The Michael L. Printz Award for Teen Literature

Winners and Honor Books, 2000-present

The Michael L. Printz Award, first given in 2000, is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. The award is named in honor of Michael L. Printz, a school librarian from Topeka, Kansas who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association.

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2008
The White Darkness

Michael L. Printz Award Winner

The White Darkness
(Paperback) by Geraldine McCaughrean

Honor Books

Dreamquake: Book Two of the Dreamhunter Duet (Paperback | Kindle edition) by Elizabeth Knox
One Whole and Perfect Day (Hardcover) by Judith Clarke
Repossessed (Paperback | Kindle edition) by A.M. Jenkins
Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath (Paperback, | Kindle edition) by Stephanie Hemphill
2007
American Born Chinese

Michael L. Printz Award Winner

American Born Chinese
(Paperback | Kindle edition) by Gene Luen Yang

Honor Books

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party (Paperback | Kindle edition) by M.T. Anderson
An Abundance of Katherines (Paperback, | Kindle edition) by John Green
Surrender (Paperback by Sonya Hartnett
The Book Thief (Paperback | Kindle edition) by Marcus Zusak
2006
Looking For Alaska

Michael L. Printz Award Winner

Looking For Alaska
(Paperback | Kindle edition) by John Green

Honor Books

Black Juice (Hardcover) by Margo Lanagan
I Am the Messenger (Paperback | Kindle edition) by Marcus Zusak
John Lennon: All I Want is the Truth (Hardcover) by Elizabeth Partridge
A Wreath for Emmett Till (Paperback | Kindle edition) by Marilyn Nelson
2005
How I Live Now

Michael L. Printz Award Winner

How I Live Now
(Paperback | Kindle edition) by Meg Rosoff

Honor Books

Airborn (Hardcover | Kindle edition) by Kenneth Oppel
Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy (Hardcover | Kindle edition) by Gary D. Schmidt
Chanda's Secrets (Hardcover) by Allan Stratton
2004
The First Part Last

Michael L. Printz Award Winner

The First Part Last
(Hardcover | Kindle edition) by Angela Johnson

Honor Books

A Northern Light (Hardcover) by Jennifer Donnelly
The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things (Hardcover) by Carolyn Mackler
Keesha's House (Hardcover | Kindle edition) by Helen Frost
Fat Kid Rules the World (Hardcover) by K.L. Going
2003
Postcards From No Man's Land

Michael L. Printz Award Winner

Postcards From No Man's Land
(Paperback | Kindle edition) by Aidan Chambers

Honor Books

The House of the Scorpion (Hardcover | Kindle edition) by Nancy Farmer
My Heartbeat (Hardcover) by Garret Freymann-Weyr
Hole in My Life (Hardcover | Kindle edition) by Jack Gantos
2002
A Step From Heaven

Michael L. Printz Award Winner

A Step From Heaven
(Paperback | Kindle edition) by An Na

Honor Books

The Ropemaker (Hardcover | Kindle edition) by Peter Dickinson
Heart to Heart : New Poems Inspired by Twentieth-Century American Art (Hardcover) by Jan Greenberg
Freewill (Paperback) by Chris Lynch
True Believer (Hardcover) by Virginia Euwer Wolff
2001
Kit's Wilderness

Michael L. Printz Award Winner

Kit's Wilderness
(Paperback | Kindle edition) by David Almond

Honor Books

Stuck in Neutral (Paperback) by Terry Trueman
Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson (Paperback) by Louise Rennison
The Body of Christopher Creed (Paperback | Kindle edition) by Carol Plum-Ucci
Many Stones (Paperback | Kindle edition) by Carolyn Coman
2000
Monster

Michael L. Printz Award Winner

Monster
(Paperback | Kindle edition) by Walter Dean Myers

Honor Books

Hard Love (Paperback) by Ellen Wittlinger
Skellig (Paperback | Kindle edition) by David Almond
Speak (Paperback) by Laurie Halse Anderson