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Printz Award Winners / Teen Reads

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The Printz Award annually honors the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit. In addition, the Printz Committee names up to four honor books, which also represent the best writing in young adult literature.

The award's namesake was Michael L. Printz, a school librarian in Topeka, Kansas and an active member of YALSA. He had a passion for books and reading. He also appreciated the authors who wrote books for young adults and demonstrated this by initiating an author-in-residence program at his high school. The award is sponsored by Booklist, a publication of the American Library Association.

'Out of Darkness' by Ashley Hope Pérez

"Out of Darkness" by Ashley Hope Pérez

Teen Book “This is East Texas, and there’s lines. Lines you cross, lines you don’t cross. That clear?”New London, Texas. 1937. Naomi Vargas and Wash Fuller know about the lines in East Texas as well as anyone. They know the signs that mark them.“No Negroes, Mexicans, or dogs.”They know the people who enforce them.“They all decided they’d ride out in their sheets and pay Blue a ...

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'Bone Gap' by Laura Ruby

"Bone Gap" by Laura Ruby

Teen Book Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps—gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. After all, it wasn’t the first time that someone had slipped away and left Finn and Sean O’Sullivan on their own. Just a few years before, their mother had high-tailed it to Oregon for a brand new guy, a brand new life. That’s just how thing ...

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'The Ghosts of Heaven' by Marcus Sedgwick

"The Ghosts of Heaven" by Marcus Sedgwick

Teen Book A bold, genre-bending epic that chronicles madness, obsession, and creation, from the Paleolithic era through the Witch Hunts and into the space-bound future.Four linked stories boldly chronicle madness, obsession, and creation through the ages. Beginning with the cave-drawings of a young girl on the brink of creating the earliest form of writing, Sedgwick traverses history, plunging into the seventeenth century witch hunts and a 1920 ...

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'I'll Give You the Sun' by Jandy Nelson

"I'll Give You the Sun" by Jandy Nelson

Teen Book ★★★★★ Fraternal twins Noah and Jude have always sworn loyalty to each other above anyone else, but events during the summer before they start eighth grade and the months that follow fracture their relationship. Jumping ahead three years, we see that the artistic, socially-isolated Noah, who had constantly expressed himself through drawing (whether just in his mind or on tangible media) and visual imagery, has become decidedly “normal,” and f ...

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'The Kingdom of Little Wounds' by Susann Cokal

"The Kingdom of Little Wounds" by Susann Cokal

Teen Book ★★★★★ Susan Cokal's "Kingdom of Little Wounds" is not for the faint of heart. Some reviewers have proclaimed that this is not a book for teens, in spite of its Printz Award. The book charts the course of the imaginary Scandinavian kingdom of Skyggehaven beginning with the oldest living daughter's wedding to seal a treaty. At the wedding feast, the queen rips the bodice of her gown and the newest seamstress is ordered to sew it up. Instead of men ...

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'Eleanor & Park' by Rainbow Rowell

"Eleanor & Park" by Rainbow Rowell

Teen Book ★★★★★ Eleanor and Park are both high school outsiders in 1986 Omaha. Eleanor is the new girl in town with an unstable and threatening family life. Park is half-Korean in a white-dominated town who struggles to fit in not only at school but with his own family. When the two outlanders sit on the school bus together, they find an acceptance in each other and create a bond that cannot be broken. Even though the book is classified as young adult ...

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'Navigating Early' by Clare Vanderpool

"Navigating Early" by Clare Vanderpool

Teen Book At the end of World War II, Jack Baker, a landlocked Kansas boy, is suddenly uprooted after his mother’s death and placed in a boy’s boarding school in Maine. There, Jack encounters Early Auden, the strangest of boys, who reads the number pi as a story and collects clippings about the sightings of a great black bear in the nearby mountains.Newcomer Jack feels lost yet can’t help being drawn to Early, who won’t believe what eve ...

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'The White Bicycle' by Beverley Brenna

"The White Bicycle" by Beverley Brenna

Teen Book The White Bicycle is the third stand-alone title in the Wild Orchid series about a young woman with Asperger's Syndrome. This installment chronicles Taylor Jane's travels to the south of France where she spends a summer babysitting for the Phoenix family. Including flashbacks into Taylor's earliest memories, along with immediate scenes in Lourmarin, a picturesque village in the Luberon Valley, The White Bicycle results in a journey for ind ...

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'Dodger' by Terry Pratchett

"Dodger" by Terry Pratchett

Teen Book A storm. Rain-lashed city streets. A flash of lightning. A scruffy lad sees a girl leap desperately from a horse-drawn carriage in a vain attempt to escape her captors. Can the lad stand by and let her be caught again? Of course not, because he's...Dodger.Seventeen-year-old Dodger may be a street urchin, but he gleans a living from London's sewers, and he knows a jewel when he sees one. He's not about to let anything happen to ...

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'Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe' by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

"Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Teen Book ★★★★ The story is told from the point-of-view of Ari (Aristotle), a teenager growing up in El Paso, Texas. He is a bit of a loner, struggling from "only child syndrome" due to twin sisters and an incarcerated brother, all several years older than he. Ari meets Dante at the local swimming pool and their bond is almost immediate. While Ari struggles to express his thoughts and feelings to anyone (especially his father), Dante is uncomplicated ...

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'Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1)' by Elizabeth Wein

"Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1)" by Elizabeth Wein

Teen Book I have two weeks. You'll shoot me at the end no matter what I do.That's what you do to enemy agents. It's what we do to enemy agents. But I look at all the dark and twisted roads ahead and cooperation is the easy way out. Possibly the only way out for a girl caught red-handed doing dirty work like mine - and I will do anything, anything to avoid SS-Hauptsturmführer von Linden interrogating me again.He has sa ...

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'In Darkness' by Nick Lake

"In Darkness" by Nick Lake

Teen Book In darkness I count my blessings like Manman taught me. One: I am alive. Two: there is no two. In the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake a boy is trapped beneath the rubble of a ruined hospital: thirsty, terrified and alone. 'Shorty' is a child of the slums, a teenage boy who has seen enough violence to last a lifetime, and who has been inexorably drawn into the world of the gangsters who rule Site Soleil: men who dole out money with one hand an ...

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'Maggot Moon' by Sally Gardner

"Maggot Moon" by Sally Gardner

Teen Book In Sally Gardner’s stunning novel, set in a ruthless regime, an unlikely teenager risks all to expose the truth about a heralded moon landing.What if the football hadn’t gone over the wall. On the other side of the wall there is a dark secret. And the devil. And the Moon Man. And the Motherland doesn’t want anyone to know. But Standish Treadwell — who has different-colored eyes, who can’t read, can’t write, Stand ...

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'Midwinterblood' by Marcus Sedgwick

"Midwinterblood" by Marcus Sedgwick

Teen Book Have you ever had the feeling that you've lived another life? Been somewhere that has felt totally familiar, even though you've never been there before, or felt that you know someone well, even though you are meeting them for the first time? It happens. In a novel comprising seven parts, each influenced by a moon - the flower moon, the harvest moon, the hunter's moon, the blood moon - this is the story of Eric and Merle whose souls ha ...

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'Where Things Come Back' by John Corey Whaley

"Where Things Come Back" by John Corey Whaley

Teen Book Just when seventeen-year-old Cullen Witter thinks he understands everything about his small and painfully dull Arkansas town, it all disappears. . . . In the summer before Cullen's senior year, a nominally-depressed birdwatcher named John Barling thinks he spots a species of woodpecker thought to be extinct since the 1940s in Lily, Arkansas. His rediscovery of the so-called Lazarus Woodpecker sparks a flurry of press and woodpecker-ma ...

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'Ship Breaker (Ship Breaker, #1)' by Paolo Bacigalupi

"Ship Breaker (Ship Breaker, #1)" by Paolo Bacigalupi

Teen Book In America's Gulf Coast region, where grounded oil tankers are being broken down for parts, Nailer, a teenage boy, works the light crew, scavenging for copper wiring just to make quota--and hopefully live to see another day. But when, by luck or chance, he discovers an exquisite clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, Nailer faces the most important decision of his life: Strip the ship for all it's worth or rescue its lone survivor, a bea ...

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'Going Bovine' by Libba Bray

"Going Bovine" by Libba Bray

Teen Book Can Cameron find what he’s looking for?All 16-year-old Cameron wants is to get through high school—and life in general—with a minimum of effort. It’s not a lot to ask. But that’s before he’s given some bad news: he’s sick and he’s going to die. Which totally sucks. Hope arrives in the winged form of Dulcie, a loopy punk angel/possible hallucination with a bad sugar habit. She tells Cam there is a cure—if he’ ...

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'American Born Chinese' by Gene Luen Yang

"American Born Chinese" by Gene Luen Yang

Teen Book All Jin Wang wants is to fit in. When his family moves to a new neighborhood, he suddenly finds that he's the only Chinese American student at his school. Jocks and bullies pick on him constantly, and he has hardly any friends. Then, to make matters worse, he falls in love with an all-American girl...Born to rule over all the monkeys in the world, the story of the Monkey King is one of the oldest and greatest Chinese fables. Adored by ...

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'On the Jellicoe Road' by Melina Marchetta

"On the Jellicoe Road" by Melina Marchetta

Teen Book I'm dreaming of the boy in the tree. I tell him stories. About the Jellicoe School and the Townies and the Cadets from a school in Sydney. I tell him about the war between us for territory. And I tell him about Hannah, who lives in the unfinished house by the river. Hannah, who is too young to be hiding away from the world. Hannah, who found me on the Jellicoe Road six years ago.Taylor is leader of the boarders at the Jellicoe ...

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'Looking for Alaska' by John Green

"Looking for Alaska" by John Green

Teen Book ★★★★ This story follows the main character, Miles, a.k.a. “Pudge “ as he leaves his public school in Florida and travels to Culver Creek, a boarding school in Alabama. He is on a quest to seek his “Great Perhaps,” or his greatest journey that could be if only he just tries. He is paired with the roommate, who goes by “The Colonel,” and between the two of them and a beautiful, yet complicated girl named Alaska, their adventures in ex ...

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'How I Live Now' by Meg Rosoff

"How I Live Now" by Meg Rosoff

Teen Book “Every war has turning points and every person too.”Fifteen-year-old Daisy is sent from Manhattan to England to visit her aunt and cousins she’s never met: three boys near her age, and their little sister. Her aunt goes away on business soon after Daisy arrives. The next day bombs go off as London is attacked and occupied by an unnamed enemy.As power fails, and systems fail, the farm becomes more isolated. Des ...

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