The Michael L. Printz Award honors the best book written for Teens, based on its literary merit, each year since 2000. (The Printz Committee also names up to four honor books.) Michael L. Printz was a school librarian in Topeka, Kansas and was an active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).
The 2019 Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature goes to.... (drum roll) The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo! To sum up: Xiomara feels unheard and on display in her Harlem neighborhood. But there's much that she wants to say, so she pours all of her frustrations onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting her own prose as if it were prayers. With Mami's determination that her daughter should obey the laws of the church, Xiomara realizes that her thoughts really are best kept to herself. When she has a chance to join her school's slam poetry club Xiomara doesn't know how it would be possible without Mami ever finding out. But she just can't stop thinking about performing her poems...
Since this year's winner and all three honors currently have a waitlist, check out previous years' winners that are available from the library NOW: 2018 winner We Are Okay by Nina LaCour, 2017 March. Book Three by John Lewis (this one's a graphic novel), 2016 Bone Gap by Laura Ruby, and 2015 I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson.
For a complete list of Printz Award winners, go here.