Heavy Medal Finalist – Patina
Long List Title: PATINA
It is easy to look at Patina and compare it to other books this year. How does Patina, as a character, compare to Starr? To Malu? To Imogene or Shannon in our two graphic novels? I’d love to hear readers thoughts on this.
As for me, I think she is an incredibly strong and well realized character. She is clever, funny, and flawed. I think that Reynolds brings her a clear and unique voice, a story that is believable, and an arch that makes the audience cheer. She may be the strongest most believable protagonist for me of the batch.
The writing is strong, sharp, and sometimes surprising. It isn’t soft and dainty, it’s in-your-face and child readers should relate strongly to it.
Plot was, perhaps, the weakest spot of this one for me. I grew a bit bored at times and felt there was sometimes a bit of telling as opposed to showing. I’ll be curious to see what others think, and will dig out some examples in the discussion, if it makes sense to.
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About Sharon McKellar
Sharon McKellar is the Supervising Librarian for Teen Services at the Oakland Public Library in California. She has served on the Rainbow List Committee, the Notable Children’s Recordings Committee, The Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Committee, and the 2015 Caldecott Committee. You can reach her at email@example.com.
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