What is a Printz Award, you ask? The Michael Printz award honors the best YA books each year based solely on their literary merit. If they're good enough to win an award, they must have something going for them! Here are just a few past winners or nominees.
1. Jellicoe Road- Melina Marchetta, 2009: I have no trouble seeing why this book was chosen as an award winner. It's a mystery of times past, with unforgettable characters and a plot that is driven by the need to find out how everything comes together. Boarding school territory wars coupled with a puzzling disappearance makes for a bright, quick read that doesn't lack substance. You can find it here.
2. Looking for Alaska- John Green, 2006: Another excellent book from a favorite author, John Green, Looking for Alaska touches every emotion and leaves you breathless. A comedy, a tragedy, a painful understanding of how it feels to lose someone, this novel is one that everyone should take a little time to check out. Here you can put it on hold at the library.
3. Airborn- Kenneth Oppel, Honor Book 2005: While this wasn't a winner in its year, I thought it was worth mentioning. The sheer imagination in this book makes it a must-read for me, and I would recommend it to anyone, no matter what age, guy or girl. Matt is working on an airship- a blimp of sorts- and when it crashes, he and a passenger named Kate go exploring on an island of mystery, making wild discoveries along the way. You can have it held for you here.
This is just a few of the many winners or nominees, and the books featured are for all teens, not just one group or subset. For a complete list of the Printz award winners and honor books, you can click here for their official website.