YALSA (the Young Adult Library Services Association) has announced its Michael L. Printz award winners for 2013! If you're looking for the next great book to read, you can't go wrong here. I've loved every Printz book I've ever read: SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson, THE HOUSE OF THE SCORPION by Nancy Farmer, THE EARTH, MY BUTT, AND OTHER BIG ROUND THINGS by Carolyn Mackler, LOOKING FOR ALASKA and AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES by John Green, THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zuzak, GOING BOVINE by Libba Bray, SHIPBREAKER by Paolo Bacigalupi and THE SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater to name a few. (Phew!)
So, march on over to your favorite book store or library and check out the latest literary lovelies.
IN DARKNESS by Nick Lake
"In darkness I count my blessings like Manman taught me. One: I am alive. Two: there is no two." In the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake a boy is trapped beneath the rubble of a ruined hospital: thirsty, terrified and alone.
This year's Printz honor books are:
ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. After meeting at a swimming pool, they discover a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime.
CODE NAME VERITY by Elizabeth Wein
A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it's barely begun.
DODGER by Terry Pratchett
A storm. Rain-lashed city streets. A flash of lightning. A scruffy lad sees a girl leap desperately from a horse-drawn carriage in a vain attempt to escape her captors. Can the lad stand by and let her be caught again? Of course not, because he's...Dodger.
THE WHITE BICYCLE by Beverley Brenna
The third stand-alone title in the Wild Orchid series about a young woman with Asperger's Syndrome, THE WHITE BICYCLE chronicles Taylor Jane's travels to the south of France where she spends a summer babysitting for the Phoenix family.
Congratulations to the award recipients, and to those who will have the pleasure of reading these books. To see the full list of award recipients since 2000, go here.