The 2014 Michael L. Printz Award Books are Named!
The Michael L. Printz Award honors the best young adult literature based on literary merit. The titles are selected by professionals in the library field searching for literary excellence in young adult writing. There is one winner and up to four honor book selected representing the preceding year.
And the 2014 Winner Is...
Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick
This novel is separated into seven different but interlocking stories set on the same island in Scandinavia, starting from July 2073 and working its way back to the time of the Vikings. The stories are woven together beautifully, creating a thought provoking and haunting book which revolves around the island's mysterious plant, the dragon orchid.
The 2014 Honorable Mentions
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Set in 1986, Eleanor and Park began as unlikely friends. Both misfits in some way, they end up bonding over comics and music while riding the bus to school. Their friendship turns into something much more than the two of them could have ever imagined. I love this book and Rowell's writing! This is an authentic and moving story that will be a classic for years to come.
The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal
The story is told from the main protagonists' point of view: Ava, the royal seamstress, and Midi, the nursemaid. While the kingdom of Skyggehavn is preparing for Princess Sophia's wedding, evil in the form of a mysterious illness begins to threaten the lives of the royal family. Ava and Midi must be resourceful and clever in order to survive the dangerous palace life where chaos and deception thrives. (Please note that this book contains sexual content and references to rape).
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
Fifteen-year old Standish is barely surviving a bleak world dominated by a totalitarian government similar to World War II Germany. He is forced to live with others deemed "impure" due to his so-called disability of having differently colored eyes. Standish and his friend Hector decide to defy the government and explore forbidden territory, only to find an incredible secret that the government is keeping from the world in order to maintain control. Standish must decide whether to walk away or fight.
Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool
Kansas native, Jack Baker, must move on with his life after the sudden death of his mother. He is sent to a military boarding school in Maine where he meets an usual but intelligent boy, Early Auden. The two become friends and find themselves unexpectedly alone at school. They take the opportunity and embark on an adventure through the Appalachian Trail searching for the legendary great black bear.
Jacqui is an aide for Atherton Library. Out of the five books, she is most excited to read The Kingdom of Little Wounds.