Michael L. Printz Award

Printz MedalThe Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. It is named for a Topeka, Kansas school librarian who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association. The award is sponsored by Booklist, a publication of the American Library Association.

2012 Winner

book cover:Where Things COme BackWhere Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

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.

“Straightforward, yet increasingly complex, this novel masterfully weaves together themes of brotherhood, friendship, loss and religious obsession,” said Printz Award Committee Chair Erin Helmrich.

2012 Honor Books

book cover:Where Things Come BackWhy We Broke Up, written by Daniel Handler, art by Maira Kalman and published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

In this beautiful piece of bookmaking, heartbroken movie obsessive Min Green dumps a box of relationship ephemera on ex-love Ed Slaterton’s porch, each item attached to a raging, loving, insecure and regretful letter explaining how each memento contributed to their breakup.

book cover:The ReturningThe Returning, written by Christine Hinwood and published by Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Group Young Readers Group USA.

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.

 

 

book cover:The ReturningJasper Jones, written by Craig Silvey and published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.

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.

The Scorpio Races, written by Maggie Stiefvater and published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic, Inc.

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.

2011
Medal Winner:
Ship Breaker
Honor Book:
Why We Broke Up
Honor Book:
The Returning
Honor Book:
Jasper Jones
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The Scorpio Races
2010
Winner:
Going Bovine
Honor Book:
Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith
Honor Book:
The Monstrumologist
Honor Book:
Tales of the Madman Underground: An Historical Romance, 1973
2009
Winner:
Jellicoe Road
Honor Book:
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
Honor Book:
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation Vol. II: The Kingdom on the Waves
Honor Book:
Nation
Honor Book:
Tender Morsels
2008
Winner:
The White Darkness
Honor Book:
Dreamquake: Book Two of the Dreamhunter Duet
Honor Book:
One Whole and Perfect Day
Honor Book:
Repossessed
Honor Book:
Your Own, Sylvia
2007
Winner:
American Born Chinese
Honor Book:
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation; Vol. 1: The Pox Party
Honor Book:
An Abundance of Katherines
Honor Book:
Surrender
Honor Book:
The Book Thief