Describe how an elected official demonstrated political courage in a 1000-word essay for a chance to win up to $5,000 and a trip to the awards ceremony in Boston.  The deadline for this annual essay contest for high school students is January 12, 2008.

Learn more about the contest at the official website:
John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage

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The votes have been tabulated, so here is the ALA’s top ten list of recent fiction for teens:

  • New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
  • Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
  • How to Ruin a Summer Vacation by Simone Elkeles
  • Maximum Ride: School’s Out – Forever by James Patterson
  • Firegirl by Tony Abbott
  • All Hallows Eve (13 Stories) by Vivian Vande Velde
  • Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
  • River Secrets by Shannon Hale
  • Bad Kitty by Michele Jaffe
  • Road of the Dead by Kevin Brooks
  • Visit the Teen Read Week website to read more about this annual list.

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