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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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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.



The monstrumologist Teen Book The monstrumologist

Yancey, Richard.
TEEN YANCEY

2010 Honor Book: In 1888, twelve-year-old Will Henry chronicles his apprenticeship with Dr. Warthrop, a scientist who hunts and studies real-life monsters, as they discover and attempt to destroy a pod of Anthropophagi.



Punkzilla Teen Book Punkzilla

Rapp, Adam.
TEEN RAPP

2010 Honor Book: "Punkzilla" is on a mission to see his older brother "P", before "P" dies of cancer. Still buzzing from his last hit of meth, he embarks on a days-long trip from Portland, Ore. to Memphis, Tenn., writing letters to his family and friends. Along the way, he sees a sketchier side of America and worries if he will make it to see his brother in time.



Tales of the Madman Underground :   (an historical romance 1973) Teen Book Tales of the Madman Underground : (an historical romance 1973)

Barnes, John, 1957-
TEEN BARNES

2010 Honor Book: In September 1973, as the school year begins in his depressed Ohio town, high-school senior Kurt Shoemaker determines to be "normal," despite his chaotic home life with his volatile, alcoholic mother and the deep loyalty and affection he has for his friends in the therapy group dubbed the Madman Underground.



The body of Christopher Creed Teen Book The body of Christopher Creed

Plum-Ucci, Carol, 1957-
TEEN PLUM UC

2001 Honor Book. Torey Adams, a high school junior with a seemingly perfect life, struggles with doubts and questions surrounding the mysterious disappearance of the class outcast.



American born Chinese Teen Book American born Chinese

Yang, Gene Luen.
TEEN YANG

2007 Award Winner. Yang draws from American pop culture and ancient Chinese mythology in his groundbreaking work. Expertly told in words and pictures, Yang’s story in three parts follows a Chinese American teenager’s struggle to define himself against racial stereotypes.



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