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The Michael L. Printz Award

The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. It is named for a Topeka, Kansas school librarian who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association. The award is sponsored by Booklist, a publication of the American Library Association.

Michael L. Printz Award 2010

Going Bovine written by Libba Bray

Four Printz Honor Books also were named: Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman, published by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group;The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey, published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Group; Punkzilla by Adam Rapp, published by Candlewick Press; and Tales of the Madman Underground: An Historical Romance, 1973 by John Barnes, published by Viking Children’s Books, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group.

2009

Jellicoe Road Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Synopsis
In this absorbing new novel by the award-winning author of Saving Francesca, nothing is as it seems and every clue leads to more questions as Taylor Markham tries to put together the pieces of her past. (read more)

2008

The White Darkness The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean

Publisher Comments
Sym is not your average teenage girl. She is obsessed with the Antarctic and the brave, romantic figure of Captain Oates from Scott's doomed expedition to the South Pole. In fact, Oates is the secret confidant to whom she spills all her hopes and fears. (read more)

2007

American Born Chinese American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

Review
"[Three] stories converge into a satisfying coming-of-age novel that aptly blends traditional Chinese fables and legends with bathroom humor, action figures, and playground politics." School Library Journal (Starred Review) (read more)

2006

Looking for Alaska Looking for Alaska by John Green

Synopsis
Miles "Pudge" Halter befriends some fellow boarding-school students and falls in love with Alaska Young, the razor-sharp, self-destructive nucleus of the group. When tragedy strikes, Pudge discovers the value of unconditional love. (read more)

2005

How I Live Now How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

Review
"[C]entral to the potency of Rosoff's debut...is the ominous prognostication of what a third world war might look like, and the opportunity it provides for teens to imagine themselves...exhibiting courage and resilience in roles traditionally occupied by earlier generations." Booklist (Starred Review) (read more)

2004

The First Part Last The First Part Last by Angela Johnson

Review
"Brief, poetic, and absolutely riveting, this gem of a novel tells the story of a young father struggling to raise an infant." School Library Journal (read more)

2003

Postcards from No Man's Land Postcards from No Man's Land by Aidan Chambers

Publisher Comments
Seventeen-year-old Jacob Todd is about to discover himself. His plan is to go to Amsterdam to explore the city and honor his grandfather who died there during World War II. But nothing goes as planned. (read more)

2002

A Step from Heaven A Step from Heaven by An Na

Synopsis
When she is five, Young Ju Park and her family move from Korea to California. During the flight, they climb so far into the sky she concludes they are on their way to heaven — that Heaven is in America! (read more)

2001

Kit's Wilderness Kit's Wilderness by David Almond

Review
"A heartbreakingly real world fused with magical realism....[The book's] ruminations about death and the healing power of love will strike children in unsuspected ways." Booklist (read more)

2000

Monster Monster by Walter Dean Myers

Synopsis
Young, black, 16-year-old Steve Harmon is on trial for the murder of a Harlem drugstore owner. As a way of coping, Steve, an amateur filmmaker, decides to transcribe his trial into a movie script. But despite his efforts, reality is blurred until he can no longer tell who he is or what the truth is. (read more)

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