Michael L. Printz Award

The 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, a division of the American Library Association.


In Darkness by Nick Lake (Bloomsbury Books for Young Readers).

Honor Books:
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (Simon & Schuster BFYR, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division).

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group).

Dodger by Terry Pratchett (HarperCollins Children’s Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers).
Y PZ7.P8865 Dod 2012

The White Bicycle by Beverley Brenna (Red Deer Press).


Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)

Honor Books:
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler, art by Maira Kalman (Little, Brown and Company)
The Returning by Christine Hinwood (Dial Books)
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey (Alfred A. Knopf)
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic Press)
Y PZ7 .S855625 Sc 2011

Ship Breaker by Paoo Bacigalupi (Little, Brown and Company)
Y PZ 7 .B1312185 Sh

Honor Books:
Stolen by Lucy Christopher (Chicken House, an imprint of Scholastic)
Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A. S. King (Alfred A Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children's Books)
Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick (Roaring Press Books, an imprint of Macmillian Children's Publishing)
Y PZ 7 .S4484 Rev
Nothing by Janne Teller (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division)

Going Bovine by Libba Bray (Delacorte Press)

Honor Books:
Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman. (Henry Holt Books for Young Readers)
Y QH31.D2 H42 2009
The Monstrumologist, by Rick Yancey. (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
Punkzilla, by Adam Rapp. (Candlewick Press)
Tales of the Madman Underground: An Historical Romance, 1973, by John Barnes. (Viking Children’s Books)

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Honor Books:
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol. 2: The Kingdom on the Waves by M. T. Anderson
Y PZ 7 .A54395 Pox 2006x V.2
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
Nation by Terry Pratchett
Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan

The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean
Y PZ7.M1286 Whi 2007

Honor Books:
Dreamquake: Book Two of the Dreamhunter Duet by Elizabeth Knox
Y PZ7.K7707 Dre 2007
One Whole and Perfect Day by Judith Clarke
Repossessed by A.M. Jenkins
Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath by Stephanie Hemphill
Y PS3608.E49 Y68 2007

American Born Chinese, by Gene Luen Yang

Honor Books:
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation; v. 1: The Pox Party, by M.T. Anderson
Y PZ7.A54395 Pox 2006x
An Abundance of Katherines, by John Green
Y PZ7.G8233 Abu 2206
Surrender, by Sonya Hartnett
The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
Y PZ7.Z837 Boo 2006

Looking for Alaska, by John Green

Honor Books:
Black Juice, by Margo Lanagan
I Am the Messenger, by Markus Zusak
John Lennon: All I Want Is the Truth, a Photographic Biography, by Elizabeth Partridge
Y ML3930.L34 P37 2005
A Wreath for Emmett Till, by Marilyn Nelson
Y PS3573.A4795 W73 2005

how i live now, by Meg Rosoff
Y PZ7.R71957 Ho 2004

Honor Books:
Airborn, by Kenneth Oppel
Chanda’s Secrets, by Allan Stratton
Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, by Gary D. Schmidt
Y PZ7.S3527 Li 2004

The First Part Last, by Angela Johnson

Honor Books:
A Northern Light, by Jennifer Donnelly
Keesha’s House, by Helen Frost
Fat Kid Rules the World, by K.L. Going
The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things, by Carolyn Mackler

Postcards from No Man’s Land, by Aidan Chambers
Y PZ7.C3557 Po 2002

Honor Books:
The House of the Scorpion, by Nancy Farmer
Y PZ7.F23814 Ho 2002
My Heartbeat, by Garret Freymann-Weyr
Y PZ7.W5395 My 2002
Hole in My Life, by Jack Gantos
Y PS3557.A5197 Z468 2002

A Step From Heaven, by An Na
Y PZ7.N1243 St 2001

Honor Books:
The Ropemaker, by Peter Dickinson
Y PZ7.D562 Ro 2001
Heart to Heart: New Poems Inspired by Twentieth-Century American Art, by Jan Greenberg
Y PS595.A75 H43 2001
Freewill, by Chris Lynch
Y PZ7.L979739 Fr 2001
True Believer, by Virginia Euwer Wolff
Y PZ7.W82129 Tr 2001x

Kit’s Wilderness, by David Almond
Y PZ7.A448 Ki 1999

Honor Books:
Many Stones, by Carolyn Coman
The Body of Christopher Creed, by Carol Plum-Ucci
Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson, by Louise Rennison
Stuck in Neutral, by Terry Trueman
Y PZ7.T7813 St 2001x

Monster, by Walter Dean Myers
Y PZ7.M992 Mon 1999

Honor Books:
Skellig, by David Almond
Y PZ7.A448 Sk 1999
Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson
Y PZ7.A54385 Sp 1999
Hard Love, by Ellen Wittlinger

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