Anderson's 2017 Mock Printz Winners

 

2017 ANDERSON'S MOCK PRINTZ WINNER

Rani Patel in Full Effect By Sonia Patel

Almost seventeen, Rani Patel appears to be a kick-ass Indian girl breaking cultural norms as a hip-hop performer in full effect. But in truth, she's a nerdy flat-chested nobody who lives with her Gujarati immigrant parents on the remote Hawaiian island of Moloka'i, isolated from her high school peers by the unsettling norms of Indian culture where "husband is God." Her parents' traditionally arranged marriage is a sham. Her dad turns to her for all his needs even the intimate ones. When Rani catches him two-timing with a woman barely older than herself, she feels like a widow and, like widows in India are often made to do, she shaves off her hair. Her sexy bald head and hard-driving rhyming skills attract the attention of Mark, the hot older customer who frequents her parents' store and is closer in age to her dad than to her. Mark makes the moves on her and Rani goes with it. He leads Rani into 4eva Flowin', an underground hip hop crew and into other things she's never done. Rani ignores the red flags. Her naive choices look like they will undo her but ultimately give her the chance to discover her strengths and restore the things she thought she'd lost, including her mother. (ORDER NOW)

 

 

 

2017 ANDERSON'S MOCK PRINTZ HONOR BOOKS

 

 

#1 #2 #3 #4
Kids of Appetite
by David Arnold

 
The Sun is
Also a Star
by Nicola Yoon
The Serpent King
by Jeff Zentner

 
Salt to the Sea
by Ruta Sepetys

 

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