Wednesday, January 12, 2011

And the Winner Is...

The Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence 

in Young Adult Literature


Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacicalupi

In Ship Breaker, near a drowned new Orleans ravaged by hurricanes and global warming, nailer and his young crew eke out a meager existence by scavenging materials on the ship-littered coast.

2011 Printz Honor Books:

Revolver by Marcus Sedwick: Finland, 1910: Fifteen-year old Sig is shocked to see a hole in the frozen lake outside his family's cabin and to find his father's corpse nearby. Why did Elnar steer his dog sled across the lake instead of taking the safer land route? Sig's sister and stepmother go for help, leaving Sig alone with Elnar's body in the cabin. Soon after, an armed stranger barges in, demanding a share of Elnar's stolen gold.

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King: When her best friend, whom she secretly loves, betrays her and then dies under mysterious circumstances, high school senior Vera Dietz struggles with secrets that could help clear his name.

Stolen by Lucy Christopher: Sixteen-year-old Gemma, a British city-dweller, is abducted while on vacation with her parents and taken to the Australian outback, where she soon realizes that escape attempts are futile, and in time she learns that her captor is not as despicable as she first believed.

Nothing by Janne Teller: When thirteen-year old Pierre Anthon leaves school to sit in a plum tree and train for becoming part of nothing, his seventh grade classmates set out on a desperate quest for the meaning of life.

The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. it is named for a Topeka, Kansas (hey, that's close!) school librarian who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association. The award is sponsored by Booklist, a publication of the American Library Association.

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