Michael L. Printz Award

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The Michael L. Printz Award

The Michael L. Printz Award, established in 1999, honors excellence in literature written for young adults. The first presentation was in 2000 to Walter Dean Myers for "Monster." The annual award is administered by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association and sponsored by Booklist magazine.

The award is named in honor of the late Michael L. Printz, longtime YALSA member and Topeka, Kans., school librarian, known for discovering and promoting quality books for young adults. "Mike," as his friends and colleagues knew him, served on both the YALSA’s Best Books for Young Adults and Margaret A. Edwards Award Committees.

The award-winning book may be fiction, nonfiction, poetry or an anthology and can be a work of joint authorship or editorship. Nominated books may have been previously published in another country, but must have been in the U.S. during the preceding year. The books must be designated by their publishers as either a young adult book or one published for ages 12 through 18.

2009 Award Winner

jellicoe road

Jellicoe Road
by Melina Marchetta
published by HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

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.  Marchetta’s lyrical writing evokes the Australian landscape in a suspenseful tale of raw emotion, romance, humor and tragedy.

Melina Marchetta lives in Sydney, Australia, and is the award-winning author of two previous novels. A former high school teacher, she is recognized for the authenticity of her teen characters’ voices.

“This roller coaster ride of a novel grabs you from the first sentence and doesn’t let go.  You may not be sure where the ride will take you, but every detail—from the complexities of the dual narrative to the pangs of first love—is pitch perfect,” said Printz Award Committee Chair Mary Arnold.

2009 Printz Honor Books

the astonishing life of octavian nothing 2 The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II, The Kingdom on the Waves, by M.T. Anderson, published by Candlewick Press.
Caught in the crossfire of the American Revolution, escaped slave Octavian joins the British army in hopes of finally securing his own freedom.


the disreputable history of frankie landau-banks The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, by E. Lockhart, published by Disney-Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group.
Can the old-boy network at her elite boarding school survive the mal-doings of Frankie Landau-Banks?


nation Nation, by Terry Pratchett, published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers.

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



tender morsels Tender Morsels, by Margo Lanagan, published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc., New York.

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