Printz Award

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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 cjonline.com.


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2022 Winner    

Everything Sad is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri

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 Reader

Firekeeper's Daughter
By Angeline Boulley
Henry Holt and Company, and imprint of MacMillan Children's Publishing Group

Daunis, a half-Ojibwe, half-white former hockey player/aspiring scientist never feels fully settled in either her reservation or the outside world. She finds herself even more torn when she witnesses her best friend’s murder and is pulled into an FBI investigation centered on a lethal new drug running wild among her friends and family.

2022 Honor Books

Apple: Skin to the Core by Eric Gansworth

Concrete Rose 
By Angie Thomas
Balzer+Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

If there’s one thing seventeen-year-old Maverick Carter knows, it’s that a real man takes care of his family. As the son of a former gang legend, Mav does that the only way he knows how: dealing for the King Lords. With this money he can help his mom, who works two jobs while his dad’s in prison.

 
Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang
Last Night at the Telegraph Club
By Malinda Lo
Dutton Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, a division of Penguin Random House
Seventeen-year-old Lily Hu can’t remember exactly when the feeling took root—that desire to look, to move closer, to touch. Whenever it started growing, it definitely bloomed the moment she and Kathleen Miller walked under the flashing neon sign of a lesbian bar called the Telegraph Club. Suddenly everything seemed possible.
 
Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh
Revolution In Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People
By Kekla Magoon
Candlewick Press
Revolution in Our Time puts the Panthers in the proper context of Black American history, from the first arrival of enslaved people to the Black Lives Matter movement of today. Kekla Magoon’s eye-opening work invites a new generation of readers grappling with injustices in the United States to learn from the Panthers’ history and courage, inspiring them to take their own place in the ongoing fight for justice.
 
We Are Not Free by Traci Chee
Starfish
By Lisa Fipps
Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House
 
Bullied and shamed her whole life for being fat, twelve-year-old Ellie finally gains the confidence to stand up for herself, with the help of some wonderful new allies.
 
Members of the 2022 Printz Award Committee are: Janet Hilbun (Chair), Dana Fontaine, Ariadna Jimenez, Matthew Layne, Ariella Mason, Ellen Mctyre, Rebecca Standal, Kristin Trevino, Bobbie Xuereb, Maggie Reagan (Booklist Consultant)
 
Members of the 2023 Printz Award Committee are: Valerie Davis (Chair), Ariel Birdoff,  L. Lee Butler, Kim Dare, Amanda Kordeliski, Kaitlin Malixi, Emily Mills, Kali Olson, Marianne Wilson.
 

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