For your course reading, you'll be choosing from essentially three categories:

Award-Wiinning Printz titles published in 2013 -- choose three. One for each of first three weeks.
Sequential Art or Graphic Novels for Young Adults -- choose one title for Week 4.
Nonfiction for Young Adults -- choose one title for Week 5. This title could be selected to contribute to our collaborative interdisciplinary project.

Yes, a book might suffice for more than one category.

Award-Winning Printz Titles Published in 2013

The Printz is the American Library Association's Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature.

It's the latest of the BIG THREE awards -- Caldecott, Newberry, and Printz. But it's only been around since 2000 and is making great strides with awesome Mock Printz clubs around the country. Of course, our local Mock Printz Club, the Eva Perry Mock Printz Club, has been honored as one of the most awesome, winning ALA's Margaret A. Edwards Award for Best Teen Literature Program in the Country in 2009.

For fourteen years now, the Eva Perry Club has read over 450 YA novels each year in their quest to name the book they believe is most distinguished in literary quality, and they have shared their short list with our class. Then in the February soon after the "official" ALA Printz Committee winner and honor books are announced, the Eva Perry Club and our class get together to tell the world which books have won our top honors. It's a huge, Oscars-themed event and we dress to the nines because we're streamed to the world via UStream. Please do join us actually or virtually for the 2013 edition of the Melinda Awards for Young Adult Literature.

The Eva Perry teens voted on their winners published in 2013 and presented an Oscars-like awards program, The 2014 Melinda Awards, to recognize books, authors, characters, and other special awards categories. You'll enjoy viewing this program to see how your response to these books compares to that of well-read teen readers. Their winning books: Paradox of Vertical Flight by Emil Ostrovski, The Coldest Girl in Cold Town by Holly Black, Boxers and Saints (really two books, both graphic novels) by Luen Gene Yang, and Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell.

Other Printz books may come from the official 2014 ALA Printz award winner and honor books. That's five books to choose from: Midwinter Blood by Marcus Sedgwick, Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Corkal, and Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. These would fall nearer the older end of the teen continuum. Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner and Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool would fall nearer the younger end of the continuum.

You'll see there's just one book that the teens and adults agreed on: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell.

Sequential Art (Graphic Novels) for Young Adults

Sequential art is, in renowned graphic artist and teacher, Will Eisner's words: ". . . an art and literary form that deals with the arrangement of pictures or images and words to narrate a story or dramatize an idea." Francesca Goldsmith shares an interesting perspective as a librarian learning to connect readers with sequential art in The Readers' Advisory Guide to Graphic Novels. She includes comic strips, comic books, graphic novels, and Latin American fotonovellas under the term Sequential Art. For the American Library Association's recommended graphic novels/sequential art for teens, see Great Graphic Novels for Teens.

Lauren Nicholson, a founding member of the Eva Perry Mock Printz Book Club and now a teen librarian, shares her passion for sequential art in this visit to the Bookhenge . . .

Selecting a graphic novel as a book club title for our course would work well so those new and those familiar with graphic novels could interact with the same title and learn from each other.

Nonfiction for Young Adults

The Common Core State Standards may have brought a new imperative to include nonfiction in the curriculum, but there are those of us who have always enjoyed nonfiction and sharing it with teen readers who often find it more appealing than fiction.
Here are some nonfiction resources . . .

We'll decide on our interdisciplinary project issue/inquiry question during our first LIVE Class Meeting. You may want to select a nonfiction title that will contribute to our study.