Printz Award Books

Printz Award logoThe Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. For more information about the award and lists of previous winners and honor books, visit the American Library Association.

Printz Award Books 2017

March 3
by Andrew Aydin,
John Lewis, and
Nate Powell
This graphic novel is the conclusion of the March trilogy, a gripping autobiographical account of Congressman John Lewis’s experiences during the Civil Rights Movement. It follows Lewis’s involvement with the Mississippi Freedom Summer and the March on Selma, concluding with a call to action for today’s youth.
Asking for itHonor

Asking For It
by Louise O'Neill

After a party, Emma Donovan is found dumped outside her house with no recollection of the previous night. Pictures go viral showing her being raped. Lacking support from her small Irish town, Emma becomes a shell of her previous self, struggling with the question of whether she asked for it. 
The Passion of DolssaHonor

The Passion of Dolssa
by Julie Berry

This beautiful historical epic tells the tale of Dolssa, an accused heretic on the run, and the three sisters who find and help her during the time of the Inquisition. Through recollections and testimonies, Dolssa’s layered story unfolds across time periods with rich language and historical detail. 



by Neal Shusterman

In a future where death has been eradicated, scythes are selected to control overpopulation, by “gleaning” random members of society. Teens Citra and Rowan are selected as apprentices and are thrust into a world of political intrigue. “Scythe” is a power examination of ethics, humanity and the flaws of immortality.


The sun is also a starHonor

The Sun Is Also A Star
by Nicola Yoon

Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lies before us. Which one will come true? 




Printz Award Books 2016

Bone Gap by Laura RubyWinner

Bone Gap
Laura Ruby

Told from alternating viewpoints, Bone Gap perfectly melds elements of fairy tales, myths, gothic romance, and magic realism into the story of Finn, who lives in a town with gaps in the very fabric of time and place.

Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus SedgwickHonor

Ghosts of Heaven
Marcus Sedgwick

Sedgwick connects four seemingly disparate stories, each of which feature a character haunted by the ever-present shape of a spiral. Spanning time, space, and genre, each story raises powerful questions about human nature.

Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope PérezHonor

Out of Darkness
Ashley Hope Pérez

In 1937 East Texas, Mexican American Naomi and African American Wash begin a bittersweet romance. Perez’s beautifully crafted novel is a moving portrayal of both powerful love and a period marked by oppressive, destructive racism.


Printz Award Books 2015

I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy NelsonWinner

I'll Give You the Sun
Jandy Nelson

A story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal told from different points in time, and in separate voices, by artists Jude and her twin brother Noah.

And We Stay by Jenny HubbardHonor

And We Stay
Jenny Hubbard

Sent to an Amherst, Massachusetts, boarding school after her ex-boyfriend shoots himself, seventeen-year-old Emily expresses herself through poetry as she relives their relationship, copes with her guilt, and begins to heal.

The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann FoleyHonor

The Carnival at Bray
Jessie Ann Foley

It's 1993, and Generation X pulses to the beat of Kurt Cobain and the grunge movement. Sixteen-year-old Maggie Lynch is uprooted from big-city Chicago to a windswept town on the Irish Sea. Surviving on care packages of Spin magazine and Twizzlers from her rocker uncle Kevin, she wonders if she'll ever find her place in this new world. When first love and sudden death simultaneously strike, a naive but determined Maggie embarks on a forbidden pilgrimage that will take her to a seedy part of Dublin and on to a life-altering night in Rome to fulfill a dying wish. Through it all, Maggie discovers an untapped inner strength to the most difficult but rewarding thing of all--live.
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew SmithHonor

Grasshopper Jungle
Andrew Smith

Austin Szerba narrates the end of humanity as he and his best friend Robby accidentally unleash an army of giant, unstoppable bugs and uncover the secrets of a decades-old experiment gone terribly wrong.

This One Summer by Mariko TamakiHonor

This One Summer
Mariko Tamaki

Rose and her parents have been going to Awago Beach since she was a little girl. It's her summer getaway, her refuge. Her friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had, completing her summer family. But this summer is different. Rose's mom and dad won't stop fighting, and Rose and Windy have gotten tangled up in a tragedy-in-the-making in the small town of Awago Beach. It's a summer of secrets and heartache, and it's a good thing Rose and Windy have each other.