YA Wednesday: 2017 Printz Award Books

MarchBook3_200For 2017, there were four honor books chosen for the Michael L. Printz award along with the winner.  After last year's sparse selection of two, I thought it was really nice to see more YA authors honored for a year that I personally thought produced so many strong young adult titles.

The winning title, March: Book Three, was not a huge surprise.   This is definitely John Lewis' year and Book Three is the culmination of a unique and important trilogy during a pivotal moment in our nation's history. Besides the Printz award, March: Book Three also won the Coretta Scott King Award for text, and the 2016 National Book Award for Young People's Literature. I think it's fair to say that the March trilogy puts the civil rights movement into a context that will touch readers much like Marjane Satrapi's Persopolis and Art Spiegelman's Maus.

 

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We chose this as our Amazon Editors' Best Young Adult book of 2016.  Nicola Yoon's bright and perceptive novel is about falling in love and how every moment in our lives counts in ways we may not even know or imagine.  It's magic.
 

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 Scythe by Neal Shusterman
 
The first book in a new dystopian series about a world that has seemingly conquered the plights of humanity and death is meted out at the discretion of a chosen few.  But if things seem too good to be true, they usually are...  We loved this one and can't wait for the next book.
 

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A well-researched novel that gives historical fiction the heightened suspense and excitement of a thriller.  The Passion of Dolssa is a gripping story set in medieval France about a young woman on the run for her life after being branded a heretic.
 

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 Asking For It by Louise O'Neill
 
A party that leads to rape and the victim shaming that follows after photos posted on social media begin to go viral.  You'll be astonished by some of the actions and reactions, but maybe not as much as you would expect to.  If ever there's a book teens and their parents will both want to read, it's this one.
 

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