After the Printz…

Books can captivate, bore, or face flinging against the closest wall. This winter take your mind off the weather, lift your spirit and follow the YASF 2015 Tournament of Books.

Since a lot of area teen librarians have never experienced serving on a Printz committee the Young Adult Services Forum of the Illinois Library Association thought it would be fun for teen librarians to express their thoughts on what YA book merits the title BEST.Last year fifteen librarians participated in the 2014 YASF Tournament of Books voiced their opinions on the merits of 16 books and picked Out of the Easy by Ruta Septys.

The 16 books for the 2015 list were chosen from a list of 36 nominated titles from YASF members and were ranked according to starred reviews.

Bring out the Trumpets!!!  Announcing the 2015 YASF Tournament of Books List:

• 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith
• Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
• Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire
• Gabi: a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero
• Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A. S. King
• Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
• Guy in Real Life by Steven Brezenoff
• I’ll Give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson
• Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
• Noggin by John Corey Whaley
• This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki
• Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
• Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy by Kate Hattemer
• We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
• Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkowski
• Young Elites by Marie Lu

Joined by a star cast of librarian judges:

• Dawn Abron, Zion Benton Public Library
• Caitlin Bergan, McHenry Public Library
• Rachel Bild, Oak Park Public Library
• Donna Block, Niles Public Library
• Kris Buican, Gemini Junior High School
• Sarah Burkard, Deerfield Public Library
• Veronica Defazio, Plainfield Public Library
• Caitlin Greener, Niles North High School
• Jennifer Hovanec, Deerfield Public Library
• Anne Jamieson, Deerfield Public Library
• Jennifer Jazwinski, Algonquin Public Library
• Elise Martinez, Zion Benton Public Library
• Alea Perez, Hinsdale Public Library
• Brandi Smits, Lansing Public Library
• Kim Zahrobsky, Elmwood Park Public Library

The first round reviews are due Wednesday, February 11, second round on Wednesday February 25, third round on Wednesday March 11 and fourth round on Wednesday March 25. The winning book will be announced Thursday March 26. All reviews will appear on this blog.The plan is for the winning author to visit YA day at A Library State of Mind Conference on Saturday October 24, 2015.


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