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List of KCPL teen programs system-wide for the month.

All types of fiction for those who want to imagine different realities--and nonfiction for those who are trying to understand ours! For readers of high school age and up. Monthly.

Too young to drive, but too old for kid stuff? These books (mostly fiction, with some nonfiction) are just right for the middle school set. Monthly.

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In Our Collection

Michael L. Printz Award (YA)

The Printz Award for Young Adult Literature is named after Michael L. Printz, who was a school librarian in Topeka, Kansas and a longtime member of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). It is awarded to work that shows great Young Adult Literary Excellence.

National Book Award for Young People

One of the categories of the National Book Awards -- the nation's preeminent literary prize -- given by the National Book Foundation to recognize books of exceptional merit written by Americans.

Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award

The purpose of the Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award is to promote reading of quality books by young people in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, to promote teacher and librarian involvement in children's literature, and to honor authors whose work has been recognized by the children of Pennsylvania.

Pura Belpré Medal

The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.

Senior Young Reader's Choice Award

The Pacific Northwest Library Association's Young Reader's Choice Award was established in 1940 to promote reading for enjoyment. Children and young adults of Alberta, Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington select the winners from nominees submitted by librarians, teachers, students and others. Books must be published within the previous 3 years to be eligible.

Virginia Young Readers Award

The Virginia State Reading Association established the Young Readers Program in 1981-1982 with the Purpose:

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Recommended Websites

Midnet Teen Page

Midnet Teen Page Links are provided to sites like Teen Genreflecting, ALA's Teen Hoopla book reviews, Graphic Novel Title lists, Favorite Teen Angst books and many more.

No Flying, No Tights

No Flying, No Tights reviews graphic novels for teens.


Teenreads combines the best of pop culture books with new young adult titles and the best adult titles suited for teens. The site can be searched by genre, author or feature.

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Related Resources

KCPL Online Book Club

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Literature Resource Center

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NoveList Plus

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NoveList Plus K-8

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