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Printz Winners
The Michael L. Printz Award, sponsored by Booklist, honors the best book written for teens each year.  It's the Oscars for Teen Literature.  If you haven't read some of these titles, give them a try.  There's a huge variety, so you'll be sure to find something you like.
2013 Books
In darkness - Nick Lake
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 01/17/2012
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ISBN-10: 1599907437
Trapped in the ruins of a Haitian hospital after a devastating earthquake, young Shorty is terrified by the bodies of victims and dwindling supplies before finding inspiration to rescue himself through the example of revolutionary leader Toussaint L'Ouverture.
Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe - Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Publisher: Simon & Schuster BFYR
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 02/21/2012
Share Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe ISBN-13: 9781442408920
ISBN-10: 1442408928
Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents and his family that he has never asked before.
Dodger - Terry Pratchett
Publisher: HarperCollins
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 09/25/2012
Share Dodger ISBN-13: 9780062009500
ISBN-10: 0062009508
Surviving by his wits in an alternative-universe London ruled by a young Queen Victoria, the intrepid young Dodger inadvertently foils a murderous Sweeney Todd's operation and encounters numerous fictional and historical characters, including Darwin, Disraeli and Dickens. By the award-winning author of A Hat Full of Sky.
Code name Verity - Elizabeth Wein
Publisher: Hyperion
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 05/15/2012
Share Code name Verity ISBN-13: 9781423152194
ISBN-10: 1423152190
In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage and great courage as she relates what she must do to survive while keeping secret all that she can.
2012 Books
Where things come back : a novel - John Corey Whaley
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 07/24/2012
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ISBN-10: 1442413344
Losing touch with everything he believes in the wake of a cousin's overdose, his younger brother's disappearance and his Arkansas community's obsession with an extinct bird, high school senior Cullen struggles to hold his family together, while a disillusioned missionary searches for meaning. A first novel.
Why we broke up - Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman
Publisher: Little, Brown
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 12/27/2011
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ISBN-10: 0316127256
Writing a letter to her ex-boyfriend about the reasons for their breakup, Min Green assembles items from their relationship to put into a box of mementos including a movie ticket from their first date, an old cookbook and a comb from a motel room. By the author of A Series of Unfortunate Events titles.
The Scorpio Races - Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 10/18/2011
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ISBN-10: 054522490X
The best-selling author of Shiver follows the experiences of a pair of youths who are swept up by a fantastical horse race across a treacherous cliff that makes them feel supremely alive and threatens dire consequences. 150,000 first printing. $150,000 ad/promo.
2011 Books
Ship breaker - Paolo Bacigalupi
Publisher: Little, Brown
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 05/01/2010
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ISBN-10: 0316056219
A tale set in a Gulf Coast shanty town 100 years in the future finds teen Nailer dreaming of a better life on the sea before discovering a beached clipper ship and lone survivor. By the Nebula- and Hugo-nominated author of Pump Six and Other Stories.
Stolen - Lucy Christopher
Publisher: Chicken House
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 05/01/2010
Share Stolen ISBN-13: 9780545170932
ISBN-10: 0545170931
Kidnapped from a Bangkok airport by an oddly familiar man, Gemma is carried away to the Australian Outback, where in the sand, heat and isolation she learns that she has been the object of her abductor's long obsession and that he expects her to now fall in love with him.
Please ignore Vera Dietz - A. S. King
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 10/12/2010
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ISBN-10: 0375865861
Years after the boy she always loved ruined her life in a cruel betrayal, Vera, who is hiding a discovery she made about her mother, wonders what to do when the boy dies under suspicious circumstances that could be explained by the secrets she has kept for him. By the author of The Dust of 100 Dogs.
Selected Titles from 2000-2009
Going bovine - Libba Bray
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 09/22/2009
Share Going bovine ISBN-13: 9780385733977
ISBN-10: 0385733976
Dealing with an illness that will soon result in his death, 16-year-old Cam is intrigued by the stories told by an eccentric girl named Dulcie and so is encouraged to go on a wild road trip across America where their search for a special cure will lead them to the strangest places on the map. Simultaneous.
The disreputable history of Frankie Landau-Banks : a novel - E. Lockhart
Publisher: Hyperion
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 03/25/2008
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ISBN-10: 0786838183
Tells of the life and transformation of Frankie Landau-Banks who began her teenage years as a quiet member of the Debate Club and grew to become a sixteen-year-old criminal mastermind with an attitude to match.
Tender morsels - Margo Lanagan
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 10/14/2008
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ISBN-10: 0375848118
After giving up her earthly life to live in a magical place where she and her two daughters are protected from violence, the time has come for Liga to make an important decision when beings from the real world break down the borders of her peaceful refuge.
An abundance of Katherines - John Green
Publisher: Speak
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 10/16/2008
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ISBN-10: 0142410705
Always being dumped by girls named Katherine, Colin Singleton, a washed-up child prodigy with a Judge-Judy obsessed best friend, embarks on a quest to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which will impact all of his future relationships and change his life. An ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Reprint.
How I live now - Meg Rosoff
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 08/01/2004
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ISBN-10: 0385746776
Soon after fifteen year old Daisy arrives at her aunt's farm in England her aunt goes away on business, leaving Daisy with four cousins she's never met--the next day when London is attacked by an unnamed enemy, power fails, systems fail, the farm becomes more isolated with no adults in charge and no rules, and yet the cousins' uncanny bond grows into something extraordinary as time passes.
Airborn - Kenneth Oppel
Publisher: EOS
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 05/01/2004
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ISBN-10: 0060531819
Set in the early twentieth century in a world where the airplane hasn't been invented, a young boy takes to the skies aboard an airship where he plays an important role in fierce battles that are fought high in the sky.
Looking for Alaska - John Green
Publisher: Speak
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 08/14/2008
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ISBN-10: 014241221X
Sixteen-year-old Miles' first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash. An ALA Best book for Young Adults. Reissue.
Speak - Laurie Halse Anderson
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 10/22/1999
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ISBN-10: 0374371520
Melinda finds herself an outcast at her high school for calling the cops on an end of summer party, and, although she finds comfort in her art class, she still holds a terrible secret.
Jellicoe Road - Melina Marchetta
Publisher: HarperTeen
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 09/01/2008
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ISBN-10: 0061431834
Abandoned by her drug-addicted mother at the age of eleven, high school student Taylor Markham struggles with her identity and family history at a boarding school in Australia.
I am the messenger - Markus Zusak
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 02/08/2005
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ISBN-10: 0375830995
The dull and drab life of Ed, an underage cab driver with a coffee-addicted dog, takes an unexpected turn when he accidentally stops a bank robbery and finds himself being placed in charge of watching out for the entire town per a visit from the mysterious Ace.
A step from heaven - Na An
Publisher: Front Street
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 04/01/2001
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ISBN-10: 1886910588
Young Ju Park is unhappy with her journey to America as her family suffers with financial difficulties and hard times upon their arrival, yet when her father suddenly becomes violent, Young Ju is thankful when he leaves so that their family can start over and make their dream a reality.
The house of the scorpion - Nancy Farmer
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 09/01/2002
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ISBN-10: 0689852223
In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patrón, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States.
The astonishing life of Octavian Nothing, traitor to the nation : The Pox Party Vol. 1, The pox party - M. T. Anderson
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 01/22/2008
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ISBN-10: 0763636797
Various diaries, letters, and other manuscripts chronicle the experiences of Octavian, a young African-American, from birth to age sixteen, as he is brought up as part of a science experiment in the years leading up to and during the Revolutionary War. An ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Reprint.
Hard love - Ellen Wittlinger
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 06/01/1999
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ISBN-10: 0689821344
John and Marisol, two young 'zine writers, fall in love amid the bohemian life of Boston and, in the process, learn how exciting and difficult first love can be.
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