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YALSA's Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.

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AWARD WINNERS: Printz Award Winners and Honor Books

YALSA's Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.


Midwinterblood Teen Book Midwinterblood
2014 Winner: Doomed love circles back through the centuries in a series of seven intricately plotted, interlocking stories set on a mysterious, isolated island. Forgetting and remembering, blessed and cursed, modern and ancient, these dualities brilliantly infuse the novel’s lush landscape.

Sedgwick, Marcus.
TEEN SEDGWIC
Navigating Early Juvenile Book Navigating Early
2014 Honor Book: Jack Baker, uprooted suddenly after his mother’s death, and Early Auden, the strangest of boys, meet at a Maine boarding school. Their friendship culminates in a treacherous quest and unexpected self-discovery. Vanderpool delivers an emotionally powerful novel in an untamed setting as the boys head up river in search of the Great Appalachian Bear. The award, first given in 2000, is named for the late Michael L. Printz, a Topeka, Kan., school librarian known for discovering and promoting quality books for young adults.

Vanderpool, Clare.
J VANDERP
Eleanor & Park Teen Book Eleanor & Park
2014 Honor Book: Unlikely love blossoms on the bus when two unique, exceptional souls find strength in each other’s differences in Rowell’s emotionally charged and hopeful novel.

Rowell, Rainbow.
TEEN ROWELL
The kingdom of little wounds Teen Book The kingdom of little wounds
2014 Honor Book: Impeccably researched and darkly disturbing, this complex literary tale reveals the sordid side of palace life in a 16th century Scandinavian kingdom where the royal family, the Lunedies, is cursed by a mysterious illness, and political machinations cast doubt on who will rule.

Cokal, Susann.
TEEN COKAL
Maggot moon Teen Book Maggot moon
2014 Honor Book: In Sally Gardner’s explosively original dystopian novel, Standish Treadwell and his grandfather show quiet defiance in the face of the oppressive, merciless Motherland. The cleverly parallel illustrations highlight a story as offbeat and perceptive as Standish and his mismatched eyes.

Gardner, Sally.
TEEN GARDNER
In darkness Teen Book In darkness
2013 Winner: 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.

Lake, Nick.
TEEN LAKE
Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe Teen Book Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe
2013 Honor Book: 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.

Sa?enz, Benjamin Alire.
TEEN SAENZ
Dodger Teen Book Dodger
2013 Honor Book: 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.

Pratchett, Terry.
TEEN PRATCHE
Code name Verity Teen Book Code name Verity
2013 Honor Book: 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.

Wein, Elizabeth.
TEEN WEIN
Where things come back : a novel Teen Book Where things come back : a novel
2012 Winner: 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.

Whaley, John Corey.
TEEN WHALEY
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