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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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In darkness Teen Book In darkness

Lake, Nick.
TEEN LAKE

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.



Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe Teen Book Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe

Sa?enz, Benjamin Alire.
TEEN SAENZ

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.



Dodger Teen Book Dodger

Pratchett, Terry.
TEEN PRATCHE

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.



Code name Verity Teen Book Code name Verity

Wein, Elizabeth.
TEEN WEIN

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.



Where things come back : a novel Teen Book Where things come back : a novel

Whaley, John Corey.
TEEN WHALEY

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.



The returning Teen Book The returning

Hinwood, Christine.
TEEN HINWOOD

2012 Honor Book: A large cast of characters from two fictional kingdoms recover from a drawn-out, brutal war in a portrait both sweeping and specific as it explores the ramifications of the conflict on Cam, the only one who lives to return to his village.



The Scorpio Races Teen Book The Scorpio Races

Stiefvater, Maggie, 1981-
TEEN STIEFVA

2012 Honor Book: A bloody, intoxicating horse race on the Island of Thisby is the backdrop for this atmospheric novel. The heart-pounding story pits two teens against death – to win is to survive.



Jasper Jones : a novel Teen Book Jasper Jones : a novel

Silvey, Craig, 1982-
TEEN SILVEY

2012 Honor Book: Spurred by the mysterious death of a schoolmate, Charlie confronts racism and his fears as he learns about family, friendship and love in the oppressive heat of small-town 1960s Australia. Silvey weaves themes of freedom and loyalty with moments of humor in this wrenching novel.



Ship breaker Teen Book Ship breaker

Bacigalupi, Paolo.
TEEN BACIGAL

2011 Winner: In Ship Breaker, near a drowned New Orleans ravaged by hurricanes and global warming, Nailer and his young crew eke out a meager existence by scavenging materials on the ship-littered coast.



Nothing Teen Book Nothing

Teller, Janne, 1964-
TEEN TELLER

2011 Honor Book: Pierre Anthon’s nihilism causes his classmates to begin a search for life’s meaning in this bold, unsettling parable translated from Danish.



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