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David Levithan wins 2016 Edwards Award for “The Realm of Possibility”, “Boy Meets Boy”, “Love is the Higher Law”, “How They Met, and Other Stories”, “Wide Awake”, and “Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist”
David Levithan has given a voice to teens who often feel marginalized. His work has allowed readers to experience life and love from many different perspectives. While his stories are written with high literary quality, they are accessible and engaging to everyone who reads them. He has been on the forefront of issues that are vital to teens; his writing shows teens the importance of inclusion and the acceptance of themselves and others just as they are. The six novels that are being cited are: “The Realm of Possibility”, “Boy Meets Boy”, “Love is the Higher Law”, “How They Met, and Other Stories”, “Wide Awake”, and “Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist,” co-written with Rachel Cohn, all published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. From a simple request in a club to the interpersonal ramifications of 9/11, from the first gay Jewish President to a society where acceptance is the norm, from short stories of love told in verse to short stories of love told in prose. David Levithan shows that love and acceptance are always worth standing up for even when the cost seems high
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda written by Becky Albertalli, published by Balzer & Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
On the brink of coming out, Simon's plans are derailed by a scheming classmate who learns about Simon's email exchanges with a mysterious boy that Simon may just be falling in love with.
Printz Award Winners
Excellence in Young Adult Literature
By Laura Ruby
Published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Told from alternating viewpoints, Bone Gap perfectly melds elements of fairy tales, myths, gothic romance, and magic realism into the story of Finn, who lives in a town with gaps in the very fabric of time and place.
2016 Honor Books
The Ghosts of Heaven
By Marcus Sedgwick
Published by Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group
Sedgwick connects four seemingly disparate stories, each of which feature a character haunted by the ever-present shape of a spiral. Spanning time, space, and genre, each story raises powerful questions about human nature.
Out of Darkness
By Ashley Hope Pérez
Published by Carolrhoda Lab™, an imprint of Carolrhoda Books, a division of Lerner publishing Group
In 1937 East Texas, Mexican American Naomi and African American Wash begin a bittersweet romance. Perez’s beautifully crafted novel is a moving portrayal of both powerful love and a period marked by oppressive, destructive racism.
Members of the 2016 Printz Award Committee are: Chair April J. Witteveen, Deschutes (Ore.) Public Library; Paige Battle, Grant High School, Portland, Ore.; Robert Bittner, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Franklin L. Escobedo, Coronado (Calif.) Public Library.; Dolly Goyal, San Mateo County (Calif.) Libraries; Derek J. Ivie, Suffolk (N.Y.) Cooperative Library System; Lalitha Nataraj, Escondido (Calif.) Public Library; Ann Pechacek, Worthington Libraries, Worthington Ohio; Brooke Alison Young, Salt Lake City Public Library; Administrative Assistant Melissa Smith, Forest Hills, N.Y.; and Sarah Hunter, Booklist Consultant, Chicago.