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VOYAIn 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.