in this special way that we have not met before.

Nicole — Interesting how the two Will Graysons met and the relationships that formed around them

Emma — It was really funny and realistic.

Josh — I liked that it was realistic and I could relate to the characters. I enjoyed the themes of friendship and acceptance.

Emily — It was easy to read, easy to relate to. I found myself laughing aloud.

Josh – I laughed out loud too. It is everything I want in a book.

The Search for WondLa
Tony DiTerlizzi
Retail Price: $17.99
Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing – (2010-09-21)
ISBN / EAN: 1416983104 / 9781416983101

Student comments:

Simon — Interesting story, very satisfying

Steven — Good descriptions but also an adventure mystery

Noni — Good because there was always something happening

Josh — I don’t generally like fantasy but this one had a lot that I could relate to.

Steven — The author really was able to make the very different world real.

White Cat (Curse Workers, Book 1)
Holly Black
Retail Price: $17.99
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry/ S&S – (2010-05-04)
ISBN / EAN: 1416963960 / 9781416963967

Student comments:

Lincoln — The characters were well-written. Less of a fantasy to me … more like a book about gangsters or mafia.

Nick — When you pick it up , you can’t stop reading.

Julia — I normally don’t like fantasy but this book had a very real element. The characters develop over time

One Response to “Bank Street’s Mock Printz — And, the Winner Is…”

  1. Martha Says:

    I haven’t read Wondla or White Cat, but Half Brother and Will Grayson were my two favorite YA books this year.