The Michael L. Printz Award is given by the American Library Association's Young Adult Library Services Association to honor the year's best book for young adults. The book may be non-fiction or fiction, from any genre. The Printz Award has been given every year since 2000, and is named in honor of Mike Printz, a high school librarian and active member of YALSA who passed away in 1996.
The 2011 Printz Award was given to Paolo Bacigalupi's Ship Breaker, a science fiction novel set in a grim and grimy future. Nailer and his crew live on the Gulf Coast, doing the dangerous work of scavenging recyclable parts from beached oil tankers, dreaming of striking it rich by finding a hidden pocket of scarce, expensive oil. Everything changes for Nailer when a storm brings in a new ship to scavenge--a wind-powered clipper from the prosperous north. The adventure that follows forces Nailer to reconsider everything he thinks he knows about loyalty, friendship, family, and the world beyond his beach.
Submitted by Mary Lou @ Washington Park