The 2014 Michael L Printz Award (for a book the exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature) winner and honors are:
Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick
Seven stories of passion and love separated by centuries but mysteriously intertwined in this tale of horror and beauty, tenderness and sacrifice. An archaeologist who unearths a mysterious artifact, an airman who finds himself far from home, a painter, a ghost, a vampire, and a Viking. What binds these stories together? What secrets lurk beneath the surface of this idyllic countryside? And what might be powerful enough to break the cycle of midwinterblood?
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
“Bono met his wife in high school,” Park says. “So did Jerry Lee Lewis,” Eleanor answers. “I’m not kidding,” he says. “You should be,” she say, “we’re 16.”
Set over the course of one school year in 1986 this is the story of two star-crossed misfits–smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.
Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal
On the eve of Princess Sophia’s wedding, the Scandinavian city of Skyggehavn prepares to fete the occasion with a sumptuous display of riches. Yet beneath the veneer of celebration, a shiver of darkness creeps through the palace halls. When a single errant prick of a needle sets off a series of events that will alter the course of history, the fates of seamstress Ava Bingen and mute nursemaid Midi Sorte become irrevocably intertwined with that of mad Queen Isabel. As they navigate a tangled web, Ava and Midi must carve out their own survival any way they can.
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner, illustrated by Julian Crouch
Set in a ruthless regime, an unlikely teenager risks all to expose the truth about a heralded moon landing.
Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool
An adventure of two boys’ incredible quest on the Appalachian Trail where they deal with pirates, buried secrets, and extraordinary encounters. At the end of World War II, Jack Baker is uprooted and placed in a boy’s boarding school where, he encounters Early Auden. Early won’t believe what everyone accepts to be the truth about the Great Appalachian Bear, Timber Rattlesnakes, and the legendary school hero known as The Fish, who never returned from the war. When the boys find themselves alone at school, they embark on a quest on the Appalachian Trail.