Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature

2012: Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

This is an exhaustive list of all the winners of the Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature since its inception in 2000.  These awards are given by the American Library Association each January as part of their Youth Media Awards. The award recognizes literary excellence in YA Literature, both fiction and nonfiction. For more information on this award, visit



  • Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Nothing by Jane Teller
  • Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
  • Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick
  • Stolen by Lucy Christopher


  • Going Bovine by Libba Bray
  • Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman
  • The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
  • Punkzilla by Adam Rapp
  • Tales of the Madman Underground: An Historical Romance, 1973 by John Barnes


  • Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
  • The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol. 2: The Kingdom on the Waves by M. T. Anderson
  • The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
  • Nation by Terry Pratchett
  • Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan


  • The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean
  • Dreamquake: Book Two of the Dreamhunter Duet by Elizabeth Knox
  • One Whole and Perfect Day by Judith Clarke
  • Repossessed by A.M. Jenkins
  • Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath by Stephanie Hemphill


  • American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
  • The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation; v. 1: The Pox Party by M.T. Anderson
  • An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
  • Surrender by Sonya Hartnett
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak


  • Looking for Alaska by John Green
  • Black Juice by Margo Lanagan
  • I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
  • John Lennon: All I Want Is the Truth, a Photographic Biography by Elizabeth Partridge
  • A Wreath for Emmett Till by Marilyn Nelson


  • how i live now by Meg Rosoff
  • Airborn by Kenneth Oppel
  • Chanda’s Secrets by Allan Stratton
  • Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt


  • The First Part Last by Angela Johnson
  • The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler
  • Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going
  • Keesha’s House by Helen Frost
  • A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly


  • Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos
  • The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
  • My Heartbeat by Garret Freymann-Weyr
  • Postcards from No Man’s Land by Aidan Chambers


  • A Step From Heaven by An Na
  • Freewill by Chris Lynch
  • Heart to Heart: New Poems Inspired by Twentieth-Century American Art by Jan Greenberg Abrams
  • The Ropemaker by Peter Dickinson
  • True Believer by Virginia Euwer Wolff


  • Kit’s Wilderness by David Almond
  • Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison
  • The Body of Christopher Creed by Carol Plum-Ucci
  • Many Stones by Carolyn Coman
  • Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman


  • Monster by Walter Dean Myers
  • Hard Love by Ellen Wittlinger
  • Skellig by David Almond
  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson


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2 thoughts on “Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature”

    1. Sorry, I don’t have any physical copies of Where Things Come Back right now. I am going to start reading it, though; we have it in our Kindle library if you would like a digital copy for your own reading.

      I’d love to know if anyone in the district has already read it what they think of it.

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