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2013 Printz Award and Honor Books

Ever since the inaugural Printz Award in 2000 for Walter Dean Myers’ Monster I have been glued to the award releases every year. Once again, the list is inspiring and will influence many more teens who read their way to identity and acceptanc through these marvelous titles. The 2013 Michael L. Printz Award Winner is…

In Darkness

By Nick Lake

Published by Bloomsbury Books for Young Readers

Fifteen-year-old Shorty awakens beneath the ruins of a crumbled hospital in Haiti, where his weakening mind begins flashing back through his own violent history, the loss of his twin sister, and his mystical connection to Toussaint Louverture, the nineteenth-century revolutionary who helped liberate his country.

“This bold weaving of gritty contemporary drama, revolutionary history and magical realism tells a one-of-a-kind story as fiercely intelligent as it is heartbreakingly honest,” said Printz Award Committee Chair Sharon Grover.

The Honor books this year are amazing as well. I’ve only read two of the Honor books but rest assured that they’ll all be rocketing to the top of my TBR pile.Take a look at YALSA’s Printz Award List and stock up on the best in YA!

And, of course, I was ecstatic that Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein made the list of Honor books. I love this book and have the great fortune to have had the author comment on my shared blog post with my friend Kat. Take a look at the original post and then go buy it now!

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