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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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The Pox party

Anderson, M. T.

TEEN ANDERSO

2007 Honor Book. He is a boy dressed in silks and white wigs and given the best of classical educations. Raised by a mysterious group of rational philosophers known only by numbers, the boy and his mother- a princess in exile from a faraway land- are the only people in their household assigned names. As the boy's regal mother, Cassiopeia, entertains the house scholars with her beauty and wit, young Octavian begins to question the purpose behind his guardians' fanatical studies. Only after he dares to open a forbidden door does he learn the hideous nature of their experiments- and his own chilling role in them.

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An abundance of Katherines

Green, John, 1977-

TEEN GREEN

2007 Honor Book. Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships.

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Surrender

Hartnett, Sonya.

TEEN HARTNET

2007 Honor Book. As he is dying, a twenty-year-old man known as Gabriel recounts his troubled childhood and his strange relationship with a dangerous counterpart named Finnigan.

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The book thief

Zusak, Markus.

TEEN ZUSAK

2007 Honor Book. Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

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Looking for Alaska : a novel

Green, John, 1977-

TEEN GREEN

2006 Award Winner. Tired of his boring existence, 16-year-old Miles “Pudge” Halter heads off to seek his Great Perhaps at an Alabama boarding school, where new-found freedom, guilty pleasures and an enigmatic girl named Alaska hurl him into life.

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Jellicoe Road

Marchetta, Melina, 1965-

TEEN MARCHET

2009 Award Winner. Haunted by the past, Taylor Markham reluctantly leads the students of the Jellicoe School in their secret territory wars against the Townies and the Cadets.

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The disreputable history of Frankie Landau-Banks : a novel

Lockhart, E.

TEEN LOCKHAR

2009 Honor Book. Can the old-boy network at her elite boarding school survive the mal-doings of Frankie Landau-Banks?

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The kingdom on the waves

Anderson, M. T.

TEEN ANDERSO

2009 Honor Book. Caught in the crossfire of the American Revolution, escaped slave Octavian joins the British army in hopes of finally securing his own freedom.

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Nation

Pratchett, Terry.

TEEN PRATCHE

2009 Honor Book. Pratchett’s trademark humor leavens this epic tale of ravaged islands, shipwrecked nobles and survival.

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One whole and perfect day

Clarke, Judith, 1943-

TEEN CLARKE

2008 Honor Book. As her irritating family prepares to celebrate her grandfather's eightieth birthday, sixteen-year-old Lily yearns for just one whole perfect day together.

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Dreamquake

Knox, Elizabeth.

TEEN KNOX

2008 Honor Book. Aided by her family and her creation, Nown, Laura investigates the powerful Regulatory Body's involvement in mysterious disappearances and activities and learns, in the process, the true nature of the Place in which dreams are found.

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Tender morsels

Lanagan, Margo, 1960-

TEEN LANAGAN

2009 Honor Book. In utterly original language, Lanagan re-imagines “Snow White and Rose Red” and explores the brutality and beauty of life.

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