Best Books for High School Readers, Grades 9-12 / Edition 2

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This indispensable reading guide and selection tool, updated to include titles published from 2004 through 2008, covers the best fiction and nonfiction for children in grades 9–12. The approximately 15,000 entries include brief but lively annotations, ISBNs, book length and price, grade-level appropriateness, and review citations. New features include indication of titles available in audio format and Lexiles where available. Award-winning and series titles are noted. Use this must-purchase volume to bolster your collection for high school readers and to create thematic and curriculum-oriented reading lists.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"The information provided in Best Books would greatly assist a young adult librarian or media specialist build or refine their collection as well as help them provide reading suggestions to their users." - ARBAonline

"For librarians, this thorough and comprehensive reference lists about 12,788 recommended fiction and nonfiction books for children in grades nine to 12, drawn from a variety of book review journals." - Reference & Research Book News

VOYA - Lucy Schall
In these latest editions of the Best Books series, Barr and Gillespie maintain an excellent balance of quality, trends, and curricular emphases while demonstrating a keen sensitivity to young readers and the time restraints of the professionals who serve them. Each title included—-14,588 in the middle school and junior high volume and 12,788 in the high school volume—-offers two positive reviews with the exception of some entries in nonfiction series and adult selections suitable for young adults that receive restricted space from journals. All volumes incorporated were in print at the end of October 2008. The series goal is to help maintain and expand library collections, guide young adult reading, and prepare bibliographies and reading lists. The organization of books under broad areas of interest or curriculum topics and the author, title, and subject/grade level indexes facilitate those tasks, especially when the two volumes share entries that might appeal to both lower and upper level readers. The table of contents arranges subjects first by order of appearance and then by alphabet. A symbol indicates available audio versions as well. An F designation distinguishes fiction from nonfiction. Graphic novels are contained in one section under "Literary Forms." Journal abbreviations allow the researcher to locate full reviews of the selections if desired. The authors suggest sources (print and online) for more lists of extensive series titles or works of more prolific authors, and annotations indicate selections suitable for mature readers because of graphic sex or violence. Because it includes both contemporary and classic works, the series is a great foundation for youngadult librarians and teacher training programs. Reviewer: Lucy Schall
Voya Reviews, April 2014 (Vol. 36, No. 1) - Barbara Allen
If you have ever wondered what your high-school-aged teens should read , you need wonder no more. This amazing text divides books into a plethora of genres to help you find your desired text. Each entry includes all pertinent information on the books, their authors, and reviews, if available. This reference guide will help both teachers and librarians find that just right book for their high school students. This is a must-have for any person who helps teenagers and/or teachers select reading materials for the right subject and grade level. There are 12,438 books listed in the massive volume. It will help the novice librarian or teacher navigate through the thousands and thousands of books that are out there for teens today. This book features an index by major subject areas, an author index, a title index, and a subject/grade-level index. It is very user-friendly. Reviewer: Barbara Allen; Ages adult professional.
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Meet the Author

CATHERINE BARR is editor of the Libraries Unlimited Children's and Young Adult Literature Reference series and author/coauthor of numerous guides to children's and young adult literature, including Best Books for Children, A to Zoo, Popular Series Fiction, High-Low Handbook, and From Biography to History.

JOHN T. GILLESPIE, former Dean and Instructor of Library Science, Long Island University, New York, has authored numerous books in the areas of library management, school libraries, and children's and young adult literature.

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