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Printz Awards

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.

2013 Printz Award Winner

In Darkness by Nick LakeIn Darkness
Lake, Nick
ISBN: 9781599907437
Fifteen-year-old Shorty awakens beneath the ruins of a crumbled hospital in Haiti, where his weakening mind begins flashing back through his own violent history, the loss of his twin sister, and his mystical connection to Toussaint Louverture, the nineteenth-century revolutionary who helped liberate his country.

2013 Printz Honor Books

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Daniel HandlerAristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Handler, Daniel
ISBN: 9781442408920
A self-described natural misanthrope, Aristotle finds himself changed when he meets precocious Dante, whose open and intense friendship over a fateful summer compels Ari to question love, art, adulthood and even the secrets of the universe.
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth WeinCode Name Verity
Wein, Elizabeth
ISBN: 9781423152194
In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must to survive while keeping secret all that she can.
Dodger by Terry PratchettDodger
Pratchett, Terry
ISBN: 9780062009494
In an alternative version of Victorian London, a seventeen-year-old Dodger, a cunning and cheeky street urchin, unexpectedly rises in life when he saves a mysterious girl, meets Charles Dickens, and unintentionally puts a stop to the murders of Sweeny Todd.
The White Bicycle by Beverley BrennaThe White Bicycle
Brenna, Beverley
ISBN: 9780889954830
The White Bicycle is the third stand-alone title in the Wild Orchid series about a young woman with Asperger's Syndrome. This installment chronicles Taylor Jane's travels to the south of France where she spends a summer babysitting for the Phoenix family.