The winner of The Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature 2011!

YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) has posted several nominees and winners of various book awards given in 2011. Check out their website for the complete lists of award winners at One list details the winner/honors of the Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature. If you’re looking for something new to read, you might want to consider checking out one of these award-winning books…

About the Printz Award
It’s 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 YALSA.

…and the WINNER IS…”Ship Breaker” by Paolo Bacigalupi!

This story is about a near drowned New Orleans ravaged by hurricanes and global warming, Nailer and his young crewe eke out a meager existence by scavenging materials on the ship-littered coast.

“This taut, suspenseful novel is a relentless adventure story featuring nuanced characters in thought-provoking conflicts. Bacigalupi artfully intertwines themes of loyalty, family, friendship, trust and love,” said Printz Award Committee Chair Erin Downey Howerton.
…and the 2011 Printz Honor Book selections are…

“Stolen” by Lucy Christopher
The rugged Australian outback becomes Gemma’s prison after she is drugged and abducted by a handsome, obsessed stranger in a first novel filled with searing imagery.

“Please Ignore Vera Dietz” by A.S. King
Vera Diets wants to be ignored, but the ghost of her ex-best friend won’t leave her alone in this dark comedy that examines relationships, identity, grief and flowcharts.

“Revolver” by Marcus Sedgwick
In Sedgwick’s grim, chilling story set in the Arctic Circle, Sig finds his father’s frozen corpse as human predator Wolff arrives seeking retribution and a hidden Gold Rush treasure.

“Nothing” by Janne Teller
Pierre Anthon’s nihilism causes his classmates to begin a search for life’s meaning in this bold, unsettling parable translated from Danish.

So there you have it, the winner and the 4 honor titles! SO come check out one of these great titles today!

**this information was taken from YALSA’s website affiliated with

– Carly T.

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