William Hazelgrove's forthcoming novel, The Pitcher, about a Mexican American boy with a golden arm and a broken down World Series Pitcher who coaches him for the high school team has been nominated for YALSAs Printz Award.
Novel The Pitcher Nominated for Prestigous Printz Award William Hazelgrove's forthcoming novel, The Pitcher, about a Mexican American boy with a golden arm and a broken down World Series Pitcher who coaches him for the high school team has been nominated for YALSAs Printz Award. New York, NY, July 16, 2013 -- New York, NY The Pitcher by William Hazelgrove has been nominated for the YALSA Printz Award. The Junior Library Guild pick for fall is the story of a young Mexican American boy with a golden arm who has no chance to make the highschool team until a broken down World Series Pitcher agrees to coach him. The Printz Award is for literary excellence in Young Adult Literature. The Michael L. Printz Award annually honors the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit, each year. In addition, the Printz Committee names up to four honor books, which also represent the best writing in young adult literature. The awards announcement is made at the ALA Midwinter Meeting as part of the Youth Media Awards and is celebrated with a program and reception each year at the ALA Annual Conference. The Pitcher touches on the issues of immigration and is a mythic tail of overcoming all odds for a dream. It is Wiliam Hazelgroves fifth novel. The Junior Library Guild took the book on as a fall selection and said â€œWith tense moments, unexpected twists, and a few humorous and joyful reprieves, Hazelgroveâ€™s writing reflects the dramatic arc of a baseball game. â€œ William Hazelgroveâ€™s earlier novels have been on bestseller lists and won Editors Choice Award for the American Library Association, Starred Reviews, and Book of the Month Club selections, and optioned for movies. The baseball novel of the season already has the early signs of a another mythic novel, The Natural. Contact: Jim Turner KÃ¶ehler Books Publishing 39 Crescent Lane St. Charles, IL 60175 708-466-7601 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.koeherlbooks.com
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