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The Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature is presented annually to a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. It is named in memory of a Topeka, Kansas school librarian who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association of the American Library Association.

These books are shelved in alphabetical order by the author’s last name. Click on the title to search the Library’s online catalog.

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  2010 Award Winner
Going Bovine by Libba Bray
Cameron Smith, a disaffected sixteen year-old who, after being diagnosed with Creutzfeld 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.
  2008 Award Winner
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
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.
  2008 Award Winner
The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean
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.
2007 Award Winner - American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
Alternates three interrelated stories about the problems of young Chinese Americans trying to participate in the popular culture. Presented in comic book format.
2006 Award Winner - Looking for Alaska by John Green
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.
2005 - How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
Fifteen-year-old Daisy, a wry and alienated young woman, finds true love, mystical connections, and a sense of home with her cousins in England, even while under terrorist occupation.
2004 - The First Part Last by Angela Johnson
Bobby's carefree teenage life changes forever when he becomes a father and must care for his adored baby daughter.
2003 - Postcards From No Man's Land by Aidan Chambers
Playful and wrenching, thrilling and meditative, this extraordinary novel, told in dual narratives, takes the reader on a memorable voyage of discovery.
2002 - A Step From Heaven by An Na
A young Korean girl and her family find it difficult to learn English and adjust to life in America.
2001 - Kit’s Wilderness by David Almond
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.
2000 - Monster by Walter Dean 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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