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Printz Award Winners

Exploring tough subjects, these award-winning, moving titles will show your teen the power of a good book.
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Where Things Come Back
by John Corey Whaley
Just when seventeen-year-old Cullen Witter thinks he understands everything about his small and painfully dull Arkansas town, it all disappears...

In the summer before Cullen's senior year, a nominally-depressed birdwatcher named John Barling thinks he spots a species of woodpecker thought to be extinct since the 194

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Ship Breaker
by Paolo Bacigalupi

Monster city-killing hurricanes swirl out of control, the coast has drowned, and New Orleans is submerged. Nailer's own teenage life is no less bleak. He toils on a crew that breaks apart abandoned oil tankers for salvage, and his father is addicted to drugs.

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Going Bovine
by Libba Bray

All sixteen-year-old Cameron wants is to get through high school — and life in general — with a minimum of caring and effort. It's not a lot to ask. But that's before he's given some bad news: He's going to die. Which totally sucks.

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The White Darkness
by Geraldine McCaughrean
Fourteen-year-old Symone is taken on a surprise trip to Antarctica by her uncle Victor. In search of a legendary gateway to the interior of Earth, Victor's behavior teaches Sym about her troubled past and leads to her struggle for survival.
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American Born Chinese
by Gene Luen Yang Illustrated by Lark Pien
The first graphic novel ever to win the Printz Award, American Born Chinese tells the story of three apparently unrelated characters whose lives and stories come together with an unexpected twist.
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Looking For Alaska
by John Green
To shake up his play-it-safe, stay-at-home lifestyle, Florida teenager Miles "Pudge" Halter convinces his parents to let him attend a coed boarding school in Alabama. There he becomes instant friends with Chip, his edgy roommate, and with Chip's friend, the sexy, daring, and impossibly beautiful Alaska Young.
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Paperback Book: $8.99

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How I Live Now
by Meg Rosoff

"Every war has turning points and every person too."

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First Part Last, The
by Angela Johnson

Bobby is a typical urban New York City teenager — impulsive, eager, restless.

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Paperback Book: $5.59

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A Step from Heaven
by An Na
When four-year-old Young Ju Park first hears the words Mi Gook — Korean for "America" — she is sure that they mean "Heaven." But when her family moves to Southern California the following year, she finds the transition from life in Korea far from easy.
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Kit's Wilderness
by David Almond
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by Walter Dean Myers Illustrated by Christopher Myers
Young, black 16-year-old Steve Harmon, an amateur filmmaker, is on trial for the murder of a Harlem drugstore owner and could face the death penalty. Steve copes by writing a movie script based on his trial.
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In Darkness
by Nick Lake

2013 Printz Award Winner

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by Marcus Sedgwick

An archaeologist who unearths a mysterious artifact, an airman far from home, a painter, a ghost, a vampire, and a Viking: seven tales of passion and love, separated by centuries but mysteriously intertwined.

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Bone Gap
by Laura Ruby

Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps — gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren't surprised.

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