Tag Archives: Michael L. Printz

The Kingdom of Little Wounds, Review

6 Jul

The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal

Plot: The author of this book describes it as “a fairy tale about syphilis” so let’s get it out in the open that this book has some very mature themes. Despite the fact that this book was a Printz Honor Book in 2014, many readers have protested that this book is too dark, violent, and sexual to be considered a Young Adult book. Of course, I had to read it for myself! The story takes place in a 16th-Century fictional Scandinavian town, and chronicles the life of the royal family through the eyes of two of their servants. Ava Bingen shows promise as a royal seamstress, but when she accidentally pricks the queen with a needle, she is sent to Lord Nicolas for punishment. Lord Nicolas uses power and sexual force to convince Ava to become a nursery maid – and spy on the royal family for Nicolas. While acting as a maid, Ava meets Midi Sorte, a mute nursemaid, who is also consorting with Lord Nicolas behind closed doors. Through the narration of the two servant girls, life in the royal palace is observed. A mystery illness affects all of the royal children. The queen’s sanity and motives are questioned. The king’s affections lie with someone other than the queen. And those who are closest to the royal family may not have noble intentions. As more of the plot is revealed, Ava and Midi find their lives becoming more entwined together, much to their displeasure. But the two servants soon learn that they may only have each other to trust. This book is intense, violent, sexual, and dark. It is for mature readers due to the highly graphic content. However, it is a very interesting read about 16th-Century palace life, and is probably a case of this being a more truthful account than many non-fiction works. It’s a fascinating look at the interworking of a royal palace, and the secrets and lies it hides. It’s also a smack-you-in-the-face honest look at abuse of power, which is certain to open the readers’ eyes to other examples of this throughout history.

Would you recommend this book? Yes and no. While offering an interesting look at history, it seems a bit mature for a young adult book.

3 stars

–Lisa

Maggot Moon, Book Trailer

16 Jan

2013 Printz Award Winner Announced!

27 Feb

The Michael L. Printz award winning book has been announced! This award is given each year to a book that shows literary excellence in young adult literature.

The 2013 winner is In Darkness by Nick Lake.

Fifteen-year-old Shorty awakens beneath the ruins of a crumbled hospital in Haiti, where his weakening mind begins flashing back through his own violent history, the loss of his twin sister, and his mystical connection to Toussaint Louverture, the nineteenth-century revolutionary who helped liberate his country.

There were also four honor books:

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
-A self-described natural misanthrope, Aristotle finds himself changed when he meets precocious Dante, whose open and intense friendship over a fateful summer compels Ari to question love, art, adulthood and even the secrets of the universe.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
-In this multifaceted tale of intrigue and loyalties, two young women find their friendship tested while fighting to save themselves and their secrets when caught behind enemy lines in occupied France during World War II.

Dodger by Terry Pratchett
-In this wild historical adventure, 17-year-old Dodger rescues a young woman from an attack, is appointed assistant detective to Charlie Dickens, encounters the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, obtains his first tailored suit and learns from his mentor Solomon how to navigate a wide range of social and political circles.

The White Bicycle by Beverley Brenna
-A summer spent as a “personal care assistant” in the French countryside turns into a journey of self-realization and independence as 19-year-old Taylor Jane, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, tells in her own distinctive voice how she has the skills and heart to live life on her own terms.

Printz Winners Are Here!

11 Feb

Well, the medal winner and one of the honor books at least!

As Jen posted a few weeks ago, the Printz Medal and Honor books for 2012 are:

Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley (medal winner)

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

The Returning by Christine Haywood

Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

These are the two we have in, but all of them should be available soon! Stop in and check one out! And if you’ve read any of them, let us know what you think! Maybe by submitting a review! I just started reading The Returning on my Nook, and so far, I like it!

Printz Award Winner Announced!

28 Jan

The 2012 Michael L. Printz award winner and honor books have been chosen! The award is given to a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.

The winner is:

Wheres Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
-Witty, sardonic Cullen Witter agonizes over the disappearance of his beloved brother, Gabriel, while everyone else in his stiflingly dull Arkansas town thrills to the apparent return of a long-extinct woodpecker. Kidnapping, bromance, arcane religious texts, and ornithology collide in this ground-breaking coming-of-age tale.

The author created a playlist of songs that he listened to while writing the book, along with some background on each song choice, including the song that inspired the book. Click here to listen.

The Honor Books are:

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
-In this beautiful piece of bookmaking, heartbroken movie obsessive Min Green dumps a box of relationship ephemera on ex-love Ed Slaterton’s porch, each item attached to a raging, loving, insecure and regretful letter explaining how each memento contributed to their breakup.

The Returning by Christine Hinwood
-A large cast of characters from two fictional kingdoms recover from a drawn-out, brutal war in a portrait both sweeping and specific as it explores the ramifications of the conflict on Cam, the only one who lives to return to his village.

Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
-Spurred by the mysterious death of a schoolmate, Charlie confronts racism and his fears as he learns about family, friendship and love in the oppressive heat of small-town 1960s Australia. Silvey weaves themes of freedom and loyalty with moments of humor in this wrenching novel.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
-A bloody, intoxicating horse race on the Island of Thisby is the backdrop for this atmospheric novel. The heart-pounding story pits two teens against death – to win is to survive.

Ship Breaker, Book Trailer

23 Sep

This is the Michael L. Printz 2011 award winner; this award is given to a book that exemplifies literary excellence in the YA genre.