Michael L. Printz Award
|Michael L. Printz Award|
|Awarded for||the year's "best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit"|
|Presented by||Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association|
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.
Nick Lake won the 14th Printz Award (2013) for In Darkness, published by Bloomsbury Books for Young Readers. It was announced during the ALA midwinter meeting, January 28, 2013. Four Honor Books were named.
History and creation of the Award 
The Michael L. Printz Award was first awarded in 2000. The award highlights works of literary excellence that are written for a young adult audience.
Michael L. Printz was a librarian at Topeka West High School in Topeka, Kansas until he retired in 1994. He was also an active member in YALSA, serving on the Best Books for Young Adults Committee and the Margaret A. Edwards Award Committee. He dedicated his life to ensuring that his students had access to good literature. To this end, he encouraged writers to focus on the young adult audience. He created an author-in-residence program at the high school where he worked to promote new talent and encourage his students. His most noteworthy find was author Chris Crutcher. He died at the age of 59 in 1996.
Criteria for the award 
Source: "The Michael L. Printz Award Policies and Procedures"
The selection committee comprises nine Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) members appointed by the president-elect for a one-year term. They award one winner and honor up to four additional titles. The term 'young adult' refers to readers from ages 12 through 18 for purposes of this award. The Michael L. Printz Award is sponsored by Booklist, a publication of the American Library Association (ALA).
- Non-fiction, fiction, poetry and anthologies are all eligible to receive the Printz Award.
- Books must have been published between January 1 and December 31 of the year preceding announcement of the award.
- Titles must be designated 'young adult' by its publisher or published for the age range that YALSA defines as "young adult," i.e., 12 through 18. Adult books are not eligible.
- Works of joint authorship or editorship are eligible.
- The award may be issued posthumously.
- Books previously published in another country are eligible (presuming an American edition has been published during the period of eligibility).
|2013||Nick Lake||In Darkness||Winner|
|2013||Benjamin Alire Sáenz||Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe||Honor|
|2013||Elizabeth Wein||Code Name Verity||Honor|
|2013||Beverley Brenna||The White Bicycle||Honor|
|2012||John Corey Whaley||Where Things Come Back||Winner|
|2012||Daniel Handler||Why We Broke Up||Honor|
|2012||Christine Hinwood||The Returning||Honor|
|2012||Craig Silvey||Jasper Jones||Honor|
|2012||Maggie Stiefvater||The Scorpio Races||Honor|
|2011||Paolo Bacigalupi||Ship Breaker||Winner|
|2011||A.S. King||Please Ignore Vera Dietz||Honor|
|2010||Libba Bray||Going Bovine||Winner|
|2010||Deborah Heiligman||Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith||Honor|
|2010||Rick Yancey||The Monstrumologist||Honor|
|2010||John Barnes||Tales of the Madman Underground: An Historical Romance, 1973||Honor|
|2009||Melina Marchetta||Jellicoe Road||Winner|
|2009||M. T. Anderson||The Kingdom on the Waves (Octavian Nothing, Vol II)||Honor|
|2009||E. Lockhart||The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks||Honor|
|2009||Margo Lanagan||Tender Morsels||Honor|
|2008||Geraldine McCaughrean||The White Darkness||Winner|
|2008||Judith Clarke||One Whole and Perfect Day||Honor|
|2008||A. M. Jenkins||Repossessed||Honor|
|2008||Stephanie Hemphill||Your Own Sylvia||Honor|
|2007||Gene Luen Yang||American Born Chinese||Winner|
|2007||M. T. Anderson||The Pox Party (Octavian Nothing, Vol I)||Honor|
|2007||K.L. Going||The Garden of Eve||Honor|
|2007||John Green||An Abundance of Katherines||Honor|
|2007||Markus Zusak||The Book Thief||Honor|
|2006||John Green||Looking for Alaska||Winner|
|2006||Margo Lanagan||Black Juice||Honor|
|2006||Markus Zusak||I Am the Messenger||Honor|
|2006||Elizabeth Partridge||John Lennon: All I Want Is the Truth, a Photographic Biography||Honor|
|2006||Marilyn Nelson||A Wreath for Emmett Till||Honor|
|2005||Meg Rosoff||How I Live Now||Winner|
|2005||Allan Stratton||Chanda's Secrets||Honor|
|2005||Gary D. Schmidt||Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy||Honor|
|2004||Angela Johnson||The First Part Last||Winner|
|2004||Jennifer Donnelly||A Northern Light||Honor|
|2004||Helen Frost||Keesha's House||Honor|
|2004||K. L. Going||Fat Kid Rules the World||Honor|
|2004||Carolyn Mackler||The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things||Honor|
|2003||Aidan Chambers||Postcards from No Man's Land||Winner|
|2003||Nancy Farmer||The House of the Scorpion||Honor|
|2003||Garret Freymann-Weyr||My Heartbeat||Honor|
|2003||Jack Gantos||Hole in My Life||Honor|
|2002||An Na||A Step From Heaven||Winner|
|2002||Peter Dickinson||The Ropemaker||Honor|
|2002||Jan Greenberg||Heart to Heart: New Poems Inspired by Twentieth-Century American Art||Honor|
|2002||Virginia Euwer Wolff||True Believer||Honor|
|2001||David Almond||Kit's Wilderness||Winner|
|2001||Carolyn Coman||Many Stones||Honor|
|2001||Carol Plum-Ucci||The Body of Christopher Creed||Honor|
|2001||Louise Rennison||Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging||Honor|
|2001||Terry Trueman||Stuck in Neutral||Honor|
|2000||Walter Dean Myers||Monster||Winner|
|2000||Laurie Halse Anderson||Speak||Honor|
|2000||Ellen Wittlinger||Hard Love||Honor|
Multiple awards 
No author has won two of the thirteen Printz Awards. David Almond and John Green have written one Award winner and one Honor Book while four authors have two Honor Books: M. T. Anderson, Margo Lanagan, Terry Pratchett and Markus Zusak.
See also 
- U.S. literary awards
- Newbery Medal the first children's literary award in the world
- Caldecott Medal for outstanding American picture books
- Coretta Scott King Award for outstanding children's books related to the African-American experience
- Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal for outstanding lifetime contribution to children's literature
- U.K. literary awards
- Carnegie Medal for outstanding children's books published in the United Kingdom
- Guardian Award for works of children's literature written by British or Commonwealth authors
- Kate Greenaway Medal for outstanding works of illustration in children's literature from the United Kingdom
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