Printz Awardees

The Michael L. Printz Award annually honors the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit, each year. In addition, the Printz Committee names up to four honor books, which also represent the best writing in young adult literature. The awards announcement is made at the ALA Midwinter Meeting as part of the Youth Media Awards. The award's namesake was a school librarian in Topeka, Kansas, and a marketing consultant for Econo-Clad, as well an active member of YALSA. The Michael L. Printz Award was first awarded in 2000. The award is sponsored by Booklist, a publication of the American Library Association (ALA), and administered by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).
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This particular collection includes some notable winners of Printz Award and Honor Books from the year 2000 to 2012.

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Hole in My Life (2002)

Written by Jack Gantos

Becoming a writer the hard way.

In the summer of 1971, Jack Gantos was an aspiring writer looking for adventure, cash for college tuition, and a way out of a dead-end job. For ten thousand dollars, he recklessly agreed to help sail a sixty-foot yacht loaded with a ton of hashish from the Virgin Islands to New York City, where he and his partners sold the drug until federal agents caught up with them. For his part in the conspiracy, Gantos was sentenced to serve up to six years in prison.

In Hole in My Life, this prize-winning author of over thirty books for young people confronts the period of struggle and confinement that marked the end of his own youth. On the surface, the narrative tumbles from one crazed moment to the next as Gantos pieces together the story of his restless final year of high school, his short-lived career as a criminal, and his time in prison. But running just beneath the action is the story of how Gantos—once he was locked up in a small, yellow-walled cell—moved from wanting to be a writer to writing, and how dedicating himself more fully to the thing he most wanted to do helped him endure and ultimately overcome the worst experience of his life.

Hole in My Life is a 2003 Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year and a 2003 Michael L. Printz Honor book. This book is recommended for young adults ages 14 and up. (Copyright © Farrar, Straus and Giroux/Macmillan. All rights reserved.)

Source:  Macmillan Publishers.

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