Hope... Joy for Pregnant Teens Wins Seventh Book Award

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The National Literary Awards Committee Announces Hope…Joy (and a Few Little Thoughts) for Pregnant Teens as the Winner of the 2008 American Book Choice Award for Non-Fiction.

Hope...Joy (and a Few Little Thoughts) for Pregnant Teens: Consciously Creating Your Legacy by Rachel Brignoni

a must-read for any pregnant teen who wants to turn the experience of an unexpected pregnancy into a fresh start and a hopeful future.

Rachel Brignoni's book has been praised as a "slice of hope" and a "timeless message" that provides "hope for all the beautiful young women walking the path of teenage pregnancy." Jennifer Wolf of About.com (a New York Times company) touted Hope…Joy (and a Few Little Thoughts) for Pregnant Teens as "a must-read for any pregnant teen who wants to turn the experience of an unexpected pregnancy into a fresh start and a hopeful future." The book includes exercises such as identifying personal traits and setting and prioritizing goals, as well as advice on how to combat negative emotions and change thought patterns, among hefty sprinklings of positive encouragement for an audience certainly in need of it. For these reasons and more, the National Literary Awards Committee said that Rachel's book has "emotional sincerity" that "offers something more than the average self-help book and gives a great deal of insight on the subject of teen pregnancy."

Author Rachel Brignoni (a 34-year-old Fortune 100 executive who became pregnant with a son at 17) and her book have emerged as role models and examples to follow for young women who might otherwise lose all hope. For these reasons and more, the prestigious National Literary Awards Committee and the National Literary Foundation have awarded Hope…Joy (and a Few Little Thoughts) for Pregnant Teens their American Book Choice Award for 2008.

CNN reported in 2008 that the number of teen pregnancies in the United States is on the rise for the first time since 1991. We live in a time when young mothers have been brought to the forefront of the American consciousness in a way they never have before. Time Magazine and CBS News have reported that the pop culture-driven hysteria over teen pregnancy had a hand in the pact made by 17 Massachusetts high school students to attempt to get pregnant at the same time. But rather than looking for emulation in tabloid-fodder celebrities, Hope…Joy (and a Few Little Thoughts) for Pregnant Teens is a book that young teen mothers can relate to.

Founded in Chicago by the National Literary Foundation, the American Book Choice Award recognizes the best in independent literature throughout the nation. On December 18, 2008, the Foundation announced Hope...Joy (and a Few Little Thoughts) for Pregnant Teens as their winner for Non-Fiction. This is the book's seventh award, rounding off an impressive resume that includes the National Best Books Award Finalist (for both Parenting/Family: Pregnancy & Childbirth, and Youth Issues: Non-Fiction), the National Indie Excellence Award (Finalist in Best New Non-Fiction and Young Adult Non-Fiction), and Foreword Magazine's "Book of the Year" Award (Finalist in both Young Adult Non-Fiction and Women's Issues).

To learn more about the book, Hope...Joy (and a Few Little Thoughts) for Pregnant Teens: Consciously Creating Your Legacy by Rachel Brignoni, visit http://www.hopejoythoughts.com. Published by Secret Key Publishing, LLC, and distributed nationwide through Follett Library Resources, Baker & Taylor and the publisher. ISBN No. 978-0-9795626-0-0 (hardcover); 978-0-9795626-1-7 (paperback).

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