2013 Printz & Newbery Awards: Last Minute Predictions & Winners

Posted 01/27/2013 by alicemarvels in Awards
Tomorrow morning, January 28th, at 8AM PST/11AM EST, you can tune in to the most important awards in the YA/kidlit world, the ALA Youth Media Awards. It’s like the Oscars in our bookish world, without the fancy dresses. (And normally the authors just get a phone call, they don’t dress up in extravagant dresses and give grandstanding speeches.) BUT IT’S STILL FANCY AND EXCITING. Authors, I hope you’re practicing your graceful award moves.


It’s time to make our last minute picks for Printz and Newbery winners! While we are by no means experts, and certainly have no business making any other Youth Media Awards predictions (Caldecott, Pura Belpre, Coretta Scott King, etc.), we definitely have our personal favorites for tomorrow’s Printz and Newbery awards announcements. Perhaps it’s wishful thinking, but if we post them, maybe they will win.



Most Likely to Succeed

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

The touching friendship between two British women fighting the Nazis in WWII, the riveting voice and deft plot twists and the gut-wrenching devastation that only truly brilliant writing can deliver all add up to PRINTZ in our minds.

Dark Horse Pick

Every Day by David Levithan is one of the most thought-provoking reads of the year. It forces the reader to question the power and enormity of love, and what it means to be human, in spite of all of the constructs we’ve been born into. It’s hard to imagine it taking down Queenie and her “kiss me quick!” but if somehow a miracle did happen, we wouldn’t be devastated.

Every Day by David Levithan


We’d be happy if (in addition to the above two books), any of these were selected for Printz Honors.

 Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick



Most Likely to Succeed

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

This book has touched so many people and provoked so many wonderful conversations in schools and homes about acceptance and kindness and remembering our humanity that it seems to be a lock for the top award. There will be ecstatic squeals of agreement from us if Wonder surprises no one by winning the Newbery Medal.

Dark Horse Pick

See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles

This heart-wrenching, beautiful, unforgettable coming of age story may not be able to best the Goliath that is “The Wonder of Wonder,” but certainly deserving of the top honor, and we’d be thrilled to see it win.


Newbery Honors

In addition to the above titles, we’d love to see these in the list of Newbery Honors.

Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead


UPDATE: The winners have been announced!

PRINTZ Winners

Printz Award

In Darkness by Nick Lake

Printz Honor books

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Dodger by Terry Pratchett

The White Bicycle by Beverley Brenna


Newbery Medal

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Newbery Honor books

Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz

Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal – the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage


To see the full list of awards and winners, head over to ALA’s site.




    Great choices, but I would add Mighty Miss Malone to Newbery list.


      I haven’t read this, but I hear such amazing things! I would love to see it get some recognition this morning!


    SO MANY GOOD BOOKS!! I still haven’t read CODE NAME VERITY, despite all the amazing reviews…I really need to get on that.


      Oh it’s such a good book! I wish I could go back and read it again with fresh eyes. Hope you enjoy it!

    Gina W.

    I hope Code Name Verity wins!!!


    Ooooo thanks so much for letting me know about the announcement tomorrow, I’m so out of the loop in these types of things:( Fail. I still need to read Code Name Verity, but I LOVED The Raven Boys, and wouldn’t mind seeing that one come out a winner:) Can’t wait to see if you guys are right!


      Post announcements, I’m sad that Raven Boys didn’t get any award love, but I’m so thrilled that Code Name Verity scored a Printz Honor. Hope you have a chance to read it, it’s such a fantastic book!


    I’m far more interested in Printz than Newbery and I DO hope you’re right about Code Name Verity, I loved that book so much. Your honors are all great choices too. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for Seraphina, although I’m a bit upset with Hartman because the release date for Dracomachia keeps getting pushed. It’s now April 2014. *depressed*


      So glad you loved Code Name Verity too! Seraphina didn’t get Printz glory but did score the William C. Morris award, so I’m a happy camper. I did not know Dracomachia was postponed, though! *shakes fist*


    Code Name Verity FTW! So glad it got a Printz honor. And In Darkness too. That is an amazing book. Your predictions weren’t far off. 🙂


    I was so excited when Code Name Verity won! My friend bought me In Darkness awhile ago, but I just hadn’t read it. Now I feel really bad for not picking it up sooner.

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