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Faculty Member's Book Makes Best Fiction List

Geoff Herbach's book, "Fat Boy vs. the Cheerleaders," recognized.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 2-12-2015

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato faculty member Geoff Herbach’s book, “Fat Boy vs. the Cheerleaders,” published in 2014, was recently named to the Young Adult Library Services Association’s 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults list.

Herbach’s book was one of 58 books selected from a group of 113 official nominations, according to a news release from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).

More information about “Fat Boy vs. the Cheerleaders” as well as more information on Herbach (pictured) and his other books is available at

Herbach, an assistant professor of English at Minnesota State Mankato whose teaching and research specialties include creative writing, fiction and screenwriting, can be reached by phone at 507-389-5936 and by email at

The YALSA news release describes books on its 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults list as “those recommended for ages 12-18 that meet the criteria of both quality literature and appeal to teens, while comprising a wide range of genres, styles and subjects, including contemporary realistic fiction, fantasy, horror, science fiction and novels in verse.”

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is a division of the American Library Association (ALA). According to its mission (as printed on its website,, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is a national association of librarians, library workers and advocates whose mission is to expand and strengthen library services for teens, aged 12-18.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,376 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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