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As a member of YALSA, I am disappointed in this possible action.  I have
used the BBYA, as well as the Teen's Top Ten to create a balanced collection
of new, hot books for my high school libraries.  Between those two lists, I
usually find that these titles are the most popular among my students and
often are missing from our shelves. I also like the challenge of seeing what
the adult readers think would be a good teen read and compare it to what the
students think is good.  Often just by being involved with teens and reading
widely myself, I feel that I have a good gut instinct of what will be
enjoyed.  I think the BBYA meets that challenge when the committee selects
these books.

I understand it's a difficult job but one that is definitely appreciated by
many of us who use the list.  I would hate to see it eliminated and would
even volunteer to assist in keeping it alive, if necessary.  I hope we are
able to keep this one available for librarians and others who need these
types of lists in order to select great books for our readers.


Shonda Brisco
Assistant Professor / Curriculum Materials Librarian
Mary L. Williams Curriculum Materials Library
001 Willard Hall
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74078

"Digital Resources" columnist
School Library Journal

"Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get
you through times of no libraries." ~ Library Poster

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