Teens: Printz Award

The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.  The award is sponsored by Booklist, a publication of the American Library Association.

The 2011 Printz Award, given to the best young adult book published in all of 2010, goes to

SHIP BREAKER by Paolo Bacigalupi


In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper w iring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl.

 

2011 Printz Honor Books include…

Stolen by Lucy Christopher

The rugged Australian outback becomes Gemma’s prison after she is drugged and abducted by a handsome, obsessed stranger in a first novel filled with searing imagery and archetypal characters.

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

Vera Dietz wants to be ignored, but the ghost of her ex-best friend won’t leave her alone in this dark comedy that examines relationships, identity, grief and flowcharts.

Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick

In Sedgwick’s grim, chilling story set in the Arctic Circle, Sig finds his father’s frozen corpse as human predator Wolff arrives seeking retribution and a hidden Gold Rush treasure.

Nothing by Janne Teller

Pierre Anthon’s nihilism causes his classmates to begin a search for life’s meaning in this bold, unsettling parable translated from Danish.

See the list of winners from 2000-2009 here.

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