And a little more about the Edwards Award, from the YALSA website.
Last time, the definitions pretty much set what authors are books are eligible. But what is the criteria to make a selection?
The committee making its selection of nominees must be aware of the entire range of books for young adults and will take into account the following:
Does the book(s) help adolescents to become aware of themselves and to answer their questions about their role and importance in relationships, society and in the world?
Is the book(s) of acceptable literary quality?
Does the book(s) satisfy the curiosity of young adults and yet help them thoughtfully to build a philosophy of life?
Is the book(s) currently popular with a wide range of young adults in many different parts of the country?
Do the book(s) serve as a "window to the world" for young adults?
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