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									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 “With tense moments, unexpected twists, and a
few humorous and joyful reprieves, Hazelgrove’s writing reflects the dramatic arc of
a baseball game. “ William Hazelgrove’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 Köehler Books Publishing 39 Crescent Lane St. Charles, IL 60175

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