The Michael L. Printz Award annually honors the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit, each year. In addition, the Printz Committee names up to four honor books, which also represent the best writing in young adult literature. The awards announcement is made at the ALA Midwinter Meeting as part of the Youth Media Awards and is celebrated with a program and reception each year at the ALA Annual Conference.
The award's namesake was a school librarian in Topeka, Kansas, and a marketing consultant for Econo-Clad, as well an active member of YALSA. He had a passion for books and reading. He also appreciated the authors who wrote books for young adults and demonstrated this by initiating an author-in-residence program at his high school. The award is sponsored by Booklist, a publication of the American Library Association.
2014 Michael L. Printz Winner: Seven stories of passion and love separated by centuries but
mysteriously intertwined--this is a tale of horror and beauty,
tenderness and sacrifice. An archaeologist who unearths a
mysterious artifact, an airman who finds himself far from home, a
painter, a ghost, a vampire, and a Viking: the seven stories in this
compelling novel all take place on the remote Scandinavian island of
Blessed where a curiously powerful plant that resembles a dragon grows.
What binds these stories together? What secrets lurk beneath the surface
of this idyllic countryside? And what might be powerful enough to break
the cycle of midwinterblood? From award-winning author Marcus Sedgwick
comes a book about passion and preservation and ultimately an
exploration of the bounds of love. A "Publishers Weekly" Best Children's Book of 2013A "Kirkus Reviews "Best Teen Book of 2013
2013 Michael L. Printz Winner: Bloomsbury is proud to be the global publisher of In Darkness, a stunning tour-de-force set in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake. "Shorty" is a Haitian boy trapped in the ruins of a hospital when the earth explodes around him. Surrounded by lifeless bodies and growing desperately weak from lack of food and water, death seems imminent. Yet as Shorty waits in darkness for a rescue that may never come, he becomes aware of another presence, one reaching out to him across two hundred years of history. It is the presence of slave and revolutionary leader Toussaint L'Ouverture, whose life was marred by violence, and whose own end came in darkness. What unites a child of the slums with the man who would shake a troubled country out of slavery? Is it the darkness they share . . . or is it hope?
Raw, harrowing, and peopled with vibrant characters, In Darkness is an extraordinary book about the cruelties of man and nature, and the valiant, ongoing struggle for a country's very survival.
2012 Michael L. Printz Winnner: In the remarkable, bizarre, and heart-wrenching summer before Cullen
Witter's senior year of high school, he is forced to examine everything
he thinks he understands about his small and painfully dull Arkansas
town. His cousin overdoses; his town becomes absurdly obsessed with the
alleged reappearance of an extinct woodpecker; and most troubling of
all, his sensitive, gifted fifteen-year-old brother, Gabriel, suddenly
and inexplicably disappears. Meanwhile, the crisis of faith
spawned by a young missionary's disillusion in Africa prompts a frantic
search for meaning that has far-reaching consequences. As distant as the
two stories initially seem, they are woven together through masterful
plotting and merge in a surprising and harrowing climax. This extraordinary tale from a rare literary voice finds wonder in the ordinary and illuminates the hope of second chances.