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Books & Writing

"The greatest gift is a passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination." ~ Elizabeth Hardwick

GoodReads - Goodreads is the largest social network for readers in the world. More than 4,100,000 members have added more than 110,000,000 books to their shelves. A place for casual readers and bona-fide bookworms alike, Goodreads members recommend books, compare what they are reading, keep track of what they've read and would like to read, form book clubs and much more. Goodreads was launched in December 2006.

Award Book Lists

The Alex Award
The Alex Awards, are funded by the Margaret Alexander; Edwards Trust, which are announced annually in conjunction with National; Library Week, honor the top 10 adult books for teenagers published during a calendar year.
The John Newbery Award
The Newbery Medal was named for 18th Century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the American Library Association - Association for Library Service to Children, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American Literature for children.
The Michael L. Printz Award
The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. It is named for a Topeka, Kansas school librarian who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association of the American Library Association.

Other Booklists

Book Spot
Books written with young adults in mind confront issues that are of great importance to teens and their families.
California Reading List
California Department of Education – recommended reading list for students based on the their score on the California English-Language Arts Standards Test.  A specific list has been designated as appropriate for him or her in terms of reading difficulty and interest level.
Reading Rants
Out of the ordinary teen booklists!
Recommended reading for teens in light of recent disasters
A reading list of books about overcoming disaster and stories of survival for teen developed by The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).
Teen Book Club
Sign up by entering your email address and receive weekly excerpts of books to read and more!
TeenInk.com
Magazine, blogs, book series and website written entirely by teens.
The Young Adult Library Services Association
YALSA booklist & book awards.
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