For 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.