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Teens may know more than anyone else about the vast array of information and entertainment available to them on the Internet. But you may not know about some of the sites, tools, and databases that make it easier to use.

The Internet Public Library, a great, organized guide to the web, has a special section for teens that covers a wide range of interests. A short paragraph telling what you'll find on the websites they recommend for each topic makes this one of the most useful web directories.

The New York Public Library has a teen site with interesting links, book recommendations, and even a web anthology of teen writings.

Teen Hoopla is another site with organized links for teens. It also includes discussion forums on hot topics and and space for teens to post their own book reviews or read those written by other teens. The same organization that posts Teen Hoopla, the Young Adult Library Services Association, also posts a booklists page listing award-winning teen books and best lists of all kinds.

For more book reviews and recommendations, try Teen Reads, which has reviews of both fiction and nonfiction titles as well as other information for teens. Writes of Passage features poetry and prose written by teens. On this site, you can submit original poems, stories and essays, read work by other teens, get writing advice from experts, and read interviews with your favorite authors.

NoveList a guide to all kinds of fiction, has an option to find young adult titles with each of its search functions. Cathy Young's Favorite Teenage Angst Books is a quirky guide to favorite novels that focus on the trials and tribulations of being a teen. The compiler invites teens to e-mail her about her reviews or about books they're reading, and offers more links to teen book sites.

Don't forget the Library's Internet Resources for more Internet tools, recommended sites for various subjects, and specialized databases.