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.
There is an elected committee who decides the winner and honorees.
There is one winner and four honorees. The 2014 winner was I’ll Give You the Sun. The honorees were Grasshopper Jungle; Carnival at Bray; More Than Happy; and This One Summer
The honorees and winners are announced in late January at the ALA Midwinter Conference. The award ceremony is in June at the ALA Annual Conference.
There are several reputable book review magazines that basically everyone in the book buying community follow. Among these are four magazines who give starred reviews and they include Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, School Library Journal, and Kirkus. Starred reviews are VERY important!
Here are my top ten contenders in no particular order
(Click the title too see my full review)
Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman – 4 STARS
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby – 3 Stars (BL; PW; K)
All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven – 2 Stars (PW; K)
Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda – 2 Stars ? (PW; K)
More Than Happy by Adam Silvera – 4 STARS
All The Rage by Courtney Summers – 3 Stars (PW; SLJ; K)
Mosquitoland by David Arnold – 3 Stars (BL; PW; K)
Alex Crow by Andrew Smith – 3 Stars (BL; PW; K)
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness- This book has yet to be published so there are no reviews.
The Printz winners and honorees are overwhelmingly realistic fiction. Very rarely does a fantasy or science fiction book get considered. The 2013 winner was Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick which was science fiction but this rarely happens.
I don’t think that it’s fair that fantasy books are not in contention so I’d like my final contender to be
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.