Yesterday, after writing my thoughts on Jellicoe Road, and deciding once and for all to join something that makes me read more Printz Award books, I discovered that there really wasn't an official Printz Challenge going on. I remembered that Jessica from The Bluestocking Society had mentioned something on her blog about a Printz Project... but when I went there, it appeared that she had just been doing that on her own.
So I said to her, "How about we do one of those challenge things together, and make it official?" Before I knew it, she had this blog created for the official Printz Project!
So if the idea of reading some Printz Award books sounds intriguing to you, please be sure to head over to the Printz Project page and leave a comment to sign up! This will be an ongoing challenge, just something to work on at your own pace, but when you do read a book, then write a review and comment with a link on the post for that particular book. You'll find posts for all the different books on the challenge blog.
Also, I think we plan on doing some sort mini-challenge to get you motivated to start! Stay tuned for that.
Anyway, here are the Printz books I've read up to this date:
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta, winner 2009
Looking for Alaska by John Green, winner 2006
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, honor 2007
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green, honor 2007
I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak, honor 2006
A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly, honor 2004
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer, honor 2003
True Believer by Virginia Euwer Wolff, honor 2002
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, honor 2000
Here are the ones I have planned to read, just for starters:
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation; v. 1: The Pox Party, by M.T. Anderson, honor 2007
Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, by Gary D. Schmidt, honor 2005
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II, The Kingdom on the Waves, by M.T. Anderson, honor 2009
Monster, by Walter Dean Myers, winner 2000
But I may just go to the library, see what they have, and then this whole list will change!
Anyway, we'd love for you to join us on the quest!