Teens vote for favorite book during Teen Read Week October 16-22

Contact: Nichole Gilbert



For Immediate Release

October 18, 2005

Teens vote for favorite book during Teen Read Week October 16-22

CHICAGO – In celebration of Teen Read Week, October 16 –22, teens across the country will be able to vote on line for their three favorite books at
www.ala.org/teenread. The books that receive the most votes will be named the Young Adult Library Services Association's (YALSA) Teens' Top Ten (TTT).

TTT is a part of YALSA's Young Adult (YA) Galley Project, which facilitates access to advance copies of young adult books to national teen book groups. The official Teens' Top Ten readers evaluated books that were published from November 2004 to October 2005 and created a list of 78 nominations for the best new books for young adults. Teen voters across the nation will be able to cast ballots for their three favorites, creating the 2005 Teens' Top Ten booklist of the best new books for young adults.

Now in its eighth year, Teen Read Week is a national literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association. The theme for Teen Read Week 2005, “Get Real! @ your library
®,” encourages teens to explore the world of nonfiction.

Teen Read Week's nonprofit supporting organizations include: American Association of School Administrators, American Booksellers Association, Cable in the Classroom, KIDSNET, Kids Care, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Council of Teachers of English, SmartGirl.org, National Education Association, National School Board Association, PBS, Speak Up Press, International Reading Association,
TeenInk and The N/Noggin.

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, New Line Cinema, and World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. are Bestseller Corporate Sponsors; Harcourt, Kids Can Press. Lerner Publishing Group, Scholastic, and Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing are classic corporate sponsors of Teen Read Week; and corporate friends of Teen Read Week are Holtzbrinck, Hyperion Books for Children, Marshall Cavendish, Orca Book Publishers, and TeenReads.com. Pamela Spencer Holley, YALSA President, is an individual friend of Teen Read Week.

YALSA is the fastest growing division of the American Library Association.

For information and ideas about Teens Top Ten please visit the Web at

For more information, contact the YALSA office by e-mail at
yalsa@ala.org, or by phone at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4387.