Michael L. Printz Award Reading Challenge (Sort of)

So, I was bored at work (the retail one) and browsing our book lists, which basically is a big mass of lists that the corporate headquarters puts together so when someone comes in and says “I have no idea what the name or author was, but it was on Oprah” we can have a starting place to look. Anywho, we also have a list of all the book award winners.

To be honest, I’m not a huge follower of book awards. I mean, I like to see who won, but I tend to have bad thoughts about a lot of the books given the nod. So, due to aforementioned boredom, I happened to glance at the Printz Award winners (YA award), and realized since it was such a new award (started in 2000) I actually had read half of the winning books.

So, I’ve decided to read all the rest of the winners (and as many of the honor books as I can). At some point before the next winners are announced (ALAMW 2010).

Here’s a link to the ALA site on the award. (This link will hopefully work. One never knows with the ALA site.)

Here’s the list of books separated by have read and have not read. (I’m going to post this as a permanent page I think as well.)


American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang (2007 winner)

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green (2007 honor)(review)

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak (2007 honor)

Looking for Alaska by John Green (2006 winner)

how i live now by Meg Rosoff (2005 winner)

The First Part Last by Angela Johnson (2004 winner)

A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly (2004 honor)

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicholson by Louise Rennison (2001 honor)

Monster by Walter Dean Myers (2000 winner)

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (2000 honor)


Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta (2009 winner)

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II, Kingdom on the Waves by M.T. Anderson (2009 honor)

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart (2009 honor)

Nation by Terry Pratchett (2009 honor)

Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan (2009 honor)

The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean (2008 winner)

Dreamquake: Book Two of the Dreamhunter Duet by Elizabeth Knox (2008 honor)

One Whole and Perfect Day by Judith Clarke (2008 honor)

Repossessed by A.M. Jenkins (2008 honor)

Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath by Stephanie Hemphill (2008 honor)

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party by M.T. Anderson (2007 honor)

Surrender by Sonya Hartnett (2007 honor)

Black Juice by Margo Lanagan (2006 honor)

I am the Messenger by Marcus Zusak (2006 honor)

John Lennon: All I Want is the Truth, a Photographic Biography by Elizabeth Partridge (2006 honor)

A Wreath for Emmett Till by Marilyn Nelson (2006 honor)

Airborn by Kenneth Oppel (2005 honor)

Chanda’s Secrets by Allan Stratton (2005 honor)

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt (2005 honor)

Keesha’s House by Helen Frost (2004 honor)

Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going (2004 honor)

The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler (2004 honor)

Postcards from No Man’s Land by Aidan Chambers (2003 winner)

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer (2003 honor)

My Heartbeat by Garret Freymann-Weyr (2003 honor)

Hole in my Life by Jack Gantos (2003 honor)

A Step from Heaven by An Na (2002 winner)

The Ropemaker by Peter Dickinson (2002 honor)

Heart to Heart: New Poems inspired by Twentieth-Century American Art by Jan Greenberg Abrams (2002 honor)

Freewill by Chris Lynch (2002 honor)

True Believer by Virginia Euwer Wolff (2002 honor)

Kit’s Wilderness by David Almond (2001 winner)

Many Stones by Carolyn Coman (2001 honor)

The Body of Christopher Creed by Carol Plum-Ucci (2001 honor)

Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman (2001 honor)

Skellig by David Almond (2000 honor)

Hard Love by Ellen Wittlinger (2000 honor)


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