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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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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.



Stolen Teen Book Stolen

Christopher, Lucy.
TEEN CHRISTO

2011 Honor Book: The rugged Australian outback becomes Gemma’s prison after she is drugged and abducted by a handsome, obsessed stranger in a first novel filled with searing imagery and archetypal characters.



Please ignore Vera Dietz Teen Book Please ignore Vera Dietz

King, A. S. (Amy Sarig), 1970-
TEEN KING

2011 Honor Book: Vera Dietz wants to be ignored, but the ghost of her ex-best friend won’t leave her alone in this dark comedy that examines relationships, identity, grief and flowcharts.



Revolver Teen Book Revolver

Sedgwick, Marcus.
TEEN SEDGWIC

2011 Honor Book: In Sedgwick’s grim, chilling story set in the Arctic Circle, Sig finds his father’s frozen corpse as human predator Wolff arrives seeking retribution and a hidden Gold Rush treasure.



Going bovine Teen Book Going bovine

Bray, Libba.
TEEN BRAY

2010 Award Winner: Cameron Smith, a disaffected sixteen year-old who, after being diagnosed with Creutzfeld Jakob's (aka mad cow) disease, sets off on a road trip with a death-obsessed video gaming dwarf he meets in the hospital in an attempt to find a cure.



Charles and Emma :   the Darwins' leap of faith Teen Book Charles and Emma : the Darwins' leap of faith

Heiligman, Deborah.
TEEN B DARWIN HEILIGM

2010 Honor Book: Charles Darwin and his wife, Emma, were deeply in love and very supportive of each other, but their opinions often clashed. Emma was extremely religious, and Charles questioned God's very existence.



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