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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.


I'll give you the sun Teen Book I'll give you the sun

Nelson, Jandy, author.
TEEN NELSON

Once inseparable, twins Noah and Jude are torn apart by a family tragedy that transforms their intense love for each other into intense anger. Timelines twist and turn around each other in beautifully orchestrated stories of love and longing.

2015 Winner



This one summer Teen Book This one summer

Tamaki, Mariko, author.
TEEN TAMAKI

Adolescence in its precarious first bloom is the subject of this sensitive graphic novel. The team of Mariko and Jillian Tamaki show and tell us of one special summer in Rose’s life, in a brilliant flow of pictures and text.

2015 Honor



And we stay Teen Book And we stay

Hubbard, Jenny.
TEEN HUBBARD

Reeling from her boyfriend’s dramatic suicide, Emily hides her anguish at a new boarding school, where she finds healing through poetry. Hubbard’s gem-like prose beautifully balances Emily’s poetry.

2015 Honor



The carnival at Bray : a novel Teen Book The carnival at Bray : a novel

Foley, Jessie Ann, author.
TEEN FOLEY

In 1993, Maggie is dismayed to leave Chicago and her beloved Uncle Kevin behind when she moves to a small Irish town. Yet it is within this evocative setting that Foley unwinds Maggie’s exceptional coming-of-age tale, where Maggie discovers music and forgiveness as antidotes for grief.

2015 Honor



Grasshopper jungle : a history Teen Book Grasshopper jungle : a history

Smith, Andrew (Andrew Anselmo), 1959-
TEEN SMITH

Historian Austin Szerba is in love with his best girl friend, Shann. He is also in love with his best boy friend, Robby. Mastermind Smith takes these tender facts and swirls them into a whirlwind tale of carnivorous praying mantises, the history of the world, the role of the individual, and the end of all we know.

2015 Honor



Midwinterblood Teen Book Midwinterblood

Sedgwick, Marcus.
TEEN SEDGWIC

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.



Navigating Early Juvenile Book Navigating Early

Vanderpool, Clare.
J VANDERP

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.



Eleanor & Park Teen Book Eleanor & Park

Rowell, Rainbow.
TEEN ROWELL

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.



The kingdom of little wounds Teen Book The kingdom of little wounds

Cokal, Susann.
TEEN COKAL

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.



Maggot moon Teen Book Maggot moon

Gardner, Sally.
TEEN GARDNER

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.



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