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VOYATalk about a great resource! Knowles and Smith effectively pool their experience and insight to create this everything-you-need guide to connecting youth and books. Each of the fifteen chapters focuses on a different book that serves as a prototype for a particular subject or genre. For example, Richard Peck's A Long Way from Chicago (Dial, 1998/VOYA December 1998) introduces historical fiction, humor, and the Great Depression. Each focal book is briefly summarized, followed by a bit of biographical information about its author. Then a list of discussion questions is offered, and it is here that the book really shines. The questions nicely probe both concrete and abstract understanding of the book, as in the Peck chapter that includes the questions: "Do you know anyone who acts like Joey?" and "Why do you think this book won the Newbery award?" In addition, each chapter includes activities for all areas of the curriculum, an annotated list of related books, an annotated list of the author's other works, dozens of Web site suggestions, and the publisher's information. The authors have gathered an interesting assortment of titles. Some are expected books, such as Kate DiCamillo's Because of Winn Dixie (Candlewick, 2000), and some are pleasant surprises, such as Tom Bodett's Williwaw! (Knopf, 1999) and Jan Greenberg's Heart to Heart (Harry N. Abrams, 2001/VOYA August 2001). There is a fabulous Shakespeare chapter, highlighting Michael Rosen's William Shakespeare: His Work and His World (Candlewick, 2001/VOYA October 2002). The related titles are generally quite good, although sometimes they seem more suitable to readers older than the suggested age group. For this reason, this professionalresource could also be effectively used with high school students, particularly disinclined readers who appreciate lighter text. 2003, Greenwood, 150p.; Index. Biblio. Source Notes. Further Reading., $30 pb. Ages 17 to Adult.