Printz Awards 2013

Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Fiction – Check out the winners and honor books for this prestigious literary award!


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 rage.



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 fear.


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.