Fall 2007 - YALSA - American Library Association

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Fall 2007 - YALSA - American Library Association

A View from the Top

Complete List of Printz

Award and Printz

Honor Winners

2000

Winner—Walter Dean Myers for

Monster

Honor—David Almond for Skellig

Honor—Laurie Halse Anderson for

Speak

Honor—Ellen Wittlinger for Hard Love

2001

Winner—David Almond for Kit’s

Wilderness

Honor—Louise Rennison for Angus,

Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging

Honor—Carolyn Coman for Many

Stones

Honor—Terry Trueman for Stuck in

Neutral

Honor—Carol Plum-Ucci for The Body

of Christopher Creed

2002

Winner—An Na for A Step from Heaven

Honor—Chris Lynch for Freewill

Honor—Virginia Euwer Wolff for True

Believer

Honor—Jan Greenberg Abrams for

Heart to Heart: New Poems Inspired by

Twentieth-Century American Art

Honor—Peter Dickinson for The

Ropemaker

2003

Winner—Aidan Chambers for Postcards

from No Man’s Land

Honor—Nancy Farmer for The House of

the Scorpion

Honor—Garret Freymann-Weyr for My

Heartbeat

Honor—Jack Gantos for Hole in My Life

2004

Winner—Angela Johnson for The First

Part Last

Honor—Jennifer Donnelly for A

Northern Light

Honor—Helen Frost for Keesha’s House

Honor—K. L. Going for Fat Kid Rules

the World

Honor—Carolyn Mackler for The Earth,

My Butt, and Other Round Things

2005

Winner—Meg Rosoff for how i live now

Honor—Kenneth Oppel for Airborn

Honor—Allan Stratton for Chanda’s

Secrets

Honor—Gary D. Schmidt for Lizzie

Bright and the Buckminster Boy

2006

Winner—John Green for Looking for

Alaska

Honor—Margo Lanagan for Black Juice

Honor—Markus Zusak for I Am the

Messenger

Honor—Elizabeth Partridge for John

Lennon: All I Want Is the Truth, A

Photographic Biography

Honor—Marilyn Nelson for A Wreath

for Emmett Till

2007

Winner—Gene Luen Yang for American

Born Chinese

Honor—M. T. Anderson for The

Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing,

Traitor to the Nation, Volume 1:

The Pox Party

Honor—John Green for An Abundance

of Katherines

Honor—Sonya Hartnett for Surrender

Honor—Markus Zusak for The Book

Thief

YALSA: Do you think young adult

literature has changed over the years?

If so, how?

John Green: In the last ten years, it’s

become possible to write and publish

books for teenagers, which wasn’t

really possible before the advent of the

Printz Award. There were great books

for teens published earlier, but there

wasn’t the systematic support for teen

literature that exists now at publishing

houses, public and school libraries,

and bookstores.

Laurie Halse Anderson: The biggest

change is that there’s more of it! I

don’t read lots of YA literature because

I’m writing it, and I don’t want

other authors’ voices in my head. I

can see that the field has broadened

dramatically, though—there are many

popular subgenres, like horror, beachy

books, and literary fiction—which to

me is a sign of a very healthy field of

literature.

Lois Lowry: It’s hard for me to answer,

because I’m not really so much a

YA author. Most of my books are

for younger kids. The answer has to

be yes, but I’d be more interested to

hear what librarians think, because

they’re the ones reading YA literature,

whereas I’m the one reading about it

40 YALS | Young Adult Library Services | Fall 2007

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