There's an awesome new book award in town - the Milwaukee County Teen Book Award! Why a(nother) book award, you ask? Easy! Started to promote teen reading and literature by spotlighting books of both quality and appeal published for teens, the Milwaukee County Teen Book Award (or MCTBA, for short) looks to highlight those books that are both made of awesome AND have special appeal to teens in Milwaukee County. And the really cool thing? You guys get to vote for your favorite!
What was eligible? Books published for teens between September 1, 2008 and August 31, 2009. So, here you guys go - the top fifteen books for Milwaukee County teens, the 2010 MCTBA nominees!
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford
Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
King of the Screw-Ups by K.L. Going
Jumping Off Swings by Jo Knowles
Hero Type by Barry Lyga
Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks by Lauren Myracle
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Burn by Suzanne Phillips
Response by Paul Volponi
The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams
Want more info? The MCTBA's got its own website, so head over there to see what's going on. We've also included links to the website and voting ballot in the sidebar, so you don't have to dig up this post every time you want to check out the list.
Want to know how to vote? Check out the MCTBA ballot for more info and when, where, and how, and stay tuned to waplteens and the MCTBA website. And keep your eyes open at your local Milwaukee County library - we'll have posters, a ballot box, and more info about the books available on-site at the WAPL!
Voting starts now, and ends March 1, 2010. The winner will be announced April 1, 2010.
(Who has absolutely no idea which one I would pick as my favorite - good thing you can vote as many times as you'd like! One vote per ballot.)