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article published feb 7, 2006
teen literature awards helpful for selecting
recently, the american library association announced the recipients of all its 2006 award winners, including the michael l. printz award for excellence in young adult literature. this award is the most distinguished in teen literature and is administered each year by the young adult library services association, the fastest growing division of ala. yalsa has two other teen awards: the margaret edwards award for lifetime contribution to young adult literature, and the alex awards, for adult books with teen appeal.

these awards are great because they promote teen reading, and what parent out there wouldn't want their teen to spend more time reading? these awards are also important because there are so many reading choices out there today for teens that they and their parents can easily become overwhelmed by the wide selection. by offering awards for excellence in young adult literature, yalsa has given teens and parents a means of knowing what has been recognized as the best of the best.

i'd like to invite area teens and their parents to stop by the coshocton public library anytime to take a look at the latest award winners, including "looking for alaska" by john green, this year's winner of the printz award. with so many books at the library, there is bound to be something for everyone.

to learn more about these awards and other recommended books, go to . to learn more about what's going on for teens at the coshocton public library and the west lafayette branch, go to .

cathy haynes
pr/reference services coordinator
coshocton public library

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