Michael L. Printz Award for
in Young Adult Literature
Bovine by Libba Bray YA BRA
All 16-year-old Cameron wants is to get through high school—and life in
general—with a minimum of effort. It’s not a lot to ask. But that’s before he’s
given some bad news: he’s sick and he’s going to die. Which totally sucks. Hope
arrives in the winged form of Dulcie, a loopy punk angel/possible hallucination
with a bad sugar habit. She tells Cam there is a cure—if he’s willing to go in
search of it. With the help of a death-obsessed, video-gaming dwarf and a yard
gnome, Cam sets off on the mother of all road trips through a twisted America
into the heart of what matters most.
2010 Honor Books
and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman YA
921 DARWIN, C.
Charles Darwin published The
Origin of Species, his revolutionary tract on evolution and the
fundamental ideas involved, in 1859. Nearly 150 years later, the theory of
evolution continues to create tension between the scientific and religious
communities. Challenges about teaching the theory of evolution in
schools occur annually all over the country. This same debate raged within
Darwin himself, and played an important part in his marriage: his
wife, Emma, was quite religious, and her faith gave Charles a lot to think
about as he worked on a theory that continues to spark intense debates.
Deborah Heiligman's new biography of Charles Darwin is a thought-provoking
account of the man behind evolutionary theory: how his personal life
affected his work and vice versa. The end result is an engaging exploration
of history, science, and religion for young readers.
Monstrumologist, by Rick Yancey
These are the secrets I have kept. This is the trust I never betrayed.
But he is dead now and has been for more than forty years, the one who gave me
his trust, the one for whom I kept these secrets.
The one who saved me...and the one who cursed me.
So begins the journal of Will Henry, orphaned assistant to Dr. Pellinore War
throp, a man with a most unusual specialty: monstrumology, the study of
monsters. In his time with the doctor, Will has met many a mysterious late-night
visitor, and seen things he never imagined were real. But when a grave robber
comes calling in the middle of the night with a gruesome find, he brings with
him their most deadly case yet.
by Adam Rapp
For a runaway boy who goes by the name "Punkzilla," kicking a meth habit and a
life of petty crime in Portland, Oregon, is a prelude to a mission: reconnecting
with his older brother, a gay man dying of cancer in Memphis. Against a backdrop
of seedy motels, dicey bus stations, and hitched rides, the desperate
fourteen-year-old meets a colorful, sometimes dangerous cast of characters. And
in letters to his sibling, he catalogs them all — from an abusive stranger and a
ghostly girl to a kind transsexual and an old woman with an oozing eye. The
language is raw and revealing, crackling with visceral details and dark humor,
yet with each interstate exit Punkzilla’s journey grows more urgent: will he
make it to Tennessee in time? This daring novel offers a narrative worthy of
Kerouac and a keen insight into the power of chance encounters.
of the Madman Underground: An Historical Romance, 1973, by John
Wednesday, September 5, 1973: The first day of Karl Shoemaker’s senior year in
stifling Lightsburg, Ohio. For years, Karl’s been part of what he calls “the
Madman Underground”—a group of kids forced (for no apparent reason) to attend
group therapy during school hours. Karl has decided that senior year is going to
be different. He is going to get out of the Madman Underground for good. He is
going to act—and be—Normal. But Normal, of course, is relative. Karl has five
after-school jobs, one dead father, one seriously unhinged drunk mother . . .
and a huge attitude. Welcome to a gritty, uncensored rollercoaster ride,
narrated by the singular Karl Shoemaker.