Popular Series Fiction for Middle School and Teen Readers: A Reading and Selection Guide / Edition 2

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Overview

What book follows Philip Reeve's Larklight? How many titles are in Jennifer HolM's Boston Jane series? Which fantasy series are suitable for grades 6 through 9? Are there good series featuring computers? These are just some of the questions that challenge middle and high school librarians as the popularity of series fiction continues to grow. Series are not always easy to manage. Many do not have a series title and the component volumes can be hard to identify. This updated and expanded edition gives librarians and their patrons a handy guide to the best and most popular series, making it easier to satisfy readers' desire to read all the books in a given series and then to find similar series to enjoy.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Teachers and parents of adolescent readers can use this reference to become familiar with the themes of a substantial number of popular fiction series' for that age group. Entries are arranged alphabetically by series title, and each contains a short synopsis of that series along with author and genre information. This is followed by a list of all titles found within with publication dates. The appendices suggest titles especially appropriate for boys, girls, and reluctant readers. This volume contains author, index, and genre/subject indexes."

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Reference & Research Book News

"Now in their second editions, these companion volumes are examples of titles that make our work so much easier. Using standard review sources and bibliographies as well as author, publisher, bookseller, and library Web sites, the authors have identified nearly 2,200 in-print series appropriate for K–6 readers and an equal number of series (including manga, Cine-Manga, and illustrated novels) that will appeal to readers in grades 6–12. Entries are arranged by the series title and contain author, most recent publisher, grade level, notation for availability of accelerated-reader resources, genre, a descriptive three- to fivesentence annotation, and a list of individual titles in the series, arranged by publication date. Following the entries are author, title, and genre/subject indexes as well as appendixes that list books for boys, girls, and

reluctant readers. There is little overlap between the two volumes, which are essential as reference and selection tools in all school, public, and academic libraries.'

Reviewed with Popular Series Fiction for K-6 Readers"

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Booklist

"A professional tool gets a much-needed update and expansion. This edition includes 2200 series, an increase of more than 700 from the first edition. Each series is listed with bibliographic information, an annotation, and a title list. Publication dates, grade level, and Accelerated Reader indication accompany each listing. Annotations are generally broad, covering the overall story line of the series instead of events in individual titles. Appendixes highlight series that hold appeal for boys, girls, or reluctant readers. A helpful title index allows librarians to identify the series that a title comes from. A must-have."

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School Library Journal

VOYA - Hilary Crew
How many titles are there in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series? What are some recent manga series? Which series can one recommend for reluctant readers? These questions are easily answered by consulting this update to the original resource published in 2005. The series included are defined as "content-based groupings of books with a consistent theme, setting, or group of characters." Series are mostly in print except for some older and popular series that are still readily available in libraries. Included are adult series often read by young adults, such as Ben Bova's Asteroid Wars and titles for a younger audience that might appeal to reluctant readers such as Captain Underpants. Graphic novel format and manga series are included. Each series entry provides author and brief publisher information, a list of titles with dates published, grade-level data, the availability of Accelerated Reader resources, and the main genre/theme into which the series fits. Author, title, and genre/subject indexes are provided. There are three lists matching series that might appeal to the girls, boys, and reluctant readers. The annotations provide major character and plot information but vary in amount of information provided. Some provide details for individual titles; some provide links to other books; and others provide information on Newbery awards. The series entries are not numbered. It is unclear, from information given, how many series are included, although the range is current and extensive. This book is a useful reference tool for a fast perusal of titles and has good access to information via indexes. Reviewer: Hilary Crew
School Library Journal
A professional tool gets a much-needed update and expansion. This edition includes 2200 series, an increase of more than 700 from the first edition. Each series is listed with bibliographic information, an annotation, and a title list. Publication dates, grade level, and Accelerated Reader indication accompany each listing. Annotations are generally broad, covering the overall story line of the series instead of events in individual titles. Appendixes highlight series that hold appeal for boys, girls, or reluctant readers. A helpful title index allows librarians to identify the series that a title comes from. A must-have.—Melissa Rabey, Frederick County Public Libraries, Frederick, MD
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Product Details

Meet the Author

REBECCA L. THOMAS is an elementary school librarian, Shaker Heights City Schools, Ohio. She is the author of numerous reference books, including Across Cultures (Libraries Unlimited, 2007) and the recent supplement to the 7th edition of A to Zoo (Libraries Unlimited, 2008).

CATHERINE BARR is editor of the Libraries Unlimited Children's and Young Adult Literature Reference series and author or coauthor of other Libraries Unlmited titles including High/Low Handbook and the Best Books series (Best Books for Children, Best Books for Middle School and Junior High Readers, Best Books for High School Readers, and Best New Media).

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