No doubt the next 50 years of YA books will be partly shaped by the Michael L. Printz Awards, administered by ALA’s Young
Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and sponsored by
Booklist. This year, the top prize goes to John Lewis, Andrew
Aydin, and Nate Powell’s March: Book Three, while Honor Book
status goes to Louise O’Neill’s Asking for It, Julie Berry’s The
Passion of Dolssa, Neal Shusterman’s Scythe, and Nicola Yoon’s
The Sun Is Also a Star. More teen readers will be finding these
three outstanding novels; here’s how to extend their reading with
March: Book Three, by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell (Top Shelf)
This stirring, nuanced graphic memoir of
Lewis’ experiences during the civil rights
movement cogently recounts this pivotal,
galvanizing moment in history in a stunning
cinematic art style.
• Black Panther, v.1: A Nation under Our Feet. By Ta-Nehisi
Coates. Illus. by Brian Stelfreeze. 2016. Marvel, $16.99
(9781302900533). Gr. 10–12.
Coates infuses his update of this classic Marvel superhero
with a strong sense of political philosophy, which echoes contemporary concerns about racial justice that are the continuation
of the fight at the heart of March, Book Three. Though solidly
in the realm of superhero-adventure story, this has real-world
• In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four
Presidents, and Five Black Lives. By Kenneth C. Davis. 2016.
Holt, $17.99 (9781627793117). Gr. 7–10.
The inequality Lewis and his compatriots fought against during
the civil rights movement took root early in America, and Davis’
trenchant, illuminating account of four slaveholding U.S. presi-
dents pulls back the curtain on how deeply racism is embedded
in American culture and the reverberating effects still felt today.
• Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965
Selma Voting Rights March. By Lynda Blackmon Lowery and others. Illus. by PJ Loughran. 2015. Dial, $19.99 (9780803741232).
Though Lowery describes some of the same events covered
in March, Book Three, her experience as a teenager in the civil
rights movement will be particularly inspiring for teen readers,
who might be spurred on by reading about someone their own
age participating in civil action.
Asking for It, by Louise O’Neill (Quercus)
After disturbing photos of beautiful, popular Emma being drugged and raped are
posted online, she presses charges, but
she’s the one who becomes the object of
scorn and vitriol.
• All the Rage. By Courtney Summers. 2015. St. Martin’s/Griffin,
$18.99 (9781250021915). Gr. 10–12.
Like Emma, Summers’ protagonist, Romy, becomes a pariah
in her small town after she accuses a classmate of rape. But
Summers homes in on Romy’s simmering anger at both her
own treatment and rape culture in general, which comes to a
head when her rapist attacks another girl.
• Exit, Pursued by a Bear. By E. K. Johnston. 2016. Dutton,
$17.99 (9781101994580). Gr. 9–12.
Johnston’s loose retelling of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale
THE 2017 PRINTZ WINNERS
BY SARAH HUNTER