Michael L. Printz Award for
in Young Adult Literature
Looking for Alaska
by John Green YA GRE
Miles "Pudge" Halter is abandoning his safe-okay, boring-life. Fascinated by the
last words of famous people, Pudge leaves for boarding school to seek what a
dying Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps."
Pudge becomes encircled by friends whose lives are everything but safe and
boring. Their nucleus is razor-sharp, sexy, and self-destructive Alaska, who has
perfected the arts of pranking and evading school rules. Pudge falls impossibly
in love. When tragedy strikes the close-knit group, it is only in coming
face-to-face with death that Pudge discovers the value of living and loving
by Margo Lanagan
As part of a public execution, a young boy
forlornly helps to sing his sister
down. . . . A servant learns about grace and loyalty from a mistress who would
rather dance with Gypsies than sit on her throne. . . . A terrifying encounter
with a demonic angel gives a young man the strength he needs to break free of
his oppressor. . . . On a bleak and dreary afternoon a gleeful shooting spree
leads to tragedy for a desperate clown unable to escape his fate.
In each of Margo Lanagan's ten extraordinary stories, human frailty is put to
the test by the implacable forces of dark and light, man and beast. black juice
offers glimpses into familiar, shadowy worlds that push the boundaries of the
spirit and leave the mind haunted with the knowledge that black juice runs
through us all.
I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
Ed is a 19-year-old loser only marginally connected to the world; he's the
son that not even his mother loves.
his life begins to change after he acts heroically during a robbery. Perhaps
it's the notoriety he receives that leads to his receiving playing cards in the
mail. Ed instinctively understands that the scrawled words on the aces are clues
to be followed, which lead him to people he will help (including some he'll have
to hurt first). But as much as he changes those who come into his life, he
changes himself more. Two particular elements will keep readers enthralled: the
panoply of characters who stream in and out of the story, and the mystery of the
person sending Ed on the life-altering missions.
John Lennon: All I Want Is the Truth, a Photographic Biography
Partridge YA 921 Lennon
Award-winning biographer Elizabeth Partridge dives into Lennonís life
from the night he was born in 1940 during a World War II air raid on Liverpool,
deftly taking us through his turbulent childhood and his rebellious rockíníroll
teens to his celebrated life writing, recording, and performing music with the
Beatles. She sheds light on the years after the Beatles, with Yoko Ono, as he
struggled to make sense of his own artistic lifeóone that had turned from
youthful angst to suffocating fame in almost a split second.
Partridge chronicles the emotional highs and paralyzing lows Lennon transformed
into brilliant, evocative songs. With striking black-andwhite photographs
spanning his entire life, John Lennon: All I Want Is the Truth is the
unforgettable story of one of rockís biggest legends.
A Wreath for Emmett Till
by Marilyn Nelson j 811 NEL
In 1955, people all over the United States knew that Emmett Louis Till was a
boy lynched for supposedly whistling at a white woman in Mississippi. The
brutality of his murder, the open-casket funeral, and the acquittal of the men
tried for the crime drew wide media attention. Award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson
reminds us of the boy whose fate helped spark the civil rights movement. This
martyr's wreath, woven from a little-known but sophisticated form of poetry,
challenges us to speak out against modern-day injustices, to "speak what we