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Michael L. Printz Award

Given annually to 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.

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      I, Claudia

      by Mary McCoy

      Dec 2018

      Mystery High Plus

      2019 Honor
      At the Imperial Day Academy, where students such as Claudia are elected to positions of authority over their classmates, school politics isn’t a popularity contest. It’s a cutthroat power struggle. Discussion questions.


      by Elana K. Arnold

      Nov 2018

      Mature Young Adults Plus

      2019 Honor
      In this dark, powerful fairy tale, the damsel in distress is rescued by her prince, but finds herself in even greater danger once she arrives at his castle.

      The Passion of Dolssa

      by Julie Berry

      Jul 2016

      Young Adults

      2017 Honor
      $12.75  $9.75  Member Price
      2017 Michael L. Printz Award Honor
      In thirteenth-century Provensa, a devotedly religious girl flees Church executioners who claim she's a heretic. She finds refuge in a seaside town where Church authority lacks high regard. Map. Dramatis Personae. Author's historical note. Glossaries. Additional reading. Selected bibliography.

      Grasshopper Jungle

      by Andrew Smith

      Apr 2014

      Mature Young Adults

      2015 Honor
      $12.75  $5.00  Member Price
      The history, according to Austin Szerba, of how he and his best friend, Robby, accidentally unleashed an apocalyptic army of six-foot-tall praying mantises.

      The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation: Volume II, The Kingdom on the Waves

      by M. T. Anderson

      Dec 2008

      History High

      2009 Honor Book
      $12.75  $5.00  Member Price
      When Octavian hears that Lord Dunmore, governor of Virginia, will free all slaves who join his "Ethiopian Regiment," the recent runaway gladly signs up. Upon enlisting, Octavian is reunited with his friend Pro Bono. The two comrades, who once shared a master, are thrilled to meet again, but their joy quickly subsides. For weeks on end, Dunmore's regiment sees little to no action. They're starving and stuck offshore in boats where many are horribly ill. Worse yet, it seems Dunmore may not emancipate the "Ethiopians" after all. Includes a summary of Volume I. Author's note. A 2009 Michael L. Printz Honor Book and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book.
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