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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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      Dig

      by A.S. King

      Aug 2019

      Mature Young Adults Plus

      2020 Winner
      The Shoveler, the Freak, CanIHelpYou?, Loretta the Flea-Circus Ring Mistress, and First-Class Malcolm. These are the five teenagers lost in the Hemmings family’s maze of tangled secrets. Only a generation removed from being Pennsylvania potato farmers, Gottfried and Marla Hemmings managed to trade digging spuds for developing subdivisions and now sit atop a seven-figure bank account—wealth they’ve declined to pass on to their adult children or their teenage grandchildren. “Because we want them to thrive,” Marla always says. What does thriving look like? Like carrying a snow shovel everywhere. Like selling pot at the Arby’s drive-thru window. Like a first class ticket to Jamaica between cancer treatments. Like a flea-circus in a double-wide. Like the GPS coordinates to a mound of dirt in a New Jersey forest. As the rot just beneath the surface of the Hemmings’ precious suburban respectability begins to spread, the far-flung grandchildren gradually find their ways back to one another, just in time to uncover the terrible cost of maintaining the family name.

      Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me

      by Mariko Tamaki

      Jun 2019

      Graphic Novels High Plus

      2020 Honoree
      Laura Dean, the most popular girl in high school, was Frederica Riley's dream girl: charming, confident, and SO cute. There's just one problem: Laura Dean is maybe not the greatest girlfriend. Reeling from her latest break up, Freddy's best friend, Doodle, introduces her to the Seek-Her, a mysterious medium who leaves Freddy some cryptic parting words: Break up with her. But Laura Dean keeps coming back, and as their relationship spirals further out of her control, Freddy has to wonder if it's really Laura Dean that's the problem.

      Two-color illustrations penciled with graphite, then inked and colored in Photoshop.

      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.

      Damsel

      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.

      I'll Give You the Sun

      by Jandy Nelson

      Dec 2014

      Mature Young Adults

      2015 Winner
      At thirteen, twins Noah and Jude were inseparable. Now, at sixteen, they hardly speak. Noah tells why they, and their family, fell apart; Jude tells how she’s trying to put them back together.

      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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