The Michael L. Printz Award annually honors the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit, each year. Here is a list of some of the winners and honor books. 2014.

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Ship Breaker
Paolo Bacigalupi

Ship Breaker series
PRINTZ TEEN BACIGALUPI

In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring 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.


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Going Bovine
Libba Bray

PRINTZ TEEN BRAY

Cameron Smith, a disaffected sixteen year-old who, after being diagnosed with Creutzfeld Jakob’s (a.k.a. mad cow) disease, sets off on a road trip with a death-obsessed video gaming dwarf he meets in the hospital in an attempt to find a cure.


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Postcards from No Man's Land
Aidan Chambers

The Dance Sequence series
PRINTZ TEEN CHAMBERS

Alternates between two stories—contemporarily, Jacob visits a Amsterdam at the request of his English grandmother—and historically, Geertrui relates her experience of British soldiers’s attempts to liberate Holland from its German occupation.


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The Kingdom of Little Wounds
Susann Cokal

HIST TEEN COKAL

A young seamstress and a royal nursemaid find themselves at the center of an epic power struggle in this stunning young adult debut. On the eve of Princess Sophia’s wedding, the Scandinavian city of Skyggehavn prepares to fete the occasion with a sumptuous display of riches: brocade and satin and jewels, feasts of sugar fruit and sweet spiced wine. Yet beneath the veneer of celebration, a shiver of darkness creeps through the palace halls. A mysterious illness plagues the royal family, threatening the lives of the throne’s heirs, and a courtier’s wolfish hunger for the king’s favors sets a devious plot in motion. Here in the palace at Skyggehavn, things are seldom as they seem—and when a single errant prick of a needle sets off a series of events that will alter the course of history, the fates of seamstress Ava Bingen and mute nursemaid Midi Sorte become irrevocably intertwined with that of mad Queen Isabel. As they navigate a tangled web of palace intrigue, power-lust, and deception, Ava and Midi must carve out their own survival any way they can.


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Looking For Alaska
John Green

PRINTZ TEEN GREEN

Miles’ first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.


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In Darkness
Nick Lake

PRINTZ TEEN LAKE

In the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake, fifteen-year-old Shorty, a poor gang member from the slums of Site Soleil, is trapped in the rubble of a ruined hospital, and as he grows weaker he has visions and memories of his life of violence, his lost twin sister, and of Toussaint L’Ouverture, who liberated Haiti from French rule in the 1804.


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Jellicoe Road
Melina Marchetta

PRINTZ TEEN MARCHETTA

Abandoned by her drug-addicted mother, high school student Taylor Markham struggles with her identity and family history at a boarding school in Australia.


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The White Darkness
Geraldine Mccaughrean

PRINTZ TEEN MCCAUGHREAN

Taken to Antarctica by the man she thinks of as her uncle for what she believes to be a vacation, Symone discovers that he is dangerously obsessed with seeking Symme’s Hole, an opening that supposedly leads into the center of a hollow Earth.


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Monster
Walter Dean Myers

Monster series
PRINTZ TEEN MYERS

While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.


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A Step From Heaven
An Na

PRINTZ TEEN NA

A young Korean girl and her family find it difficult to learn English and adjust to life in America.


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How I Live Now
Meg Rosoff

PRINTZ TEEN ROSOFF

To get away from her pregnant stepmother in New York City, Daisy goes to England to stay with her aunt and cousins, with whom she instantly bonds, but soon war breaks out and rips apart the family while devastating the land.


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Eleanor & Park
Rainbow Rowell

TEEN ROWELL

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.


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Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy
Gary D. Schmidt

HIST TEEN SCHMIDT

Turner Buckminster hates his new home of Phippsburg, Maine, but things improve when he meets Lizzie Bright Griffin, a girl from a poor island community founded by slaves that the town fathers want to change into a tourist spot.


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Midwinterblood
Marcus Sedgwick

PRINTZ TEEN SEDGWICK

Seven linked vignettes unfold on a Scandinavian island inhabited—throughout various time periods—by Vikings, vampires, ghosts, and a curiously powerful plant.


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Navigating Early
Clare Vanderpool

HIST J VANDERPOOL

Odyssey-like adventure of two boys’ incredible quest on the Appalachian Trail where they deal with pirates, buried secrets, and extraordinary encounters.


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Where Things Come Back
John Corey Whaley

PRINTZ TEEN WHALEY

Seventeen-year-old Cullen’s summer in Lily, Arkansas, is marked by his cousin’s death by overdose, an alleged spotting of a woodpecker thought to be extinct, failed romances, and his younger brother’s sudden disappearance.


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American Born Chinese
Gene Luen Yang

GRAPHIC TEEN YANG

Alternates three interrelated stories about the problems of young Chinese Americans trying to participate in the popular culture. Presented in comic book format.


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