Looking for Alaska named 2006 Printz Award Winner

Looking for Alaska by John Green introduces you to 16-year-old Miles “Pudge” Halter who heads off to seek his Great Perhaps at an Alabama boarding school, where new-found freedom, guilty pleasures and an enigmatic girl named Alaska hurl him into life.

Honor books include Black Juice by Margo Lanagan, I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak, John Lennon: All I Want is the Truth by Elizabeth Partridge, and A Wreath for Emmett Till by Marilyn Nelson.


What a wonderful choice. Green is a terrific author, which is why I wrote, '...Green, a familiar presence on National Public Radio, has a writer's voice, so self-assured and honest that one is startled to learn that this novel is his first." when I reviewed it last year for VOYA. Congratulations to Mr. Green.

All year long I felt Looking for Alaska had to be the top choice for Printz. I'm thrilled the Printz committee agreed!

Good choice.

Librarian Edith
Edith, courtesy of Amber

Great choice, yes.. now if I could only understand what the Newberry Committee was thinking.

This is engaging and well written. The characters are well crafted and appealing. Unfortunately, the author reveals his immaturity with a predictably dramatic ending.