Dictionary of American Young Adult Fiction, 1997-2001: Books of Recognized Merit

Overview

Young adult readers have special needs and concerns, and librarians have become increasingly interested in selecting books suitable for them. This reference provides information about 290 books for young adults. These books received major awards between 1997 and 2001, reflect the voices of 242 different authors, and range from new to familiar themes.

Included are nearly 750 alphabetically arranged entries for individual works, authors, characters, and settings. Many of these ...

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Overview

Young adult readers have special needs and concerns, and librarians have become increasingly interested in selecting books suitable for them. This reference provides information about 290 books for young adults. These books received major awards between 1997 and 2001, reflect the voices of 242 different authors, and range from new to familiar themes.

Included are nearly 750 alphabetically arranged entries for individual works, authors, characters, and settings. Many of these books were originally written for adults but have become popular among younger readers. Entries for works provide plot summaries and critical assessments, while author entries focus on those aspects of the writers' lives most relevant to literature for young people. The reference is a valuable selection tool for librarians and teachers and a useful guide for students.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA
In this excellent, convenient source, more than seven hundred entries focus primarily on the titles, authors, and significant characters for selected books appearing on the American Library Association's Best Books for Young Adults and Alex Award lists; Printz Award winners and honor books; Booklist's Adult Books for Young Adults; and the New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age lists between 1997 and 2001. Entries describing some book settings are also included. Of 290 book entries, 80 are marketed to adults. The book summaries include full explanations of plots and subplots, clear delineation of characters, an explanation of how setting relates to the story, critical comments based on literary standards, and a genre classification of realistic, historical, period, or problem fiction. The authors do not rubber-stamp previous endorsements or criticisms. Individual entries do not repeat, so those relating to the same author or title build a significant essay to help teachers or librarians in presentation, selection, discussion, or research. The 242 author entries include biographical and publishing information. Separate character entries explain a significant character's function, relationship to other characters, and credibility, but all characters mentioned in summaries are indexed. Shorter entries refer the reader to one or more of six previous references by these knowledgeable authors. An alphabetical "List of Entries" appears at the front, and "A List of Books by Awards" appears at the back. It is a wonderful reference for anyone interested in young adult literature and written by two well-respected scholars who acknowledge here that young adult readers are a separate audiencewith special needs and concerns. 2004, Greenwood, 584p.; Index., PLB. Ages adult professional.
—Lucy Schall
Library Journal
Helbig and Perkins, literature teachers at Eastern Michigan University, have written a number of guides to children's literature. This book is similar in format to their previous works but is devoted to books recommended for young adults, published between 1997 and 2001. The 290 books included have been recognized by one or more of the following: Alex Award, ALA Best Books for Young Adults, Booklist, NYPL, and the Michael L. Printz Award. Approximately 60 of the listed books are adult books considered appropriate for young adults by the award committees. The 741 entries, which include books, their authors, major characters, and settings, are listed alphabetically and range in length from a couple of paragraphs to a bit more than a page. Book entries describe plot, themes, and characters, as well as relevant literary awards, while author entries consist of a brief biography and bibliography. Bottom Line Most of the information included here is likely to be available in various other resources but is herein collected usefully for selectors of young adult fiction, reader's advisers, teachers, and libraries supporting young adult fiction teaching. Denise Johnson, Bradley Univ. Lib., Peoria, IL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313324307
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/30/2004
  • Pages: 584
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

ALETHEA K. HELBIG is Professor of English Language and Literature at Eastern Michigan University. With Agnes Regan Perkins, she has authored such books as Dictionary of American Children's Fiction, 1995-1999: Books of Recognized Merit (2002), Dictionary of American Children's Fiction, 1990-1994: Books of Recognized Merit (1996), Dictionary of American Children's Fiction, 1985-1989: Books of Recognized Merit (1993), and Dictionary of American Children's Fiction, 1960-1984: Books of Recognized Merit (1986), all available from Greenwood Press.

AGNES REGAN PERKINS is Professor Emerita of English Language and Literature at Eastern Michigan University. With Alethea K. Helbig, she has authored such books as Dictionary of American Children's Fiction, 1995-1999: Books of Recognized Merit (2002), Dictionary of American Children's Fiction, 1990-1994: Books of Recognized Merit (1996), Dictionary of American Children's Fiction, 1985-1989: Books of Recognized Merit (1993), and Dictionary of American Children's Fiction, 1960-1984: Books of Recognized Merit (1986), all available from Greenwood Press.

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Table of Contents

List of Entries

Preface

Key to Awards and Citations

The Dictionary

List of Books by Awards

Index

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