The American Library Association (ALA) announced the winner of the 2011 Michael L. Printz Award today. Named for a long time Kansas YA Librarian, the Printz Award honors the best books for young adult readers. The committee defines young adult as ages 12-18 and looks for books that meet literary excellence and were published between January 1 and December 31 of the preceding year. All forms of writing including fiction and nonfiction are accepted.
This year’s winner is Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi. Since I have not read this book, I will have to get myself on the wait list so I can read it and find out why it won! The committee also chose four “honor” books:
- Stolen by Lucy Christopher
- Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
- Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick
- Nothing by Janne Teller [click the title to see my review]