|Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
2013 Printz Honor book. Ari is an angry fifteen year old, with a brother
in jail, a reclusive father, and no friends. That is, until he meets
Dante. This novel explores friendship, family, and life in New Mexico
and the USA for a teenage boy in the 1980s.
|Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
2013 Printz Honor book. Friendship and allegiance is tried when a
British plane goes down over Nazi-controlled France. The pilot and her
friend must fight to keep secrets in the face of danger.
|Dodger by Terry Pratchett
2013 Printz Honor book. In this hilarious story set in Victorian Era
London, 17-year old Dodger meets some of the city’s most notorious
characters including Charles Dickens and Sweeney Todd, and learns more
than he wanted to about London society.
|Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
2012 Printz Award Winner. With his younger brother missing and an
endangered species returned, this story of Cullen’s summer in small town
Arkansas is philosophical and honest.
|The Returning by Christine Hinwood
2012 Printz honor book. With the war between the Uplanders and
Downlanders over, life can go on. But when Cam, the sole survivor from
the Downlanders army, returns, he is met with resistance, question, and
|Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
2012 Printz honor book. Undersized and outcast, Charlie is biding his
time until he can get out of his small Australian town. But when town
tyrant Jasper asks for his help covering up a murder, Charlie learns
more about himself and his small town than he wanted to.
|The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
2012 Printz honor book. The annual Scorpio Races is not your typical
horse race. These raging beasts come from the water and are thirsty for
blood. Puck races to earn money for her family, while Sean is racing for
freedom. Their friendship threatens their goals; will either get what
they are racing for?
|Why We Broke Up written by Daniel Handler and illustrated by Maira Kalman
2012 Printz honor book. This is not your typical teen romance novel.
Instead of watching the relationship between artistic Min and athletic
Ed progress, readers watch it go from great to worse to finished.
|Ship Breaker by Paulo Bacigalupi
2011 Printz Award Winner. This dystopic fantasy novel set in “Old
Orleans” follows poor Nailer and the rich girl he has rescued from the
grips of his evil boss. This suspenseful novel is full of adventure and
|Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
2011 Printz honor book. Vera’s mother and her best friend have abandoned
her. Vera turns to a pizza delivery job and alcohol to take the edge
off the pain of her losses, but there is no escaping reality when the
memory of a friend is forcing the truth out.