*YALSA has launched the new Teen Book Finder Database, which is a one-stop shop for finding selected lists and award winners. Users can search this free resource by award, list name, year, author, genre and more, as well as print customizable lists. This new resource will replace the individual award and list web pages currently on YALSA’s site that are not searchable and that are organized only by year.
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. The award is sponsored by Booklist, a publication of the American Library Association. Learn more about Michael Printz via this video from cjonline.com
2017 Honor Books
Asking for It
By Louise O’Neill
Published by Quercus, a Hachette Company
After a party, Emma Donovan is found dumped outside her house with no recollection of the previous night. Pictures go viral showing her being raped. Lacking support from her small Irish town, Emma becomes a shell of her previous self, struggling with the question of whether she asked for it.
The Passion of Dolssa
By Julie Berry
Published by Viking Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers
This beautiful historical epic tells the tale of Dolssa, an accused heretic on the run, and the three sisters who find and help her during the time of the Inquisition. Through recollections and testimonies, Dolssa’s layered story unfolds across time periods with rich language and historical detail.
By Neal Shusterman
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster’s Children’s Publishing
In a future where death has been eradicated, scythes are selected to control overpopulation by “gleaning” random members of society. Teens Citra and Rowan are selected as apprentices and are thrust into a world of political intrigue. “Scythe” is a powerful examination of ethics, humanity and the flaws of immortality.
The Sun is Also a Star
By Nicola Yoon
Published by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Penguin Random House
Members of the 2017 Printz Award Committee are: Chair Melanie Koss, Northern Illinois University, Chicago; Jonatha Basye, Bateman Library, Langley Air Force Base, Va.; Stephanie Charlefour, Gay-Kimball Library, Keene, N.H.; Karen Keys, Brooklyn (N.Y.) Public Library; Jeanne McDermott, Queens (N.Y.) Library; Kefira Philippe, Nichols Middle School, Evanston, Ill.; Katie Richert, Bloomingdale (Ill.) Public Library; Jessi Schulte-Honstad, Washington County Library, Woodbury, Minn.; Christina Vortia, Wesley Chapel, Fla.; Award Administrative Assistant Sharon Levin, Redwood City, Calif.; and Sarah Hunter, Booklist Consultant, Chicago.
View a complete list of Michael L. Printz winners and honor book authors.
- 2016 Winner: Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
- 2015 Winner: I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
- 2014 Winner: Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick
- 2013 Winner: In Darkness by Nick Lake
- 2012 Winner:Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
- 2011 Winner: Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
- 2010 Winner: Going Bovine by Libba Bray
- 2009 Winner: Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
- 2008 Winner The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean
- 2007 Winner American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
- 2006 Winner Looking for Alaska by John Green
- 2005 Winner how i live now by Meg Rosoff
- 2004 Winner The First Part Last by Angela Johnson
- 2003 Winner Postcards from No Man's Land by Aidan Chambers
- 2002 Winner Step from Heaven by An Na
- 2001 Winner Kit's Wilderness by David Almond
- 2000 Winner Monster by Walter Dean Myers
More information on previous winners.