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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

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2020 Winner    
Dig by A.S. King


by A.S. King

Dutton Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, a division of Penguin Random House

Five teenagers’ disparate lives weave together, unveiling long-buried secrets within a complex shared history. King’s surrealistic narrative confronts themes of white privilege and its dark legacies.  

Bone Ga

We Are Okay

, written by Nina LaCour, published by Dutton Books for Young

Readers, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers

We Are Okay

, written by Nina LaCour, published by Dutton Books for Young

Readers, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers

2020 Honor Books

The Beast Player By Nahoko Uehashi

The Beast Player

By Nahoko Uehashi, translated by Cathy Hirano

Godwin Books/Henry Holt, an imprint of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group.

Orphaned Elin learns to use her ability to communicate with animals as she navigates through political unrest. The beauty and power of the natural world are at the heart of this captivating, nimbly translated Japanese fantasy. 

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me By Mariko Tamaki

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me

By Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell

First Second/ Macmillan Children's Publishing Group

Freddy is enamored with the magnetic Laura Dean, but their on-again, off-again relationship is far from healthy. Through soft-hued illustrations and cinematic scope, this graphic novel captures the intoxication of teenage love and the search for identity. 

Ordinary Hazards by Nikki Grimes

Ordinary Hazards: A Memoir

By Nikki Grimes

Wordsong, an imprint of Boyds Mills & Kane

Grimes’ verse memoir traces her development through a tumultuous childhood as she finds her voice as a powerful storyteller. Themes of family, belonging, and identity combine to tell a story of faith and resilience. 

Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean

Where the World Ends

By Geraldine McCaughrean

Flatiron Books, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers

In 1727, a group of men and boys from St. Kilda sail to a remote sea stack on a fowling trip, only to find themselves stranded. McCaughrean’s exceptional tale evokes the harsh beauty of its setting and the warm humor of its characters. 

2020 Committee Members

Members of the 2020 Printz Award Committee are: Chair Kim Keown Farnsworth, Sacramento (Calif.) Public Library; Tegan Beese, Lake Villa District Library, Lindenhurst, Ill.; Connie Poulsen-Hollin, Guernsey-Sunrise Schools, Guernsey, Wyo.; Elisa A. Garcia, Bronx (N.Y.)  Library Center; Kay Hones, Civic Center Secondary, San Francisco; Connie Lin, San Francisco Public Library; Jenny Zbrizher, Maplewood (N.J.) Memorial Library; Stacey Shapiro, Cranford (N.J.) Public Library; Cameron Riesenberger, Pikes Peak Library District, Colorado Springs, Colo.; administrative assistant Suzanne Clerkin, Solano County Library, Fairfield, Calif.; and Maggie Reagan, Booklist Consultant, Chicago.

Previous Winners  

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