Best Books for Young Adults / Edition 2

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In this completely revised edition of a celebrated classic, Betty Carter and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) offer insights and guidance that will help you to direct contemporary young readers through the vast and ever-changing world of young adult literature. With Best Books for Young Adults, second edition, as a handy resource, you will learn how to: create dynamic reading lists for teenagers and young adults, drawing from more than 1,800 classic and contemporary books; navigate the landscape of young adult literature as it continues to evolve; learn more about what teenagers are interested in reading today; identify the books considered "the best" by teens themselves; and steer young adults toward appropriate adult literature.
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Editorial Reviews

Lists and more lists—with permission for libraries to reproduce and circulate them. There are lists of the books themselves (The ALA Best Books for YAs) from the years 1966-1999, organized by author and by title. Then there are the many topical lists (with brief annotations) such as Humor; Historical Fiction; Quest; Mystery; Fathers and Sons; Adventure; The Holocaust. Interesting to see what's included and what isn't. There is no doubt that these lists do serve as starting points for reading suggestions for YAs, with a proven history of popularity. KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2000, ALA Young Adult Library Services Assoc, 229p, bibliogs, index, 25cm, 035583, $35.00; members, $31.50. Ages 13 to adult. Reviewer: Claire Rosser; September 2000 (Vol. 34 No. 5)
Updating her 1994 guide, Carter (young adult literature, Texas Women's U.) sets the background by explaining methods of selecting the best, trends in publishing, and establishing topical lists. Then she lists and summarizes books published 1966-99 by author and by year, and lists the best of the best. Sally Estes, longtime editor of youth books contributes an essay. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Internet Book Watch
Now in a completely revised and expanded second edition, Betty Carter's Best Books For Young Adults continues to offer invaluable insights and guidance for directing contemporary young adult readers through the wealth of literature available to them. Library students, staff, and administrators will learn how to crate dynamic reading lists for teens and young adults drawing from more than 1,800 classic and contemporary books; learn more about what teenagers are interested in reading today; identify the books considers "the best" by teen readers themselves; and director young adults toward appropriate adult literature. Best Books For Young Adults is a core reference title for library science collections and "must" reading for any librarian working with adolescent and young adult library patrons.
—Internet Book Watch
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780838935019
  • Publisher: American Library Association
  • Publication date: 7/28/2000
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 229
  • Product dimensions: 7.01 (w) x 9.95 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface v
Part 1 Background
Selecting the Best 2
Trends in Young Adult Publishing 9
Topical Lists 14
Too Good to Miss 17
Adventure 18
Animals 20
Family 22
Leaving Home 23
Fathers and Sons 23
Mothers and Daughters 24
Fantasy 25
Friendship 27
Historical Fiction 29
The Holocaust 31
Humor 33
Mystery 35
Not Quite Human 37
Other Lives 39
Quest 41
Romance 43
Short Takes 45
Sports 47
Starting Over 49
Survival 51
Suspense 53
War 55
Westerns 57
The Writing Life 59
Youth in Trouble 61
Part 2 The Book Lists, 1966-1999
The Books by Author 64
The Books by Year 164
The Best of the Best by Preconference 187
Appendix BBYA Policies and Procedures 192
Index 197
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