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The Best of the Best : Michael L. Printz Award by Cindy, Staff Blogger

Sometimes I like to read the best of the best. Award winners are a good place to start. The Michael L. Printz Award is for excellence in literature written for Young Adults. Check out these excellent titles from the past two years:

Winner of the Printz Award 2012!

Where Things Come Back - book coverWhere Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

What's the connection? The dissappearance of a boy and the reappearance of an 'extinct' woodpecker.
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.
Find Where Things Come Back at Halifax Public Libraries.

Winner of the Printz Award 2011!

Ship Breaker Book CoverShip Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

Rescue the girl or go for the treasure? Slit the girls throat and sell her for parts or take a chance and help her?

Nailer works for a scavenging company along the Gulf Coast looking for grounded oil tankers. After a hurricane, he discovers a beached ship and must make a choice: Strip the ship for all it's worth or rescue its lone survivor, a beautiful wealthy girl?

This futuristic, action-packed story of dangers, ranging from giant 'city killer' hurricanes to a vicious, drug addicted father, leads to almost unthinkable actions and life altering decisions.

Visit the authors website.

Find Ship Breaker at Halifax Public Libraries.

As a challenge, try reading the Printz Award list of winners and honour books.

For more award winners and other ideas for great reads, check out the Teen READ section on the teen page of the website. See if you can read all the books in this section! Now that's a challenge!





  • The Lie Tree
  • The way he lived
  • A drop of night
  • Thief of lies
  • Defender
  • Character, driven
  • Every young adult's break-up survival guide
  • Hidden gold
  • The heart of stone
  • The last boy and girl in the world
  • The epidemic
  • I see reality
  • Finding Hope
  • Under the Dusty Moon
  • Flawd
  • Dark energy
  • Hot pterodactyl boyfriend
  • Harmony House
  • Burning
  • See no color
  • One of us
  • A tangle of gold
  • It should have been a #GoodDay
  • Beautiful broken things
  • The radiant road
  • Speak a word for freedom
  • When we collided
  • Hit count
  • Fig
  • The beast of Cretacea
  • Essential maps for the lost
  • Queen
  • Exit, pursued by a bear
  • The Raven King
  • Breakaway
  • The forbidden orchid
  • The young adult's guide to public speaking