Popular Series Fiction for Middle School and Teen Readers (Children's and Young Adult Literature Reference Series)

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Young readers enjoy the delightfully consistent cast of characters and reliable story lines of series fiction. Because of their popularity and appeal, books in series are great vehicles for fostering literacy among all types of readers, including ABE and ESL students. In addition, readers of series fiction are almost always adamant about reading every title in the series-in series order. Yet traditional information sources on YA literature include very little about series fiction. It is rarely reviewed or catalogued, so objective information about the titles is hard to come by. And finding out the proper order of titles in series can also be a challenge. So, while series fiction is in high demand with young readers, librarians often have difficulty managing this large and growing body of literature. This guide, geared to readers in middle to high school, will be a rich resource and time-saver for librarians who work with tweens and teens. It introduces users to the best and most popular fiction series of today, covering approximately 800 series appropriate for middle and high school readers. For each series, the authors provide an annotation that describes the series' appeal and lists characters, and location. The original publisher of the series is given, along with the range of dates over which the series was published, a grade level range, and genre. Annotations will also indicate series and titles that are accepted by some of the popular electronic reading programs (e.g., Accelerated Reading, Reading First). A numbered list of titles in the series follows. Grades 6-12.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This is the book that many of us have been waiting for or wishing we had time to write…. An excellent tool for school and public librarians who work with teen and tween readers. It should be in every school and public library."

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Booklist

"Librarians who are asked endlessly what the third Gossip Girl book is titled or how many books are in the Cirque Du Freak series will welcome this informative text with open arms. They will be further pleased with the ease of use as the book is arranged alphabetically by title with no more that one or two series per page. There is plenty of white space between entries, and the text size is far more readable than in many similar reference tools. This ideal reference book might even be browsed by the teens themselves. It is an excellent, high quality resource that no public or school library should be without."

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VOYA

"Covering some 800 series, this well-indexed, annotated guide to serial fiction will serve both as a reader's advisory and a collection-development tool. Annotations note Accelerated Reader availability. A broad genre/subject index denotes appropriate grade levels…. This companion volume to Popular Series Fiction for K-6 Readers (Libraries Unlimited, 2004) is a must-buy for all librarians eager to keep up with the rapidly expanding teen market."

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School Library Journal

"This book will be a useful tool to refer to when checking that the library owns all the titles in a series or to find the order of titles in a particular series. Even though some school libraries may not have the budget to purchase many of the numerous books listed here, this will be a valuable resource for collection development, reference, and reader's advisory. Recommended."

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Library Media Connection

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It is no secret that, as young adult literature expert Michael Cart puts it, "we are in the second golden age of Young Adult publishing." This golden age includes many quality, short- and long-running fiction series for those teens who gobble them up. Thomas and Barr create a terrific tool to keep librarians on top of the many beloved series new and old being devoured by teen readers. Thomas and Barr define a series as "anything three books or more," so favorites such as The Lord of the Rings Trilogy can be found here. In their preface, the two authors clearly define how they came to select which series that they would include in this volume and that it involved a great deal of review reading and Internet research. The hard work and attention to detail even includes series that are not up to their third book in the Developing Series appendix. Librarians who are asked endlessly what the third Gossip Girl book is titled or how many books are in the Cirque Du Freak series will welcome this informative text with open arms. They will be further pleased with the ease of use as the book is arranged alphabetically by title with no more than one or two series per page. There is plenty of white space between entries, and the text size is far more readable than in many similar reference tools. This ideal reference book might even be browsed by teens themselves. It is an excellent, high quality resource that no public or school library should be without. 2005, Libraries Unlimited, 515p.; Index. Appendix., PLB $50.. Ages adult professional.
—Shari Fesko
School Library Journal
Covering some 800 series, this well-indexed, annotated guide to serial fiction will serve both as a reader's advisory and a collection-development tool. Annotations note Accelerated Reader availability. A broad genre/subject index denotes appropriate grade levels. Appendixes cite series appealing to boys, girls, and reluctant readers. Most entries have three or more titles but a list of new developing series is also included, as are out-of-print series that are widely available in many collections or considered "classics." Cross-references help locate popular series by multiple names. Graphic novels and manga series appear as well as those with media tie-ins. This companion volume to Popular Series Fiction for K-6 Readers (Libraries Unlimited, 2004) is a must-buy for all librarians eager to keep up with the rapidly expanding teen market.-Kathy Lehman, Thomas Dale High School Library, Chester, VA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Meet the Author

REBECCA L. THOMASis an elementary school librarian, Shaker Heights City Schools, Shaker Heights, Ohio. She has taught at Kent State, received the distinguished service award from the Shaker Heights Teachers' Association, and serves or has served on several prestigious committees, including ALA's Caldecott Committee and the Penguin Putnam Committee. She is the author of three other books and contributing editor of a fourth title.

CATHERINE BARR Editor of such best-selling titles as Reading in Series, From Biography to History, and High-Low Handbook, is a freelance writer and publishing consultant based in Milford, New Jersey.

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