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.
By Marcus Sedgwick
Published by Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group
Doomed love circles back through the centuries in a series of seven intricately plotted, interlocking stories set on a mysterious, isolated island. Forgetting and remembering, blessed and cursed, modern and ancient, these dualities brilliantly infuse the novel’s lush landscape.
2014 Honor Books
Eleanor & Park
By Rainbow Rowell
Published by St. Martin’s Griffin (Macmillan)
Unlikely love blossoms on the bus when two unique, exceptional souls find strength in each other’s differences in Rowell’s emotionally charged and hopeful novel.
Kingdom of Little Wounds
By Susann Cokal
Published by Candlewick Press
Impeccably researched and darkly disturbing, this complex literary tale reveals the sordid side of palace life in a 16th century Scandinavian kingdom where the royal family, the Lunedies, is cursed by a mysterious illness, and political machinations cast doubt on who will rule.
By Sally Gardner, illustrated by Julian Crouch
Published by Candlewick Press
In Sally Gardner’s explosively original dystopian novel, Standish Treadwell and his grandfather show quiet defiance in the face of the oppressive, merciless Motherland. The cleverly parallel illustrations highlight a story as offbeat and perceptive as Standish and his mismatched eyes.
By Clare Vanderpool
Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House LLC, Penguin Random House Company
Jack Baker, uprooted suddenly after his mother’s death, and Early Auden, the strangest of boys, meet at a Maine boarding school. Their friendship culminates in a treacherous quest and unexpected self-discovery. Vanderpool delivers an emotionally powerful novel in an untamed setting as the boys head up river in search of the Great Appalachian Bear. The award, first given in 2000, is named for the late Michael L. Printz, a Topeka, Kan., school librarian known for discovering and promoting quality books for young adults.
Members of the 2014 Printz Award Committee are: Chair Jennifer Lawson, San DiegoCounty Library; Michael Fleming, Pacific Cascade Middle School Library, Issaquah, Wash.; Cindy Lombardo, Cleveland Public Library; GregoryLum, Jesuit High School, Portland, Ore.; Steve Matthews, Currier Library, Foxcroft School, Middleburg, Va.; Rachel McDonald, King County(Wash.)Library System; Elizabeth Schneider, Monrovia (Calif.) Public Library; Sarah Wethern, Douglas County Library, Alexandria, Minn.; Emily Williams, Metropolitan Library System, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Award Administrative Assistant Mara Cota, Half Moon Bay (Calif.) Library; and Ilene Cooper, Booklist consultant, Chicago.
View a complete list of Michael L. Printz winners and honor book authors.
- 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.