Michael L. Printz Award
for Excellence in Young Adult Literature Award
Titles Owned by the Kathryn A. Martin Library

The Michael L. Printz Award was established in 2000 and is given to a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. It is named for a Topeka, Kansas 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. The award information was retrieved from the (ALA) Michael L. Printz Award website. The call numbers for the books owned by the Kathryn A. Martin Llibrary are provided after the citation.


Ruby, Laura. (2015). Bone Gap. New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers.

Eighteen-year-old Finn, an outsider in his quiet Midwestern town, is the only witness to the abduction of town favorite Roza, but his inability to distinguish between faces makes it difficult for him to help with the investigation, and subjects him to even more ridicule and bullying.


Nelson, Jandy. (2014). I’ll give you the sun. New York : Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC. INTR-FIC N4272iL

"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."


Sedgwick, Marcus. (2013). Mid winterblood. New York : Roaring Brook Press. INTR-FIC S4481mi

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


Lake, Nick. (2012). In darkness. New York : Bloomsbury. INTR-FIC L192in

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.


Whaley, John Corey. (2011). Where things come back : a novel. New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers. INTR-FIC W5522wh

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 extince, failed romances, and his younger brother's sudden disappearance.


Bacigalupi, Paolo. (2010). Ship breaker. New York : Little, Brown and Co. INTR-FIC B1254sh 

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.


Bray, Libba. (2009). Going bovine. New York : Delacorte Press. INTR-FIC B8275go 

Cameron Smith, a disaffected sixteen year-old who, after being diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob's (aka 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.


Marchetta, Melina. (2008, c2006). Jellicoe Road. New York, NY : HarperTeen. INTR-FIC M3173je 

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


McCaughrean, Geraldine. (2007). The white darkness : a novel. New York, NY : HarperTempest. INTR-FIC M1233wh

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


Yang, Gene Luen. (2006). American born Chinese. (Color by Lark Pien). New York : First Second. INTR-FIC Y225am

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


Green, John. (2005). Looking for Alaska : a novel. New York : Dutton Books. INTR-FIC G7966Lo

Sixteen-year-old Miles’ first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.


Rosoff, Meg. (2004). How I live now. New York : Wendy Lamb Books. INTR-FIC R8224ho

To get away from her pregnant stepmother in New York City, fifteen-year-old 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.


Johnson, Angela. (2003). The first part last. New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. INTR-FIC J6633fi 

Bobby's carefree teenage life changes forever when he learns that his girlfriend is pregnant. Parties and friends are replaced by trips to the doctor and a social worker who wants them to put the baby up for adoption. Then the unimaginable happens and it all changes again.


Chambers, Aidan. (2002). Postcards from no man's land. New York : Dutton Books. INTR-FIC C444PO 

Alternates between two stories--contemporarily, seventeen-year-old Jacob visits a daunting Amsterdam at the request of his English grandmother--and historically, nineteen-year-old Geertrui relates her experience of British soldiers's attempts to liberate Holland from its German occupation.


Na, An. (2001). A step from heaven. Asheville, NC : Front Street. PS3614.A16 S74 2001

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


Almond, David. (2000). Kit's wilderness. New York : Delacorte Press. INTR-FIC A452KI 

Thirteen-year-old Kit goes to live with his grandfather in the decaying coal mining town of Stoneygate, England, and finds both the old man and the town haunted by ghosts of the past.


Myers, Walter Dean. (1999). Monster. (Illustrations by Christopher Myers). New York, N.Y. : HarperCollins Publishers. INTR-FIC M996mn 

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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