Award Winners

Come down to the School Library to see our display of recent “Award Winners.”

The Printz Award and the Alex Awards are significant honours to consider when adding title to a secondary school library collection. The Printz Award is given for excellence in young adult literature, while the Alex Awards are given to books written for adults but that have special appeal to young adults and teens.

The Printz Award is “for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.” (ALA) The 2021 Printz Award was given to Everything Sad Is Untrue (a true story) by Daniel Nayeri. In this autobiographical novel, middle-schooler Daniel, formerly Khosrou, tells his unimpressed and at times cruel classmates about his experience as an Iranian refugee.



Printz Honors were awarded to Apple (Skin to the Core) by Eric Gansworth; Dragon Hoops created by Gene Luen Yang; Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh; and We Are Not Free by Traci Chee.

The Alex Awards “are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18.” (ALA) This year the Alex Awards were presented to the following titles:

· Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

· The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

· The Impossible First by Colin O’Brady

· Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio by Derf Backderf

· The Kids Are Gonna Ask by Gretchen Anthony

· The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

· Plain Bad Heroines by emily m. danforth

· Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi

· Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh

· We Ride Upon Sticks: A Novel by Quan Barry


Find out more about all the other books and authors that were honoured with these very prestigious awards in the world of youth and children’s literature: ALA Youth Media Awards.

Printz and Alex Awards

ghostsIf you haven’t already done so, you may want to check out some of these titles that were honoured with 2016 ALA Youth Media Awards:

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:

  • Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Printz Honor Books:

  • Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez
  • The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick

Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences:

  • All Involved by Ryan Gattis
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Bones & All by Camille DeAngelis
  • Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits by David Wong
  • Girl at War by Sara Nović
  • Half the World by Joe Abercrombie
  • Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton
  • Sacred Heart by Liz Suburbia
  • Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League by Dan-el Padilla Peralta
  • The Unraveling of Mercy Louis by Keija Parssinen

See the full list of all the 2016 ALA Youth Media Award Winners

We have some of these books already and many more will be arriving on our shelves very soon!

(Source: American Library Association)