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‘All My Rage’ wins 2023 Printz Award

NEW ORLEANS — “All My Rage” written by Sabaa Tahir and published by Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, a division of Penguin Random House, has won the 2023 Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature. The award was announced today by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), during the ALA’s LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience held Jan. 27-30, in New Orleans.

“Tahir deftly tackles Islamophobia, addiction, and abuse in this story of seniors who are struggling in a world that does not seem to want them,” said Printz Committee Chair Valerie Davis.

Four Printz Honor Books also were named.

“Scout’s Honor” written by Lily Anderson and published by Henry Holt and Company, an imprint of MacMillan Publishing Group.

The Ladybird Scouts are knitting-needle-wielding-huntresses of beasts who feed on human emotions. After a traumatic event, Prue quits the scouts, but is tasked with training a new crop of junior scouts when a monster starts terrorizing the area. Prue agrees, if only to acquire The Tea of Forgetting.

“Icebreaker” written by A.L. Graziadei and published by Henry Holt and Company, an imprint of MacMillan Publishing Group.

Mickey knows exactly who he’s supposed to be: hockey star, #1 draft pick, 100% straight in a homophobic sport. With five overachieving older sisters and larger than life parents, Mickey hides his anxiety, depression, and bisexuality, as he struggles to manage his mental health find his place in world and with his mental health.

“When the Angels Left the Old Country” written by Sacha Lamb and published by Arthur A. Levine, an imprint of Levine Querido.

From Warsaw to America, an angel, a demon and a rejected teenager figure out who they are, their place in the world, and how to care for the people they love. Brilliantly queer, with authentic Jewish representation, this book validates the truth and horror of the immigrant experience before, during and after Ellis Island.

“Queer Ducks (and Other Animals): The Natural World of Animal Sexuality” written by Eliot Schrefer and published by Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

Penguins are queer. So are dolphins, bonobos, fish, birds, and even deer. Queer Ducks sets the record straight–or queer, by highlighting the wonders of same-sex animal behavior to prove that queerness is not, and has never been, “unnatural” — and is instead the most common thing under the sun.

The award, first given in 2000, is named for the late Michael L. Printz, a Topeka, Kansas school librarian known for discovering and promoting quality books for young adults. The award is administered annually by YALSA and is sponsored by Booklist magazine.

Members of the 2023 Printz Award Committee are: Chair Valerie Davis, Campbell County Public Library, Newport, Kentucky; Ariel Birdoff, Mosaic Preparatory Academy, New York City; L. Butler, The Key School, Washington, D.C.; Kim Dare, Herndon High School, Virginia; Amanda Kordeliski, Norman Public Schools, Oklahoma; Kaitlin Malixi, New England Innovation Academy in Marlborough, Massachusetts; Emily Mills, Cromwell Belden Public Library, Cromwell, Connecticut; and Kali Olson, The Blake School, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The mission of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is networking, advocacy, and professional development. The Young Adult Library Services Association empowers all those involved in the profession to provide equitable, diverse, and inclusive teen services. For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources drive to

For more information on the Michael L. Printz Award and other ALA Youth Media Awards, please visit


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