Starting in 2009 there is a new young adult literature for best book "written by a first-time author writing for teems." It is being handled by Yalsa and all the details are on their website. What I really like about this award is part of the criteria for choosing the book is its appeal factor to a wide range of teen readers. It must have excellent literary value, but also (dare I say it?) it will include the popularity factor. I like that.