2018 Printz Award

Michael L. Printz Award

2018 Winner


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

We Are Okay

By Nina LaCour

Published by Dutton Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers

California native Marin, devastated by grief and questioning her reality, plans to spend her winter break in an empty dorm in upstate New York. But now her best friend, Mabel, is on her way to visit, and Marin must confront the loneliness that is threatening to take over her heart.

2018 Honor Books


Long Way Down

By Jason Reynolds

Caitlyn Dlouhy Books/Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

William Holloman is on the most haunting elevator ride of his life. He’s been urged to break “the rules”he’s grown up with. (No crying. No snitching. Get revenge.) Reynolds’ first novel in verse is a provocative, compelling, and essential love letter to young people in detention centers.


The Hate U Give

By Angie Thomas

Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Traumatized after witnessing the violent death of a friend, Starr searches for her voice as she moves between her black neighborhood and predominately white private school. This emotional novel, inspired by volatile race relations in America today, explores the importance of family, friendship, identity, and the courage to seek justice.


Strange the Dreamer

By Laini Taylor

Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, a division of Hachette Book Group

In a world of gods, monsters, and nightmares, orphan librarian Lazlo and goddess Sarai find each other in their dreams. Against the backdrop of a city reeling after a brutal war, this lushly built, extravagantly written tale explores vengeance, love, and mercy.


Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers

By Deborah Heiligman

Published by Godwin Books/Henry Holt, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

Inspired by the more than 700 letters the van Gogh brothers wrote to each other, Heiligman uncovers fresh insights into Vincent’s development as an artist and his relationship with the brother who supported him emotionally and financially throughout his life

Members of the 2018 Printz Award Committee are: Chair Angela Carstensen, Sacred Heart Greenwich, Greenwich, Connecticut; Julie Benolken, Inver Hills Community College, Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota; Kathy M Burnette, Stanley Clark School, South Bend, Indiana; Edi Campbell, Cunningham Memorial Library, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana; Megan Fink Brevard, Charlotte Country Day School, Charlotte, North Carolina; Jenna Friebel, Oak Park Public Library, Oak Park, Illinois; Traci Glass, Multnomah County Library, Portland, Oregon; Scot Smith, Robertsville Middle School, Oak Ridge, Tennessee; Audrey Sumser, Cleveland Public Library, Cleveland, Ohio; and Printz Award Administrative Assistant Karen Ginman, BookOps: New York Public Library and Brooklyn Public Library, New York; and Maggie Reagan, Booklist Consultant, Chicago