The Printz Project

The Michael L. Printz Award is an American Library Association literary award that annually recognizes the “best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit”. It is sponsored by Booklist magazine, administered by the ALA’s young-adult division YALSA, and is named for the Topeka, Kansas school librarian Mike Printz, a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association.  Four worthy runners up may be designated Honor Books and three or four have been named every year. (Via Wikipedia)

The Printz Project is basically this:

Brian and Shaunta realized one day that A) some of their favorite books were Printz winners or honor books and B) they both got excited when they saw the Printz seal on a book. So they decided to make a project out of reading all of the Printz winners and honorees. Below you’ll find a list of all the winners (so far.) As we read the books, we’ll review them and those titles will have a live link below. We’ve also had the honor of interviewing some Printz authors. We’ve linked to those interviews below as well.

2013

Winner:

Nick Lake, In Darkness

Honors:

Benjamin Alire Saenz, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity
Terry Pratchett, Dodger
Beverley Brenna, White Bicycle

2012

Winner:

John Corey Whaley, Where Things Come Back

Honors:

Daniel Handler, Why We Broke Up
Christine Hinwood, The Returning
Craig Silvey, Jasper Jones
Maggie Stiefvater, The Scorpio Races

2011

Winner:

Paolo Bacigalupi, Ship Breaker

Honors:

Lucy Christopher, Stolen
A. S. King, Please Ignore Vera Dietz
Marcus Sedgwick, Revolver
Janne Teller, Nothing

2010

Winner:

Libba Bray, Going Bovine

Honors:

Deborah Heiligman, Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith
Rick Yancey, The Monstrumologist
Adam Rapp, Punkzilla
John Barnes, Tales of the Madman Underground: An Historical Romance, 1973

2009

Winner:

Melina Marchetta, Jellicoe Road

Honors:

M. T. Anderson, The Kingdom on the Waves
E. Lockhart, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
Terry Pratchett, Nation
Margo Lanagan, Tender Morsels

2008

Winner:

Geraldine McCaughrean, The White Darkness

Honors:

Elizabeth Knox, Dreamquake
Judith Clarke, One Whole and Perfect Day
A. M. Jenkins, Repossessed
Stephanie Hemphill, Your Own Sylvia

2007

Winner:

Gene Luen Yang, American Born Chinese

Honors:

M. T. Anderson, The Pox Party
John Green, An Abundance of Katherines
Sonya Hartnett, Surrender
Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

2006

Winner:

John Green, Looking for Alaska

Honors:

Margo Lanagan, Black Juice
Markus Zusak, I Am the Messenger
Elizabeth Partridge, John Lennon: All I Want Is the Truth, a Photographic Biography
Marilyn Nelson, A Wreath for Emmett Till

2005

Winner:

Meg Rosoff, How I Live Now

Honors:

Kenneth Oppel, Airborn
Allan Stratton, Chanda’s Secrets
Gary D. Schmidt, Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

2004

Winner:

Angela Johnson, The First Part Last

Honors:

Jennifer Donnelly, A Northern Light
Helen Frost, Keesha’s House
K. L. Going, Fat Kid Rules the World
Carolyn Mackler, The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things

2003

Winner:

Aidan Chambers, Postcards from No Man’s Land

Honors:

Nancy Farmer, The House of the Scorpion
Garret Freymann-Weyr, My Heartbeat
Jack Gantos, Hole in My Life

2002

Winner:

An Na, A Step From Heaven

Honors:

Peter Dickinson, The Ropemaker
Jan Greenberg, Heart to Heart: New Poems Inspired by Twentieth-Century American Art
Chris Lynch, Freewill
Virginia Euwer Wolff, True Believer

2001

Winner:

David Almond, Kit’s Wilderness

Honors:

Carolyn Coman, Many Stones
Carol Plum-Ucci, The Body of Christopher Creed
Louise Rennison, Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging
Terry Trueman, Stuck in Neutral

2000

Winner:

Walter Dean Myers, Monster

Honors:

David Almond, Skellig
Laurie Halse Anderson, Speak
Ellen Wittlinger, Hard Love

Printz Author Interviews:

K. L. Going

John Corey Whaley

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