The Michael L. Printz Awards
For the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit
The Michael L. Printz is awarded to books that exemplify literary excellence in young adult literature. Named for a Topeka, Kansas school librarian who was active in the Young Adult Library Service Association (YALSA), the award was first given in 2000 for books published in 1999. As with the Newbery and Caldecott medals, there are winners and honor books.