The Michael L. Printz Award is given annually to the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit, each year. Previous winners have included the UK’s Marcus Sedgwick, Geraldine McCaughrean, David Almond and Aidan Chambers.
The 2018 winner is
We Are Okay
By Nina LaCour
Published by Dutton Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers
2018 Honor Books
Long Way Down
By Jason Reynolds
Caitlyn Dlouhy Books/Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
William Holloman is on the most haunting elevator ride of his life. He’s been urged to break “the rules”he’s grown up with. (No crying. No snitching. Get revenge.) Reynolds’ first novel in verse is a provocative, compelling, and essential love letter to young people in detention centers.
The Hate U Give
By Angie Thomas
Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Traumatized after witnessing the violent death of a friend, Starr searches for her voice as she moves between her black neighborhood and predominately white private school. This emotional novel, inspired by volatile race relations in America today, explores the importance of family, friendship, identity, and the courage to seek justice.
Strange the Dreamer
By Laini Taylor
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, a division of Hachette Book Group
In a world of gods, monsters, and nightmares, orphan librarian Lazlo and goddess Sarai find each other in their dreams. Against the backdrop of a city reeling after a brutal war, this lushly built, extravagantly written tale explores vengeance, love, and mercy.
Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers
By Deborah Heiligman
Published by Godwin Books/Henry Holt, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group
Inspired by the more than 700 letters the van Gogh brothers wrote to each other, Heiligman uncovers fresh insights into Vincent’s development as an artist and his relationship with the brother who supported him emotionally and financially throughout his life