Printz Award Winner Announced!

28 Jan

The 2012 Michael L. Printz award winner and honor books have been chosen! The award is given to a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.

The winner is:

Wheres Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
-Witty, sardonic Cullen Witter agonizes over the disappearance of his beloved brother, Gabriel, while everyone else in his stiflingly dull Arkansas town thrills to the apparent return of a long-extinct woodpecker. Kidnapping, bromance, arcane religious texts, and ornithology collide in this ground-breaking coming-of-age tale.

The author created a playlist of songs that he listened to while writing the book, along with some background on each song choice, including the song that inspired the book. Click here to listen.

The Honor Books are:

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
-In this beautiful piece of bookmaking, heartbroken movie obsessive Min Green dumps a box of relationship ephemera on ex-love Ed Slaterton’s porch, each item attached to a raging, loving, insecure and regretful letter explaining how each memento contributed to their breakup.

The Returning by Christine Hinwood
-A large cast of characters from two fictional kingdoms recover from a drawn-out, brutal war in a portrait both sweeping and specific as it explores the ramifications of the conflict on Cam, the only one who lives to return to his village.

Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
-Spurred by the mysterious death of a schoolmate, Charlie confronts racism and his fears as he learns about family, friendship and love in the oppressive heat of small-town 1960s Australia. Silvey weaves themes of freedom and loyalty with moments of humor in this wrenching novel.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
-A bloody, intoxicating horse race on the Island of Thisby is the backdrop for this atmospheric novel. The heart-pounding story pits two teens against death – to win is to survive.


One Response to “Printz Award Winner Announced!”


  1. Printz Winners Are Here! « Lower Macungie Library // Teen Blog - February 11, 2012

    […] As Jen posted a few weeks ago, the Printz Medal and Honor books for 2012 are: Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley (medal winner) […]

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