Printz Award 2012

excellence in Young Adult Literat ure

The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. It is named for a Topeka, Kansas school librarian who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association. The award is sponsored by Booklist, a publication of the American Library Association.

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Author: John Corey Whaley
2012 Printz Award - Winner

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.

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Author: Craig Silvey
2012 Printz Award - Honor

Charlie Bucktin, a bookish 13-year-old, is startled one summer night by an urgent knock on his bedroom window. His visitor is Jasper Jones, an outcast in their small mining town, and he has come to ask for Charlie's help. Terribly afraid but desperate to impress, Charlie follows him into the night.

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Author: Christine Hinwood
2012 Printz Award - Honor

Cam Attling, having lost an arm, is the only one from his town of Kayforl to return after 12 years of war. All his fellow soldiers were slain, and suspicion surrounds him. When his betrothal is called off and his role in the community questioned, Cam leaves to seek answers and a new place in the world

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Author: Maggie Stiefvater
2012 Printz Award - Honor

Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.

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Author: Daniel Handler
2012 Printz Award - Honor

Sixteen-year-old Min Green writes a letter to Ed Slaterton in which she breaks up with him, documenting their relationship and how items in the accompanying box, from bottle caps to a cookbook, foretell the end.