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A Library Journal Best Reference Source of 1997 3 volumes This is an extremely valuable tool for every reference librarian serving young adults or those who teach and care for them. Alphabetically arranged, it profiles 129 writers, ranging from such enormously popular contemporary authors as Robert Cormier and Judy Blume to critically acclaimed writers such as Carl Sandburg and Mark Twain even Shakespeare is included....Beautifully produced, this set belongs in all public collections. (Library Journal) It seems that this exceptional reference work will stand the test of time. (Journal of Youth Services in Libraries) Offers not only scholarship but also celebration of a literature that is defined by this work of high caliber. (Michael Cart, President, Young Adult Services Association)\

Contains articles on writers whose works are popular with young adults, including contemporary authors, such as Francesca Lia Block and Maya Angelou, and classic authors, such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Louisa May Alcott.\

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Gr 7 Up-This noteworthy resource presents biographical and critical essays on 129 classic and contemporary writers from Joan Aiken to Paul Zindel. The alphabetically arranged, signed articles are well written, and the language is easily accessible. Aqua sidebars contain tips on how to write to the author, suggestions of similar authors a fan might enjoy, significant quotes, and other useful bits of information. Many details of interest to young people are included in the biographies. Boldface headings for time periods, family relationships, and major themes make the essays easy to skim. Black-and-white photos of the authors and selected bibliographies of works, both by and about them, complete the entries. From Robert Cormier's thought-provoking introduction and the editor's preface, it is clear that many of the authors are included because of the popularity of the their work and the degree to which it reflects emotional and psychological confrontation within modern-day society, or, in short, the "problem novel." Joan Aiken, for instance, does not merit full annotations for her humorous, historical fantasies, while Judie Angell has a paragraph for each of her novels that deal with issues of suicide, teen violence, prostitution, and AIDS. (Surprisingly, anorexia is not an entry in the category index). These works also cover the authors of classic assignment reading, such as John Steinbeck, William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, and Harper Lee. Cormier suggests that the young adult novel necessarily addresses the most critical questions of youth in an increasingly complex and difficult world. This useful guide should help as well.-Mary H. Cole, Polytechnic Preparatory Country Day School, NY\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684804750
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Series: Writers for Young Adults Series
  • Pages: 431
  • Product dimensions: 7.41 (w) x 10.47 (h) x 1.31 (d)

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