. . . for her " significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens ." And all is right with the world. YALSA specifically cited Pierce's Song of the Lioness and Protector of the Small series. My fingers were crossed she'd win this year, but tears still jumped to my eyes when the news came down the wire today. I've said it before, but it bears repeating. It kind of feels like Tamora Pierce saved us all (directly or indirectly) at one point or another. For me it was direct. And it was Alanna. And it continues to bring meaning and drive to my life years after that first contact. I can't think of a more deserving recipient of this award, and I'm just so very proud to have witnessed it.